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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. 

Posted January 06, 2017

Backpack to Briefcase Events

Speed Networking Events for ER and Criminology & Sociolegal Studies students

Not sure what to do with your Social Science  degree? We’ve got a b2B for that!

On January 16th and 23rd  alumni from the Employment Relations and Criminology Programs will be on campus to discuss their U of T education, the value of their degree, and their pursuit of successful careers. Over a series of 10-minute conversations with each group of alumni, students will be able to broaden their connections and increase their exposure to career options as they move from table to table. Students are asked to bring questions as there will be lots of time to speak with the alumni during the speed-networking session and after, when food and refreshments will be served!

Criminology alumni guest bios

ER alumni guest bios

For more info and to register, please visit the respective session registration sites:

Employment Relations


Posted December 12, 2016

Holiday Closure

College & University Closure for the Holidays

The University and the College will be closed for the Holiday as of Wednesday December 21 and opening again on Monday, January 2nd. There will be no access to the College during this time.

Please note that should you wish to make a donation to the Universtiy during the closure, the offices of University Advancement will remain open at 21 King’s College Circle on the following days:

Wednesday, December 21  9:00am  -   4:00pm
Thursday, December 22 9:00am  -   4:00pm
Friday, December 23 9:00am  -   4:00pm
Wednesday, December 28  9:00am  -   4:00pm
Thursday, December 29 9:00am  -   4:00pm
Friday, December 30 9:00am  -   4:00pm

Note that as per CRA guidelines, to be eligible for a 2016 tax receipt donations must be hand delivered or postmarked no later than December 31, 2016.

For University of Toronto Libraries, please consult their web site for opening hours during the closure period:




Posted December 09, 2016

Woodsworth Alumna Honoured

Presented with the outstanding native student of the year award

On Thursday, December 8th, UofT President Meric Gertler presented Woodsworth grad Audrey Rochette with an Outstanding Native Student of the Year Award.  Audrey graduated in June of 2016 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and aboriginal and religious studies. During her time at Woodsworth she was very active as a student volunteer in the Office of the Dean of Students.  She is presently perusing her master degree in religious studies. Read more about her leadership role at First Nations House in the UofT News article.  Congratulations Audrey!

Posted November 11, 2016

Remembrance Day 2016

Members of the Woodsworth community attended the UofT Remembrance Day service

Novera Khan, Sarah Bear and Radha Lamba, all members of the WCSA executive; student, Corporal Alex Kasner of the 2 Military Police Regiment; and Principal Joe Desloges, attended today's University of Toronto Remembrance Day Service. Together they all laid a wreath on behalf of Woodsworth College at the foot of Soldier's Tower.

The service included the recitation of In Flanders Fields, a poem by University of Toronto graduate, John McCrae (1872-1918), as well as prayers offered by Padre Maria-Cristina Codina, CD Military Chaplain, Canadian Forces Base Borden; Rabbi Julia Appel, Hillel at UofT; and Swami Kripamayananda, of the Vedanta Society of Toronto and Hindu Chaplain, Multi-Faith Centre, UofT.  Music was provided by the Brass Ring quintet, Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering and the Hart House Chorus.

Among others, The Honourable Michael Wilson, Chancellor; Shirley Hoy, Chair of Governing Council; and Meric Gertler, President, laid a wreath for the University. The Honourable Chrystia Feeland, Minister of International Trade and Member of Parliament of University-Rosedale, laid a wreath on behalf of the Government of Canada.


Posted October 17, 2016

Alumni Cafe: The Worm and the Book

Investigating the new and fascinating field of Digital Humanities

Woodsworth College Alumni Association is proud to present Dr. Alexandra Bolintineanu, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream, Woodsworth College & Centre for Medieval Studies, who will be the Alumni Cafe speaker on October, 19, 2016.  Her topic will be The Worm and the Book:  Making and Sustaining Digital Archives


Dr. Bolintineanu's talk abstract:

My research examines wonders in Old and Middle English:  wonders that range from fearful ones, like the shadow-walking monster Grendel, or the dragon that broods on its treasure in Beowulf, to gorgeous faerie kingdoms and the Earthly Paradise, humankind's lost home, hidden beyond the limits of the world.  What brings these diverse wonders together is a remarkably stable poetics – imagery, motifs, ways of thinking – that survives from Old to Middle English, a poetics of wonder at whose heart is unknowing.  But even as the poetic technology, if I may call it that, is remarkably stable, the archive it binds together is fragile and fragmentary.  The poetic texts that survive are few, anonymous, hard to pinpoint in space and time.  Can we use digital methods to recover the losses, bridge the gaps, weave together the fragments of the past?  My talk examines the nexus between poetic and digital technologies, discussing how digital humanities approaches can be adapted to the study of the medieval archive.

To register, email or call 416-978-5301

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