How We Work

Contributing to stronger communities and building our city is a University of Toronto Scarborough hallmark. 

Our scholars explore issues relevant to the city at our doorstep; our students learn by contributing to the worlds around us. At U of T Scarborough community does not stop at our campus borders. Toronto’s, and Scarborough’s distinctive characteristics vividly reflect trends that increasingly typify global cities. 

As an academic partner and one of the region’s largest employers, the University leverages its resources to advance our communities. 

For U of T Scarborough and our community, the model is one of collaboration, with the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge in the context of partnership and reciprocity.

Harnessing our diverse academic resources, deep connections to the community, and our spirit of innovation, the Partnerships and Community Engagement office facilitates relationships with government and civic partners to enhance quality of life and economic opportunity for individuals and families who live in the urban environment of the eastern GTA, and prepare students to make significant contributions to community well-being. 

Community-based research projects respond to community-identified needs, promote civic engagement and enrich the scholarship of the University. We develop new courses in which community-based partnerships are central to learning outcomes, and enhance existing courses by integrating community engagement into the curriculum. Students put theory into practice and understand the complexities of practical problem solving in real world situations, preparing them to be effective civic leaders.