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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. 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!

We are working on finalizing our Connection Cafe programming for Winter 2021. Stay tuned for more details and updates. 
Date Program Description
Thursday, January 21  Involvement Opportunities with Student Life

Student Life offers a variety of peer support programs that help students to achieve success, develop their own goals, create strategies for self-empowerment, and take concrete steps towards building fulfilling, self- determined lives for themselves. If you are interested in learning more about how one of our Ridgeback Mentors could support your success this semester, or if you are interested in taking on a leadership position at Ontario Tech providing support to your peers, join us to discuss with Student Life representatives the various opportunities available to both give and get peer support!

Offered by Student Life

Thursday, January 28 Ignite your motivation

In this workshop, you will learn how to motivate yourself in an online learning environment. You will learn strategies that increase motivation and focus, and how to create new habits. These strategies will not only help you find success in university, but in all areas of your life. 

Offered by the Student Learning Centre.

Thursday, February 4 Career conversations

 It’s never too early to start thinking about your career!  Join the Experiential Learning Office to learn more about career options available to Social Science and Humanities students.  Learn how to determine your career values, research occupations and how you can gain valuable experience as a student through Practicum, Internship and volunteerism.

Offered by FSSH Experiential Learning Office

Thursday, February 11 Meet the Dean

Have you ever wondered who the Dean really is? Join us for a live chat with Dr. Peter Stoett. Learn about his work within and outside the institution (including his work with the United Nations), and have the opportunity to ask questions about his role and career choices as well as the future direction of FSSH. He's interested in your perspectives and will enjoy hearing from you!

Thursday, February 18 Study week No programming
Thursday, February 25

Black History Month

Dr. Amir Mostaghim and Dr. Steven Hayle, in Conversation with current and past Black Undergraduates on Racial and Pedagogical Socialization at Ontario Tech. 

Thursday, March 4 Allyship and Anti-Oppression

Ever wondered why we do a land acknowledgement or why people introduce themselves with their pronouns? What about how to avoid doing a microaggression or what to do when you realize you have caused harm? Explore these questions and more in our interactive Allyship and Anti-Oppression workshop. Anti-Oppression seeks to recognize the oppressions that exist in our society, and attempts to mitigate its effects and eventually equalize the power imbalance in our communities. In this workshop you will learn some key strategies to practice anti-oppression and allyship in your everyday life.

Thursday, March 11 Managing Stress and Enhancing Wellbeing

Is it time to break up with stress?  Please join us to learn about various strategies to reduce stress and maintain wellness.  You will 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.

Offered by Student Mental Health Services
Thursday, March 18 All About the Library: Services and Supports

Meet your librarian and learn about library services. What does the library look like when you visit in person? What kinds of online services does the library offer? Find out and learn much more about library locations and spaces, how to request library materials, and how to access research support services.

Thursday, March 25 Exam preparation strategies In this workshop, students will learn organizational strategies and tips for managing online exams.

Offered by the Student Learning Centre.
Thursday, April 1 Why university classes should be fun

Join CDMS faculty member Dr. Sharon Lauricella to take a serious look at having fun.  Although “serious” academics may clutch their pearls and gasp at the notion of laughter and fun in a university classroom, a great deal of research shows that having fun improves individual learning, creativity, interpersonal interaction, attention to quality, and overall performance.  This engaging session will provide the opportunity to discuss fun with like-minded students, and learn how students in Dr. Lauricella’s classes have the opportunity to have fun while learning about “serious” topics such as ethics, racism, sexism, listening, and nonviolence.

Thursday, April 8 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!