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University Updates
Message from Vice-President & Principal Alexandra Gillespie:
Recognizing Pride Month
“You’re beautiful; you’re not wrong; you’re not alone.”
Statement of mourning from U of T HR
As the University prepares to recognize National Indigenous History Month, we mourn for the 215 Indigenous children at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. It is an exceptionally challenging time for the Indigenous communities at U of T and a vivid reminder of the not-so-distant history of harms and atrocities that we are only beginning to work toward acknowledging and reconciling.
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Flowers and stuffed toys on the lawn in front of the Kamloops residential school. People stand in front of the school wearing orange t-shirts.
Stories Published This Week
Looking down walkway to large, square, stepped concrete structure with multiple stairs leading up to it. Structure is in two sections with a path through the centre.
UTM history and biology profs join forces
Professors Mairi Cowan and Christoph Richter were inspired to write about an "offensive" monument to Christopher Columbus after seeing students' reaction to the large, concrete structure.
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In The News
Lion sculpture with colourful Chinese temple in the background
Universities told to pause partnerships with Beijing
The Alberta government has asked the province’s universities to pause any new partnerships with links to the Chinese government and to review its existing relationships.
Woman walking away from camera toward building, wearing red dress, with grad robe thrown over her shoulder and a grad cap in her left hand
Transferrable skills are a byproduct of education
Mairi Cowan reconciles the push for transferrable skills in university courses with her own reasons for teaching history.
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Three students wearing white button-down shirts and holding backpacks looking at the camera smiling while resting in covered walkway
Students in India may lose global university slots
With a proposal to hold class 12 examinations between July and August and declare results in September, thousands of students might miss deadlines to submit marks.
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UTM Media Mentions
  • No Canadian cities have successfully defunded their police force to date, however, there continues to be some momentum to potentially do so in certain regions, sociology professor Julius Haag tells Holr Magazine. He also spoke with CNN Newsroom about where ‘defund the police’ stands in Canada one year after George Floyd’s death.
  • More restaurants opened than closed during the early days of the pandemic lockdown. Associate professor Shauna Brail talks to the Toronto Star about her research project using Yelp data to track the opening and closing of restaurants during the pandemic.
  • Family 'still fighting' for answers a year after Regis Korchinski-Paquet's death. Sociology professor Akwasi Owusu-Bempah speaks to the Canadian Press about race and policing. He also spoke with The National Tribune about the legacy of George Floyd and anti-Black racism in Canada.
  • Debate over fears criticizing China sparks anti-Asian racism hate. Weiguo Zhang, associate professor of sociology, tells the Canadian Press that politicians believe that anti-Asian racism is not a problem.
Virtual Events
UofT Centre for Learning, Leadership and Culture:
June 7: Burning Bright, Not Burning Out
June 9: The Remote Leader

UTM Alumni Relations:
June 10:
Introduction to Blockchain, cryptocurrencies and decentralized finance

June 16:
 U of T Pride Pitch

UTM Indigenous Centre:
June 18: IHM Beading Session with Everbead

Biomedical Communications:
June (ongoing):
BMC 75 Virtual Exhibition

June Pride:
June 8: 
Display Your Pride Crafting: Pride Zoom Backgrounds with Mahfam & Ravisha
June 11: Display Your Pride Crafting: Hand Crafts with Mahfam & Shannon
June 11: QUTE Celebrates Pride
Spotted On Social
Stone arched bridge over still water, which is reflecting both the bridge and the leaves from nearby trees
The beautiful arch over Watkin's Pond on Principal's Rd. at UTM is a photo magnet. In this shot taken this afternoon, it has a positively psychedelic vibe.
Follow John Stewart on Twitter @JohnAtTheNews
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
Check here for up-to-date information regarding COVID-19
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