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Student Success Symposium: Debriefing the New Normal – Impacts to Student Success and Colonial Ways of Knowing

November 5, 2020 @ 9:00 am 1:00 pm EST

The Academic Advising & Career Centre at the University of Toronto Scarborough will be hosting its 2nd annual Student Success Symposium on Thursday, November 5, 2020 (9:00am-1:00pm ET). Within the larger context of Change, Disruption and Access, this year’s theme is “Debriefing the New Normal – Impacts to Student Success and Colonial Ways of Knowing.” 

This free virtual symposium is designed to support student-facing practitioners’ learning and growth as we engage in dialogue about the challenges and opportunities that virtualization brings to our work with students. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused mass disruption on a global scale, exacerbating and exposing long existing inequities in all facets of life, including higher education. As university staff in student-facing roles, we pivoted rapidly to virtual programming and online services in order to continue serving students. However, there has been little time to reflect on how this “new normal” has changed the work landscape and what student services might look like in future. 

Amid this uncertainty, there is space to re-imagine our work with students and to critically examine colonial ways of knowing and its impact on our services, programming, individual roles and our students. 

Our inspiring keynote speakers will identify and unpack colonial practices in higher education, examining virtualization and its impacts from an Indigenous lens. Utilizing a multimodal approach to dialogue and debrief, attendees will have the opportunity to explore the challenges and opportunities of virtualization as a means of dismantling/deconstructing/making visible colonial ways of knowing and its effects on the work we do. 

We encourage you to view the Symposium AgendaSession Descriptions and Speaker Bios to learn more about the event. 

Registration is now open and closes on Saturday, October 31, 2020. If you have any questions about the event, please reach out to aaccevents@utsc.utoronto.ca.