Connected Wellbeing Symposium

Youth powered wellbeing in a digitally connected world

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Join us for the Connected Wellbeing Symposium!


Wednesday, Feb 7, 2024

3:00pm - 4:30pm
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Symposium: Calit2 Auditorium
Reception: Calit2 Atrium

Social media, online games, and digital media production offer untapped opportunities to build supportive connections that foster wellbeing and counter marginalization and discrimination. Join us for a symposium and reception showcasing the research and innovation behind the Connected Wellbeing Initiative – a year-long collaboration of researchers, designers, educators, and funders to accelerate youth and community-powered innovations for fostering wellbeing in a digitally connected world.

3:00pm - 3:45pm

Teens and Tech: Challenging the Dominant Narrative

Contrary to the headlines, technology is not driving the youth mental health crisis. Hear from researchers and youth development leaders about the evidence and lived experience of teens and tech. A healthy and more equitable tech ecosystem means embracing agency and diversity in youth tech engagement, rather than one-size-fits all, adult-centered solutions.


Mimi Ito
Director, Connected Learning Lab, UC Irvine


Candice Odgers
Professor of Psychological Sciences, UC Irvine


Tiera Tanksley
Doctoral Fellow, UCLA Center for Scholars & Storytellers


Monica Arrambide
CEO, Maven Youth

3:45pm - 4:30pm

Connected Wellbeing in Action

Youth organizers and creators are mobilizing digital tools and networks to build inclusive, socially connected and healthy online content and spaces. Hear from teams in the Connected Wellbeing Impact Studio on how they support youth voice, agency, equity, and digital wellbeing.


Jaspal Sandhu
Executive Vice President, HopeLab


Valerie Grison-Alsop
CEO, Give Us the Floor


Katie Salen
Professor, Department of Informatics, UC Irvine and ExperienceCraft


Molly Josephs
Founder and Director, This Teenage Life

Reception to follow.