Connections & Conversations: UTSG

Welcome to the St. George Local Chapter of Connections and Conversations!

Connections and Conversations is a staff-driven initiative that provides a supportive network for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) U of T staff. The St. George chapter hosts monthly meetings (currently virtual) as well as special events throughout the year. We value building community and creating brave spaces for honest dialogue and meaningful learning opportunities that promote equity and inclusion.

The St. George chapter:

  • Offers professional development opportunities to support our members in navigating and advancing within the University
  • Fosters a space for sharing experiences, de-stressing, and socializing, which facilitates peer-to-peer connection, informal mentorship and increases sense of belonging
  • Provides a forum for effective communication and information-sharing on issues affecting racialized and Indigenous members
  • Advocates for resources and support to address individual and systemic challenges faced by members

Meetings & Event Schedule


The group meets virtually on the last Wednesday of every month from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Send an e-mail to join the listserv and stay in the loop about upcoming meetings and related events.

Contact: connectionsandconversations@utoronto.ca

We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event!


Save the Date

Wednesday February 23, 2022 at 11:00 AM
Wednesday March 30, 2022 at 11:00 AM
Wednesday April 27, 2022 at 11:00 AM

2021-2022 Executive Members


Jabeen Aslam
Registrar & Director, Student Services, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Shainiya Balachandran
Assistant Dean, Student Life, Victoria College Office of the Dean of Students

Julie Kang
First Year Advisor, Track One, Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering

Dunya Mojadiddi
Education & Communications Coordinator, Family Care Office

Pratik Nair
Health Promotion & Community Liaison, Health & Wellness Centre