The ABCs of the SLC

It’s every student’s favourite time of year: back to school! With a new semester upon us, we’ve decided to ease into it and bring it back to basics. Below is everything you need to know about our SLC, from A-Z.

Accessibility

The Student Learning Centre is an intentionally inclusive space that is constantly improving itself to meet accessibility needs. To better understand accessibility throughout the building, the Student Engagement and Leadership (SEAL) Team came together with the Ryerson community and initiated the conversation by organizing the SLC Charrette on Accessibility.

Beanbags

Feel a bit closer to the sailboats on Lake Ontario by sitting on the beanbags on the sixth floor! They’re made from recycled boat sails and even display the name boat they came from on the tag.

Student writing in a Collaborative & Group Work Room at the SLC
Photo by Clifton Li

CGWRs

Sometimes you just need a giant whiteboard and a little help from your friends to get you through an assignment. That’s why we have 61 easily bookable Collaborative Group Work Rooms (CGWR). Make use of the dry-erase markers provided and use the erasers to tidy up!

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Shop the SLC is Back

A Shop the SLC sign hung from the ceiling of the SLC Shop the SLC – a free marketplace for entrepreneurs – is back and better than ever. Support your peers or participate as a vendor to help grow budding businesses within the Ryerson community!

Come explore, discover and support Ryerson talent at the 3rd annual Shop the SLC: A Holiday Market November 20-24, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. in the Student Learning Centre’s first floor Amphitheatre.

Just in time for the holidays: one of a kind crafts, food, art, jewelry, clothing and more!

Vendor call postcard

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Welcome First Year Students!

Two students looking out the window on the 8th floor of the SLCI remember my first week of university. I was 17, five hours from where I grew up and living alone for the first time. To be honest, I did not know whether I was more excited or nervous. I came to Ryerson not knowing much about the campus, downtown Toronto or how to be a successful university student. I wish the Student Learning Centre had been open in my first week. If it were, I know exactly how I would’ve used it.

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Reimagining the SLC Welcome Desk

SLC Welcome Desk in the Amphitheatre. As a Specialist, the SLC Welcome Desk is my favourite place to work. Created by students from the Department of Architectural Science, it showcases Ryerson talent while serving as the first point of interaction between the Ryerson community and the Student Engagement and Leadership (SEAL) Team. In this space, I am able to feed off of the energy around me to use as motivation to make the SLC the best it can be.   Continue reading “Reimagining the SLC Welcome Desk”

The Ryerson Experience Fair

The SLC is a building where students can feel involved, recognized and heard. That’s why it was the perfect place to host the Ryerson Experience Fair: a platform for students to initiate change across campus. These ideas explored positive social change by promoting a smoke-free Ryerson, mental health initiatives and reconciliation at the university. The aim was to make student life all that it can be for current and incoming students. Our hope is that it increases the student experience through similar values with that of the SLC’s, to create an inclusive place for students by students.Students walking through Ryerson campus during Fall.

Check out how you can bring the SLC Amphitheatre to life with your own event!

Written by student bloggers Danielle Howson and Alaura Misener

Our SLC: One of Canada’s Most Iconic Buildings!

The Entrance of Ryerson University by Mandalaybus.“When [Ryerson] had the opportunity to construct a building fronting on Yonge Street (on the spot formerly occupied by the old flagship Sam the Record Man store), it made its mark with this sparkling, asymmetrical blue-and-white glass cube designed by Zeidler Partnership Architects of Toronto and the Norwegian firm Snøhetta. Opened in February 2015, the eight-storey building received the 2016 American Institute of Architects New York Honor Award, and recently earned a LEED Gold designation. The building features a markedly different configuration, design and colour palette for each floor. Students participated in the consultation process, even choosing the building’s furniture, which can be rearranged to suit their needs.”

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Giving Back to the SLC

A night time shot of the exterior of the SLC Our university experience is undeniably tied to our personal development and growth. At the end of it all, I believe that I will leave with a sense of appreciation and a desire to pay it forward. I hope to some day emulate Ryerson graduates who decide to give back to the school that gave so much to them. One of these inspiring students is Shivraj     Sagar, a recent mechanical engineering graduate.

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