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“It helps me understand peoples circumstances a bit more. Like why it was harder for some people to get vaccinated if they couldn’t afford to take time off work and things like that. It just made me more aware about things like that.”

“I perceived [health care] as something that would take place in a hospital. I didn’t know it was so much broader.”

Sekou Gregg introduces a session in partnership with the Centre of Excellence for Black Students and the Outreach and Access Program.

“In high school, a lot of teachers have embedded it in our minds that we need to be better because in university we’re going to be on our own. I always hear that professors don’t really care about us and we are just “numbers”. At the UofT trip, we met a lot of the students and faculty and I realized that people are very friendly and there is a lot of community building and networking. There is a whole lot of resources open for us to use in case we are struggling. I think it confirmed that university will be more difficult that anything I have ever done before, but [it] is possible.”

“I feel like I’m a part of the learning as well, as opposed to just listening and writing down notes.”

Professor Laura Rosella and two PhD students introducing students in Lawrence Heights community to epidemiology and its career paths.
Professor Laura Rosella and two PhD students introduced students in Lawrence Heights community to epidemiology and its career paths.

“…you’re not reading an article about an epidemiologist, you’re actually meeting a real epidemiologist and you kind of get to know what goes on in their mind, what they do and what a day in the life looks like for them, which many people like myself we didn’t really know about before.”

“My experience in the Outreach and Access program has been nothing short of eye-opening. When I first joined this program, I didn’t know what to expect. I just viewed it as a good opportunity to partake in. As this program progressed, I became intrigued with the conversations being held as I was learning topics I never cared to think about before. For example, Health equity is an interesting part of public health that I learned last year. Knowing that your socioeconomic status can greatly determine the medical treatment you receive stuck with me. Health equity is only one tiny part of this interdisciplinary field and through the program, you can learn about many more fields, finding something that could potentially intrigue you.”