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Posted June 06, 2017

Woodsworth Spring 2017 Convocation

Over 800 students are set to graduate

Woodsworth College will once again be celebrating another big class of graduating students on June 21st.  Over 800 students were eligible to graduate and many of them have elected to participate in the convocation ceremony in Convocation Hall.  As there is such a big graduating class this year there were only a minimal amount of extra tickets available for extra guests.  However, provisions have been made to live stream the ceremony in the Convocation Plaza (the tent just outside Convocation Hall), as well as in Kruger Hall Commons at Woodsworth College.

Prior to the ceremony there will be a reception and luncheon for graduating students, their families and friends in the Peter F. Bronfman Courtyard at Woodsworth College.  

More details are available here.

Posted May 30, 2017

Alumni Association AGM & Spring Reunion

The alumni association is hosting this annual event

Please join fellow alumni, students and staff of Woodsworth College for the Annual General Meeting of the AAWC followed by:

  • Volunteer Recognition
  • Cocktail Reception (cash bar)
  • Live jazz trio
  • and magician! 

FREE! All Woodsworth alumni are welcome

For more information: call 416-978-5301, or email.

Posted April 28, 2017

2017 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards

Nine Woodsworth students were presented with Cressy Awards at this year's ceremony

Convocation Hall was packed with friends, family and U of T staff and faculty as over 200 students were presented with this year's Cressy Awards.  The Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards were established in 1994 by the University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA) and the Division of University Advancement in order to recognize students who have made outstanding extra-curricular contributions to their college, faculty or school, or to the university as a whole.

Woodsworth is very proud that nine of its students qualified to receive the award this year. These students were active on campus and at the College in a myriad of volunteer roles that benefited students both here at U of T and more broadly accross the city of Toronto and in the wider world. Recipients were: Amanda Cheung, Ritika Kompella, Aakanksha John, Sandleen Azam, Novera Khan, Radha Lamba, Kristine Medrero, Aadil Nathani and Rebecca Zhao.

Congratulations to all!

Posted April 11, 2017

Alumni-Students Mentorship Program

The program celebrated another successful year

The Alumni-Students Mentorship program celebrated another successful year of mentoring partnerships with a lively closing reception, attended by student mentees and alumni mentors.  Forty-eight pairs participated in the program which has just concluded its 4th year. 

The program offers one to one mentoring as an avenue for professional development for third and fourth year Woodsworth College students, as well as to students in the College affiliated programs: Criminology & Sociolegal Studies and Employment Relations.  

For alumni it’s a great way to stay connected with Woodsworth and give back to the student community.  Mentors gain the satisfaction of knowing they are helping students understand the unfamiliar and often daunting world they will face after graduation.

Ideal mentors are professionals both young and seasoned who are willing to impart knowledge of their field and experiences they have had in entering their careers

Our mentors come from a variety of fields and sectors, and include lawyers practicing in a variety of fields; HR professionals;  civil servants in all levels of government;  banking, accounting, and finance professionals;  as well as those practicing in public relations and marketing.  For more information please visit the program web page

Posted March 22, 2017

Woodsworth Supports Pow Wow and Indigenous Students

First pow wow held at UofT in decades

The College was proud to be one of the supporters of the UofT pow wow held on March 12th at the Athletic Centre. 

The event, Honouring Our Students Pow Wow and Indigenous Festival, was organized by U of T students and was open to the public. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs and an alumna of U of T’s Faculty of Medicine was in attendance.

Not only did the College support this event, but the Woodsworth community provides many opportunities for Indigenous students to achieve academic success. In addition to choosing Woodsworth College directly from high school, many come through the Millie Rotman Shime Academic Bridging Program and the Diploma to Degree transfer programs.  The curriculum in our Academic Bridging Program and Woodsworth One Foundation Program highlights the history, contributions and continuing struggles of Indigenous people in Canadian society today.  It is a learning experience for all who choose these courses.  Additionally, the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, affiliated with the College, has recently introduced senior level courses in the area of study: Indigenous Law and Indigenous Peoples & Criminal Justice.

Donors of the College have recognized the need to suport Indigenous students such as recent awards endowed by Tom Mitchinson & David Connolly and Sandra Laughren & Steven Dwyer.

Most recently, one of our students, Julie Blair, Anishinaabe (Objibwa), WDW'17, was awarded the Brookfield Bronfman Gold Scholarship recognizing her strong academic performance and community leadership. 

Woodsworth College has always been proud of its diversity and is stronger for the contributions of its students, including those who identify and Indigenous.

View a video about the pow wow here.

Posted March 16, 2017

Annual Sefton-Williams Memorial Lecture

U.S. Labour Journalist will deliver this year's lecture

Speaker: Richard Yeselson, Labour Journalist

Title: Trade Unions and Populist Politics: What The Trump Presidency Truly Means for Labour

Date/Time: Thursday, March 30, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

Where: Music Room, Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, University of Toronto

The Sefton-Williams Award for Contributions to Industrial Relations will be presented to Elaine Bernard, Director, Labor and Worklife Program, Harvard Law School

The Morley Gunderson Prize in Industrial Relations will be presented to Douglas Hyatt, Academic Director, Morning, Evening, and Executive MBA Programs and a Professor of Business Economics at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

To register please click here.

More information: 
Phone: 416-978-5301

Posted February 27, 2017

Woodsworth Alumni Profile & Tips for Graduating Students!

Prash Rasaiah's journey from involved student to a career in the finance sector

Prash Rasaiah graduated in 2010 with a double major in Criminology and Political Science and a minor in Economics. He is currently a Director of Market Development at MasterCard Canada.

Prash chose Woodsworth College for its diverse community and proximity to the Criminology & Sociolegals Studies program. As an undergraduate Prash was involved in various campus groups and organizations. In his upper years, he found himself wanting to belong to a tighter knit community on campus, which led to his subsequent involvement with the Woodsworth College Community. It was at this point that he joined and became active in the Woodsworth College Student Association, the Woodsworth Residence Council, the Howl and the Association of Political Science Students.

He also concurrently began working part-time at the Bank of Montreal. This experience gave him exposure to business management, and was an interesting supplement to his academic studies.  While Prash initially wished to pursue a career in law, he turned down the opportunity to study in the UK for a full-time opportunity that came his way at the Bank of Montreal upon graduation. This ultimately shaped his career path in the banking sector. His experience quickly taught him that most roles are not one specific discipline - often they are a unique blend of many mandates (finance, marketing, strategy, etc).

When discussing his banking career, Prash points out that humanities and social science students often hesitate when entering a business or commerce driven field.  Do I have what it takes?  Do I need an MBA before I am adequately prepared?  Having a humanities and social sciences background himself, he tries to dispels that misconception at every opportunity he gets. The kind of critical thinking skills garnered at university, is an advantage in many areas - especially in the banking environment.

Moving  initiatives forward in a highly matrixed environment often involves crafting and presenting a ‘storyline’. Prash found his academic background helped him with this. It is the unique perspective that education brings to a job or role that is significant. Prash believes that open-minded HR practices will continue and burgeon in his field. He would like to see a a framework that does not solely espouse that a certain degree dictates a certain job type. For example, Prash points out that his degree in Criminology is not often thought of as an analytical program but in reality it requires a fairly high degree of comfort in statistics when working with data sets and trends. Some skills gained from this program were very useful in his career, and he believes individuals studying it should not feel limited in their career options. 

Prash has some important pointers for those poised to soon graduate: the planning for his career path was a dynamic process, and his banking experience during his undergraduate career was extremely instrumental. He recommends to those interested in banking and/or other similar industries that it is beneficial to look for an interesting entry level opportunity in the desired company  – irrespective of title or breadth. The first role you take will not necessarily be the defining role of your career, but it will be invaluable in your understanding of the institution, the industry, its culture and opportunities.  Prash did not do any internships during his undergraduate summers but working as a part-time employee at BMO helped him understand product management and paved the way for his first role and future path. He further points out that if taking on a part time job during studies, it  should not be overly demanding and should balance with academic demands. 

Prash continues his involvement at Woodsworth. He is currently a director witht the Alumni Association of Woodsworth College, where he undertakes event planning and execution.  He is also a mentor in the Woodsworth Alumni-Students Mentorship Program.  
One Big Tip

Prash’s advice for students: Upon entering the workforce, try to find a good balance between humility and confidence. Always know your underlying worth and know what you can bring to the table. Pull all your experience (both from academics and life) together and come at whatever you are tasked with strong! Prash says looking back at his career, that this is what differentiated him from his peers. Be vocal and be a champion for what you own in your job and do all of that from the get go. The paradox is, that it still requires one to be humble and always believe that you have room to grow/improve. It is a delicate balance, but once you find that balance, you will find success.  Prash encourages to keep an open mind. He explains that the modern day career path is a very different phenomenon from what it was even a few years ago due to economic change and rapid evolution in many industries.  New graduates should be prepared for the reality that the modern day career path does not always have to be upward to be enriching and progressive.  But he also believes that the current generation of university graduates is better prepared for the challenges in the work force than his own. The most important thing of all is to enjoy every moment!  

Posted February 24, 2017

Alumni Café - Make Canada Great Again

An expert panel will provide perspective on contributing factors to the election of Donald Trump and impacts on Canada

Will the Trump presidency inhibit Canada's "greatness"?  Are there similar undercurrents in Canada to indicate a political change is coming? Join alumni, students and friends for this timely and interesting panel discussion, sponsored by the Alumni Association of Woodsworth College.

An expert panel of academics will provide perspective on contributing factors to the election of Donald Trump and an assessment of whether there is a similar political climate in Canada.  The panel will also explore the impact the Trump presidency will have on jurisprudence, Canadian values, and policy areas including environment, energy and healthcare.

For more information and registration details click here.

Posted February 13, 2017

Become a Mentor!

The Alumni-Students Mentorship Program is recruiting mentors!

The ASMP is a one to one mentoring program which offers an avenue for professional development for third and fourth year Woodsworth College students, as well as to students in the College affiliated programs: Criminology & Sociolegal Studies and Employment Relations. The program will be entering its 5th year and we are excited to be expanding and are looking for young and seasoned professionals who are willing to engage with our students by sharing their knowledge and experiences in the work force.

Mentors gain the satisfaction of knowing they are helping students understand the unfamiliar and often daunting world they will face after graduation. In addition to guiding students, mentors will also have heightened self-awareness and a profile as an active supporter of their alma mater.  Mentorship is a valuable practice to help develop leadership skills.

For more information and to apply please visit our program page.


Posted February 13, 2017

Awards Dinner 2017

Over two hundred guests attended this annual event celebrating student success

Woodsworth College scholarship winners, their friends, family members, donors, faculty and staff were all on hand in the Great Hall at Hart House for this celebratory evening.  This year the College was pleased to be able to award a total of 266 admission, in-course, graduation and summer abroad scholarships.

The evening was capped off with the presentation of the annual Brookfield Peter F. Bronfman Awards.  The gold award, with a value of $12,000, was awarded to Julie Blair.  Leadership awards, with a value of $6,000 each, were awarded to Madison Frost, Kwasi Hoffman, Zachary Jones, Jacquelyn Laurenda and Valeriya Mordvinova. Congratulations all!

More photos from the event are available here. 

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