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Anti-​Oppression Workshops An Important First Start to Allyship

by Françoise Makanda, Communications Officer at DLSPH A recent anti-oppression training session offered an important start to conversations on equity for first-year DLSPH health promotion students, according to study leads and DLSPH alumnae Gifty Djulus and Natasha Yasmin Sheikhan. But post-workshop results showed that most participants wouldn’t feel comfortable applying...

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Pilot Program for Black Post Doctoral Fellows is in Motion

by Françoise Makanda, Communications Officer at DLSPH The Dalla Lana School of Public Health has already welcomed two post-doctoral fellows to its pilot program that nurtures early-career Black academics, helping to ensure that rising stars have opportunities to develop their research programs. Both postdocs are already working on independent research....

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“I Was Shocked in a Good Way”

How a U of T Professor Reimagined Land-Based Learning Online When Prof. Angela Mashford-Pringle learned she would have to put her ground-breaking land-based learning course online, her heart sank. How could a course built around an Indigenous connection with the land work remotely? She didn’t think it could be done...

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First Outreach and Access Program Alumnae Head to U of T

By Françoise Makanda, Communications Officer at DLSPH A pioneering DLSPH effort to introduce underrepresented high school students to a career in health has borne fruit: Two of its alumna, Maha Khan and Maimuna Akhter, have chosen to attend U of T this fall. With the choice to attend all three...

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COVID Demands an End to Homelessness

As COVID-19 hits Toronto’s homeless population, those who work with and care about them are anxious on their behalf. But they are also trying to create opportunity. Canadians may be numb to the sight of 35,000 people on the streets, but advocates have noticed the virus laying bare the public...

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“Not all these students were aiming to go to university and now they are.”

DLSPH Alumni Help Teens Create Positive Change in their Schools By Françoise Makanda, Communications Officer at DLSPH ‘How do you want to change your school’s environment and what can you do now to make it happen?’ the day’s facilitators and program lead asked. About 20 high school students from DLSPH’s...

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U of T Prof Earns Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Health

By Françoise Makanda, Communications Officer at DLSPH Prof. Janet Smylie sees a change in the conversation about systemic racism. The recently appointed Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Health believes she is the first Indigenous person with kin and land ties to what is now known as Canada. She hopes...

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DLSPH welcomes Francisco Ibáñez-​Carrasco as part-​time Assistant Professor, Learning Innovation

Francisco Ibáñez-Carrasco was appointed as a part-time Assistant Professor, Learning Innovation at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health on July 2, 2020. Francisco is nationally recognized for excellence in pedagogy and educational leadership, and for his ability to inspire and connect through innovative and inclusive teaching. His priority this...

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U of T Students Fill the Misinformation Gap with Trackers and Toolkits

By Françoise Makanda, Communications Officer at DLSPH A self-directed student-led organization, the Infectious Disease Working Group is responding to misinformation and public health communication gaps through an online resource portal. Their latest endeavour is a resource tracker: ReConnect, a community resource navigation tool that allows users to locate essential supports...

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From Race to Racism as a Determinant of Health

DLSPH Student Falan Bennett is Working to De-Pathologize Black Health Falan Bennett’s journey into public health wasn’t straightforward. She came to it through undergraduate studies in molecular biology and social psychology – and in seeing what was missing in the space between the natural and social sciences. “Learning about the...

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