Community Repost: Introducing the Tech2U Initiative

Tech2U is an exciting new pilot program that employs over 125 students to provide instructors with personalized tech support as they make their long-awaited return to teaching on campus. This week’s post is a repost from U of T News, where Tech2U was featured in a recent article written by Staff Reporter at U of T News, Rahul Kalvapalle.

Community Repost: Four Thrifty Tips for Managing Your Family Budget as a Postsecondary Student Parent

This week’s post is a community repost from our Redefining Traditional Team! If you are a student parent or are a student parent supporter we invite you to take a look at many other fantastic works we post on the Redefining Traditional Website, and join our Facebook Group to support and learn from one another!


By J. Sparks – Redefining Traditional Project Team Member

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As the start of another academic year approaches, tuition, books and material fees begin to mount and money management becomes top of mind for many postsecondary students, especially for those with family responsibilities.  When I enrolled in graduate school as parent, not only did becoming a student effect our household schedule and routines, it also impacted our family budget.  If you are presently facing the task of doing it all and paying for it all too, below are a few financial tricks and tips that I have found helpful during my postsecondary journey with kids.   

The Innovation Hub Is Hiring For The Fall/Winter 2021-2022 Study Term!

This Fall-Winter term, we have a wide scope of exciting projects and opportunities available to students at the University of Toronto! These positions are available through the Work Study Program, which runs from September 2021 to February 2022. We’re excited to continue empowering students, grow existing partnerships, and build relationships…

The Importance of Fostering Connectedness

Written by Carla Alexander, Content Writer Fostering connectedness with one’s peers is an important part of the student experience. That connectedness can take many forms — taking part in clubs, participating in sports, and building friendships with one’s fellow students. But what happens when life forces us indoors? Or life…

Innovation & Compassion: The Importance of Design Thinking

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Written by Carla Alexander, Content Writer

Students often face complex challenges. When it comes to topics like mental health, success in the classroom, food insecurity, we may stop ourselves and think: how can these issues ever truly be understood? After all, many universities have been in business for centuries, and these issues are still as prevalent amongst their students as they were decades ago. However, there is a way to approach these ‘wicked’ problems, no matter how difficult they may seem: design thinking. 

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Design thinking forms the foundation of our work at the Innovation Hub. Our methodology involves a “human-centred” approach to student issues — but what does that mean, exactly? What is design thinking, and how can it be used to solve the hard-hitting issues that students face? 

Interested in Working with us? Join us at ‘Working at the Innovation Hub’!

Are you curious about what we do at the Innovation Hub? Are you thinking of applying to any of our roles for the Fall Winter 2021-22 Work Study term, or know of someone who might want to apply?

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On August 11th from 1-2pm EST (via Zoom), join us at ‘Working at the Innovation Hub’, a virtual event where we share what we do and why. Learn more about Design Thinking, our projects, and insights from our team! We will also share the variety of opportunities available for the Fall Winter Work Study Term, and what elements are important to consider in the application process.

Community Event: Crushing Impostor Phenomenon in Graduate School

We would like to share this wonderful community event with our graduate student communities at UofT! ‘Crushing Impostor Phenomenon in Science’ is an initiative aimed towards minimizing patterns of Imposter Phenomenon, through a set of seminars and workshops for graduate students in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. If you are interested, or know of individuals who would be interested in joining this community, continue reading!


Do you experience feelings of isolation and imposter phenomenon in graduate school? If you’re unsure, you can take this test to find out: http://impostortest.nickol.as/. Most graduate students do, but not many talk about it. 

We are inviting you to join the conversation by – “Crushing Imposter Phenomenon in Science”!

Commuting and COVID-19: Moving Into The Future

Written by Carla Alexander, Content Writer Icons illustrated by Vlada Gorchkova, Digital Storyteller University of Toronto is considered by many to be a “commuter university” — a school where many individuals commute, as opposed to living on campus. According to Student Move TO,…

Revisiting the Domains of Innovation

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Written by Carla Alexander, Content Writer

So much has changed within the past year — not only within the world, or the university, but within the Innovation Hub as well. As the Innovation Hub progressed throughout the pandemic, our projects have highlighted new and continuing issues students navigate, such as flourishing in online classrooms or maintaining connectiveness online. With this context in mind it’s important to begin thinking about the tools that guide, frame, and inspire our work, including the most important one of all: the Domains of Innovation.