If there’s just one important lesson we’ve learned over the last 20 months, it’s the need for communities to find common ground, come together and help where they can. In this edition of our newsletter, we’re highlighting stories of alumni, faculty, students and donors who have risen above the unanticipated challenges of COVID-19. This past Fall, in particular, the OISE community has demonstrated exceptional resilience and continued to work hard to lead and influence in education – through volunteering their time, supporting our students, researching or leading with compassion. Below we invite you to read and watch stories of those making a difference as we enter the new year stronger than ever. Read more.
What's New at OISE

Here's what keeps Professor Labrie motivated, why he became interested in sociolinguistics and how teaching underprivileged students in India changed his life. Watch here.

OISE has been ranked 17th globally by the prestigious Times Higher Education subject ranking in 2021! Learn more about the rankings and why OISE is recognized as a global leader in education. Read more.

Margaret McCain is recognized for a lifetime of public service, philanthropy and volunteer leadership at U of T, Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study and across Canada. Watch here.

Bill Boyes of Brampton Fire is Fire Chief of the Year. He’s also an OISE PhD student looking to transform Ontario's fire service. His aim? Improve diversity, equity and inclusion at all levels of the profession. Read more.

From virtual circles and learning from elders to supporting Indigenous organizations and student bursaries, here are some ways the OISE community honoured this day. Read more.

Henderson (Glenn) Scott, who graduated with his third OISE degree in 1965, and his wife Cairine have created a bequest to augment their OISE scholarship, the George Flower Award – named after Scott's dear mentor. Read more.

OISE researchers are working with Ecole Howden, a K-6 French Immersion school, to develop their dyslexia intervention program - which aims to identify students experiencing dyslexia and design plans to assist their literacy education. Read more.

In honour of the late Bill Davis, OISE's founder who changed the course of education in Ontario, we created the William G. Davis Golden Anniversary Leadership Scholarship to support our student leaders. Help them reach their potential – and build the future of education – with a gift to OISE today.
Celebrating Our Own: Alumni Spotlight

This year's winners - all OISE alumni - are making a difference in the social, economic, political and cultural wellbeing of individuals and communities in Canada and around the globe. Read more.

Karen Edge and her son Isaac's talk about racism on the OISE Stay At Home Club has been watched 11k times - and caught the attention of the Scottish government. Read more.

Dr. Megan Scribe's award-winning OISE research looks at the narrative of violence against Indigenous communities in Canada. Her work brings together Indigenous legal and literary studies to consider routes to justice for MMIWG2S. Read more.

The Olive Moxam Indigenous Bursary, named after Professor Neeganawedgin's mother, will provide students with $1-2k to support their education. Read more. 
Virtual Events & Webcasts
Watch the announcement of the University of Toronto’s bold new campaign. Defy Gravity: The Campaign is the largest fundraising and alumni engagement campaign in Canadian history. Watch here.

Join Jeff Myers talking to his fellow OISE alumni — change-makers, world-class thinkers, movers and shakers — about the books they’ve written. Watch here.

Experience the magic of Caribbean Carnival with author and educator Nadia L. Hohn’s award-winning Malaika children's book series, written in Caribbean patois. Watch here.

We mourn the death of former Ontario Premier Bill Davis – a U of T alumnus who formed a lifelong relationship with the university, transformed the province’s post-secondary system and founded OISE. Watch here.

The University of Toronto is pleased to invite you to join our Alumni Virtual Book Club. Join fellow alumni for a lively discussion about books related to lifelong learning, social issues, psychology and more. Register here.
Alumni Giving Back
Dr. Salma Siddiqui, an international medical grad from India, arrived in Canada feeling lost. Then she met her OISE mentor. Alum Dr. Cindy Sinclair knew Siddiqui's path all too well – and it deepened their lasting connection. Read more.
When Chrystal Smith, MT '19, realized her community at the Boys and Girls Club needed help in math, she created an online school for them. Now she's completing an additional MA in her new favourite subject. Read more.
Alumni Perks & Services

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Alum Dr. Jennifer Barbera says her self-help resource findinnercalm.ca is meant to offer therapeutic knowledge and healing during the pandemic. Read more.

Make eligible purchases with your MBNA Mastercard® to support U of T alumni and student initiatives and receive points you can redeem for rewards like travel and cashback! Learn more.

Help a current student with their journey, meet fellow alumni and raise your professional profile. Learn more.

What to Read

"Me and My Hair" by Stephanie Duff, an alum and passionate teacher, is about a young Black girl’s journey to self-acceptance and empowerment. Drawing from stories showcasing the bravery of Black Canadians, Stephanie's work explores why standing up for ourselves is difficult yet necessary, and how we can learn to be brave in everyday situations.

When the world gets too loud and chaotic, a young boy’s grandfather helps him listen with wonder instead. Prof. Ansloos and Shezza Ansloos' book features gentle, inviting illustrations by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley, emphasizing Mosom’s lessons about the healing power of the world around us.
We hope you enjoyed this edition of the OISE Alumni and Friends Newsletter. Until next time...stay connected! Come to a virtual event, join our OISE Alumni Facebook group, or follow us on social media.