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The Scarborough Oral History Collection is a fully searchable digital collection of interviews and oral histories available for education and research purposes. As part of an interdisciplinary course-based research initiative that began in 2013, we made a commitment to preserve the stories collected in a publicly accessible web-based system and to that end worked with the UTSC Digital Scholarship Unit to design and maintain a digital collection built on the Islandora Oral History Solution Pack. The collection currently consists of special collections including: The Stories of Scarborough Collection - audio recordings and transcripts of stories collected by the student researchers as part of their course work; the Stories of UTSC – a collection of oral history interviews conducted with members of our campus community past and present; and the Oral History Collection of Ethiopian and Eritrean Migration – a collection developed as a student independent study research project. For more information on these collections please contact: Christine Berkowitz chris.berkowitz@utoronto.ca or dsu.utsc@utoronto.ca

Interview with Adrian De Leon

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Adrian de Leon discusses his rationale for attending UTSC in 2012 and reflects upon his time as VP Academics for the SCSU (Scarborough Campus Students' Union) and as part of the tri-campus Governing Council. Prompted to speak on themes of community, inclusion and exclusion, de Leon recounts staging a sit-in at the Bladen Library and advocating improved studying conditions, as well as the barriers he faced as a student representative of colour. He discusses the difference between equality and equity, as well as UTSC campus' shift from political apathy to political engagement.

Interview with Alexandra Flynn

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Professor Alexandra Flynn speaks on her personal experience growing up in Indigenous communities and learning to become an Indigenous ally. She also notes the importance of actively integrating Indigenous knowledge into education while also touching upon the ways in which she tries to promote Indigenous knowledge in her City Studies courses.

Interview with Amorell Saunders N'Daw

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Amorell Saunders N'Daw describes her work in administration at UTSC and living in Scarborough. She discusses her life journey, including growing up with fewer advantages and overcoming challenges while also trying to be a good parent to her kids. She also speaks about the relationship between UTSC and the surrounding community, how she envisions that UTSC will continue to grow and change, and how she may participate in the future of the Scarborough community.

Interview with Andrew Arifuzzaman

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As of 2021, Andrew Arifuzzaman is the Chief Administrative Officer at the University of Toronto Scarborough’s (UTSC) Office of Business, Operations, and Strategic Affairs. He talks about the perception and diversification of Scarborough, as well as the contention and differences between UTSC and UTSG. He joined UTSC in 2007 Chief Strategy Officer, around the time when universities began to shift from academic management towards the emergence of professional management. He talks about the business side of UTSC and its methods of generating revenue, including the recruitment of international students from the Green Path Program.

Interview with Ann MacDonald

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Ann MacDonald joined UTSC in 2002 as Director and Curator of the Gallery. A few years later, Ann was wrapped up in opening and operating the Doris McCarthy Gallery (DMG). She even met many times with Doris McCarthy to discuss its operations. Beyond directing and curating countless art exhibits on campus, Ann also teaches courses in the Department of Arts, Culture and Media (ACM). Ann reflects about the Scarborough community, her approach to teaching, and the operations of the DMG.

Interview with Anthony McWatt

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Tony McWatt immigrated to Canada from the Carribbean during the 1980s to attend Scarborough College as an undergraduate student. During his undergraduate career, Tony became a true campus leader; he took on the role of student council president, was very active in student clubs, and was involved in campus building projects that would better facilitate student life (i.e. the student centre). Tony also reflects on his both exciting and painful experiences as an international student.

Interview with Audry

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Despite having little exposure to Indigenous culture, Audry talks about her own understanding of Indigenous issues. She also talks about the education curriculum regarding Indigenous issues and culture as a primary school teacher.

Interview with Barry Freeman

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Professor Barry Freeman discusses his experience as a student at UTSC in the 1990s and the journey he has taken to get to where he is now. Currently a UTSC faculty member, administrator and chair of the Arts, Culture and Media department, Freeman also reflects about the ways in which his perspective of the campus, higher education, and the overall community of Scarborough has evolved more broadly.

Interview with Carla Neto

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Carla Neto speaks about her work as a social activist at Women's Habitat, working in a variety of positions for over 24 years and helping vulnerable women and children get the support they need. The focus of the interview is immigrant women and how Carla continues to assist these women.

Interview with Carolyn Ferns

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In an interview conducted for the winter of 2021 course offering of WSTD10, Carolyn Ferns, Policy and Government Relations Coordinator and Board of Director to Child Care Now, shares her journey towards advocating for childcare. She also talks about her role, as well as the work carried out by the Child Care Now organization. The challenges of childcare in times of the COVID-19 pandemic and government fundings in childcare were also discussed.

Interview with Charles Smith

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On the racial, ethnic and cultural diversity at UTSC and its importance.

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