Parent & Family Orientation

Parent & Family Orientation. Banner. A student and their family outside of Convocation Hall.

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 2020

Parent and Family Registration table

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. This year, Parent and Family Orientation will be held virtually. All parents and family members who sign up for Parent and Family Communication Updates, will receive links to take part in Parent and Family Orientation.  

 Begins August 20th and runs through September 

REGISTER for Parent and Family Orientation by signing up for Parent and Family Communication

Parent & Family Orientation 2020 Schedule

The UTM Parent and Family Orientation is a series of informative sessions designed to orient you to UTM resources, policies, programs, and expectations. This year we will be offering a series of pre-recorded online video modules, as well as, live webinar panel discussions. 

Online Video Learning Modules

These learning modules will be available online beginning August 20, 2020. These modules are designed for you to review at a pace comfortable for you, and will remain accessbile through September 2020.  The learning modules are as follows:

Learning Module 1: Campus Overview

  • Principal’s Welcome
  • UTM Response to COVID

Learning Module 2: Courses and Fees

  • Earning a Degree at UTM
  • Financing Your Education

Learning Module 3: Thriving Inside and Outside the Classroom

  • Tips for Academic Success
  • UTM Resources: Know Them, Share Them, Encourage Them
  • Finding Identity and Community at UTM
  • Introduction to the University of Toronto Mississauga Students' Union (UTMSU) 

Learning Module 4: Community of Care

  • Parenting a University Student
  • Health, Wellness, and Safety

Next Steps

  • Staying Connected

Webinar Panel Discussions

The panel discussions provide you an opportunity to connect with a specific community at UTM. These live, online webinars will allow you the opportunity to gain more information on a specific topic of interest to your family. You will also have the opportunity, if you desire, to ask questions to a team of panelists comprised of students, staff, and faculty.

The webinars are all scheduled to take place the week of August 31, 2020. 

Webinar Panel Discussion topics include (all times offered in Eastern Daylight Time):

  • Residence Family Discussion: Monday, August 31st 10:00AM - 11:00AM
  • BIPOC Family Discussion (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour)Tuesday, September 1st 10:00AM - 11:00AM
  • International Family Discussion: Wednesday, September 2nd 7:00AM - 8:00AM
  • Commuter and First-Generation Family Discussion: Wednesday September 2nd 5:00PM - 6:00PM
  • Transfer Family Discussion: Thursday, September 3rd 12:00PM - 1:00PM
  • LGBTQ2S+ Family Discussion: Thursday, September 3rd 1:00PM - 2:00PM

For families who are not located in the Eastern Daylight timezone, please feel free to utilize this time zone converter tool.

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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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