What is the Innovation Hub?
The Innovation Hub is a student-led initiative that collaborates with partners in the university community to research and ideate innovative strategies for improving the campus experience. We seek out student, staff, and faculty perspectives—with a particular focus on lived experiences—in order to inform the development of new or refined concepts, systems, and practices. Drawing upon design thinking, integrative thinking, ethnographic practices, and empathy-based research, we help connect members of the UofT community and provide opportunities for all of us to grow and build solutions together.
Mission, Vision and Values
Listen to Student Experiences so that stories are the fuel that drives social change at UofT.
Inspire with Meaningful Data by using evidence-based approaches that foster empathy and help develop prototypes rooted in student needs.
Support Collaborative Learning Environments where students and partners can strategize, connect, and plan in transparent and team-oriented processes.
Design Accessible Opportunities & Materials that are accessible visually, physically and logistically for a variety of spaces and audiences.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity will continue to be foundational elements in our work when designing with students and community partners.
Domains of Innovation
Our research falls within five domains of innovation that were co-created through community consultation during the Innovation Hub’s first year. The domains articulate a vision of change that drives our work—in an ideal world, UofT would be a place where each domain’s aspirational goals are fulfilled for every student. We support our partners at UofT who are striving to realize this vision through their programming and planning. The domains of innovation are:
Access for Every Student: students of all abilities and backgrounds have equitable access to programs, services, resources, and spaces Domain Goals
Creating accessible digital & physical spaces, addressing financial barriers, supporting under-represented & diverse populations, navigating institutional structures, deepening participation & engagement and improving financial literacy
Fostering Connectedness: students experience a sense of belonging and connection within and to the UofT community Domain Goals
Nurturing international engagement & intercultural understanding, cultivating relationships, increasing peer connections, building & connecting communities and working across difference
Future-Ready Students: students have opportunities to develop their skills and build their confidence beyond academics Domain Goals
Preparing students for a changing word, increasing work-integrated learning, expanding mentorship opportunities, leadership development, career exploration and development and fostering lifelong learning
Integrated Learning Experience: students have access to engaging learning experiences both in and outside of the classroom Domain Goals
Fostering academic & co-curricular connections, facilitating experiential & immersive learning, generating purposeful in-class engagement, equipping faculty with information to support students, encouraging self-directed learning and increasing online learning options using educational technology
Whole Student Development: students receive the support they need for their holistic well-being (physical, psychological, social and emotional) Domain Goals
Cultivating mental, physical & spiritual health, building self-efficacy & self-motivation, fostering resiliency & self-care, identity development and the development of meaning & purpose.
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