Newsletter Archives — May 2017

What’s New for May 2017


Connections and Conversations

Connections and Conversations is an affinity group for racialized staff at the University of Toronto and their supporters. The staff-driven initiative offers discussions and a support network for racialized staff to flourish at U of T. The focus is to create an open and empowering environment for racialized staff to celebrate their accomplishments and contribute their unique ideas and talents to the University through networking, mentoring and other activities. Local chapters were created on all three campuses – earlier this year.


Mississauga Campus:

The next local chapter meeting will take place on May 26th from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm at UTM, 3359 Mississauga Road, in the Innovation Complex, Room 2213.

BYOL (Bring your own lunch)

St. George Campus

The next local chapter meeting will take place on May 30th, from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm at Bahen Centre for Information Technology, 40 St. George Street, Room BA 2185.

BYOL (Bring your own lunch)

Multi-Faith Centre for Spiritual Study and Practice – Paid Internships: Deadline to apply is: May 15th

Interested in questions of religion, social justice and diversity?

The Multi-Faith Centre is seeking motivated St. George campus students with leadership experience to develop programming exploring the role of religion in society as well as the intersectionality of faith, racialized identity and gender amongst other factors. In addition there are opportunities to engage various issues of social justice and spirituality.

Paid Internships: Sept 11, 2017 – March 15, 2018
Application Deadline: May 15th

For further information and details on the application requirements, please visit the following URL:

Now Available – New Bursaries for Graduate Students

The School of Graduate Studies announced the launch of new bursaries designed for Indigenous and Black Canadian students, these bursaries create opportunities that can provide academic and personal enrichment.

Also launched as a three-year pilot, the new Indigenous Graduate Travel Award has been developed to support Indigenous graduate student participation in local, national, and international Indigenous-focused educational events ranging from health and healing workshops to conferences exploring opportunities or challenges specific to Indigenous communities.

For further information, please visit the following URL:

More Events

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From now until July 15, Market Gallery, 95 Front Street East: Settling in Toronto: The Quest for Freedom, Opportunity and Identity. This exhibit will explore how immigration and the experiences of new Canadians has transformed the city from the 1700s to the present. Through videos, oral histories, artifacts and historic documents; the exhibit will reveal the evolution of Toronto through personal stories of struggle, triumph and celebration. This exhibit is presented as part of TO Canada with Love, the City of Toronto’s year-long program of celebrations, commemorations and exhibitions focusing on Canada’s 150th birthday.

May 2, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm, St. Michael’s Hospital, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, 209 Victoria Street, Room 136: Racialization, health care and health care research. Canadian research has often ignored racial and ethnic disparities in health status. In many cases, when it is explored, the default explanation for these disparities is a genetic one. There is little evidence, however, that links differences in health status across groups to genetic factors. As a result, a focus on inherent biological differences obscures two important realities. First – race is a social construct. There is more genetic variation within racial groups than across them. Second – evidence points to structural factors as being key in determining individual, group and population health.
Panelists will explore: The relationship between racism and public health; Current research unpacking assumptions related to race, ethnicity and health; Methods to explore health disparities that give appropriate weight to structural factors. Registration required. Space is limited.

May 17, 8:00 am – 10:00 am, Hart House, East Common Room, 7 Hart House Circle: The Equity Imperative: Building and Strengthening a National Health System in Rwanda. Join in a breakfast discussion featuring Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, the former Minister of Health for Rwanda (2011-2016) and co-founder of the University of Global Health Equity ( This initiative is a partnership between Hart House, Partners in Health, and the University of Global Health Equity, as well as the Faculty of Medicine, the Global Health Diplomacy Program, Munk School of Global Affairs, and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Registration required. Cost: $5.00.

May 26 – May 28, throughout Mississauga: Carassauga Festival. Around the world in a weekend. Carassauga is a three-day cultural event showcasing over 70 countries at different pavilions throughout Mississauga. Travel the world without leaving the city. In each pavilion you will find exotic foods, entertainment and culture of the country you are visiting. Admission is $10 for an advance Carassauga passport or $12 at the door gives you unlimited access to all pavilions all weekend long and free ridership on MiWay buses during festival hours.

May 27 – May 28, across Toronto: Doors Open Toronto. 15 Decades of Canadian Architecture. Canada’s largest Doors Open event and one of the three largest Doors Open events in the world. Toronto’s version is a free annual event held on the last weekend of May that offers an opportunity to take a peek behind the doors of over 130 architecturally , historically and culturally significant buildings across the city, many of which are normally off-limits to the public.

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