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Posted January 05, 2016

Woodsworth Student Publishes Book

Experiences as Child Soldier turned into Graphic Novel

Michel Chikwanine is a Woodsworth College student who is currently studying African studies. His traumatic experiences as a child soldier form the basis of his book Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War. 

The book is being published as a Kids Can Press  CitizenKid books.  This is a joint project with retired general and ex-senator Roméo Dallaire, now a full-time advocate for child soldiers.  The book is co-authored with Jessica Dee Humphreys and illustrated by Claudia Davila.

Read the full Maclean's  full article about Michel and the book here and listen to his recent interview on the CBC program Q

Posted December 17, 2015

Alumni Portraits

Woodsworth Grad Betty Xie featured in UofT Alumni Portraits

Film maker and Woodsworth College alumna Betty Xie was recently interviewed by the University of Toronto as part of the Alumni Portraits series.  Read and listen here.

Posted December 17, 2015

Woodsworth Student Featured in CBC Podcast

Audrey Rochette speaks about her journey

The CBC podcast, Campus,  featuring Audrey Rochette, a former Academic Bridging student,  was released this week. You can listen to the podcast here.

Posted November 11, 2015

Woodsworth Alumnus Elected

Shaun Chen (06) part of new Liberal Government

The federal election resulted in a majority win for the Liberal Party of Canada and heading to Ottawa along with 184 other Liberals will be Woodsworth grad Shaun Chen.  He will represent the new riding of Scarborough North.  Shaun has been a Toronto District School Board trustee since 2006 and was its chair when he became a candidate in the federal election.  

Shaun has served as director of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association and was a member of the City of Toronto Children’s Services Advisory Committee, where he worked to support a multi-year strategy to expand Toronto’s child care system. He was named by Maclean’s Magazine as one of “100 young Canadians to watch.”  

Shaun graduated from Woodsworth College with a BSc in Computer Science and Equity Studies.  He is also a graduate of OISE where he received his MA in Sociology in Education and where he is currently enrolled as a PhD student in Social Justice Education.

The College congratulates Shaun on his win and wishes him all the best in his new and challenging role!

Posted November 05, 2015

Inaugural Morley Gunderson Lecture

Labour Economics and Industrial Relations Focus of New Annual Lecture

To honour the contributions of Professor Morley Gunderson in research and labour policy in Canada a lecture was established this year in his name.  This lecture is jointly presented by the Department of Economics, the Centre for Industrial Relations & Human Resources, and Woodsworth College.

All three of these University of Toronto divisions are very pleased that the inaugural lecturer will be Professor Edward Lazear of Stanford University.  Professor Lazear is the Jack Steele Parker Professor of Human Resources Management and Economics in the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  He is also the Morris Arnold and Nona Jean Cox Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.

Edward P. Lazear has  taught at Stanford since 1992. He previously taught at the University of Chicago's Economics Department and Graduate School of Business, where he was the Brown Professor of Urban and Labor Economics.

Lazear served as Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and served at the White House from 2006 to 2009.   In his position as the chief economic advisor to the President, he advised on a broad range of matters that involve both the macroeconomy and microeconomic issues.

Founding Editor of the Journal of Labor Economics, Lazear is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, the Econometric Society, and the Society of Labor Economists of which he was president. Lazear is a Visiting Distinguished Fellow of the Becker Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago and is heads the economics initiative at the George W. Bush Institute. He is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, where he co-chairs the program in personnel economics.

Professor Lazear has written extensively on labor markets and personnel issues; microeconomic theory; issues involving worker compensation and effects on productivity; entrepreneurship; governmental policies on discrimination, affirmative action, and comparable worth; educational policy; unemployment; culture, language, and diversity issues; the doctrine of employment at will; distribution of income within the household; pricing and marketing policies; and other issues involving labor markets and the macroeconomy. He has over 100 published academic articles, he is a frequent contributor to the popular press, and has written or edited twelve books.

Professor Lazear's book Personnel Economics (MIT Press, 1995) expands on his 1993 Wicksell Lectures. In 1998, he received the Melamed Prize, which cited this book as the best research by a business school professor anywhere in the world during the previous two years. He received the  Distinguished Teaching Award from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business as well as the PhD Faculty Distinguished Service Award.

Lazear won the IZA Prize in Labor Economics, which is given to the person viewed to have made the most significant contributions to labor economics in the world. This was primarily for his work in personnel economics. In June 2006, Lazear was awarded the Jacob Mincer Prize given by the Society of Labor Economics for lifetime contributions to the field. He holds four honorary doctorates.

In addition to his former duties in Washington, Professor Lazear has been an advisor to the governments of Czechoslovakia, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, and Georgia.

The lecture will take place on Friday, November 6, 2015. Lecture venue, time and registration details are available here.

Posted October 21, 2015

Annual Saul Goldstein Memorial Lecture

Prof. Greg Wells to speak

On Tuesday November 3rd Professor Greg Well of the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education will present a talk entitled Sleep, Eat, Move and Think Better: A blueprint for health and wellbeing.  

Dr. Wells is an assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of Toronto where he studies elite sport performance. He also serves as an associate scientist of physiology and experimental medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children where he leads the Exercise Medicine Research Program. There, he and his team explore how to use exercise to prevent, diagnose and treat chronic illnesses in children. Previously, he served as the director of sport science at the Canadian Sport Institute, and taught elite sport coaches at the National Coaching Institute.

Prof. Wells has recently been awarded a Movember Canada Men's Health & Wellbeing Innovation Challenge Grant for his project, "the Health Oracle App: Predicting health and guiding action." 

Lecture Details:

Date: Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Time: 5:00 p.m.

Place: Kruger Hall Commons, Woodsworth College, 119 St. George St.

To Register: Online registration

More information: phone 416-978-5301 or email

Reception follows lecture.  All welcome!

More information about the Saul Goldstein Memorial Lecture is available here.

Posted October 16, 2015

Alumni Café

First café of the season - Beth Fischer to speak

Come out and hear Woodsworth College lecturer, Dr. Beth Fisher, speak about US politics and the ongoing influence of Ronald Reagan on the political discourse south of the border.  Event takes place on Tuesday, October 20 at 6pm in the William Waters Lounge. More details here.

Posted September 23, 2015

Woodsworth Alumnus Creates Start Up!

Educational platform allows students to collaborate and share study resources

Jack Tai (WDW 2010) had always thought that he would be an entrepreneur so after graduating with a degree in statistics and economics he co-founded OneClass, an online lecture note sharing site.  His co-founders are Kevin Wu (also a 2010 Woodsworth College grad), and Maggie Peng (UofT at Scarborough 2010).

The trio was prompted to start  this venture to address a need they perceived for students to be able to access information in a timely manner without having to filter through unrelated and outdated content from the web. They also believed that this would be a great tool for students transitioning from high school to university as they may have more questions and need for information than  professors teaching very  large classes would be able to provide.

OneClass' site contains  a gamut of  tools from  self-created lecture notes to study guides. There are also subject experts who create high quality video tutorials for common university subjects ranging from concepts within a textbook to step-by-step solutions to past exams.  The site  has helped over 400,000 students in North America sharing information about 30,000 different courses along with over 5,000 video tutorials.

Click here to find out more about OneClass.


Posted September 23, 2015

New Courses - New Destinations!

Summer Abroad Program Update

The Summer Abroad Program  had another successful year.  Over one thousand students participated in programs that took place in twenty destinations around the globe.  New programs and courses were added such as Understanding Global Organizations which was offered in Seoul, South Korea and Consulting with Micro-Enterprises, which was offered in Cape Town, South Africa.  

New for 2016 will be a program in Greece. Based in Thessaloniki, students will study "Modern Greece, the Balkans and the European Union" and receive a POL300Y credit. Also new for 2016 is a sociology course titled "Contemporary Chinese Society". Students will spend four weeks in China exploring social change and development by meeting with different groups of people including scholars, village heads, migrant workers, women's groups and policy makers.

The  Summer Abroad Program is managed by Woodsworth College but is open to all UofT students and alumni (alumni need to re-register to take part).

For more information about the program click here.


Posted September 11, 2015

Message from the Acting Principal Carol Chin

Welcome to Woodsworth College - an inviting college where students feel right at home!

Woodsworth is the largest of the seven colleges on the St. George campus, but with all the programs, services, and student activities here, there’s something for all students to feel they belong.

Woodsworth College holds a special place at the University of Toronto.  Founded in 1974 to provide a pathway for part-time and non-traditional students to pursue a university education, the College now enjoys a blend of full, part-time, straight from high school, and mature students. Many Woodsworth students enter via our Millie Rotman Shime Academic Bridging Program or the Diploma to Degree program.

Our innovative Woodsworth One program now has two thematic streams: Order and Disorder  and Popular Culture. The College is home to the large and popular Summer Abroad program, as well as several professional certificate programs. We enjoy a close working relationship with two affiliated centres, Criminology and Sociolegal Studies, and the Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources, and we share some of our social and study spaces with our neighbours in Rotman Commerce. Academic support services in the College include the Academic Writing Centre, Math Aid Centre, and a computer lab. Kruger Hall Commons is a popular space for meetings, quiet study, or a cup of coffee with friends.

I am honoured to be serving as Acting Principal of the College for 2015–2016, and I look forward to a great year together as part of the Woodsworth community.


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