Class of 2012 – HBA, USP
“Everyone should push themselves that extra step”
Erin is a fourth-year student majoring in Urban Studies at Innis College with minors in Human Geography and History.
As an executive board member for the Toronto Undergraduate Geography Student union (TUGS) and the Urban Studies Student Union (URSSU), Erin considers herself lucky to be surrounded by a great mix of students on a daily basis. She also has the privilege of working at the Cities Centre (U of T’s urban research centre). As a work-study student she has access to numerous Cities Centre special events including Toronto Talks Mobilityand Cities Grow Ontario.
Erin is currently interning at the Centre for Social Innovation assisting mainly with the 2012 opening of a third location in Regent Park. She was also recently appointed Editor of their bi-monthly newsletter (www.socialinnovation.ca)socialinnovation.com. The internship program is offered through a fourth-year Urban Studies course which places students in internships at a variety of urban-focused non-profit offices around the city.
Erin’s time at the University of Toronto can be summed up by endless commuting, study sessions at Sid Smith, and Americanos. She admits to enjoying all of her classes, and says that Professor David Stein’s Urban Problems course, “stands out for being different, pragmatic and thought-provoking.”
Erin appreciates the experiences and learnings she gained from Multidisciplinary Introduction to Urban Studies -the second year course with a service-learning component. Erin is very committed to her studies which can sometimes be a big undertaking considering she juggles both school and a part-time job. However, she feels that the struggles and accomplishments she has experienced have shaped her enormously as a student. “Everyone should push themselves that extra step,” she says.
In the future, Erin hopes to continue working with the Centre for Social Innovation in supporting the growth and development of their new location. In the near future, she hopes to influence policymaking in order to build stronger, internally sustainable, more integrated communities from the ground-up.