Parent & Family Orientation

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Parents and families play a pivotal role in a student's transition to university. We want to help you be the best support for your student!

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Parent & Family Orientation 2019

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Parent & Family Orientation is a program designed for parents and families of incoming UTM students to learn about life at UTM. Get the information you need to be the best support for your student during their transition to university!

Orientation sessions focus on academic expectations and skill development, course registration, experiential learning, student wellness, campus resources, and other topics related to the university experience. At the Parent & Family Orientation you will be introduced to the UTM community including students, staff, and faculty members. 

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 Saturday, August 31st, 2019
 2pm - 7pm (14:00 - 19:00)


 Registration for Parent & Family Orientation 2019 

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Parent & Family Orientation 2019 Schedule

The UTM Parent and Family Orientation includes the following three components: Welcome Ceremony, Themed Information Sessions, and Barbecue & Information Fair. The 2019 schedule is as follows: 

Parent & Family Orientation 2019 Schedule

Welcome Ceremony
2:00pm - 3:00pm and 6:00pm - 7:00pm (attend one)

Receive an official welcome to the UTM community from the Principal and Dean's of UTM as they share information about the UTM campus and our future directions. Also included are essential tips for supporting your students. You will also enjoy performances by student clubs and groups.   

Themed Information Sessions
3:00pm - 4:00pm and 5:00 - 6:00pm (attend two)

2019 Themed Information Sessions are as follows (descriptions are found below):

Barbecue and Information Fair
4:00pm - 5:00pm 

During this hour, you will be free to create your own agenda. A paid barbecue will be available for those who are interested, as well as a variety of information booths for you to engage with and learn from. The booth include a Resource Booth, "Ask a Student" Booth, Student Union Booth, and UTM History Booth. Campus Tours will be available during this time as well as the UTM Bookstore which will be on site offering University of Toronto merchandise for purchase.  ‚Äč 

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2019 Information Sessions 

Academic Skills for University

This session focuses on the frequently asked questions parents and families have about how their student can succeed academically at University. 

Presented by the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre and the Centre for Student Engagement.

Adapting to Canada: Information for International and New-to-Canada Families

Learn about unique resources and opportunities available to International and New-to-Canada students and explore students' experiences transitioning to Canada. 

Presented by the International Education Centre.

Degrees, Programs, and Grades: Understanding How it All Works

Learn how you, as a family member, can successfully coach your student through their first year of courses, grades, and program selection. 

Presented by the Office of the Registrar.

Education through Exploration: Building Skills that Matter

This session will explore UTM Program Plans: a comprehensive guide to support students in gaining professional skills, building community, and finding their academic interests. 

Presented by the Centre for Student EngagementCareer Centre, and the Experiential Education Unit.

Happy, Healthy, and Well: Supporting Your Student's Wellbeing

Learn about the importance of mental health and how you can support your student's wellness during the transition to university life.

Presented by the Health & Counselling Centre.

Living in Residence: Academic and Social Supports

In this session you will explore how living and learning in a residence community enhances the student experience.

Presented by the Student Housing & Residence Life.

Parenting Your University Student: Tips to survive the first year

Overwhelmed, relieved, stressed, worried, and anxious…. And we aren’t even talking about your student’s emotions to starting university! In this session our Assistant Dean of Student Wellness will discuss ways to engage and not embarrass your student, and tips or techniques to survive the first year (for both of you!).

Presented by Student Affairs (Assistant Dean of Students, Student Wellness, Support, & Success).

Professor's Perspective: Learning from a Lecture

Join this active learning session to experience a university lecture and discover strategies for how your student can learn best from this teaching format.

Presented by a First-Year Faculty Member. 

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For all questions and feedback regarding Parent & Family Orientation, please contact:

Jackie Goodman
Manager, Orientation, Transition & Engagement

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