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Black Student Experience

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Programming & Resources for Black-identified Students at Toronto Metropolitan University

Student Life & Learning Support (SLLS) is committed to offering support and programming specifically for Black-identified students in order to help foster community, identity, a sense of belonging to campus and as resources to assist in navigating the various systems at Toronto Met.

TMP Winter 2024 Calendar

Group Mentoring Sessions

Group Mentoring Sessions

Monthly sessions focused on topics such as identity, community and role models. Students or faculty who may also identify in the same equity-seeking group may facilitate the workshop. Session can run from 1-2 hours, and may include facilitated discussions, affirmations or celebrations, and guest speakers/facilitators.

Let’s Talk Hair

Let’s Talk Hair

A safe space for self-identified Black students, faculty and staff to connect, explore, learn and discuss issues facing Black men & women's hairstyles and how they are often misunderstood at school and work.

Elevated Programming

Elevated Programming

Programming for self-identified Black students, faculty and staff to connect, build community, explore their identities, intersectionalities, and learn from one another.

Resources within SLLS

International Student Support

International Student Support (ISS) works to foster a sense of belonging and community for all students who are new to Canada as well as for those students seeking a global experience on campus.

Learning Support

Learning Support provides support for writing, English language, math and study skills. Our team is available to provide one-on-one professional and peer support, tutoring, and engaging workshops and group programs to help you succeed academically. 

 

Student Life & Campus Engagement

Student Life and Campus Engagement has so many programs that help to support your transition, leadership development and sense of community/belonging on campus.

Campus Events

We host several events throughout the year that support you on campus, some examples include Street Festivals, The annual Last Lecture, Expressions Art Festival and Exam Care Packages.

Student Initiatives Fund

We provide up to $9,000 of funding for student-led, non-profit initiatives. Have an event, initiative or other project you need funding for? Apply at the beginning of each semester.

Leadership Programming

We have a number of programs available through TMU Leadership that helps support your personal and professional development. This could include Peer Leadership Coaching, Level-Up and Volunteer Link.

Campus Wide Resources

Black Students Lounge (KHW 77A)

The Black Student Lounge (BSL) is an identity affirming space on campus where Black students at Toronto Metropolitan University can come study, relax and build community. The lounge is offered as part of a larger effort to counter the harms of institutional racism and provide intentionally safer spaces where Black students can heal, recharge and feel a sense of belonging at the university. Although this is primarily a student-centered space, Black faculty and staff at TMU are also welcome to use the space.


Gain Access to BSL:  (google form) BSL Access Form (external link) 

 Email: bsl@torontomu.ca

Black Excellence Committee

Black Excellence initiatives at TMU are centered around celebrating the power, achievements and successes of the Black community. This initiative aims to create opportunities for Black students, faculty and staff to authentically share space, and to redefine the meaning of community at our university.

Website: https://www.torontomu.ca/black-excellence/

Email: blackexcellence@torontomu.ca

Black & Indigenous Initiatives Fund

The BIF aims to support our university’s Black & Indigenous students in developing and advancing events, meetings and information sessions that specifically support and centre Black & Indigenous students. The BIF Fund will award up to $5,000 in funding.  Learn more. (opens in new window) 

Black Faculty and Staff Community Network

 Facebook: @RBFSCN
 Email: bfscn@torontomu.ca
 Website: https://www.torontomu.ca/equity/community-networks-committees/black-faculty-staff-community-network/

United Black Students at Toronto Met (UBSR)

 Instagram: @ubsr
 Facebook: @UnitedBlackStudentsAtRyerson
 Email: unitedblackstudents@gmail.com

Questions?

Questions should be sent to tmpblackstudents@torontomu.ca