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.

Executive Members


Holly Andrews Student Housing Assistant, Student Housing & Residence Life
Liza Arnason Assistant Dean, Student Life, Community Outreach & International Experience
Manjot Bining Student Experience Coordinator, Department of Management
Kyomi Duncan Senior Student Recruitment Officer, Admissions & Student Recruitment
Romeo Fournier Indigenous Academic Advisor/Career Strategist, Academic Advising & Career Centre
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

Event Schedule


Previous events include:

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

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: lopes@utsc.utoronto.ca