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Effective Monday, Feb. 7, the University of Toronto will increase in-person teaching and activities across all our campuses and Faculties.  Campuses, divisions, and departments will be reaching out to students and instructors to confirm arrangements, as needed. Click here to learn more about the recent updates. 
Mobility scooters perform poorly under the snow- and ice-covered road conditions that are common during Canadian winters, a new study by researchers at University Health Network and the University of Toronto has found. Click here to read more. 
Important work is underway across the three campuses to address systemic barriers that may prevent students from diverse backgrounds from seeing the University of Toronto as a place where they can thrive – and to create pathways and supports to help students succeed. Click here to learn more. 

School of Cities 2020-2021 Annual Report Released

The School of Cities is excited to announce the release of the Annual Review for the 2020-2021 reporting period. This report captures the highlights SofC's community members' successful initiatives. Click here to explore the report. 

Sana Imran
The Urban Studies Program would like to introduce Sana Imran, Assistant Dean for Community Wellness at Innis College.

Q: Tell us about yourself.  

A: I have the honor of working with students and learning how we can support their health and wellness needs. As a former student of the University, I understand the stressors and struggles that come with being a student, and how challenging it can feel to access services on or off campus. The first time I walked into a health and wellness office at university changed my life and helped me shape and focus on what I wanted to do for and with other students. In my role, I get to meet with students and help them get connected to the right supports, run programming within our College to support different wellness needs, and work on larger initiatives to support the overall community’s wellness.  

 

Q: The new term may be an unpredictable and stressful time for many of our students. What resources are available to promote community health and wellness?  

A: As always, the University’s Health and Wellness office is available to connect with students and help them navigate how they are feeling and coping with this unpredictable and stressful time. They have implemented a new model during the 2021-2022 academic year, which allows students to get connected with a counsellor within a short time frame and talk about what is most important to them. And it is important to remember that although the Health and Wellness office at U of T is the most recognized for counselling services, there are other services and offices that may be helpful depending on how a student best receives help. These include the Peer Support Service, and 24/7 phone lines such as My Student Support Program and Good2Talk. Offices like the Multi-Faith Centre for Spiritual Study & Practice can help students get connected with a faith leader, practice mindfulness and meditation, and cope with grief. The First Nations House provides students with the opportunity to connect with an Elder and receive advising. There are also options off-campus, both OHIP covered and not, that students can access, and make use of their StudentCare insurance for! If you are not sure where to start, please feel free to contact me for some help in finding the right resource or service for you. 

 

Q: What are some ways students can cope with stress and anxiety related to the pandemic? 

A: Everyone has unique ways of coping, and it is incredibly important for students to reflect on what they find most helpful for themselves, and ensure they are practicing that. For some, this might mean journaling every night to get their thoughts down on paper, for others it might be distracting themselves with funny YouTube videos. Some might turn to exercise to cope, while others may find that requires too much energy and emotional effort for them right now. Whatever your personal ways to cope with stress and anxiety are during these times, I have found that many students are hesitant to name and acknowledge their feelings. There is power in noticing what we are feeling, and naming this. It helps us understand how we are being impacted and puts us in a position to act in a more conscious way. Too many of us are going from feeling to doing. For example, I often hear students say they dislike journaling, or going for a walk, or meditating, because they feel lost or stuck during the act itself. Taking a step back and going from feeling to naming to then choosing what to do, can make a significant difference and help us focus on what we are trying to help ourselves achieve. For help with this, consider enrolling in the Better Coping Skills series being hosted by the Health and Wellness Centre at UofT, or the other workshops listed on their website. 

USP Winter 2022 Course Offerings

Still looking for a course for this term? Here are a couple of Winter 2022 USP courses with available spaces. View the Arts and Science 2021-2022 Timetable here.
Click here to register for a free access to LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) with unlimited access through until April 19, 2022. Online courses from industry experts in Business, Technology, Design and Creative. This benefit was negotiated on behalf of all U of T alumni. 
 
Whether you are working on long-standing project (academic, creative) or finishing up discussion posts for your courses, SUAW session can help you keep on track with timed blocks and breaks within an online community. Click here to register for an online session. 
Knowledge Café: Karen Smith
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
With the growing recognition of the cascading consequences of climate change, there is an increasing demand for graduate education in climate change impact assessment (CCIA). Click here to learn more. 
The Summit on the City: Recovering Canada’s Downtowns
January 25 & 26, 2022 12:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Click here to learn from leaders from every sector across Canada in crafting integrated, urgent, and practical solutions for downtown recovery as we emerge from the most acute global challenge in a generation. 
Youth For Climate Justice
Thursday, February 03, 2022 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Join the School of Cities for the kickoff event in the Climate + Justice + Cities Speaker series. Youth are leading the discussion on climate justice in our cities and on the world stage. How do young leaders maintain hope while facing the defining challenge of our time? Click here to learn more.
Feminist City 3.0
Tuesday, February 08, 2022 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Click here to join the School of Cities and Institute for Gender and the Economy (GATE) for the third installment of the Feminist City series: a spirited discussion about how women’s participation in the economy affects the vibrancy and livability of our cities and Canada’s path towards a green and equitable recovery. 
Knowledge Café: Danielle Kwan-Lafond 
Wednesday, February 09, 2022 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
This session is aimed at non-Indigenous people who seek to build relationships and/or community partnerships with Indigenous people for university-related projects. Click here to learn more. 

 

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