What is the relation between representations of diversity in university marketing and the everyday experience of diverse groups of students?
Toronto is often lauded as the world’s most diverse city and the U of T’s two suburban campuses as the most diverse wings of this institution. But what processes and struggles does the language of diversity obscure? How do international, racialized, suburban, and working-class students navigate higher education? How do administrators respond to student demands? read more
How do students navigate different priorities and time horizons?
Time management is a prominent theme of student life advisors as they attempt to guide students towards an optimal balance of study, exercise, leisure, and social interaction. Students in career workshops are taught to instrumentalize their friendships, as friends become nodes in future business networks. Students facing long commutes, working to support their studies, stressed about debt or poor grades, say they have no time to delve deeply into their studies. How then do they make time, spend time, and value time, past, present and future? read more
How have students changed university worlds, past and present?
Students experiencing challenges are not passive. They actively engage in shaping the University and crafting their own trajectories within it. What topics become the focus of mobilization for different groups of students? How have practices of student protest and critiqueevolved over time? How does knowledge of past activism circulates to new generations of students? read more
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