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University Updates
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U of T President Meric Gertler invites Class of 2021
to virtual convocation ceremony
Memos from Vice-President & Principal Alexandra Gillespie
Online safety: UTM will build new resources and communities for online research support—and will make them easy to access as a matter of course.
Workplace well-being: UTM will prioritize connection, well-being and care in our institutional plans—not as casual buzzwords but as areas for long-term investment. 
UTM displays its PRIDE
Lauren sitting on patio chair in garden, with bushes and flowers in background. She is wearing a purple sleeveless shirt, jeans and white sneakers. She has a microphone in her hand and large earphones around her neck.
Campus road closure notice
Starting June 21, Outer Circle Road across from the Central Utilities Plant (CUP) will have a section closed to traffic for approximately 8-10 weeks, resulting in single-lane traffic, controlled via traffic lights. This closure is to allow for repairs to underground utilities tunnel for project UTM2020-21-14 CUP Tunnel Repairs. Library curb side pick-up, parking for book drop off, etc. have been temporarily moved to four designed parking spots in the P9 Carpool parking lot for the duration of construction.  
Stories Published This Week
UTM valedictorian looks toward life of diplomacy
Adwet Sharma will be honoured as this year’s valedictorian during the June 24 UTM Class of 2021 virtual celebration.
Read more
In The News
Canadian flag flying in breeze in foreground, background is the Canadian Peace Tower (Parliament Hill)
Canadian universities improve world ranking
Canadian higher education has begun to reverse consecutive years of stagnation, with more than half of its ranked universities improving their global rank.
Seven leaves hanging on a string, each a different colour, from green on the left, yellows in the middle and red on the right
Coming transformation of higher ed
Arthur Levine describes a seven-step process that reveals how far we need to go to ensure that academe keeps pace with the changes taking place in our society.
Learn more
Person with blue bandana on head wearing a surgical paper face mask at a protest holding up a sign that reads: We repeat what we don't repair
Why states are banning critical race theory
Anti-critical race theory bills have become law in eight states and are set to become law in a further nine states.
Awards & Honours
UTM's Office of the Registrar has won a national award for its project Optimizing registrarial student services and staff workflow in a remote environment through “AskRegistrar”, through the 2021 CAUBO Quality and Productivity (Q&P) Awards Program. This prize acknowledges the project as a strong enabler of excellence in process optimization.

UTM's Office of Communications was recognized for its project, Battling Burnout: Wellbeing during the COVID Winter. The initiative, which consisted of a series of videos featuring Alexandra Gillespie, Luke Barber, Marc Johnson, Andrea Carter, Nader Boutros and Shelley Hawrychuk, won Best Administrative/Non-Academic Campaign of the Year at the inaugural Higher Ed Social Awards. The international competition celebrates the best work in Higher Ed social media and digital marketing communications.

UTM Media Mentions
  • Awe makes us happier, healthier and humbler. Psychology professor Jennifer Stellar talks with USA Today about the benefits of going for a walk in nature, going to a concert, a museum or travelling.
  • Theatre chain Cineplex’s revenues fell 74.9 per cent during the pandemic and may have a challenge getting people to come back when business re-opens. Tanjim Hossain, a professor of marketing explains to the Financial Post that home technology has been improving and the library we can access from home has become much larger.
  • How some restaurants opened and adapted during the pandemic and what’s next: Associate Professor Shauna Brail is the featured guest on the Toronto Star’s This Matters podcast about the post-third-wave restaurant industry.
  • Petition for Robinhood to List Shiba Inu Crypto Among Change.Org's Most Popular. In a piece about a new petition, Newsweek references a previous interview with associate professor of finance Andreas Park regarding the volatility of cryptocurrencies.
  • 'Striking, shocking and saddening.' UTM sociologist Akwasi Owusu-Bempah reacts to research findings that Black men are overrepresented in Ontario jails, via CTV News.
Virtual Events
UofT Centre for Learning, Leadership and Culture:
June 22: Building and Sustaining Trust
June 23: Building Resilience and Team Success in a Virtual Landscape

U of T Pride events:
June 19-27: Virtual Pride & Remembrance Run
June 22: U of T Pride Concert featuring Jeremy Dutcher
June 24: Inclusive Pedagogical Considerations for 2SLGBTQ+ Students

Graduation events:
June 23: Convocation
June 24: UTM Class of 2021 Celebration

 Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Institute of Iranian Studies
June 18: 
The Woman I Want: Performing the Writings of Zandokht, 1906-1951 (in Persian)

Blackwood Gallery:
Now-June 27:
 Tales from the Garden of Zār 

Biomedical Communications:
June (ongoing):
BMC 75 Virtual Exhibition
Spotted On Social
One of my proudest career highlights by far - I had the privilege to work alongside my mom today at Trillium’s UTM vaccine clinic! It’s crazy how a pandemic has allowed our paths to cross like this. She has taught me everything it means to be a compassionate, caring and intelligent nurse, striving always to grow and to challenge oneself with new opportunities. Such a fitting way to celebrate Nursing Week 2021! Btw, she also asked if she could bring me lunch today - nothing like a mother’s love. Can’t wait to give you a big hug one day soon! Love you, mom! 🥰 
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