Students study and work on the 4th floor of the SLC, waiting for a chance to see a facilitator today.
02 Mar 2017

Our Time to Swim: Turning the Tide

Our Time To Swim is a week long series that takes you inside the high-stakes, rewarding work of making education accessible to all students. Learn how

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Books piled on the edge of a desk, hands in the background busy integrating pedagogy into AAS.
28 Feb 2017

Our Time to Swim: The Undertides & Undertones of Accommodation Facilitation

Our Time To Swim is a week long series that takes you inside the high-stakes, rewarding work of making education accessible to all students. Learn how

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The long road stretches forward, but both feet on the ground, walking side by side, the journey is all of ours to take together.
16 Feb 2017

Heeding the Call(s): On Allyship, Being a Good Friend, and Doing Better

The Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report is hovering, waiting for us to read, write, and develop programs in response to their findings. I feel

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Looking up, through very thick trees, you can just see a spot of light, the sun and sky, but thought tiny it shines brightly.
13 Dec 2016

Beginnings of Knowing: A Story

The Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report is hovering, waiting for us to read, write, and develop programs in response to their findings. I feel

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A large mural on the side of a building, standing between city sky and trees, depicting elements of Aboriginal history and community.
10 Nov 2016

Heeding the Call(s): Myriad Knowledges

The Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report is hovering, waiting for us to read, write, and develop programs in response to their findings. I feel

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Buds on a flower prepare to bloom, some blossoming much faster, but each opening in their own time, as set by their own ability to flourish.
24 Oct 2016

Finding Your Flourish: Deena’s Perspective on Jonah’s Story

Join Jonah on RU Student Life as he personally shares his search for academic success, then come back to read Deena’s reflection on how Jonah’s journey to

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We can see a piece of the road, but the whole path is still unclear, covered. Only time and effort will make it visible.
19 Oct 2016

Heeding the Call(s): Student Affairs and the TRC’s Recommendations

The Truth & Reconciliation Commission’s Final Report is hovering, waiting for us to read, write, and develop programs in response to their findings. I feel

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In silhouette, a person leaps from on edge to another.
22 Sep 2016

Transitions, Intersections, and Thresholds: Thriving Through

Read about Deena’s experience with transition at Ryerson University’s Housing & Residence Move-In Day in Transitions, Intersections, and Thresholds. A few weeks ago, my three-and-a-half year

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Students and staff help new students moving into residence unload vehicles and prepare for undergrad
02 Sep 2016

Transitions, Intersections, and Thresholds

Last Sunday morning, I volunteered to help with Ryerson’s Housing & Residence  Move-In Day. My assigned task was “Pit Unload”. Amidst a team of student

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A room full of students await the next event in Orientation.
31 Aug 2016

In 250 Words: How Are We Engaging Students During Orientation (and Why That Way)?

Last week, I bothered my colleagues during the busiest time of year to get to the bottom of the question: why does student affairs engage

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19 Mar 2015

A Proper Thursday Thought: Reflections on Work-Study From a Student

At the SA Conference, Luke asked to what extent had we contributed to this blog, or commented on another’s post. Hands went up and down;

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28 Jan 2015

Reflection on Architecture as Pedagogy: Exploring the Tacit

I can’t wait until spring. Not just for the warming weather, crocii that’ll begin to pop up, the long overdue birdsong, and that palpable sense

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