Toronto Comes to Innis
Students in INI 235Y, Introduction to Urban Studies, participated in one of two poster presentation sessions this past academic year as a way of developing their research presentation skills and showcasing their term work. Students in the course were given a choice of written assignments to complete in the second term – a research paper about a Toronto area neighbourhood or a reflective journal based on a service learning activity in which students were placed as volunteers with community, non-profit organizations. Regardless of their assignment selection, all students in the course prepared and presented posters based on their research and experiences.
On March 20, 2013, the INI 235Y poster session took place at the Hart House Music Room where forty-three students presented posters about their Toronto neighbourhoods research on topics such as: Citizens Make The Junction Function, Citizen Advocacy: Creative and Cultural Divisions in South Parkdale, Tower Renewal in Scarborough, Don Mills and Sheppard, and What Kind of Rail Will Toronto Build?
On March 27, 2013, thirty-nine students presented posters about their service learning experiences in one of seven non-profit organizations across the city including: Fort York Food Bank, Centre for City Ecology, Centre for Community Learning and Development, Art City, CultureLink, Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities and St Christopher House – Meals on Wheels. In conjunction with the poster session, the Urban Studies Program, the Innis Office of Student Life & Residence, and the ICSS Community Outreach Committee also held a food drive for The Fort York Food Bank and the Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities. In attendance at the poster sessions were all students from the course, guests from participating community organizations, staff from the Centre for Community Partnerships, the Martin Prosperity Institute and the University of Toronto libraries, faculty members from Innis College and the Department of Geography and the President-Designate and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science – Professor Meric Gertler.
Both poster sessions provided an opportunity for students to showcase their learning, creativity and ideas, presented a chance for students to learn from one another, discuss their research, findings and interests with peers, faculty and others, and provided a social opportunity in which to engage in discussion and debate about some of the key challenges facing the Toronto region.
By Shauna Brail