This Saturday (January 23, 2016), the University of Toronto is holding its annual Tri-Campus Conference for first-generation mentees, mentors, and alumni. A first-generation student is one who is the first in their family to attend post-secondary education in Canada.
The theme for this year’s conference is Connections, and the conference aims to foster exactly that. It aims to bring together first generation students, staff, faculty, and alumni to create opportunities for learning and growth. Not only will there be the opportunity for students to connect with other students and discuss their experiences in transitioning into university, there is also the chance to network with the first generation staff, faculty, and alumni who will be present and learn about their career paths after university. The conference will also provide the opportunity for students to connect with opportunities abroad and international communities.
A key feature of the Trailblazer Conference this year is the Living Library, which is an event designed to create open dialogue, promote understanding, and facilitate the sharing of stories. The Library will consist of a collection of ‘Human Books’ – U of T alumni, staff, and faculty – who are willing to share with their ‘readers’ stories of their transition through second-entry/graduate programs or their professional careers.
The conference is being held on Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 10:00pm to 4:30pm at Koffler House (569 Spadina Avenue, just south of Willcocks). More information can be found at http://uoft.me/trailblazers, or on the Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1658689851057740/.
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Written By: Emily Kot