Who we are
An employee-driven initiative, the Ryerson Parent Network was founded in 2014 and is supported in various capacities by the President’s Office, Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion (OVPECI), Office of the Vice-President, Administration and Operations (VPAO) and the Faculty of Arts.
The network has now grown to over 250 faculty and staff members from all units and every employee group across the university.
Our advisory board collaborates to organize and plan events based on the needs of our community. All Ryerson faculty and staff are welcome to join us.
Director, Member Relations
Founder, Past Chair, Executive Director, Strategic Operations
Director, Administration and Finance
Director, Operation and Communications
Director, Internal Affairs
What we do
The purpose of the network is to build community for Ryerson parents and families by hosting events, sharing informational resources and providing opportunities for networking and informal mentorship. This socially innovative group promotes employee engagement, employee retention and employee satisfaction with creative and inclusive programming built from the ground up. The network is also used as a human resources recruitment tool and featured in new employee training.
Stay informed about our activities and events
Barbara Coloroso joined the Ryerson Parent Network in 2019 to share her thoughts on parenting in the 21st century. She is an internationally recognized speaker and consultant on parenting, teaching, school discipline, positive school climate, and bullying. She is also the bestselling author of four books including Kids Are Worth It! Giving Your Child the Gift of Inner Discipline.
Read the article Parenting 101: How to be the best caregiver for your children for a summary of what she addressed.
- On interracial unions by Brock University sociologists Tamari Kitossa and Kathy Deliovsky, external link
- On stereotype threat and the achievement gap by the American Psychological Association , external link
- Where is the love: How tolerant is Canada of its interracial couples?, external link (Globe and Mail)
- As multi-ethnic population in Canada rises, complications arise for families, external link (Globe and Mail)
- Celebrating mixed-race identity, external link (BBC)
On books for families
- The First Interracial Children’s Book, 45 Years Later, external link (Topic Magazine)
- 70+ picture books about mixed race families, external link (Colours of Us)
- Top ten children’s books with mixed race families, external link (mixedremixed)
- Nine picture books that celebrate mixed race families #weneeddiversebooks, external link (I’m Not the Nanny)
Podcasts, films and videos
- On racial imposter syndrome: NPR’s Code Switch, external link
- Interracial relationships on screen: WBUR, external link
- Mixed Match (Jeff Chiba Stearns), external link
- One Big Hapa Family (Jeff Chiba Stearns)
- How Jack Became Black (Eli Steele)
- Mixed Britannia: Three-part series (George Alagiah), external link
- Kids react to controversial Cheerios commercial, external link
Organizations and conferences
Get in touch
To get in touch with the Ryerson Parent Network, please email email@example.com.
Image gallery: An Immigrant Parent in a Diverse City with Mohamed Lachemi
On April 3, 2018, President Lachemi joined the Parent Network to talk about his experience of being an immigrant parent in a diverse city.