We’ve given a warm welcome to the 1000+ incoming OCAD U students and the first full week of classes is a wrap so it’s time to turn our attention to some of the big issues on the agenda. For those new to this blog, this is where I try to keep the OCAD U community informed of the projects and issues we’re working on to create an even better experience for our students.
On the agenda for Sept.21-25:
- StudentMoveTO – if you don’t know about this initiative, you need to. The vast majority of OCAD U students commute — often more than an hour each way – to campus. Yet student voices, needs and concerns are often in lost in the dialogue on public transportation. StudentMoveTO is supported by the President’s of U of T, York, Ryerson and OCAD U and kicks into high gear this week with a Symposium on Student Travel at City Hall, Monday, Sept.21 at 4 pm. I’ll be there as will your Student Union representatives, but hope to see a big contingent of OCAD U students as well. Next up on this initiative, watch your inbox for an invitation to participate in a student survey on transportation issues.
- Lifeline Syria Campaign – another great four-university collaboration, OCAD U will join in with U of T and York to support the Ryerson-led initiative to raise funds and volunteers to support Syrian refugee families. The details of our participation are in the works and we’re looking for students, staff and faculty who would like to be part of a working group to get our campaign going. If you want to help, please email Paola Aron Badin at <email@example.com> and let her know.
- The Ontario Universities Fair is coming up this weekend and OCAD U will be there to talk to tens of thousands of Grade 11 and 12 students about their choices ahead. Our Admissions & Recruitment team leads this effort, with the support of students, alumni, faculty and President Sara Diamond who will greet students on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. Here’s the oh-so-attractive OCAD U booth and team from last year.