The Linking Skills project is a result of the University of Toronto Mississauga’s (UTM) successful application to the Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation Fund’s Inquiry Stream for 2019-20. Professor Michael Lettieri, Vice-Dean, Academic Experience in the Office of the Vice-Principal Academic & Dean serves as the Principal Investigator on the project. The original proposal, entitled “Linking Employer Recruitment Practices with Skills Development in University: An Experiential Approach to Improving Employment Outcomes for Humanities Graduates,” was developed by UTM’s Experiential Education Unit (EEU), in consultation with administrative leadership in the Departments of English & Drama, Historical Studies, Language Studies, Philosophy, and Visual Studies. We extend our gratitude to these departments for their collaboration and continuing support. In addition, we would like to express our deep and sincere appreciation to Professor Alexandra Gillespie (Vice-President & Principal, UTM; formerly Chair of the Department of English & Drama) for her written contributions to the application.
As with UTM’s commitment to experiential learning, the Linking Skills project is operationalized through the support of several academic and non-academic partners on campus, including Alumni Relations, Office of Advancement; the Career Centre; the Centre for Student Engagement, the Equity & Diversity Office; the Office of Communications; the Office of the Registrar; and the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre. The EEU is greatly indebted to all of its collaborators across UTM, whose consistent support has and continues to be invaluable for realizing the goals of the Linking Skills project.
Lastly, our thanks go to Amana Choudry for creating the Linking Skills logo.
This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. The Government of Ontario and its agencies are in no way bound by any recommendations contained in this document.