Through our conversations with students, we’ve heard many stories of students, staff and faculty engaging in practices that contribute to students feeling a greater sense of belonging and community – even in large classes. These folks make others feel comfortable in approaching them when needed, and supported in achieving their academic goals.

Learn about this project's background.

Nominations will open soon.

Is there a person, group or initiative you think has made an important contribution to building a healthier and more supportive learning environment on campus? Submit your nomination. (Link coming soon).

Past Champions

Read interviews with our community champions from over the years.

Community Champion Shai Cohen

Shai Cohen has been teaching mathematics at U of T since 1995 and is currently a part of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering.

Community Champion Michelle French

Michelle French is an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream in the Department of Physiology in the Faculty of Medicine at U of T. 

Michelle French

Community Champion Natalia Lisus

Natalia Lisus is the Wellness Counsellor and Coordinator at Victoria College.

Natalia Lisus

Community Champion Fabian Parsch

Fabian Parsch is a graduate student in the Department of Mathematics and a mathematics instructor in the Faculties of Arts and Science and Engineering.

Fabian Parsch

Community Champion RSG

The Recognized Study Groups (RSG) program provides Faculty recognition and formalized training to students who either initiate or participate in a study group.

students studying together

Community Champion Greta Golick

Greta Golick is an Assistant Professor and has been teaching at the iSchool since 2010. 

Greta Golick standing in front of a window with a view of U of T campus

Community Champion Dr. Jenna Hartel

Dr. Jenna Hartel is a professor at University of Toronto's Faculty of Information.

Dr. Jenna Hartel teaching

Community Champion Dana Patterson

Dana Patterson is an undergraduate coordinator in the Human Biology program.

Dana Patterson

Community Champion Pooja Mansukhani

Pooja Mansukhani is Food Services’ has a Registered Dietitian and Food Safety Officer, based in New College.

Pooja Mansukhani

Community Champion Dr. Judi Laprade and FEAT

Dr. Laprade is an Associate Professor in the Division of Anatomy and is the founder of the FEAT Program at the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE).

Judi Laprade & the FEAT team holding replica bones

Community Champion Dr. Bryan Reece

Dr. Bryan Reece is a Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy.

Dr. Bryan Reece

Community Champion Maki Iwase

Maki Iwase is an assistant professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing.

Maki Iwase in front of bookshelf

Community Champion Jenna Brooke

Jenna Brooke is a Senior Lecturer at University of St. Michael’s College in the SMC One program.

Jenna Brooke

Community Champion Professor S. Trimble

Professor S. Trimble is an Assistant Professor at the Women and Gender Studies Institute (WGSI) at the University of Toronto.

Professor S. Trimble

Community Champion Professor William Ju

Professor William Ju is an associate professor in the department of Human Biology.

Online learning with Bill Ju

Community Champion SEC

The University of Toronto Sexual Education and Peer Support Centre is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run student service/student group at the University of Toronto, St. George campus. 

UofT Sexual Education Centre

Community Champion Caffiends

Caffiends is a student-run, volunteer-operated cafe at Victoria College at the University of Toronto.

Caffiends logo