Access and Inclusion Peer Programs
Access and Inclusion Peer Programs is a mentorship program helping first-year students belonging to historically marginalized, minority or underrepresented group(s). This program pairs new students with experienced upper-year mentors to help new students avoid potential barriers to success, access and inclusion at U of T.
Our mentors can help students who identify as Indigenous, African/Black/Caribbean, LGBTTI2QQ+, a first-generation student (the first person in a family to attend post-secondary studies), or a member of an underrepresented religious or spiritual group.
This program offers all students one-on-one meetings with a mentor and a series of events and workshops to connect students to each other and the U of T community!
1. Find a Mentor Navigator
Mentor Navigators are a group of caring upper-year undergraduate students comprising:
- Indigenous students collaborating with First Nations House
- African, Black, Caribbean students
- LGBTTI2QQ+ students collaborating with Sexual Gender Diversity Office and LGBTOUT.
- Transitional Year Programme students collaborating with the Transitional Year Programme.
- First generation students collaborating with the First in the Family Peer Mentor Program.
- Religious and spiritual students collaborating with Multi-Faith Centre.
2. Book an appointment with a Mentor Navigator
Do you have a busy class schedule or prefer one-on-one meetings with a specific mentor? Book an appointment with a Mentor Navigator!
3. Attend an event or workshop
Access and Inclusion Peer Programs hosts several events and workshops throughout the year. The events and workshops are open to all students interested in the Access and Inclusion Peer Programs.
Note: If you don't want to attend the event by yourself, you can request for your mentor Mentor Navigators to join you.
4. Subscribe to eNewsletter
The Access and Inclusion Peer Programs eNewsletter is a bi-weekly eNewsletter listing upcoming events, opportunities and support services at U of T.
5. Additional Mentorship Programs or Networks
There are a variety of existing programs to help students from other under-represented groups:
AccessUS - A program matching new U of T students registered with Accessibility Services with upper-year students for support/mentorship. This program primarily brings students together through regular social events. Beyond connection, this program encourages students to strengthen their academic skills through interactive workshops. Join the AccessUS Program today!
iConnect - A program matching new international students with a student from a different country. This program helps international students build intercultural knowledge and eases their transition to U of T and Canada. Join the iConnect Program today!
Student Parent Peer Mentorship Program - A program matching new U of T students parents with upper-year student parent mentors. Student parents will learn strategies to manage the demands of academic studies and parenting. Join the Student Parent Peer Mentorship Program!
Mature Student Facebook Group - Join a network of other mature students on Facebook!
Transfer Student Facebook Group - Join a network of new transfer students on Facebook!