Orientation for Students with Family Responsibilities 2019

Date: Saturday, September 14, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
Location: St. George Campus, O.I.S.E, 252 Bloor Street West, Room 5250

The Family Care Office invites incoming and current students with family responsibilities to Orientation 2019!

Start building your support networks and learn how to be proactive and prepared so you can successfully navigate your degree while caring for others:

  • Meet other students with family responsibilities and university staff
  • Learn about services and resources on campus
  • Discover strategies and insights from current student parents on how to adjust to university life

Vegetarian Lunch Available. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges or dietary restrictions so we can accommodate your needs.

Final Schedule/Agenda
9:30 – 10:00 am Registration and Coffee; Childcare Drop-off if needed
10:00 – 10:15 am Welcome and Overview of FCO’s Services
10:15 – 11:15 am Themed Tables on topics relevant to Students with family responsibilities, including academic supports and life beyond the classroom
11:15 am – 12:15 pm Student Parents Panel Discussion: Hear from student parents about how they manage their family life, school and work at the U of T
12:15 – 1:30 pm Lunch & Networking

All incoming & returning U of T students with family responsibilities are welcome. Registration required.*

Please note that partners of students with family responsibilities are welcome to join at 11:30 am – 12:15 pm for a separate Meet & Greet event.

Limited childcare available.

To register yourself and/or your child, please email family.care@utoronto.ca or call 416.978.0951.
*At the time of registration, please let us know if your partner will be attending the Meet & Greet. Children are welcome to come with student parents’ partners for the Meet & Greet event at 11:30 am and to stay afterwards for lunch.

Overwhelmed to Overjoyed (U of T Scarborough)

Date: Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, Room IC318

Have you ever felt that there is too much going on? Between work, school, commute, family, (insert your issue here), you can’t find time to breathe? You are not alone! If you have ever wanted to alleviate the constant stress and take control of how you respond, come join us at Overwhelm to Overjoyed. During this 90-minute workshop, you will discover the 4 simple keys to managing stress in healthy ways.

Facilitator Bio: Tara Rhodes is a certified life and leadership coach, dedicated to helping people gain clarity on the life they want to live, and developing the healthy habits to make it a reality. S he firmly believes that life is too short to live a life which makes you unhappy. A wife and mom to two boys, she actively practices what she preaches to maintain a healthy balance and presence in every day.

Registration required. All University of Toronto students, staff, faculty and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

Orientation to the Athletic Centre for Students with Family Responsibilities

Come join other students with family responsibilities and receive a tour and orientation to the Athletic Centre and its programming. Find out about their classes and drop-in programs and how to use their facilities such as their gymnasia, pools , strength and conditioning centre, indoor track, dance studio, cardio machines, and squash courts. You will also learn about the Family Programs, Camp U of T, and Junior Blues. There really is something for everybody!

Orientation for Student Parents

Vegetarian Lunch Available.

The Family Care Office invites incoming and current student parents to Orientation 2013. Please join us to learn about the services and resources available to student parents on campus, get advice from our student mentors on how to adjust to the University, and start creating your support networks by making new friends and meeting University staff.

12:00 pm – 12:15 pm: Welcome, Lunch, and Networking with Mentors.
12:15 pm – 12:30 pm: An overview of University services.
12:30 pm – 12:45 pm: “How S/he does it?” project launch. Find out key learning strategies of highly successful student parents.
12:45 pm – 01:15 pm: Panel Discussion: How student parents manage their family life, school and work at the U of T.
01:15 pm – 01:30 pm: Informal Q & A with students & University staff.
01:30 pm: Campus tour showcasing family friendly spaces on the St. George campus.

Orientation for International Students & their Families

During the Orientation we will discuss important information for families and partners that will help them make transition to life in Canada and on campus a little bit easier. It will be a great opportunity to meet other spouses and partners of international students. We will discuss the following topics:

  • Access to health resources
  • University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP) for families
  • How to find child care, apply for subsidies, programs for children
  • Support services for international student families on campus and in the community
  • Fun activities for families in Toronto

All University of Toronto international students and their families are welcome.

Online Discussion Board For Students with Family Responsibilities

Join our hands-on (and fun!) session to learn how to make the most out of our online community utilizing the U of T Portal! Find out how to optimize the sharing and exchanging of your common experiences and resources with other students with family responsibilities.

Facilitator: Cheryl Ziegler holds the position of IT & Communications Coordinator in Student Life at U of T. Her current interests include interface design, portal applications development, improving IT/media literacy on campus and exploring the potentials of social networking and virtual worlds.

Online Chat Session for Faculty, Staff and Students

Get the information you need from the comfort of your own computer/phone. A Family Care Advisor will be available to chat and answer questions on:

  • Planning for a child and leaves available
  • Child care and child care subsidies
  • Schools and children programs
  • Elder care resources
  • Balancing work/study and family
  • and more…

Online Chat for New Student Parents

Plan early for the upcoming school year and get the information you need from the comfort of your own computer/phone. A Family Care Advisor will be available to chat and answer questions on:

  • child care & child care subsidies
  • schools
  • children’s programs
  • balancing study and family (and work too, if that is your case)
  • how to get connected with a peer mentor
  • other issues that student parents have to deal with!