Contributing to stronger communities and building our city is a University of Toronto Scarborough hallmark. At U of T Scarborough, community does not stop at our campus borders. The Eastern Greater Toronto Area’s (eastern GTA) distinctive characteristics vividly reflect trends that increasingly typify global cities.
Eastern GTA is a uniquely diverse community strengthened by the history, culture, and resources of residents, community organizations, and businesses. As an anchor institution, U of T Scarborough is committed to local development rooted in equity, ethical responsibility, values-based and asset-based community development practices that meet both pedagogical needs, and local social change agendas, for the community and university.
Through our co-created reciprocal learning community development approach, we are committed to mutually beneficial outcomes for all stakeholders involved, while considering benefits for the broader communities. One way we connect our anchor values/community development approach with our academic mission is to diversify knowledge exchange and methods of traditional teaching and learning through experiential learning. Experiential learning opportunities gives both the communities in the eastern GTA and the university the chance to co-create meaningful and shared learnings and knowledge. These partnership opportunities can serve as a way to build on the diverse perspectives, experiences, knowledges, peoples, and groups within the various communities in the eastern GTA such as, local residents, community organizations, business owners and university students, faculty and staff.