Priorities, Commitments and Accountabilities

This Strategic Framework is also available as a downloadable PDF.

People inside the teepee on the UTM campus

UTM’s Strategic Framework aims to strengthen this trust with work in five priority areas. Arranged in a circle to suggest their non-hierarchical unity, these priorities name our intention to foster student success and empower research discovery and impact; to encourage collaboration and belonging, and build efficient and sustainable operations; and to embrace our place, locally, globally, and institutionally across U of T.

These actions revolve around a central focus on truth, openness, and reciprocity. It applies, first, to UTM’s relations with Indigenous peoples and communities as we strive to answer calls for truth and reconciliation and to become a more deserving home for Indigenous students, faculty, librarians, staff, and partners. That means we need to seek and speak the truth; to remain transparent and accountable; and to be good kin to each other, especially as we earn the privilege of working and learning on the traditional lands of the Wendat, Seneca, and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation.

Like these central values, each of our five priorities has three orienting commitments. They range from enacting initiatives in equity and anti-racism to recruiting and retaining outstanding and promising students, from advancing interdisciplinary collaboration to designing green buildings and spaces. Each commitment opens onto five questions, designed to focus our accountability and inspire continuous planning.

These questions will inform an annual review, led by UTM’s Principal, which will celebrate successes, identify areas for change, and show our commitment to openness in action. It will also highlight our impact as a division and campus of Canada’s best university, and show UTM’s role as a champion for inclusive excellence that helps our people, communities, and environments flourish.