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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

FSSH Connection Café

Join us every Thursday at 2 p.m. from September 17 to December 3 via Google Meet

Take part in our diverse weekly programming to get engaged, stay informed, and explore what FSSH and Ontario Tech have to offer. This is a great chance to connect with friends, peers, faculty and staff to share, discuss and learn!

Date Program Description
Thursday, September 17 Navigating university in an online environment

In this workshop, students will learn about the importance of utilizing their course syllabi. Students will also learn about tips and tricks for managing their course work in an online environment.

Offered by the Student Learning Centre.

Thursday, September  24 Study strategies for success

In this workshop, students will learn about how much to study, when to study, and how best to study in university. Students will also gain valuable knowledge about the top best study strategies founded in scientific research.

Offered by the Student Learning Centre.

Thursday, October 1 RISE: Let's talk equity

The RISE (Respecting Individuals and Supporting Equity) Program is a suite of workshops that provide training and education on what participants can do on an individual level to foster a safer and more inclusive community at Ontario Tech. In this workshop, students will be introduced to several equity related concepts, such as power, privilege, oppression, intersectionality and microaggressions. Participants will also learn bystander intervention skills that they can use to prevent and respond to discrimination and harassment.

Thursday, October 8 Faculty connections Develop connections within your faculty! Come join our Dean, faculty members and staff for discussion and Q&A.
Thursday, October 15 Fall study week No programming
Thursday, October 22 Social Media in Society with Dr. Tanner Mirrlees Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are everywhere. As social media corporations expand worldwide and billions of people log in to their digital platforms each day, academic research on social media grows. In this talk, Dr. Tanner Mirrlees presents a holistic overview of some key issues in the study of social media in society. It begins by reviewing and assessing some prominent ways of conceptualizing social media—with regard to the digital age and Web 2.0’s technological uses and affordances—and then moves on to probing conceptualizations of social media as a system, a tool and an agent. To emphasize the interdependent relations between social media and society, it highlights how social media is shaped by and is shaping of capitalism (the economic sphere), government (the political sphere) and the entirety of how people live their lives (the cultural sphere).
Thursday, October 29 Involvement hour - by students, for students Hear from your fellow students about the Ontario Tech Student Union, how to utilize services and how to connect with clubs and societies. 
Thursday, November 5 Career Conversations

It’s never too early to start thinking about career options! Join our Experiential Learning office to learn more about Practicum and Internship opportunities available to FSSH students. They’ll also offer up some easy and effective strategies for gaining relevant experience and standing out to prospective employers.

Thursday, November 12 Managing stress and wellness

Is it time to break up with stress? Please join us to learn about various strategies to reduce stress and maintain wellness. You'll also hear about university services available to students to help manage stress. This workshop is facilitated by mental health services staff and mental health peer mentors.  

Thursday, November 19 Exam preparation strategies In this workshop, students will learn organizational strategies and tips for managing online exams.

Offered by the Student Learning Centre.
Thursday, November 26 Racial discrimination: Defining it, detecting it, and reducing it - with Dr. Tim MacNeill

Racism has is an enduring reality throughout the world, and it has become a central issue recently in the American presidential election. The term is a political powder keg, with many focusing attention on racial discrimination in multiple forms while some denying that systemic racism even exists. This session is meant to encourage conversation on this important topic. As an entry point, Dr. MacNeill will discuss two of his recently published studies on racial discrimination. He will also reflect on his experience as an individual with the privileges of whiteness and maleness who has worked with marginalized peoples for more than 15 years. A main goal is to allow time and space for students to discuss this topic, so much of the session will take the form of an open discussion.​

Thursday, December 3 Wrapping up your semester Meet with your Academic Advising team in a group setting to get all your questions answered as your complete your semester. We will focus on evaluating your term, course and grading concerns, TAKE 5, academic standing and much more!