Aimee is a third year student with a major in Psychology and a double minor in Biology and Linguistics. This year, she was a Student Ambassador, Communications assistant for Student Recruitment and Admissions, President of Free the Children at UTM, and Research Assistant for the Digital Well-Being Lab. This past month, Aimee assisted in planning the UTM spring open house where she revamped the self-guided campus tour booklet, developed online promotional content, and covered highlights of the day on social media. One of her biggest projects this year was the #MyUTM campaign and it was showcased during the open house. She developed it to share the unique stories that make up the UTM community, highlighting the opportunities available through the triumphs of current students. She also conducted research on the variation of Canadian English in Mississauga, and presented it this past month at TULCON, the longest running undergraduate linguistic conference in North America. In the future, she hopes to have a career in Health Care, focusing on rehabilitation, whether it be working with patients or in the research aspect, and wants to pursue psychology at the graduate level.
Neel Mistry is our Student of the Month for February. He is a second-year undergraduate student pursuing a double major in Biology for Health Sciences and Chemistry. While working with refugees and newcomer families over the summer, Neel noticed the social barriers concerning minority groups in Canada. He was inspired to do something about this and ensure equity for people of all backgrounds. As part of this year’s Black History Month, Neel collaborated with members from St. George to plan the MCAT Student Support Program. This initiative aims to provide free preparation to students from minority cultures and underprivileged backgrounds in order to increase the diversity of students in the medical program. As an advocate for equity and diversity, Neel accepts any opportunity that comes his way. He is currently a research assistant at the UTM Career Centre, where he oversees data entry to enhance student services on campus. Outside of UTM, Neel spends his time training volunteers in the emergency department at his local hospital. He credits his success to both hard work and the continuous support of his family. In the future, Neel hopes to combine his leadership abilities with his passion for healthcare in order to increase awareness about the social barriers affecting marginalized individuals in our community.
Mariana is a fourth-year undergraduate student completing major in Biology for Health Science and minors in Sociology and French. As an active member of the UTM community, she is involved in the UTM Governing Council as a member of the Academic Affairs Committee, Vice President of the student group UTM Because I Am A Girl, and Communications Programming Assistant for the Centre for Student Engagement. Mariana is also a Program Facilitator at Visions of Science Network for Learning. This month, she helped plan and execute various fundraising initiatives, in the form of weekly food sales such as the Kernels Popcorn Sale, Krispy Kreme Sale, and BIAAG-SAGE Cinnabon Sale. The funds raised through these efforts will serve to help sponsor four children from several developing countries around the world. Moreover, This month, a new funding opportunity for student groups was also launched, called the "UTM Community Engagement Fund." The preliminary proposal for this fund was created and submitted by Mariana. In the future, she hopes to go into in the fields of Public Health and Health Policy and Administration. Here are Mariana's top 5 pieces of advice for students!
Diala Saab is a fourth-year psychology major, with a double minor in biology and linguistics. She is the president of the Language Studies Academic Society (LSAS), the Senior Advisor for MSA, an undergraduate research assistant for the Sounds of UTM lab, a research blogger for Speechopedia and a volunteer at Erinoakkids. After volunteering with individuals with aphasia at the Halton-Peel Community Aphasia Programs, she was inspired to raise awareness about the disease on campus. This past month, she reached out to a couple of clubs and societies to hold a bake sale on campus and raised $170 to donate towards the cause. She also contacted H-PCAP for their support to provide resources to distribute on campus about aphasia and the programs they offer. In the future, Diala aspires to become a Speech-Language Pathologist and hopes to inspire others to realize they don’t need to be an SLP in order to support people with these disorders. Here are her top 5 pieces of advice:
Habon Ali is a third year student pursuing a double major in biology and environmental sciences. This month she was awarded a fellowship with the Mosaic Institute. Through this fellowship, she will be working with 17 student leaders from all across Canada to create a social action plan to showcase how our differences are our solutions. She is also a youth advocate at the Youth Health Action Network, and also involved on campus clubs including Habitat for Humanity, Helping Hands, COS UTM and the Somali Student Association. Off campus, she volunteers at Toronto Western hospital and Silvercreek Preschool. She is extremely interested in health policy and public health, and hopes to pursuing a career in Disaster and Emergency management.
Johnathan Davidson Is an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto Mississauga, doing a double major in Psychology & Biology, and is our student of the month. This past month Johnathan was awarded the “Service Above Self Award” by the Rotary Club of Mississauga, and is also the president of Lifeline: UTM Blood & Stem Cell Society where he is helping conduct their first blood clinic scheduled for Nov. 4th. Outside of UTM, he spends a lot of his time volunteering at Credit Valley hospital. This year he was recognized for his 5 years of contribution with an Ontario Volunteer Service Award issued by Premier Kathleen Wynne. Here are John's top 5 pieces of advice towards success.
The school year has just begun, which means there is a good chance you have been bombarded with an overwhelming amount of extra curricular opportunities to add to your CCR. Take this quiz to determine which one(s) are right for you!
Exams are just around the corner, which means the school year is almost over. We are counting down the top 5 events from CSE this year.
This year volunteers with the Centre for Student Engagement completed over 92,460 hours in the community!! This was an amazing accomplishment that the CSE wanted to celebrate alongside all volunteers/ community partners/ team leaders and the UTM community! Check out how we celebrated:
Hey UTM! Graduate school application deadlines are just around the corner (or you may have applied and are waiting for a reply), so we thought we would put together advice from current UTM graduate students for you!
Here are some of the top things happening on campus during Reading Week!
If only books could talk... WELL NOW THEY CAN! Here's your chance to connect with UTM Alumni (AKA our Books) in a casual, cosy setting. Here are the top reasons why you should come:
In celebration of UTM's 50th Anniversary, The Centre for Student Engagement, in collaboration with Hart House and the Canadian Mutlcultural Inventors Museum, presented "Native Invent: Sharing our Path" a celebration of Aboriginal and Indigenous Peoples contributions to the world of Innovation.
Are you a student organization and wonder what legacy your club will leave behind for the next team? What do you need to pass on to ensure your club continues to succeed in the coming year?
Are you a student organization who has an idea to bring students in the UTM community together? We're looking for groups to collaborate on ideas to engage students on campus. Through this fund, we encourage student groups to collaborate with other groups that are of a different area of interest.