I 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.
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 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.
Written by student bloggers Danielle Howson and Alaura Misener
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.
What goes on at the Student Learning Centre when the majority of Ryerson’s students disappear for the summer? Even though most of the university’s students might be on vacation, the SLC isn’t – we’re open, supporting students and their needs year-round!
There are plenty of events happening at the SLC this summer. June was Pride Month and at the SLC, we showed our true colours and displayed our Pride to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community! Prime Minister Trudeau even got in on the celebrations and showcased it on his social media using our SLC as his backdrop. Your Pride is our Pride!
Wishing you all a happy Canada Day!
To mark the sesquicentennial, the SLC will be closed Saturday, July 1 and Monday, July 3, 2017.
- Created by student graphic designer Zoé Arseneau
“O’ Canada, we couldn’t be prouder celebrating you! This Canada Day, let us to strive for unity in our diversity. May we recognize the history of our land and the multi-layered identities that call it home.”
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.