Principal’s Message

A Message from Principal Joe Desloges



As we close out the year, we are eagerly anticipating 2014 which will be the College's 40th anniversary.  The motto for this upcoming milestone is Looking Forward at Forty. However, even as we look forward and envision what paths the College must take to continue to excel at providing excellent undergraduate experiences and programs for our students, we will also be celebrating the past and all that has made the College a special institution on the St. George Campus.  Issues of equity, social justice and diversity are integral to the history of this College, so we have much to celebrate. I hope to see many members of the Woodsworth College community at some of  our upcoming anniversary events.

We have been working very hard these last few months to frame objectives for moving forward - to indeed look forward at forty.  In particular, we will be paying attention to the recommendations that have emerged from the recent review of the College.  The review was undertaken with input from many of the College’s stakeholders - students, staff, faculty, and alumni. A total of sixteen recommendations resulted from the review.  I would just like to highlight a few of them here:  

  • To continue to strengthen access programing at the College, with focus on our Academic Bridging Program and our facilitated transfer programs.  Currently we have a joint program with Seneca College, but these programs can be developed to include other partners across the GTA.
  • To work to enhance our relationships with the Centre for Industrial Relations & Human Resources and the Centre for Criminology & Sociolegal Studies and to foster more engagement between faculty, graduate and undergraduate students at these centres.
  • Work to enhance our Academic Writing Centre to include online options.
  • To continue to strengthen and enhance our Woodsworth ONE foundational program.

These are just some of the priorities that staff and faculty at the College are looking  forward working on as we move into our 40th year. It is our privilege to work with students and alumni on all these initiatives.

I welcome any comments and suggestions from all members of our community.  You can email me or call 416-946-0556.