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Prof wins highest honour in teaching for unique courses that hinge on relationships

Maria Assif is always looking to create an environment where her students can learn from each other. At the heart of her teaching philosophy is creating relationship-rich classrooms — a burgeoning…

Maydianne Andrade, renowned spider researcher and equity advocate, earns U of T’s top academic rank

There was a time in her career when Maydianne Andrade didn’t dwell on the issue of representation in science. That began to change in 2013 after taking an implicit association test. The results…

How this grad revitalized a student group to pay it forward

As she worked toward her degree, Ilakkiah Chandran always found it helpful to pick people’s brains. That’s not easy for a natural introvert.  Asking questions was intimidating, but going to U of T…

Special bond with professor helps student achieve her dream of earning U of T degree

Alaina Luk describes her childhood as difficult. With two high-achieving older siblings, she grew up in a world of hand-me-downs, from clothes to expectations.

Denham Jolly, radio pioneer and champion of social justice, receives honorary degree

It is a testament to Denham Jolly’s tenacity that, in 2001, Toronto finally got its first Black radio station. Jolly had applied twice before for the broadcasting licence, spending years – and a lot…

UTSC alum wins prestigious McCall MacBain scholarship

Linda Bùi is one of two University of Toronto alumni who have been named McCall MacBain Scholars for 2022. She’ll join U of T alumna Janelle Brown-Walkus (MSc 2021) at McGill University in the fall.…

‘Framework for foundational change’: U of T Scarborough publishes report on campus-wide curriculum review

U of T Scarborough is one important step closer to realizing an inclusive curriculum that focuses on the knowledge and perspectives of its Indigenous, Black and racialized communities.   The…

Writing in a tumultuous time

Born in Congo-Kinshasa, Téa Mutonji (BA 2020 UTSC) immigrated with her family to Canada when she was nine, eventually settling in Scarborough’s Kingston-Galloway neighbourhood. She began writing…

Expanding the pool of entrepreneurs

Melisa Ellis understands what it is like to work in spaces where no one looks like her. While employed with a Canadian bank, a supervisor once told her that she didn’t seem to be the right fit for…

U of T Scarborough’s Andrews Building has become a Canadian landmark

The architect John Andrews was teaching at U of T in the 1960s when he was asked to oversee the design of a new campus on land the university had just purchased in Scarborough. Completed in 1966, the…

Eight Asian community organizations making a difference

There are many organizations across the Greater Toronto Area offering services, programs and resources for its Asian community. The following is a list of organizations doing great work in the…

“We need to listen”: Da Chen on the vital role of Truth & Reconciliation in environmental planning and conservation

When Da Chen (HBA 2017 UTSC, MSc Pl 2020) graduated from his undergraduate program in 2017, he wasn’t entirely sure where he wanted to take his career — but he did know that a conventional role in…