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Stories of UTSC

Stories of UTSC began as a project funded by the UTSC 50th Anniversary Legacy Fund. It was a joint collaboration of faculty members in the Departments of Human Geography, Historical and Cultural Studies, and the Centre for Teaching and Learning. The Stories of UTSC exhibits launched on Thursday, February 25, 2016. Hundreds of people from the campus and community visited both the online and physical exhibits.

The goal of the Stories of UTSC was and continues to be to engage the UTSC and wider Scarborough communities in the rich and multi-faceted social history of the campus, from its inception as a small campus in the mid-1960s to the present. The project is grounded in the idea that the identity of a place is shaped by the stories told about it. What can we learn from listening to each other’s stories and what role do these stories play in building community, expressing identity, and documenting change? How can stories teach us about the past, inform the present, and shape the future? We continue to add stories to the collection. For more information on the current efforts to collect oral histories visit: or contact Christine Berkowitz at

Interview with Toni De Mello (Part 1)

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A look into UTSC's diverse campus, issues related to that, and thoughts on diversity and personal development

Interview with Roxanne Ma

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A Discusion on the importance of self-reflexivity and unsettling while challenging outlooks on life during her journey at UTSC

Interview with Kim McLean

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Interview with a woman who was formerly a part the senior executive leadership team at utsc, she recounts her work in helping build the pan/am center serving as the chief administrator officer. Additon to this she talks in depth about her experiences being a young mother with a demanding career.

Interview with Heidi Calder

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Heidi Calder discusses 18 years of work experience at UTSC in the Alumni Office, the Athletics Department and as Special Advisor for the Pan American Games. A Scarborough native, Heidi shares her perspective about social change in the community and reflects on the often negative media portrayal of this part of Toronto. She also discusses overall safety in Scarborough and at UTSC, the media's portrayal of the city's east end and how different kinds of diversity have effected safety and security.

Interview with Charles Smith

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

Interview with Jennifer

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Jennifer recounts her experience as a student at UTSC in the 1970s, reflecting on how her time here has impacted her life and how the campus itself has changed from then to now. She has fond memories of the professors who taught her geography and discussed how they inspired her in her teaching career where she pioneered the use of television as a teaching tool.

Interview with Marie Mathai

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A discussion of safety concerns and resources offered to students and faculty on campus.

Interview with Nasir Alhuttam

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A Scarborough resident for over 20 years since immigrating from Yemen, Nasir Alhuttam shares the story of growth of his hot dog stand as a social space at UTSC beginning in 2006. He describes UTSC as his second home and shares how the campus' expansion has supported his business. Nasir also discusses the family orientation of Scarborough's broader community.