Join the Innovation Hub as a Volunteer!

Photo of JoelBy Joel West,  Volunteer Coordinator 

As the Volunteer coordinator of the Innovation Hub, I am extremely pleased to announce that we are now accepting expressions of interest for our 2018/19 volunteer positions . Aside from practical learning and real world experience, both of which can enhance students’ career development, we are also pleased to announce that many of these positions are Co-Curricular Record approved. Students will have the opportunity to be involved in an engaging, inclusive and diverse community and to learn and practice new skills. Continue reading “Join the Innovation Hub as a Volunteer!”

Pivoting the Lens: Interviewing the Innovation Hub

Photo of CharisBy Charis Lam, Chemistry PhD Student & Past Innovation Hub Storytelling Team Member

Interviewer, interview thyself.

At the Innovation Hub, students and staff use empathy-based interviewing to capture a snapshot of the university experience through the eyes of students. Their subjects are varied: international students, commuters, students with accessibility needs, TAs, and others.

Missing from the picture are the photographers themselves—the students capturing these stories.

What has the Innovation Hub meant to the team itself? How has it changed the university experiences of its students and volunteers?

To find answers, I pivoted the lens.

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Call for Project Submissions is Now Open at the Innovation Hub!


By Mia Sanders, Innovation Hub Storyteller

Photo of MiaI joined the Innovation Hub a year ago because I care deeply about improving the student experience at UofT. As a second-year undergrad student, I’ve encountered first-hand the ups and downs of being enmeshed in an educational institution, especially one as vast as ours. The work of the Innovation Hub is important and exciting to me because it brings together individuals from all across the university to effect sustained change in students’ lives—including my own.

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The Innovation Hub is Hiring! Work-Study Applications Now Open

By Danielle Lum, Project Assistant &  Joel West,  Volunteer Coordinator

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As the summer comes to an end, it’s time to consider opportunities for the fall and winter academic terms. At the Innovation Hub, we’re excited to offer a number of work-study positions open to all students who meet the eligibility requirements. Here’s a testimonial from Joel West, the Volunteer Coordinator from our summer work-study team:

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What’s in a Name? Student Experience and UofT’s “Brand Story”

By Danielle Lum, Project Assistant &  Liza Brechbill, Integrative and Design Thinking Specialist

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In late June, the Innovation Hub partnered with U of T’s Trademark and Licensing office and external consultants from Sovereign State to facilitate a student feedback session. The topic of the day? Exploring the thoughts, feelings, and stories that students associate with their time at the university, with the goal of better understanding the student experience and informing the development of school branding.

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Call for Participants: Help Us Reimagine the First Nations House

Photo of IreneBy Irene Duah-Kessie, Ethnography/Insights Expert and Research Lead for the First Nations House Project

Hello! My name is Irene and I am one of the Ethnographers on the Innovation Hub’s research team. I have a great interest in the social determinants of health and health equity and I am excited to learn more about students’ needs and experiences on campus. This summer I will be leading a research project with First Nation House (FNH) to explore the question: How do students engage and connect with First Nation House?  Continue reading “Call for Participants: Help Us Reimagine the First Nations House”

Meet the Summer 2018 Team!

By Danielle Lum, Project Assistant & Mia Sanders, Storyteller

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Hello there! Our names are Danielle Lum and Mia Sanders, and we’re members of the 2018 Innovation Hub Summer Team. Danielle just started in her position of Project Assistant, and Mia is continuing their role as Storyteller. As our first public duty, it’s our great pleasure to introduce to you our amazing summer team. Since the Innovation Hub’s inception two years ago, hundreds of students, staff, and faculty from across the university have come together to tackle challenges around improving student life here at UofT. We’re indebted to everyone who has contributed their valuable time and energy thus far, and we’re excited to build on their work at this juncture of the Innovation Hub’s evolution.

Choosing the team for this summer was not an easy task, but we couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out. We’re looking forward to a generative, activating, and challenging summer at the Innovation Hub. Keep reading to get to know our team!

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