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:


Previous events include:

  • Presenting Your Best Self, career development and networking workshop
  • Addressing Interpersonal Microaggressions
  • Above the Salt, Self-care strategies for racialized staff

Executive Members

Holly Andrews
 Student Housing Assistant, Student Housing & Residence Life
Manjot Bining
 Student Experience Coordinator, Department of Management
Theasha Ellis
 Events & Conference Coordinator, Conference & Event Services
Kyomi Duncan
 Senior Student Recruitment Officer, Admissions & Student Recruitment
Anushay Irfan Khan
 Intercultural Education Program Coordinator, Student Life
Shehna Javeed
 Academic & Learning Strategist, Academic Advising & Career Centre
Noor Leghari
 Room Booking Officer, Retail & Conference Services
Denise Lopes
 Registration & Financial Aid Assistant
Lisa Nagapen
 Student Communications Coordinator, Registrar’s Office
Kimberley Tull
 Director, Community Development & Engagement