News & Events

General News & Events

The Interdisciplinary Health & Society Students Association is recruiting student to take part in a series of focus groups aimed at better understanding students' experiences at ICHS. Focus groups will take place on March 10th and March 11th. Pizza and refreshments will be provided. If you are interested in sharing your views, please use the google form to sign up. For more information, please contact ichssa@utsc.utoronto.ca.

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Health & Society presents the UTSC International Health Film Series and Expo, featuring four film screenings and guest speakers from across the University and the community. Screenings take place each Tuesday evening in March, from 6-9 pm. Screenings are free and pizza will be served. Please click here for more information.

The head of the UTC Alzheimer’s Society, Meryl Rae Villacastin, hosted an event with Shepherd Village, a senior home in Scarborough, to help ICHS students learn how to become volunteers and engage in intergenerational activities like games and art with seniors.

Professor Cassandra Hartblay appeared in episode 2.1 of the podcast Contra* talking with Aimi Hamraie, from Vanderbilt University and disability dance performance artist Alice Sheppard about how disability culture and design practices shape contemporary disability art. The podcast and transcript are available here.

ICHS faculty convened for a day-long retreat on December 4th, 2019 to discuss the unit's core values and its shared vision for the future. 

Professor Laura Bisaillon's narrative photo exhibit, titled “What does Forced Immobility Look and Feel Like? Being Young and Defiant in Eritrea,” hangs at the Yorkville Public Library until the end of October, 2019. The exhibition was covered in a story by the Toronto Star.

ICHS and CCDS cosponsor a panel on community engagement in the UTSC Library Maker Space on October 30th from 5-7pm! The panel features the following community experts: Liben Gebremikael, Executive Director of TAIBU Community Health Centre; Alfred Jean-Baptiste, Executive Director of the Regent Park Centre for Community Learning & Development; Abena Offeh-Gyimah & Talisha Ramsaroop, of the Jane Finch Community Research Partnership; Joanne Joanne McKiernan, Executive Director Volunteer Toronto. Professor Susannah Bunce, Department of Human Geography, and Kimberley Tull, Director, UTSC Community Development & Engagement serve as discussants.

A new health studies course on Sleep: Structure, Function, and Pathology taught by Tatyana Mollayeva is featured in UTSC news!

Congratulations to ICHS students Danica Bui, Fatema Motiwala, Fatima Haque, Nawrose Khan and Sarah Syed and ICHS Assistant Professor Laura Bisaillon for the publication of "Becoming Migration Researchers: Disquieting Borders with Auto-Ethnography," a fall 2019 special issue of the journal ALiGN featuring their work! Check out their writing here.

ICHS has launched a new website menu! Check out our new & improved program descriptions, student resources and FAQ pages. And make sure to update your browser bookmarks with our new URL (https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/ichs/)!

ICHS has moved to Highland Hall! In November 2018 the ICHS faculty and staff settled in to new offices on the 2nd floor of UTSC's newest building.

New courses! ICHS faculty will offer a variety of exciting new topical courses in the Fall and Winter terms, including Global Disability Studies (Prof. Hartblay), Methods in Arts-Based Health Research (Prof. Charise), and more. View the in-progress list here.

In the summer of 2019, ICHS bids farewell to our interim director, Holly Wardlow, and welcomes Jessica Fields as the new director of ICHS!

Check out the tremendous accomplishments of ICHS faculty and students!

Watch Prof. Charise talk about here research in this video from 2017!

Faculty Accolades

Farewell to Prof. Holly Wardlow, who has served a stellar term as Interim Director of the ICHS, and welcome to Prof. Jessica Fields, who assumed her new role as Director of ICHS in July 2019! Prof. Fields is one of the creators of The Beyond Bullying Project. A sociologist, Prof Fields comes to UTSC from SFSU in California. Prof. Wardlow returns to her long term position at the Department of Anthropology at the St George campus.

Congratulations to Prof. Andrea Charise, who received the 2019 UTSC Principal's Award for Teaching in the Assistant Professor category! (Summer 2019)

Great Explorations at UTSC with guest speaker Andrea Charise