Black Excellence Orientation

Black Excellence Orientation

Black Excellence Orientation at UTM

We are excited to have you join us!

Welcome! As you transition into this new phase of your life, we would like to extend an invitation for you to join us at our Black Excellence Orientation at UTM, happening on September 5, 2023. This orientation is designed to welcome Black-identified students to our beautiful campus, introduce Black-specific tools, tips, and resources to support the transition to university life, as well as spotlight upper-year students, alumni, staff, and faculty. 

While you're here, make sure you check out our Resource Booklet.

2023 Agenda & Itinerary 

September 5, 2023 

1:00PM - 4:00PM - Black Excellence Orientation @ the September Soar Resource & Involvement Fair 

BEO will be hosting a resource hunt at the September Soar Resource & Involvement Fair! This hunt will kick off at 2pm so don't miss the chance to win exciting prizes at the fair. Visit our BEO table for more fun surprises! We've got puff-puff, Jamaican patties, and freezies to cool off in the sunny weather. The Resource & Involvement Fair will be held outside the Communication, Culture, Information & Technology (CCIT) building.

4:00PM - 8:00M - Bonnet & Durag Bash

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After that, we will kickstarting our Bonnet & Durag Bash on the terrace located on the Maanjiwe nendamowinan (MN) building's 4th floor! Be prepared for some healthy competition and get ready to make new friends through teamwork! We've got prizes, great people, and don't forget about our African, Caribbean, and Soul cuisine!

Resource Booklet 

The Resource Booklet is your key to unlocking a world of support and opportunity at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Inside, you'll find essential information on a wide range of resources, related to academics, finances, wellness, engagement opportunities and the community, all of which have been tailored to your needs as a Black student. Your journey to empowerment begins with a simple scan of the embedded QR codes. Feel free to utilize the 'Command + F' shortcut to navigate swiftly to a specific chapter of resources you have in mind. Dive in and explore all the incredible resources available to you as a UTM student!

View the Resource Booklet as an interactive flip book:

BEO Resource Booklet 

Quick Links

Resources for Black Students

Wellness Resources

Awards & Scholarships

  • The Jamaican Canadian Association offers a scholarship program designed to recognize excellence and support access to post-secondary education for students of the Caribbean and African heritage who are pursuing studies at an Ontario university or college. (Applications Open April 2022)
  • University of Toronto Awards Explorer - Interested in awards at the University of Toronto? Whether you’re thinking of coming to U of T – or you are a current student pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies – this tool can help you explore the diverse funding opportunities that recognize your achievements and financially support your studies 

Clubs & Societies


For all questions and feedback regarding Black Excellence Orientation, please contact:

Smyrna Wright

Community Engagement Coordinator, Access & Inclusion Programs

  • CSE Connect Corner, Room 2077, William G. Davis Building (Find us on a map here!)
  • Email: