Community Reflection Forums

Lislehurst bridge is summer, surrounded by mistU of T Mississauga’s Vice-President and Principal Alexandra Gillespie will soon launch forums for reflection to hear what matters most to the UTM community.

Over the next month and beyond, Gillespie will host open conversations with students, staff, librarians, and faculty to listen, learn and reflect: about what the pandemic has shown about the community’s diverse values and about what UTM does—or could do better—to represent them.

The forums, facilitated by Gillespie and a series of special guest moderators, including Chief Administrative Officer Saher Fazilat, Registrar and Director of Enrolment Management Lorretta Neebar, and Professor Fiona Rawle, Associate Dean, Undergraduate, will serve as the foundation for the process of long-term campus-wide planning, to begin later in 2021.

Like conversations in the reflection forums, the campus-wide plan will emerge through collective dialogue, building on the momentum created by the Academic Plan, the Sustainability Plan, and the ongoing Master Plan. It will also aim to extend—and improve—Gillespie’s ongoing priorities around research and teaching excellence, equity and anti-racism, sustainability and wellbeing, and innovation and student support.

To best co-create this flexible strategy for future success, Gillespie hopes first to provide space to reflect in communal conversation—to think together about guiding principles for the campus’s future. 

Gillespie will host several forums for different members of the UTM community in the coming weeks, anchored by a campus-wide townhall at month’s end. To register for these events, please see the schedule below:

Registration Links:

May 4, 5:00pm-6:30pm ET: Students

May 12, 11:00am-12:30pm ET: Faculty, Librarians, & Postdoctoral Fellows

May 26, 9:00am-10:30am ET: Staff

May 31, 1:00pm-2:00pm ET: Entire UTM Community