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Soup & Substance

Soup and Substance is a series of noon-hour, moderated panel discussions. TMU community members are invited to join us for a warm bowl of soup over open conversation on a range of diversity-related topics. 

Past Soup and Substance events

Fireside chat with Dr. Tanya (Toni) De Mello

On February 7, Marcelle Mullings and Tanya (Toni) De Mello discussed TMU’s goal to become a leader in EDI and how we can build a human rights-centred campus.

As the newly appointed Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion, Toni De Mello shared how our office helps the university in confronting systemic oppression and creating a more inclusive and accessible campus for students, faculty and staff and visitors.


  • Marcelle Mullings | Interim Executive Director, Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion

Guest speaker

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Women in executive leadership at TMU

On January 31, 2020, Dr. Denise O’Neil Green led a discussion with four women in senior executive positions on what leading means to them. 

In 2018, women made up more than half of all staff at Toronto Metropolitan University, exceeding the total representation of women within the GTA. While these stats reveal how the needle is moving on gender equity in the workplace, we know that women still experience the "double-bind" of gendered expectations of leadership.

  • Deborah Brown | Vice-President, Administration and Operations
  • Joanne McKee | Chief Financial Officer
  • Julia Shin-Doi | General Counsel and Secretary of the Board of Governors and University Privacy Officer

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Leading change for social justice

On February 7, 2020, Dr. Denise O’Neil Green led a discussion with four women at Toronto Metropolitan University who are enacting social justice values through their everyday leadership.


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The first Soup and Substance at TMU took place in 2013! Explore past events on our Ryecast channel.