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University of Toronto Mississauga Express
University Updates
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Focus on Fall with Principal Alexandra Gillespie
Faculty and instructor town hall
The province has provided general guidance regarding in-person teaching in September. A town hall for faculty and instructors will take place July 26 from 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. to provide clarity on UTM's plans for fall 2021, which will serve as a gradual transition period for a full return to in-person instruction on campus in January 2022. 
Register here for the Zoom webinar
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Collectors wanted
Calling all collectors! UTM's Office of Communications is featuring the collections of UTM community members this summer. Contact Angelia Meffe at angelia.meffe@mail.utoronto.ca for a chance to have your collection highlighted on UTM's social media accounts.
Stories Published This Week
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U of T community members head to Olympics
More than a dozen University of Toronto students, alumni and staff will be vying for Olympic glory as the Tokyo Games kick off this week. 
In The News
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Teaching issues with return to in-person
Getting students back to pre-COVID-19 standards will be a delicate act, writes UTM's Andie Burazin.
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Tighter rules for foreign research collaborations
With concerns about China rising, Canada joins other western countries in stepping up scrutiny of university alliances to preclude foreign espionage.
Learn more
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Higher ed grapples with mandatory vaccines
Canada appears to be hitting a complacency wall, with the lowest uptake being among the university-age demographic, the 18- to 29-year-olds.
UTM Media Mentions
  • Colonialism created food insecurity in the Arctic. It will take huge changes to end the crisis. Anthropology professor Tracey Galloway explains that the relationship of communities to their retailers is colonial, via Canada’s National Observer.
     
  • Over the past five years, digital finance has increasingly become part of business education. Finance professor Andreas Park talks with Maclean’s about how business schools are dealing with the rise in cryptocurrency.
     
  • Beauty-inspired awe can boost your mood. Assistant Professor Jennifer Stellar tells Vietnam Explorer News Channel that people appreciate beauty in even small everyday activities, and that can generate awe.
     
  • Anti-Asian racism is more than a trending topic. Assistant professor of sociology Akwasi Owusu-Bempah tells The Walrus that the Canadian government’s resistance to collecting race-based data has been partly due to a desire to create a positive image of Canada as an accepting, multicultural, immigrant-receiving nation.
Virtual Events
Family Care Office:
Aug. 16: 
Pregnancy/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Planning Seminar
Aug. 18: Balancing Job Search & Family Care

The University of Toronto Centre for Learning, Leadership and Culture:
July 27:
Managing Change at Work

U of T Sexual & Gender Diversity Office
July 28:
  Queer Orientation Planning Meeting
Spotted On Social
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We’re just 3️⃣ days away from Tokyo 2020 and your U of T Olympians are getting ready to give it their all! 💪🏾 Who are you excited to cheer on in Tokyo? ⬇️⁣
⁣WE ALL #BLEEDBLUE | #WeAreTO
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UTM Together
Share your stories and photos
We want to hear about what our UTM community is doing during these unprecedented times, whether it's finding creative ways to work and play, rallying to support the community or taking time to snuggle with your pup. You can send your story tips and photos to UTM's Office of Communications by emailing p.lonergan@utoronto.ca
Check here for up-to-date information regarding COVID-19
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