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Focus on Fall with VPP Alexandra Gillespie
Joint Provostial and Human Resources Guideline on Vaccination
Learn the latest on vaccination guidelines at U of T.
Download the memo
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U of T ranked 18th in the world – and 2nd among North American public universities – by Times Higher Education
Stories Published This Week
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In The News
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No distancing requirements in classrooms
Ontario lifts class size, distancing requirements in indoor post-secondary classrooms, but says institutions must have a vaccination policy in place by Sept. 7.
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Juggling academia and parenting
With a possible fourth wave on the horizon, COVID is taking a toll on parents and caregivers as a new academic year starts.
Learn more
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Get students to read your syllabus
Use class time to show students how to use the syllabus and create a plan to direct them back to the syllabus over the semester.
UTM Media Mentions
  • As the federal election approaches, political science professor Randy Besco talks to the Toronto Star about the GTA ridings that will be key in shaping the next government.
  • 500,000 vaccinations later: The Toronto Star covers UTM’s contribution in helping vaccinate the community’s hardest hit areas in Mississauga.
  • Masks work to prevent the spread of COVID-19, but vaccines are better. In an op-ed for the Toronto Star, management professor Laura Derksen writes that increasing vaccination is key.
Virtual Events
Lecture Me!
Sept 14:
Naming and Framing: Perceptions of Racial Group Labels with Prof. Sonia Kang

Academic Job Search for UTM Postdocs:
Sept 14:
What I Wish Candidates Knew
Sept 23: Drop-In CV Work Session

The University of Toronto Centre for Learning, Leadership and Culture:
Sept. 14: Confidence & Courage 
Sept. 15: Career Planning: Be Your Own Talent Agent
Sept. 16: Relationship, Collaboration + Partnerships: Collaboration Frameworks and Online Tools

Blackwood Gallery:
Sept. 18:
 Black in the Waters: Race and the Waterways of Canada

Be Well UTM:
Sept 20-24: Resource and Activity Fair
Welcome Back!
A round-up of services that are open on campus this fall:

Food services
are open at select locations, including the Davis Food Court in DV, Colman Commons in OPH and Starbucks in HMLC. Find vending machines at locations across the campus, and take advantage of the 20 per cent ‘Welcome Back” discount on fresh salads and snacks available from the Daily Blends fridge in DV. See the Hospitality & Retail Services site for hours and locations.
 
The UTM Library is open throughout the week, with extended hours for spaces and services. Floors 2–4, including the stacks, are available to members of the U of T community with some restrictions. For more information about work spaces, borrowing and other services, visit the Library’s Covid-19 updates page.

The Information & Instructional Technology team offers support in-person and remote support to staff, faculty and students. Visit the UTM Service Desk in the CCT building for in-person assistance, or the I&ITS page to for a complete list of services.
 
In-person activities at the Recreation, Athletics & Wellness Centre are limited to students only for now, however virtual activities are available for staff and faculty. Take a midday break with the free Get Up ‘N Stretch class, or access virtual fitness classes through the RAWC monthly membership program. Check the RAWC website for details.

The Print Shop is open for business but is currently closed for in-person consultations. Please submit your print requests online using Service Now, and call or email with any questions. See the ‘how-to’ video on the Print Shop website for details on using Service Now

The UTM Bookstore is open for open for in-store shopping from Monday to Saturday in the Davis Building. Pickup of web orders is available by appointment only. For hours and other info, please visit the Bookstore website.
A round-up of services that are open on campus this fall:

Food services
are open at select locations, including the Davis Food Court in DV, Colman Commons in OPH and Starbucks in HMLC. Find vending machines at locations across the campus, and take advantage of the 20 per cent ‘Welcome Back” discount on fresh salads and snacks available from the Daily Blends fridge in DV. See the Hospitality & Retail Services site for hours and locations.
 
The UTM Library is open throughout the week, with extended hours for spaces and services. Floors 2–4, including the stacks, are available to members of the U of T community with some restrictions. For more information about work spaces, borrowing and other services, visit the Library’s Covid-19 updates page.

The Information & Instructional Technology Services team offers in-person and remote support to stafffaculty and students. Visit the UTM Service Desk in the CCT Atrium for in-person assistance, or go to the I&ITS Service Portal to place a ticket or a request for one of their services.
 
In-person activities at the Recreation, Athletics & Wellness Centre are limited to students only for now, however virtual activities are available for staff and faculty. Take a midday break with the free Get Up ‘N Stretch class, or access virtual fitness classes through the RAWC monthly membership program. Check the RAWC website for details.

The Print Shop is open for business but is currently closed for in-person consultations. Please submit your print requests online using Service Now, and call or email with any questions. See the ‘how-to’ video on the Print Shop website for details on using Service Now

The UTM Bookstore is open for open for in-store shopping from Monday to Saturday in the Davis Building. Pickup of web orders is available by appointment only. For hours and other info, please visit the Bookstore website.
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Welcome home, #UofT! 💙 New and returning students arrived on campus this week with suitcases in tow.

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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
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