Talking to New People is a set of online experiences where you can learn and practice social and relationship skills with other students.
All U of T students are eligible to participate.
If you’re a grad student, Grad Talks offers Talking to New People specifically for you.
How The Program Works
There are two different offerings to meet your needs:
Talking to New People (Online 4 Week Group Intensive)
This experience brings eight people together who don’t know each other for four weeks to practice relationship-building tools and strategies so participants can make connections.
Throughout the four weeks, the structure will feel less and less formal in order to foster a sense of familiarity and closeness that many people are missing in online environments during COVID-19.
Groups run for 1.5 hours each week. Each group will be facilitated by a peer mentor.
You can now earn CCR recognition for the 4 Week Group Intensive. To receive credit, you must attend all 4 scheduled sessions and participate frequently in the informal chat.
Talking to New People Online Workshop
This one-time 1.5 hour workshop will help you develop the skills you need to make new connections and manage fear and anxiety that comes along with it. In this workshop, we will teach you how to make new connections and you will practice these skills so that you’ll leave with experience and confidence that will help you continue talking to new people.
Please note there are specific workshop time(s) that cater to both undergrad and graduate/professional students.
The Talking to New People cohort starts the week of January 24, 2022. If you are interested in joining, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Students Are Saying12 votes
The meetings were a lot of fun, the people who attended were all exciting and fun to talk to! It gave me a nice break from the monotonous lifestyle that the pandemic has set!
Sidharth, 2021 Grad Student Participant
Getting to meet and know new friends especially in a new country is definitely one of the best things about this program. Everyone I've met so far is nice and I even relate to them on a personal and professional level. The program made it very easy for me to network with fellow students which is extremely valuable.
Abdelrahman, 2021 First-Year Student Participant