Making a request for accommodations or consideration

Making a request for accommodations or consideration from your professors, teaching assistants or supervisors can be an intimidating process in which you may struggle to:

  • know what to say
  • maintain a sense of your competence as a student
  • assess if their response is reasonable or not

How do you advocate for yourself with clarity and effectiveness? This workshop offers practical tools for students at all levels to support you in standing in the power of your request.

We will use creative expression through writing to explore barriers to asking for what you need, including inner hesitancy and fear of negative responses.

Speaking to Power with Clarity & Effectiveness graphic


Event details Wednesday, November 6, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at OISE
Registration Register on the CLNx
Facilitators Facilitator bios

Event details

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

OISE, 5th floor, Room 5150 (breakout sessions after lunch will be in rooms 5150 & 5160)

Morning refreshments & lunch will be provided.

This workshop is hosted by Accessibility Services, the Family Care Office and the Multi-Faith Centre.


This event is open to any student at any level of study with trouble communicating to professors or supervisors regarding religious accommodations, family obligations and accessibility needs.

Register on the CLNx.

Facilitator bios

Ronna Bloom: As Poet in Community, Ronna Bloom uses creative writing to address the needs, passions, and interests of students at the University of Toronto. Ronna is a writer, teacher, psychotherapist and author of six books of poetry. You can learn more about her and her work in her Poet in Community Facebook group.

Rahul Bhat: Rahul Bhat is the Learning Strategies Specialist at Accessibility Services, with many years of experience supporting students with their learning experience in one-on-one and group capacities.

Rouya Botlani: Rouya Botlani is the Program Coordinator at Accessibility Services. She coordinates programming for students related to learning, leadership development and community building.