Newsletter Archives — September 2014

What’s New for September 2014

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.

—Chinese Proverb

The start of a new school year presents a great opportunity for new goals, challenges, dialogue, and change. There are thousands of new people in our midst bringing with them new ideas, fresh perspectives, differing experiences, and diverse cultural customs. With all this in mind, use September to consider the following:

How will you develop yourself and our society this year?

Happy New Year and welcome back!

A Hurdle to Success: SymposiumA Hurdle to Success

Are you interested in how indigeneity and race impact post-secondary sports?
Are you a student athleteparent or community member?
Is your organization involved in community athletics?
Are you a stakeholder or policy maker in the athletics or education systems?

Join us on September 27th at the free full-day Hurdle to Success: Symposium, with keynote presentations from Waneek Horn-Miller (Olympian) and Paul Jones (Sportscaster for the Toronto Raptors), exploring the path to success in sport and school. Free bussing to UTSC from Brampton, Mississauga, Toronto and Scarborough will be provided along with breakfast and lunch!

For more information visit the Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office website.

When: Saturday, September 27, 2014 – 9 am
Where: Instructional Centre (IC Building) – 1095 Military Road, Toronto ON – University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)
Cost: Free! Registration required. Visit 


With the Toronto 2015 Pan am/Parapan Am Games right around the corner, A Tribe Called Red and Toronto 2015 are asking: Are you ready?

More Events
(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.)

September 4, 11 am – 1 pm, Multi-Faith Centre (UTSG): Orientation for Students with Family Responsibilities. The Family Care Office invites incoming and current student parents to Orientation 2014. Please join us to learn about the services and resources available to student parents on campus, get advice from our student mentors on how to adjust to the University, and start creating your support networks by making new friends and meeting University staff.

September 1 – 5, UTSG: MSA Frosh Week. The Muslim Students’ Association is here to help you make a smooth transition to university life this September. We’d like to invite you to be a part of the MSA’s first special event of the year! MSA Frosh Week will be taking place from September 1 – September 5, and we can’t wait for you to join us in all that we have planned. Journey through the legends of A Thousand and One Nights with us: share tales at a bonfire under the stars; make new friends as you search for treasures at the scavenger hunt; join in the festive mood at a backyard carnival; and last but not least, enjoy the last night with friends at Queen Scheherazade’s Evening Feast. We look forward to fostering new friendships with each and every one of you!

September 8, 2 – 4 pm, 21 Sussex Suites 416 – 417 (UTSG): Rainbow Cupcakes – An Orientation for First Year Students. The U of T Sexual & Gender Diversity Office is inviting all first year students at U of T for an afternoon of cupcake decorating (and eating!). While we enjoy our cupcake creations, you can chat with students and staff about sexual and gender diversity in Toronto and how to connect with our fabulous lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities on campus.

September 11, 1 – 4 pm, OISE Rm 5160 (UTSG): Democracy Talks Facilitator Training. Democracy Talks is based on a simple premise, that our democracy is healthiest when people’s voices are heard. This training will give you the tools to facilitate your own Democracy Talks. You will gain skills to help you facilitate, activity-based discussion around issues that matter to society. Democracy Talks builds democratic engagement by providing a community-based, non-partisan forum for people to have their ideas heard, hear from other members of their community and develop their political voice. For some, it is a chance to build connections with others who share a passion for politics but for many it is their first step towards fully engaging Canada’s democracy.

September 12, 11 am – 3 pm, First Nations House (UTSG): First Nations House Orientation and Open House. Are you a new Aboriginal student at U of T? Learn about the supports offered at First Nations House and how to get involved with the Aboriginal community at U of T.

September 18, 2 – 4 pm, 519 Church St: Panel Discussion: Exploring Immigrants’ Professional Identity and their Access to Professions. The deprofessionalization and labour market integration challenges of immigrant professionals are well known. However, more attention needs to be paid to the impact of these challenges on the professional identity of immigrants. This multi-sectoral panel will explore the ways in which immigrants experience identity growth or identity crisis as they face barriers to professional practice. Policy implications will also be addressed, including the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s policy on removing the “Canadian experience” barrier. First-hand experiences of professional immigrants will be shared along with insights from practitioners working with this group.

September 26, 3 – 5 pm, Multi-Faith Centre (UTSG): Cara Krmpotich: Repatriation & the Force of Family. Over the course of a decade, the Haida Repatriation Committee successfully repatriated all known ancestral remains from museums around the world. This talk encourages an understanding of Haida repatriation efforts as not only a post-colonial act between Indigenous communities and museums but, first and foremost, as an act of Haida kinship.

September 27, 9 am – 4 pm, IC Building (UTSC): A Hurdle to Success – Symposium. The second instalment of the Hurdle to Success series – a free full-day symposium bringing together community members, sport professionals and academics to discuss critical issues and the experiences of Indigenous and racialized minority students engaged in post-secondary athletics. Keynotes: Waneek Horn-Miller (Olympian) and Paul Jones (Toronto Raptors Sportscaster).

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