Sport & Rec: Expanding Access

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In partnership with the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education Sport & Rec, the Innovation Hub seeks to understand the needs and perspectives of students who are not currently engaged in Sport & Rec programs and spaces. With a particular focus on the needs of students with disabilities and those from equity deserving populations, the goal is to explore opportunities to engage the broader community in collaboration. 

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Access for Every Student

All students have equitable access to programs, services, resources, and spaces.

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Fostering Connectedness

Students experience a sense of belonging and connection within the UofT community.

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Whole Student Development

Students receive the support they need for their holistic well-being (physical, psychological, social, and emotional).

Research Team

Francesca smiling against a white background.

Francesca Pabale

Shankeri smiling in front of a gate

Shankeri Vijayakumar

A selfie of Jenny in a park.

Jenny Shen

A selfie of Tosha smiling and looking away.

Tosha Henry-Adams

Huayin smilling against a plain background

Huayin Luo

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Kathy Du

Design & Communications Team

Paul smiling against the backdrop of a lake with rocks

Paul Kaita

Anushka smiling against a background of buildings

Anushka Saini


This project began in Fall Winter 2019-2020. Click the button below or scroll down to learn more.


We found that central to the space is student well-being, which comes together in four themes:

  1. Being Alone Together
  2. Room to Connect
  3. A Home Away from Home
  4. One-Stop Shop

These themes contribute to students having solitary strength, community and support, comfort and security, and finally, access and accommodation. All of these elements are further discussed in the final report, along with journey maps and design principles to empower communities to design spaces that meet student needs.

Theme visualization of the project: a visual of many circles nested within one another, each circle representing a core need.

Research Team

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Zahira Tasabehji

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Jamie Lee

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Iris Gao

Design & Communications Team

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Gianina Ramos