With the ever growing demands of today’s society, the need for true leadership skills is crucial. Innis College is well known for its extraordinary level of student leadership and engagement and has numerous avenues for participation.
Aiming to reinforce and expand leadership opportunities and encourage personal growth, the Office of Student Life at Innis also organizes events, workshops and networking opportunities; after all, a successful leader is one who is well rounded in all aspects of leadership.
Where do I start?
With so many avenues of participation available to you at Innis and the University of Toronto, it can be hard to figure out where to start. Each and every student has a different idea of what it means to be a part of a community, and there is a plethora of communities to chose from. The graph below shows the responses to a survey of first-year UofT students in 2008; the graph shows how varied are people’s “homes” at the University.
Despite capturing only 18% of students in this survey, the Colleges are an integral part of the UofT Community. Not only do they provide a community in their own right, but they are also home to many of the academic programs, student organizations, on-campus jobs, and residences mentioned in that survey.
Check out each of Innis College’s partners in Student Life! Each has a variety of ways to participate, and all are always looking for participants and leaders.
Student Life Office
The Office of Student Life contributes to student life at Innis through three streams: leadership, mentorship, and community outreach. Workshops, seminars and social events run by the Student Life Dons and the Residence Dons help to promote healthy living, academic success, financial literacy, and the skills that will help you succeed after University. Keep an eye on this website, our Facebook page and our Twitter feed for information on upcoming events and information to help you navigate your University career.
For more information on the Leadership, Mentorship and Community Outreach programs run by the Office of Student Life, see here.
The ICSS and IRC are our two student societies—one is exclusive to the Residence, the other for all Innis College students.
The Cinema Studies Student Union and the Urban Studies Student Union are our Course Unions and an excellent ways to get involved if you are studying in those fields. Otherwise, check out the Arts & Science Student Union—they keep a list of all the other course unions on campus!
First-Year Learning Communities
The First-Year Learning Communities (FLC) Program in the Faculty of Arts and Science is designed to improve the transitional experience for first-year students. A FLC (pronounced “flick”) is a group of 24-30 students in the same area of study, who will be enrolled in some of the same core courses and will meet regularly outside of class time for useful and fun activities.
The content of FLC meetings will address three broad transition areas: academic, developmental, and social. FLCs are not offered in all areas of study, and preference is given to students not living in Residence.
Note: Mentor applications are now available for all upper-years, deadline August 25th.
InSIGHT (Innis Students Interacting Growing Helping Together) is a student run mentorship program associated with Innis College at the University of Toronto. Our aim as upper year students and mentors is to aid first-years in making a smooth transition both academically and socially into university lifInSIGHT (Innis Students Interacting Growing Helping Together) is a student run mentorship program associated with Innis College at the University of Toronto. Our aim as upper year students and mentors is to aid first-years in making a smooth transition both academically and socially into university life.
Now in our 7th year, InSIGHT’s goal is to group first-year students with upper-years in order to support them in their personal growth and development as well as share with them insights on how we have succeeded at U of T through interactive and fun group events. We welcome all Innis College students to join whether you’re a commuter, a residence of Innis or Chestnut or an engineer living in Innis residence.
Backpack to Briefcase Workshop
End of Year Celebrations
We are constantly making changes to our program to improve on what we already have created. This year we have decided to separate our mentors into either a social or academic group so that we can better help first year students in understanding how to succeed academically, but also provide them opportunities to meet fellow students in friendly open environments as well as enjoy campus life.
Founded in 1965, the Innis Herald is Innis College’s monthly newspaper. They strive to provide sophisticated, substantial, and unconventional discussion of college, campus and citywide issues. By virtue of the college’s programs and population, there is a particular focus on the arts, culture and writing.
The Herald’s mandate is to encourage critical thought and participation within our readership and in the wider University of Toronto campus and community. It is a place for discussion of ideas, opinions and thoughts that are usually not emphasized in other student newspapers or on campus.
The Innis Review is an annual interdisciplinary undergraduate publication based at Innis College. Organized by students, it aspires to deliver to the university population an accessible journal showcasing high quality academic writing, as demonstrated by Innis College students and those affiliated with its many college-based programmes.
Submission of work is open to all undergraduate Innis College students, as well as engineering students living in the Innis Residence. Students enrolled in an Innis-based course (INI course codes) are also encouraged to submit work from any of these courses.
Have an Idea?
Is there something you would like to see at Innis College? Both the Office of Student Life and the Innis College Student Society would love to hear from you!