Discussion Groups

U of Tots (U of T Scarborough)

Date: TBA
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: AA160-Council Chambers, U of T Scarborough

Calling all parents at U of T Scarborough! U of Tots is a new parenting group that will meet once a month to share resources, socialize, chat about our unique experiences and hear from experts on a range of topics. Join us for the first meeting on Tuesday, November 29 from 1-2 pm to meet other parents and help choose topics/speakers for the upcoming year. Questions? Email Holly Fraser or pop by BV588 at UTSC with any thoughts on this new group! Open to staff, faculty and student parents of (preferably) 1-5 year olds.

Parents’ Group at U of T Student Family Housing (for residents only)

Date: Every Thursday – resuming September 20, 2018
Time: 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Location: Charles St. Drop-in Centre, 30 Charles St., 3rd Floor

A self-directed group for parents and their young children up to 5 years of age who live at the U of T Student Family Housing. Participants have an opportunity to meet other parents, make connections and share experiences. Group members develop a support network within the Student Family Housing buildings and learn about family resources.

Grad Connections: Students with Family Responsibilities

Date: Friday, October 12, 2018
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Location: SGS Lounge, 63 St George St.

Take a break and connect with other grad students at our new bi-weekly chat forum. Share your experiences in an informal setting, talk about your challenges and life as a graduate student. An expert staff facilitator will be available to answer questions related to each week’s theme. This is a free event! Coffee and tea will be available. Space is limited to 25.


Expectant Parents Group

Date: Mondays, September 17 & 24, October 1 & 15
Time: 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Rm 313

A group for U of T expecting parents and their partners to:

  • Gain insight into various aspects of pregnancy including nutrition, emotional and physical changes, labour and delivery, and post-partum issues such as feeding your baby.
  • Find support and access resources.
  • Meet guest speakers, exchange ideas and experiences with other expectant parents regarding various aspects of pregnancy and life with baby.

Fall 2018 Session dates:

Session Title Date
Equipment & Gadgets you will really use Monday, September 17
Pregnancy Changes & Concerns Monday, September 24
The Birthing Experience Monday, October 1
Feeding Your Baby & Caring for Yourself Monday, October 15

Expectant parents who are U of T students, staff, faculty and their partners/spouses both are welcome to attend. Pre-registration required.

If you have an accommodation need, please email family.care@utoronto.ca to make appropriate arrangements.

Talking with Children about Colonization – Full

Time: 12:00 – 1:15 pm
Location: TBA

In this series we will be looking at what, how much and how to tell children in our lives about the history and current developments of Canada’s colonization, in practical ways that are appropriate and respectful of their developmental stages.

Session Title Date
Identity Exercise: Our Connection with the Land Wednesday, September 26
Thanksgiving and its Meanings, Reconnections – bringing it to your thanksgiving table Wednesday, October 3
Current issues affecting Indigenous People/Misconceptions – how to talk with your children about it Wednesday, October 10
Actions & moving forward Wednesday, October 17

Facilitators: Mikaela D. Gabriel, PhD Student, Clinical & Counselling Psychology at OISE/University of Toronto & Mairi McKenna-Edwards, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, Division of Student Life.

Registration required. U of T students, staff, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and their partner are welcome to attend. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.