Newsletter Archives — September 2015

What’s New for September 2015

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. Nelson Mandela

Education at the University of Toronto extends well beyond the classroom as we have the unique opportunity to interact and learn from students, faculty and staff from across Canada and the world. So, as we welcome the New Class of 2019 and returning students to the University of Toronto, we would like to wish you all (students, faculty, and staff) a wonderful year full of new experiences. We hope that this year you experience new friends, new ideas, new perspectives, and new places. We cannot change that which we do not understand; so let’s make this year one that promotes our own understanding, education, growth, and change; hopefully the world will follow.


International Day of PeaceSeptember 21st is the International Day of Peace

The International Day of Peace or “Peace Day” is observed around the world each year on September 21. The United Nations has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

Anyone anywhere can celebrate Peace Day. It can be as simple as lighting a candle at noon, sitting in silent meditation, or doing a good deed for someone you don’t know. Or it can involve getting your co-workers, organization, community or government engaged in a large event. You can also share thoughts, messages and pictures to commemorate Peace Day on social media. #Peaceday. The 2015 Theme is: “Partnerships for Peace &ndash’ Dignity for All”.

Pan Am Games Toronto 2015 logoGender Circles

Gender Circles is a mutual support and discussion group for people who are questioning their gender identity or exploring how to express it. It is open to UofT students and members of the Toronto community, ages 17 and up. A light dinner (make-your-own burritos) and TTC tokens will be provided. Sessions will be run in English, and an ASL interpreter will be present.

To register, join this Facebook event page, or email Melanie Warren at

WHEN: The last Tuesday of every month from 6-8pm. Come at 5:45 pm for food!
WHERE: 563 Spadina Avenue (North Borden Building), Room 100, University of Toronto. Wheelchair-accessible via the Bancroft Ave. entrance. There are 2 gender-neutral and accessible washrooms (1st floor and 2nd floor).

Orientation at U of T

University of Toronto St. George Campus – UTSU Fest 2015
UTSU Fest 2015 orientation week is the largest organized event at the University of Toronto. Now in its 10th year, it plans to outdo itself with an exciting line of programming, filled with new clubs, new events, and a whole lot of spirit. Check out their website for more information; remember that all events are free for University of Toronto students.

University of Toronto Mississauga Campus – Space Jam 2015
UTMSU’s Frosh Week: Space Jam 2015 is ran by the Students Union and offers a mix of academic and social workshops/events for incoming first year UTM students. Space Jam’s Orientation programming is catered towards a diverse range of people so there are fun events for EVERYONE! Check out their website/register now at:

University of Toronto Scarborough Campus – Notorious 2015
Launch your UTSC experience and choose from their many exciting opportunities. Orientation consists of a variety of events tailored to all students; from academic presentations and performances to parties and socials, followed by a massive parade downtown. Please visit their website for more information.

More Events

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September 3, 12 – 1 pm, UTM Davis Building, Room 3138UTM Student Parent Welcome Lunch Join other student parents to learn about the services and resources available to students with families on campus, get advice on how to adjust to the University life, and start creating your support networks by making new friends. All University of Toronto students are welcome! Students who wish to attend the extra and co-curricular activities but are unable to because of childcare costs, can apply for Child Care Reimbursement

September 4 – 7, Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West: Hot & Spicy Food Festival This year, the Hot & Spicy Food Festival celebrates its 18th anniversary. Culinary experiences shape all aspects of global culture and food continues to thrive as a central method of cultural expression. Let’s explore global cuisine as innovations in food production and preparation move toward a highly specialized art form.

September 9, 12 – 2 pm, Multi-Faith Centre, 569 Spadina Ave., Main Activity HallOrientation for Students with Family Responsibilities. The Family Care Office welcomes and invites incoming and current students to Orientation 2015! This is your opportunity to start building your support networks by meeting other student parents and University staff. Learn about the services and resources available to student parents on campus and get advice from our student mentors on how to adjust to the University. Please register early, space is limited! All University of Toronto students are welcome. Unfortunately, this session is not open to Post Doctoral Fellows. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs. Students who wish to attend the extra and co-curricular activities but are unable to because of childcare costs, can apply for Child Care Reimbursement.

September 13, 12:00 pm, Yonge-Dundas Square: In a little over two weeks, on September 13, Team U of T will join the Scotiabank AIDS Walk for Life to raise money for the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) to provide much needed services for people living with AIDS, as well as to support health education programs aimed at reducing people’s risk.To join the team, just go to, click on the link to register and then on the link to register on our team. You can find it by just typing Team U of T into the Search Box.

September 14, 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 17, 12 – 2pm, Hart House (UTSG)Explore Hart House: Welcome BBQ Explore Hart House, where 85,000 students across all three campuses break from studying to meet, eat, and celebrate 365 days of the year. Discover rooms where you can dabble in yoga, develop film, or shoot an arrow. Stumble upon an improv session or a literary reading in progress. Follow the sound of Carillon bells to the height of Soldier’s Tower. And when you’re done, wrap up the afternoon with a free barbecue, and a chance to win tickets to upcoming Hart House celebrations!

September 23, 6 – 8 pm, Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313Queer & Trans Family Planning. Come with your questions about family planning, including fertility, home and clinic insemination, sperm banks, adoption, co-parenting, single parenting, non-biological and social (non-biological) parenting, surrogacy, family configurations and family recognition. All community members are welcome including University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and postdoctoral fellows! Register online or email

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