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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 Russell Brown

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Russell Brown looks back at his time at UTSC as an English professor from 1977 to 2004 along with the summer school courses at the downtown campus that he recently taught. He touches upon the “golden age” of UTSC where a small body of faculty and students allowed for close connections, which has changed with the growing “professionalization” of the campus. He also comments of the tri-campus relationship and the sense of autonomy of what was then the English discipline (now Department of English) at Scarborough, despite the condescending view of Scarborough from St. George. Professor Brown also mentions some of the initiatives he has been involved with, such as the Anthology of Canadian Literature and the second largest reading series in Toronto that brought writers and poets to UTSC to speak to students.

Interview with Maydianne Andrade

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As Vice Dean of UTSC, Maydianne talks about her educational journey that has led to her position at UTSC. She highlights her experience as a Black woman in education, especially her time as one of the only Black women in fundamental sciences. She speaks about people, specifically women, of color and their involvement levels in the university. She later goes on to relfect on her 20 years at UTSC, ranging from her initial impression of the campus and how it may impact its overall perception in comparison to UTM while also highlighting how the campus has changed within this time.

Interview with Clare Hasenkampf

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Clare Hasenkampf is a professor at the University of Toronto Scarborough's Department of Biological Sciences and Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning. Clare begins by discussing her curiosity and exploration-driven love for the sciences and the path she had taken from New Orleans, Florida, and UCSD that led her to UTSC. She touches upon her journey as a woman in science, the differences she has noticed between St. George and UTSC, along with the changes and development of the campus that she has witnessed from her arrival on the campus in 1989. Clare reflects on her past experiences as a student, as well as a professor, to highlight how such memories have impacted her view of, and initiatives surrounding, pedagogy.

Interview with Jennifer McKelvie

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A graduate of UTSC, and a City Council Member for Ward 25, Jennifer McKelvie shares her experience of being a life-long resident of Scarborough and seeing the changes that have occurred over time. She shares her perception regarding the demographics of the UTSC student body and faculty during her educational career and how women mentorship is a critical component to women’s success. Building on her relationship with UTSC, she speaks about a new partnership called Fine Dining which highlights the diversity of Scarborough and family-run shops, as well as the important role UTSC plays in the larger social community.

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.