What’s Happening June 22-26 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 minimalism & what sparks joy for you!

Monday, June 22 at 1:00 – 2:00 PM, Hosted by Vatsal & Gillian

Let’s talk about…minimalism and other things that spark joy! The minimalist lifestyle is about living with only the things you need. Have you tried to incorporate any minimalistic practices into your daily life as a student or working professionals? Do you have any tips on how to declutter and figure out what sparks joy in your life? What does applying minimalism in university/work look like for you? Bring your stories, bring a snack, and we’ll see you in the zoom call.

Join us here on Zoom (Password: 608182)


Laptop with a book and speech bubble.Virtual Brunch Chats: Quarantine Cooking

Tuesday, June 23 at 1:00 – 2:00 PM, Hosted by Vatsal & Psalm

Come “brunch” with the Innovation Hub’s Stories from a Distance community! Today, we’re talking about how COVID has impacted our meals and our cooking habits. Bring your lunch, your afternoon snacks, and your drinks into this Tuesday brunch sessions with U of T students cultivating virtual community spaces while social distancing. Stories from a Distance encourages students to expand their campus social circles, and make meaningful connections through conversation. This Tuesday’s scheduled brunch is one of many ways we’re inviting U of T students to step into community with us over the summer. We’re excited to have you – see you at brunch!

Join us here on Zoom (Password: 608182)


A circle of friends.SpeedFriending: Let’s Tell a Story!

Wednesday, June 24 at 1:00 – 2:00 PM, Hosted by Gillian & Carly

In this session, we’ll be engaging in a little bit of fun, combined with some dramedy through casual story-telling. We’ll be talking about a range of topics that include; What goes into a story, what constitutes a good one, and how to tell them. If folks are interested, we’ll also be playing a Telephone Style game that will result in a customized group story. In all of our sessions, participation is encouraged but never required!

Join us here on Zoom (Password: 608182)


Two speech bubbles overlapped with a heart in the centre.Peer Support: Productivity & Play During Quarantine

Thursday, June 25 at 1:00 – 2:00 PM, Hosted by Vatsal & Psalm

This Thursday, our casual conversation theme is “Productivity and Play.” How do how students make time for pleasure amidst the pressures to be productive in a covid-19 world? Held every Thursday for one hour, these student-led zoom calls prove that social distancing does not have to feel too lonely. 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, June 26 at 4:00 – 5:00 PM, Hosted by Carly & Gillian

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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