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Alexandra Gillespie standing outside on the UTM campus, surrounded by winter snow
Photo by Nick Iwanyshyn

Welcome Back!

I am delighted to welcome you to a new school year at U of T Mississauga.

The start of fall classes brings fresh energy. The campus hums with new life and renewed activity. Friendships are made and rekindled. And we see eager and excited faces once again in hallways, classrooms and outdoors.

This fall is exceptional because it’s our largest-ever group of people new-to-campus. We’re not just welcoming new students; we also get to see many staff, faculty, librarians and returning students who—after more than two years of pandemic life—are joining us entirely in person for the first time.

I’m thrilled to connect with you on this stunning campus, where we have the privilege to work and learn on the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, Seneca and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. We also have the opportunity to learn as part of Canada’s leading university and one of the world’s best: U of T is full of talented, supportive people committed to helping you flourish and grow.

We’re also committed to promoting a culture of physical and mental health.  We will continue to follow public health guidance, and support each other with care, compassion and resilience. Our UTMTogether site is continually updated with the latest information for back-to-school, including links to helpful health and wellness and other resources.

That site—like UTM’s other webpages and social media—also promotes our many opportunities to connect and re-connect on campus, build friendships and discover a renewed sense of belonging.

I encourage everyone to explore all the wonderful things this community offers. Enjoy experiential and collaborative learning opportunities; join research projects; connect with new clubs and events; engage with our services and resources. Find what inspires you here.

It’s with great enthusiasm that I start the fall term with you. I very much look forward to greeting you on campus.


Alexandra Gillespie
Vice-President & Principal
University of Toronto Mississauga

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