Connections & Conversations: UTSC

Welcome to the UTSC Local Chapter of Connections and Conversations!

Connections and Conversations is a staff-driven initiative that provides a supportive network for racialized staff. C&C began at UTSC as informal off-campus meetings among a small group of colleagues to discuss their experiences and evolved into a tri-campus affinity group prioritizing equity and applying an anti-oppression framework to build professional development and mentorship opportunities for racialized staff. The executive committee creates campus specific goals and initiatives in collaboration with campus leadership to address the needs of racialized staff and foster a supportive and inclusive environment.

Event Schedule

Events focus on a wide range of topics from professional development to networking and self-care and typically occur once per semester. To join the UTSC listserv, get updates on upcoming events and details on how you can get involved please email Denise Lopes at: denise.lopes@utoronto.ca

Executive Members


  • Holly Andrews
     Student Housing Assistant, Student Housing & Residence Life
  • Theasha Ellis
     Events & Conference Coordinator, Conference & Event Services
  • Kyomi Duncan
     Senior Student Recruitment Officer, Admissions & Student Recruitment
  • Anushay Irfan Khan
     Program Design and Integration Coordinator, Community Partnerships & Engagement
  • Shehna Javeed
     Assistant Registrar, Petitions, Registrar’s Office
  • Noor Leghari
     Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Office
  • Denise Lopes
     Records & Convocation Assistant, Convocation, Records and Examinations
  • Lisa Nagapen
     Student Communications Coordinator, Registrar’s Office
  • Kimberley Tull
     Director, Community and Learning and Partnerships and Access Pathways, Community Partnerships & Engagement