This past month, our campus hosted Congress 2017 and celebrated its theme: “The Next 150, On Indigenous Lands.” Congress participants, along with the Ryerson community, looked to the future of Canada by reflecting on its past through a series of innovative workshops, presentations and events. Excited to take part in this historical event, we decided to explore a few events happening around campus and see what Congress was all about.
The first event we visited took root in Pitman Quad through the efforts of the Indigenous Communication and Design Network. Bringing an Indigenous worldview into focus, this creative Tipi installation, titled Survival Through Sovereignty, displayed the names of 150 missing Indigenous youth. Between daily Tipi teachings, visitors were encouraged to gather around the central fire to share stories, learn about Indigenous culture and offer a prayer by burning a combination of sage, cedar and tobacco.
Earlier this year, while walking through the SLC, I passed by RULA’s Digital Media Experience (DME) and a 3D model of our campus caught my eye. I mentioned to a friend what an incredible school project that must be, not knowing that just months later, I would see it come to life as an installation at the SLC.
I’ve always noticed that the Ryerson spirit shines particularly bright through certain students. The team at the SLC concurs and is recognizing exemplary Ryerson students through its first SLC Student Engagement and Leadership Award.
Embracing leadership and engaging the Ryerson community is at the heart of the SLC. This understanding has become second nature to our inaugural recipients: Adrianna Militano, a first year graduate student in Public Policy and Administration, and Joshua Howe, a fourth year undergraduate student in Media Production.Continue reading “Recognizing Ryerson’s Engaged Student Leaders”
We’ve nearly made it. I can taste it. The culmination of all of our hard work is starting to take shape, the light at the end of the tunnel is appearing but wait…exams.
This time of year can feel like a never-ending stream of caffeinated study sessions; throw in a few tense moments and you’ve got an accurate picture of my month of April. Yet this time around, let’s choose to not let exams get the best of us and instead, redefine our own limits. Every step of the way, the SLC has got you covered.
At the SLC, the Student Engagement and Leadership (SEAL) Team is making the most of Canada 150. From our Canadian flag overlooking the Bridge to the sesqui-pins on our uniforms, we’re excited about the big one-five-oh. Join us, get involved and celebrate all that brings us together and makes us who we are as a country!
Back by popular demand: ten more ways the SLC was shaped by student voices!
1. Light sensitive blinds
Before the SLC came to life, students were asked what they wanted for their new space. What was at the top of their wish list? Sunlight! However, having twenty-five foot tall, floor-to-ceiling windows can bring in a little too much light at certain times of day. To solve this, the blinds are rigged to sensors based on geolocation that adjust as the day goes on!
At the SLC, students are the top priority. From its early construction days until now, the student perspective has been considered in nearly every aspect. Whether creating a quiet floor or adding more Collaborative & Group Work Rooms, your student voice was heard. This student-first philosophy is the evolutionary force behind the SLC. It goes beyond infrastructure and infuses the SLC’s governing model where students are embedded in every decision-making level. The result: your SLC.
Here is a list of ten things that were incorporated into the SLC with Ryerson’s students in mind.
1. Floor names
Every floor was designed to suit a different type of study need. Thankfully, each floor was given a clever name and coinciding theme to make them easier to remember! It’s broken down as follows:
The evolution of the SLC continues with the launch of its new learning playground, Sandbox by DMZ! The rebrand presents a clear vision for its innovative space: a one-stop shop for community members and students to embrace their entrepreneurial intuition, explore ideas, and grow their skill sets.
Here at the Student Learning Centre (SLC), we’ve kicked off the sesquicentennial celebrations with the installation of a Canadian flag overlooking the bridge connecting to the Library. Just in time to honour National Flag of Canada Day on February 15th!
Join the SEAL Team in participating in the “Share your Moment with the Flag Challenge” using #CanadianFlag