Newsletter Archives — April 2015

What’s New for April 2015

Spring is here, exam season has returned, and yet another academic year is coming to an end.
Best of luck to all who those preparing for exams and final projects,
and a huge “Congratulations” to the class of 2015!
You made it!

IDERD 2015 Award RecipientsRecap of the 2015 U of T IDERD Award Ceremony

Congratulations to all of the 2015 U of T IDERD Award recipients!

On Thursday, March 19 we celebrated the achievements of (from left to right) Liza ArnasonLa Toya DennieKathy Vi Mac, and Susan Lee in advancing anti-racism at U of T. Attendees — made up of friends, family, colleagues, and other members of the University community — heard remarks from George Elliot Clarke, poet, playwright, literary critic, and inaugural E.J. Pratt Professor of Canadian Literature, and Angela Hildyard, Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity.

To read the full profiles describing the strides being made by this year’s IDERD recipients, visit

Look out for the “I Am U of T” video available soon on our website and on Facebook!

Volunteer with the Centre for Community Partnerships (CCP)

Do you want to gain new skills, make new friends or learn more about the City of Toronto? Here are three leadership opportunities to connect with your community!

1. Become a TDSB Tutor
Become a volunteer tutor in a TDSB High School.
Use your knowledge and skills to benefit students in high school. As a tutor, you can help students build upon their skills and realize their potential.

More info or to register:
TDSB math Tutors in School:
For more info email:
Apply by April 20, 2015

2. Become a From 3 to 3 Tutor
Become a From 3 to 3 classroom volunteer. Read stories to students in kindergarten once a week for 8 weeks.
Help develop children’s language and literacy skills. Training is provided. All students are welcome to apply.
More info or to register:
Apply by April 20, 2015

3. Join the Alternative Reading Week Project Leader Team!
The Centre for Community Partnerships is looking for student leaders who are passionate and interested in working with the community. Project leaders connect with community partners and lead teams of UofT students in meaningful engagement opportunities during reading week.
More info or to register:
Apply by April 20, 2015

Upcoming Events at U of T

(If you wish to request that your event be included in our monthly newsletter, please submit requests to at least one week prior to the beginning of the new month.)

April 1, 5 pm, MW 140 (UTSC): An Open Discussion on: Women, Gender and Islam. The first hour of this discussion will be dedicated to a talk given by professor Atiqa Hachimi. The second hour of the discussion will be reserved for a Q&A portion between professor Hachimi and students.

April 2, 4 pm – 6 pm, the 519 Community Centre: OISE Queer Students’ Association Presents: Educating Educators — LGBTQ+ Themes in the Classroom.The OISE Queer Students’ Association presents a panel event discussing discourses surrounding formulating inclusive classroom environment for LGBTQ+ students and educators. This outstanding lineup of panelists will each present their own personal opinions and experiences surrounding inclusivity, and how to ensure that classroom climates are open for LGBTQ+ identifying students and peers.

April 6, 3 pm – 4 pm and April 7, 6 pm – 7 pm, Bahen Centre Rm. 1230 (UTSG): Income Tax Information for International Students. The CIE invites international students seeking understanding of the Canadian income tax system to attend information sessions. Stephanie Pantaleo will be the guest speaker for the event. Stephanie is a Rotman Commerce graduate who is completing her Masters of Taxation at the University of Waterloo. She currently works in a private investment firm and is a teaching assistant for various accounting and tax courses at Rotman Commerce and Rotman School of Management.

April 9, 6 pm, Multi-Faith Centre (UTSG): Consciousness with Devamrita Swami. Join Devamrita Swami over a mouthwatering vegan fest and electric kirtan! Explore the concept of consciousness and current issues such as ecological sustainability, economics to navigating the competing demands of daily life as we explore the questions of life: “who am I?” and “why am I here?”.

April 11, 10 am – 4 pm, St. Michael’s College (UTSG): Mentorship Foundations. New for 2015 the the Mentorship Resource Centre is offering peer mentors on campus a Mentorship Foundations Training in the Spring. Topics Include: Creating an Inclusive Environment, Knowing Your Resources, Active Listening, Program and Event Planning, Netiquette, and Appreciative Advising. Registration is $10 per person and will be charged to the Mentorship program the student is affiliated with.  This opportunity will also be presented on September 12, 2015.

April 13, 4 pm – 8 pm, University College (UTSG): Bending the Arc to Health Equity: Social Justice and People’s Health. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Nancy Krieger (Professor of Social Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health)

April 14, 12 pm – 3 pm, George Ignatieff Theatre (UTSG): What Do We Mean By the Social Determinants of Health? Exploring Theoretical and Practical Challenges. This panel is part of a two day series at the University exploring the social determinants of health, and brings together scholars and practitioners from a range of disciplines and sectors to explore key questions and challenges in conceptualizing this concept and in implementing interventions and policies.

April 15, 4 pm – 5:30 pm, Centre for International Experience (UTSG): Let’s Talk About Gender: A Discussion Panel on Gender Independent Children. Join us for a conversation about some of the practical, emotional, and social issues involved with children who challenge gender norms. Hear first-hand how parents are supporting their own gender non-conforming children, learn about available resources, and how to work with your child’s school.

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