Tag: Activism

Oral History with Roxanne Ma

Roxanne Ma talks about her student journey at UTSC and how being part of a diverse community helped her to unpack her own identity as a woman of Asian heritage. She shares what it was like growing up in a predominantly white suburb of Ottawa and how coming to a

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Finding Your Passion

Finding Your Passion Roxanne Ma, a graduate of the International Development Studies program at UTSC, recalls her experience working at the UTSC Women’s and Trans Centre as a student, and explains what that experience meant to her as someone who is passionate about gender equity and activism.  To listen to

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Oral History with Mitzie Hunter

Mitzie Hunter, MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood and former student, talks about the path that led her to UTSC. She describes her time as an entrepreneur and student, as well as her experience becoming the third Black female MPP. She discusses the importance of embracing diversity, collaboration, and pursuing one’s own ambitions

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“The Choices are Infinite”

“The Choices are Infinite” Mitzie Hunter, UTSC alum and Canadian politician, explains how embracing the diversity of the UTSC student body allowed her to overcome some of her internalized biases as a young Black woman.  To listen to Mitzie’s oral history, click here.  https://youtu.be/iVEa3AypdNg Conceived and produced by Amena Ahmed. All

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“The Glass Ceiling Was a Mile Thick”

“The Glass Ceiling Was a Mile Thick” Stephanie Geddes, who was a part of the first graduating class of UTSC in 1968, here speaks about her experience as a woman student at Hart House, a popular student centre at the St. George campus.  To listen to Stephanie’s oral history with

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The Scarborough Situation

The Scarborough Situation Amorell Saunders N’Daw, a Scarborough local who has worked in various administrative positions at UTSC, discusses how the university’s physical location has affected its approach to community outreach and inclusion.  To listen to Amorell’s oral history, click here.  https://youtu.be/seTmhRmHseg Conceived and produced by Amena Ahmed. All images courtesy

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Lobbying for Student Residences

Lobbying for Student Residences David Onley, UTSC alum and former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, here recalls one of his first initiatives as a student leader: lobbying with his peers for student residences on campus in the 1980s, much to administrative chagrin.  To listen to David’s oral history, click here. To

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Oral History with Charles C. Smith

Professor Charles C. Smith, as the Cultural Liaison at UTSC, reflects on the racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity at UTSC and its importance. Professor Smith came to UTSC in 2001 as a Lecturer in Cultural Pluralism in the Arts. He addresses the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and

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Oral History with Adrian De Leon

Adrian De Leon discusses his rationale for attending UTSC in 2012 and reflects upon his time as Vice President of Academics for the SCSU (Scarborough Campus Students’ Union) and as part of the tri-campus Governing Council. Prompted to speak on themes of community, inclusion, and exclusion, De Leon recounts staging

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