Access & Inclusion Peer Programs
Access & Inclusion Peer Programs is a mentorship program for students from historically underrepresented and marginalized communities. We offer academic, career, wellness and social supports that foster a sense of belonging and community. We also help students avoid and navigate barriers to access, inclusion and success at U of T.
Our mentor navigators are caring upper-year students who identify as from underrepresented communities. This includes but is not limited to students who are: Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit, Métis), African/Black/Caribbean, Racialized, LGBTTI2QQ+, first generation (parents/guardians did not complete post-secondary education in Canada), religious/spiritual, currently or formerly enrolled in the Transitional Year Programme, mature, and/or transfer students.
Access & Inclusion Peer Programs offers underrepresented students one-to-one appointments with a mentor navigator of their choice. We also offer a series of events and workshops to connect students to each other and the U of T community, and a newsletter to help students get involved in engaging programs and services for diverse students.
1. Find a mentor navigator
Mentor navigators are a group of caring upper-year underrepresented students who support:
- Indigenous students collaborating with Indigenous Student Services
- African, Black, Caribbean students
- Racialized students
- Mature students
- Transfer students
- LGBTTI2QQ+ students collaborating with the Sexual Gender Diversity Office and LGBTOUT
- Transitional Year Programme students collaborating with the Transitional Year Programme
- First generation students
- Religious and spiritual students collaborating with the Multi-Faith Centre
2. Book a virtual or phone appointment with a mentor navigator
3. Attend an event or workshop
Access & Inclusion Peer Programs hosts several events and workshops throughout the year for underrepresented students. Events and workshops are not currently running due to the University's response to COVID-19.
Note: When events and workshops return, you can book an appointment with a mentor navigator to join you.
4. Subscribe to our newsletter
The Access & Inclusion Peer Programs newsletter lists our upcoming events and opportunities for underrepresented students.
5. Join our Facebook group
Mature Student Network connects students who graduated from high school more than two years before enrolling at U of T, or who completed high school as an adult. Join a network of other mature students on Facebook.
Transfer Student Network connects U of T students who recently transferred from another post-secondary institution. Join a network of new transfer students on Facebook.
AccessUs provides academic and social support to students registered with Accessibility Services. Register for Access Us.
iConnect introduces students who are new to Canada and U of T to campus community, conversation and new friends. Learn more about iConnect.
Student Parent Peer Mentorship Program offers support to students who are parents. Find out more about the Student Parent Peer Mentorship Program.