Black Access to Educational Excellence

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The University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) is committed to inclusion and providing access to Black students in their pursuit of a post-secondary education. As an institution, we are dedicated to dismantling barriers that hold anyone from reaching their full potential; as well, we strive to provide all students with equal and equitable opportunities to ensure they thrive at UTM.

The Black Access to Educational Excellence Initiative provides prospective Black high school students with supports at UTM to assist them in their university decision-making process. Prospective Black students will be personally introduced to current UTM Black students, faculty, and a robust network of resources, dedicated to continually supporting them throughout their post-secondary studies.

What We Offer

We invite prospective Black students and their families to connect with us through a variety of initiatives, including:



Presentations on Admissions, Financial Aid, Student Life and Support (these can be 1:1 meetings or in facilitated group presentations).



Parent Nights, Fall Campus Week, March Break Black Mentorship, etc.



UTM Black Ambassador, Admissions Advising, etc.

Debra"Hi, my name is Debra Olaniyi, graduated an Ontario Scholar from Cardinal Leger Secondary School, and I am currently a third year UTM student doing a double major in Political Science and Sociology with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. If you told me I would be studying any of these things in high school, I might just laugh! But this is exactly what a university can do for you – discover new opportunities and explore new pathways."

Upcoming Events

Fall Campus Week: BAEE Student Panel

Saturday, October 24, 2020 | 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

This event is a part of Fall Campus Week; please register for the event to get access to the student panel.

BAEE: We’re Talking About Business

Thursday, October 29, 2020 | 6:30pm to 7:30pm ET

Click here to register!

BAEE: We’re Talking About Life Sciences

Wednesday, November 11, 2020 | 06:00pm to 8:00pm ET

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BAEE: We’re Talking About Law

Date TBA


Access to Education Parent Night

Thursday, November 5, 2020 | 6:30pm to 8:00pm ET | Hosted on Zoom

Black and First Generation students are often met with educational barriers in the pursuit of a post-secondary education, particularly university. As a parent or guardian, how can you best support your high school student along their academic journey when the process may be unfamiliar, or you are a few years removed? Join us virtually to learn more about post-secondary educational options and how to compare them, how to prepare for a university education and academic requirements, understand the application process, finances, learn different definitions and your role in your student’s pursuit of higher education. You will also have the chance to sit in a mini-lecture to get a sense of how and what your student will be learning.

Click here to register!

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    Connect With Us


    If you have any questions about the BAEE initiative or would like to collaborate with us, please reach out to:

    Deborah Peart
    Recruitment/Liaison Officer
    University of Toronto Mississauga