Consciousness-raising – Tools to empower students, build robust mental health, and better connectivity

Applying consciousness-raising techniques borrowed from 20th century feminism in an educational setting can have powerful, emancipatory effects. Incorporating these tools into our pedagogical practices can help students feel less atomised in their academic, creative, mental-health and everyday struggles.

Students face immense pressures in today’s world. Their stresses do not only emanate from a cost-of living crisis, an unstable economy and uncertain future, but also from self-governance and responsibilisation discourses, which have led to the privatisation of stress by placing accountability for well-being on the individual, which can entrench mental-health challenges.

Consciousness-raising practices can help mitigate those effects.