Parenting in Today’s World: Understanding Indigenous Past & Present Realities and Inclusiveness

Join us for a 6 session series to learn about Indigenous past & present realities and how to speak about it with your children. You will:

  • Learn about Canada’s diversity issues including its impact on racialized and Indigenous people and ongoing indigenous colonization
  • Gain the knowledge and language to introduce your child to Indigenous history and present concerns, and concepts of identity, racism, and cultural differences.

A joint effort of the Division of Student Life and the Family Care Office.

U of T students, staff, faculty and their partner/spouse are welcome to attend. Registration required.

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

Date: Every Thursday
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.

Professional Schools Fair For Students with Family Responsibilities

Exploring your options for graduate school and/or thinking of a professional school?

Representatives from the following University of Toronto faculties will be available to answer your questions about their admission process and their programs.

  • Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work,
  • Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing
  • Faculty of Information (will only have information available)
  • Ontario Institute for Studies in Education – Initial Teacher
  • Education Program
  • Faculty of Law
  • School of Graduate Studies
  • Career Centre
  • Toronto School of Theology

This event is sponsored by Woodsworth College and the Family Care Office.

The Family Care Office has a small fund of money that is available to assist University of Toronto students with family responsibilities who wish to attend extra and co-curricular activities (such as this one) but are unable to because of child care costs. Here are the Eligibility Criteria.

Presenting Your Case Effectively: Advocating for Oneself & One’s Family (GPS)

Students have a lot on their plate. When a problem arises – be it academic, family related, personal or professional – advocating for oneself and one’s family can feel like a daunting task, particularly if the stakes are high. Traditionally defined as the “art of persuasion”, rhetoric is a powerful tool that students can utilize to better communicate through the written word. What is the best way to present one’s case? How can emotions be conveyed strategically and diplomatically? When writing a letter, what should come first – the presentation of the problem or the suggested solution? This workshop will touch upon these questions by focusing on the strategic use of rhetoric in letter writing.

Pre-requisite: Students will prepare and bring with them to the workshop a claim letter/memo requiring adjustment when something has gone wrong.


Dr. Jovanovic-Krstic teaches business communication and media rhetoric at Innis College, U of T. She has also designed and taught courses in essay and report writing, rhetoric, grammar and stylistics. Her main areas of research and interest are focused in communication studies, namely communication in the blogosphere, rhetoric of war, spinning and framing tactics in the press. Viktoria is also co-founder, Communications Director of OnPoint Communications, a strategic communications consulting company.

Karolina Szymanski — Karolina Szymanski has worked at the University of Toronto for three years in various student-life related capacities. She has been intimately involved in a number of workshops and she has sat on the FCO’s Student Advisory Committee. In May, 2010, in response to student requests for more programming around self-advocacy, Karolina successfully facilitated a similar workshop at the “Embracing Effective Energies Conference” in her then role of Asst. Programming Officer with the School of Graduate Studies.

Doctoral stream students can take this course as part of the GPS Program. GPS is a new initiative from the School of Graduate Studies that comprises a variety of offerings that provide students a full range of optional opportunities for professional skills development at University of Toronto. Your successful completion of GPS will be recognized by a transcript notation.

Preparing for an Academic Career

For women graduate students who are planning a career in academia. Topics include:

  • Choosing a career in academia
  • How to position yourself for an academic career
  • The academic search process
  • The application process and what search committees are looking for

Accommodation: For disability-related accommodations or assistance with child care, please contact the Family Care Office at 416-978-0951 two weeks prior to each event.

Sponsor: Convened by the Status of Women Office in collaboration with the Offices of the Vice President and Provost; Vice President, Research; School of Graduate Studies; Family Care; Woodsworth College (THE500 program); Career Centre; Graduate Student Initiatives (GSI); and Graduate Students’ Union (GSU).

Prenatal Yoga

Are you pregnant? Are you looking for some tips on how to relax and make your pregnancy a bit more comfortable and active? Join us for a rejuvenating and informative prenatal yoga session. The workshop will include a 10-minute introduction; this will allow the group to share experiences and concerns. A gentle, 45-minute yoga class will follow with a basic introduction to some simple breathing techniques and gentle postures that will help to ease the physical and mental pressures of pregnancy.

This workshop will be facilitated by Valerie Iancovich and Tara McCarthy, who are certified yoga instructors. Participants will leave with handouts outlining a sequence of postures to try at home and some basic information about the benefits of yoga during pregnancy.

Pregnancy Changes and Concerns

A bi-monthly drop-in for U of T expecting and postnatal parents 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 and adjusting to new life.
  • Find support and access resources.
  • Meet guest speakers, exchange ideas and experiences with other women regarding various aspects of pregnancy and life with baby.

Expectant parents who are U of T students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and their partners/spouses both are welcome to attend. Pre-registration required.
This program is a collaborative initiative of the Family Care Office and the Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing.

Post-Partum Depression

The connection between pregnancy and potential depression has been medically established. Do you have questions around how the baby blues may be dealt with? Have you or anyone you know had to deal with it? Join Dr. Danielle Thomas to learn more about the topic and weed out myth from reality.

Positive Discipline for Children Aged 6 to 11

Know your child; teach your child. Guiding a child’s behaviour is an art. We develop our skill the more we apply the techniques. It takes knowing your child, understanding how they think and doing some problem solving together so you can understand each other.

Come discuss some key techniques that can help you understand and guide your child effectively.

Facilitator: Brian Russell is a Parent Educator with the LAMP Community Health Centre. He and his wife have raised three daughters into the teen years (and so far, so good!)

Positive Parenting and Guiding your Child’s Behaviour

The UTM parenting group is inviting other members of the community to join in this positive parenting workshop. Participants will learn about the importance of setting limits, implementing appropriate consequences and offering choices to children. A time to refresh your parenting skills, learn new information and make connections with other parents/caregivers in your community.

Workshop presented by Venay, a Public Health Nurse with the Region of Peel Family Services.