I am honoured to be serving as Acting Principal for 2015–2016 while Joe Desloges is on research leave. Woodsworth College holds a special place at the University of Toronto, evolving from its original role as the home for part-time and mature students into its present position as the largest of the university`s colleges. Woodsworth is now a happy blend of full-time and part-time students, including those who took advantage of unique pathways to secondary education such as the Millie Rotman Shime Academic Bridging Program and the Diploma to Degree program. Throughout, the College has remained committed to providing students with the supports necessary both for academic success and for a well-balanced student experience, as well as programs to help plan for life beyond university. I look forward to being part of this wonderful community in the year to come.
We are launching a number of exciting initiatives in 2015-2016:
A new stream for our highly successful foundational program Woodsworth ONE is being introduced with the theme of Popular Culture. This new stream will build on the teaching and research strengths of our current faculty and take advantage of the rich co-curricular activities in the ONE program.
The Academic Pod Program will bring together students living in the Woodsworth College Residence with others who share their academic interests. It will provide an opportunity for students in residence to integrate their academic learning with their co-curricular activities and to enhance their overall student experience.
Meanwhile, the College remains focused on preparing students for life-long success and job readiness. We will continue the Alumni-Students Mentorship Program which pairs third- and fourth-year students with Woodsworth alumni who are willing to serve as resources and share their career experiences. We will also continue to partner with the Faculty of Arts & Science and their “Backpack to Briefcase” program. This program provides opportunities for undergraduates to interact with successful UofT alumni in a variety of professions and to explore how their academic studies will help them build their futures.
Everyone here at Woodsworth is looking forward to welcoming all new and returning students to what promises to be an exciting and rewarding academic year.
I welcome any comments and suggestions from all members of our community. You can email me or call 416-946-0556.