Message from the Principal: You all made the difference

Wisdom Tettey leaning against a glass window
Principal Wisdom Tettey

Reflecting on the steady growth and evolution that the University of Toronto Scarborough (U of T Scarborough) has witnessed over the past year, I’m filled with immense gratitude and awe. Your generosity enabled our significant strides towards achieving our enduring goals for the campus and deepening our connections with the vibrant community we are a part of. Thank you for your support.

The future of health in the Eastern GTA looks brighter, in part, thanks to the transformative $25 million gift from the Orlando Corporation toward the establishment of the Scarborough Academy of Medicine and Integrated Health. This monumental project will serve as a hub for training a range of healthcare professionals and helping to build a community of practitioners dedicated to serving our diverse and growing community.

Equally monumental is the generosity of Scarborough’s very own, Sam Ibrahim. His investment of $25 million lays the cornerstone for the Sam Ibrahim Centre for Inclusive Excellence in Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Leadership. With a vision rooted in equity and inclusion, this Centre aims to harness U of T Scarborough’s vast research and innovation prowess and global networks to empower aspiring entrepreneurs in the Eastern GTA, especially those facing financial barriers. Mr. Ibrahim’s contribution is a testament to his belief in U of T Scarborough’s potential to open doors of opportunity for generations of locally based, innovative, socially conscious, and inclusive leaders across various fields of endeavour.

This was also a year of firsts. We came together for the first-ever U of T Scarborough Homecoming, as over 5,000 of you joined us to launch and to celebrate this new tradition. The day captured Scarborough’s vibrant spirit as alumni, students, staff, and community members came together to create unforgettable moments.

U of T’s inaugural Giving Day similarly surpassed all expectations. We were thrilled by the generous support that came in, a significant part of which was directed specifically towards the Indigenous House project and the Imani Black Academic Mentorship Program, enabling us to solidify our shared commitment to truth, reconciliation, and equity.

The eagerly awaited first annual edition of the U of T Scarborough Alumni Awards provided an excellent opportunity to show our appreciation to our exceptional alumni who make us proud and uphold the legacy of Inclusive Excellence, which is central to our efforts and aspirations.

Lastly, I applaud the generous contributions of creative talent, expertise, and time from members of our alumni community who, through valuable volunteer work, curated exciting professional development offerings and facilitated events that fostered mutually beneficial exchange of ideas, knowledge, and experiences. Their spirit of giving back captures and amplifies the essence of U of T Scarborough.

As you read about your impact on our campus and community, know that your ongoing support drives U of T Scarborough towards a brighter tomorrow. Together, we build bridges, inspire dreams, and transform communities.

With heartfelt gratitude,
Wisdom Tettey, PhD, FGA Principal,  
University of Toronto Scarborough
Vice-President, University of Toronto