The Division of Student Life initiates and participates in assessment projects to understand students and their experience at the University of Toronto.
The National Survey of Student Engagement is administered every three years to universities in Canada, and serves as an important tool to understand the student experience. The survey includes questions about student-faculty interaction, active and collaborative learning and what makes for a supportive campus environment. Read about the results of NSSE 2014 here.
Diverse student community
The University of Toronto is located in an incredibly diverse city, and brings together students, staff and faculty from many different backgrounds. The various offices within the Division of Student Life have services geared towards working with different populations of students.
- The Sexual and Gender Diversity Office offers support and information to students who are “out” or questioning their sexual orientation or gender identity. The office also works with students, faculty and staff to provide training and education on issues related to sexual diversity, anti-heterosexist programming, and events and programs for the LGBTQ community at U of T.
- The St. George Centre for Women and Trans People is a trans-positive drop-in space that provides education, referrals, direct action, anti-oppression training and counseling.
- The Positive Space Campaign challenges the patterns of silence that continue to marginalize lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual and queer individuals. Look for Positive Space’s symbol — an inverted rainbow triangle sticker — around campus.
- The Sexual Harassment Office handles harassment complaints based on sex or sexual orientation and provides guides for undergraduate and graduate students.
Race, Religious and Cultural Issues
- The Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office provides complaint management and resolution for issues related to discrimination or harassment based on race, ancestry, place of origin, religion, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship or creed. You are also welcome contact the office if you are seeking a forum to discuss ideas that will strengthen U of T’s diverse community and its commitment to an equitable environment.
- U of T’s Multi-Faith Centre provides a place for students, staff and faculty of all spiritual beliefs to learn to respect and understand one another. The Centre facilitates an accepting environment where members of various communities can reflect, worship, contemplate, teach, read, study, celebrate, mourn and share.
- Accessibility Services provides services and resources to students with all types of disabilities, such as physical, sensory, medical, mental health, learning and temporary.
- The Family Care Office provides free confidential information, guidance, referrals and advocacy for students, staff, faculty and their families. Some of these services are also available to Postdoctoral fellows. You can take advantage of free workshops, support groups and seminars. Our Resource Centre contains practical information on a broad range of family care issues, from pregnancy and infant care to lesbian and gay parenting, from special needs children to caring for elderly family members.
- The tri-campus website for parents, guardians, and family members of students covers topics such as academic and financial matters, residence and campus life, and health and safety. Feature articles are themed to correspond with stages of the school year. A list of Frequently Asked Questions will expand to meet the interests of visitors to the site. Family members can subscribe to a free e-newsletter that will include relevant campus news and articles written by university experts. The site also promotes special events which relatives and guardians are welcome to attend.