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A message from Principal Bruce Kidd on the events in Quebec City

Dear friends:

U of T Scarborough is richly diverse and it pains me to see our community unsettled over the U.S. travel restrictions announced last Friday and last night’s shooting at a mosque in Quebec. Our flags will fly at half-mast for a two-day mourning period, starting Tuesday, January 31, to coincide with vigils planned across the University.

On Monday, January 30, President Meric Gertler posted a statement about the events in Quebec City. And yesterday the President’s Office shared a message about its work with Universities Canada and our own efforts to support international students and scholars

I ask our community to support one another during this challenging time, and encourage you to take advantage of the resources available to our students, faculty and staff:

Students

  • If you are an international student and have questions on what U.S. travel restrictions may mean for you, please contact our International Student Centre, located on the third floor of the Instructional Centre in IC350. They can also be reached at 416-287-7518, isc@utsc.utoronto.ca or uoft.me/isc
  • SCSU’s Racialized Students’ Collective is open for extended hours and located in the Student Centre, SL201B. For more information: rsc@scsu.ca 
  • SCSU’s multi-faith prayer rooms are available to students (and faculty) on a 24-hour basis. For more information: bookings@scsu.ca 
  • The Department of Student Life offers chaplaincy services. For more information: uoft.me/UTSCchaplains
  • The Health & Wellness Centre offers counselling and other services. For more information: uoft.me/HWC
  • The Muslim Student Association is an official campus club and offers resources to the campus community. For more information: www.msautsc.com
  • Security is being provided before and during prayer services on campus. 

Faculty & Staff

  • If you have questions about U.S. travel restrictions and are faculty, a visiting professor or guest lecturer, please contact: faculty.immigration@utoronto.ca; if you are a postgraduate medical trainee, please contact: postgrad.med@utoronto.ca; and if you are staff, research associates, postdoctoral fellows or have other inquiries, please contact: hr.immigration@utoronto.ca 
  • Counselling services: University employees who participate in the group benefits program (and their spouses, partners and dependant children) are entitled to the Employee & Family Assistance Program. For more information: uoft.me/EFAP
  • The Senior Advisor on Equity and Diversity, Amorell Saunders N’Daw is available to speak with you at 416-287-5639 or email saunders@utsc.utoronto.ca; she is located in BV536.
  • Security is being provided before and during prayer services on campus.

I invite you all to join Imam Omar Patel, U of T Scarborough’s Muslim Chaplain, and the Muslim Student Association for a vigil Tuesday, January 31 from 12-1 p.m. in the Meeting Place. 

You are also most welcome to attend a vigil led by Amjad Tarsin, the lead Muslim Chaplain for all three campuses, and the St. George campus Muslim Students Association, Tuesday, January 31 at 6 p.m. on King’s College Circle.

In solidarity,

Bruce Kidd

Bruce Kidd, O.C., Ph.D., LL.D.
Vice President, University of Toronto

Principal, University of Toronto Scarborough
Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education

 




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