Fostering Connectedness

Headshot of smiling middle-aged woman with brown hair and brown top By Erin Clifford, Fostering Connectedness Staff Co-Leader

The Fostering Connectedness domain team has been talking with students about their sense of connection with U of T. An interesting insight we have discovered is that connectedness means different things to different people.

For some, it means knowing what is going on and not feeling like they are missing out on experiences just because they didn’t know how to find out what is available. Other students have said that a friendly environment where strangers smile at each other or making a friend in a class is what connects them to U of T.

All of the students we have chatted with have shared great insights and stories.
Talking to students is helping us have empathy for the varied experiences at U of T. When we are thinking about how to make their experience better, we want to be understanding the students we are designing for.

The most difficult part of the process, however, is finding students who are willing to share their stories. If you’re willing to share and interested in talking to us for 15 to 30 minutes about your experiences, please fill out our survey or contact us directly by emailing We’d love to hear from you.

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