Black Access to Educational Excellence (BAEE@UTM)
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 BAEE@UTM (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:
A quarterly newsletter for students, counsellors, and parents with updates about the BAEE@UTM initiative, useful resources, and other important information.
These can be 1:1 meetings or in facilitated groups, and could cover:
- Financial Aid
- Student Life
- Campus Support
Events & Opportunities
Parent Nights, Fall Campus Week, March Break Black Mentorship, etc.
UTM Black Ambassador, Admissions Advising, etc.
U of T News
‘Black excellence on full display’: Black Grad returns to U of T with virtual event
In recent weeks, dozens of Black students graduating from the University of Toronto received a special package in the mail: a kente cloth stole with the words “U of T Black Grad” emblazoned on one end and “Class of 2021” on the other.
Rhonda McEwen appointed dean of U of T Mississauga
Professor Rhonda McEwen’s personal website features the Latin quote “Propterea quod qui audet adipiscitur.” Translation: Because she who dares, wins.
It’s a philosophy on which McEwen has built her career – and now her long list of accomplishments has a new entry: She has been appointed U of T Mississauga’s vice-principal, academic and dean.
Meet Nugo Ezenwa!
"Hi, my name is Nugo Ezenwa and I graduated as an Ontario Scholar from Mississauga Secondary School. I am currently a third-year science student at UTM double majoring in Mathematics & Statistics and minoring in Computer Science. This school year, I am honoured to be doing a special program called the PEY program (Professional Experience Year) which has trained and guided me to receiving my current job position as an Engineering Assistant at DPM Energy Inc. With that being said, UTM has provided me with lots of amazing experiences that keeps me pushing – dream big, stay positive, work hard, and enjoy the journey."
BAEE@UTM Ambassadors describe what the initiative means to them.
Personal Campus Tour
Debra Olaniyi, Student Ambassador, takes you on a tour of her favourite spots on the UTM campus.
BAEE@UTM x MyUTM Campaign
In recognition of Black History month, we ran our #MyUTM campaign in partnership with BAEE@UTM to feature influential Black change‑makers in our community!
Scholarships & Awards
U of T Awards Explorer – This tool can help you explore the diverse funding opportunities at U of T that recognize your achievements and financially support your studies.
ScholarshipsCanada.com – Since 1997, Canada's foremost web site for scholarships, student awards and bursaries.
Within Reach (PDF) – How to Finance Your University of Toronto Experience: A Guide for First-Entry Programs