What’s Happening July 20-24 on Stories from a Distance

Stories from a Distance logo, reading "Stories from a distance, being together while being apart", with the speech bubble with 3 dots.Stories from a Distance encourages students to find community through conversation. Students can expect to be welcome into a virtual space (over Zoom) created by and for students looking to invest in meaningful connections within their campus community over the Summer.

Here’s what this coming week will look like: Schedule of the week on Stories from a Distance

Resource exchange logo. Hand holding resources.

ResourceXchange: Let’s talk about your favourite books!

Monday, July 20 at 1:00 – 2:00 PM, Hosted by Gillian & Carly

Let’s talk about…your favourite books! George R. R. Martin once said, “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” Are you an avid reader or trying to get into reading this summer? Do you have some life-changing books that you would like to share with people or hoping to discover some exciting reads? The iHub invites to a safe space to hang out with other U of T students and share our favourite books and the fantastic stories in them!

Join us here on Zoom (Password: 608182)


Laptop with a campfire on the screen.Virtual Fireside Chats: IHUB x HartHouse: Welcome Bonfire: First-Year Students!

Tuesday, July 21 at 1:00 – 2:00 PM, Hosted by Carly, Psalm & Hart House Ambassadors Chantelle & Varsha

Innovation Hub's light bulb logo, the Stories from a Distance speech bubble logo and the Hart House logo.

Students from the U of T’s Innovation Hub and Hart House communities are calling all Incoming First-Year and Newly Admitted Students to our Welcome Bonfire. Held over zoom, we’re inviting you for an hour of connection-building, casual conversation, and encouragement over how to transition into your first year with a little more confidence. Staying connected to your campus community does not have to end in the summer, and those wholesome summer bonfire conversations don’t have to be delayed as we remain apart. The I-Hub student team invites everyone from the U of T community to sit back and gather around our virtual bonfire every Tuesday for meaningful conversations, interactive virtual activities, and connection building. Bring your favourite summer drink, snacks, or lunch to these casual, 1-hour virtual hangouts and share your stories with both new and old friends.

Join us here on Zoom (Password: 608182)


A circle of friends.Virtual Cafe: Lunchtime Trivia

Wednesday, July 22 at 1:00 – 2:00 PM, Hosted by Vatsal & Carly

Welcome to Trivia Night! This week, our I-Hub community hope to put their minds to the test in our Zoom Virtual Cafe for a good old-fashioned Trivia game and wholesome conversation with your U of T community. Bring your own beverage, find a comfortable spot, and join us for an hour of casual conversation, wholesome entertainment, and social connection in our online ‘Cafe’ space.

Join us here on Zoom (Password: 608182)


Two speech bubbles overlapped with a heart in the centre.Peer Support: Being “Well” & Being “Mindful”

Thursday, July 23 at 1:00 – 2:00 PM, Hosted by Vatsal & Gillian

This week our I-Hub community is talking about what Wellness and Mindfulness means to us as students part of a growing, driven, and ambitious university campus. Have you developed any mindful habits as you’ve been social distancing? What do those words mean to university students? Should they be important to us? What campus resources exist to promote cultures of holistic wellness? You can expect anything from a casual virtual hangout, guided discussions, or carefree socializing activities. You’ll be welcomed into a virtual space that is inclusive, empathetic, and empowering. These zoom sessions are safe spaces for U of T community members looking for confidential and non-judgmental peer support. Sessions will be moderated and guided by I-Hub staff, and students trained in active-listening and group facilitation. In all of our sessions, participation is encouraged but never required!

Join us here on Zoom (Password: 608182)


A pen drawing random shapes on a paper.FreestyleFriday: Short Film Night

Friday, July 24 at 4:00 – 5:00 PM, Hosted by Carly & Psalm

Welcome to a Stories’ From a Distance Movie Night! Sometimes the Pixar shorts played before the movie are better than the real thing. This Friday, come hang out with other U of T students looking to unwind and connect in our virtual space. We will playing some short films over Zoom and having a casual conversation about our thoughts. In all of our sessions, participation is encouraged but never required!

Join us here on Zoom (Password: 277479)

Be sure to join the conversation on our Facebook group and let us know on the Facebook event if you can make it. See you all soon, and have a great week!

For more information, please visit: http://blogs.studentlife.utoronto.ca/innovationhub/stories-from-a-distance/

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