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Access Connections Day 2023

The Access Equation:

New Challenges

New Opportunities

The 4th annual Access Connections Day on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM brought together faculty, staff and community partners to reflect on the “new normal” of access programming post-pandemic; to share experiences and promising practices.


9:00 – 9:05 AM – Land Acknowledgement

9:05 – 9:11 AM – Ancestral Acknowledgement and Welcome

Professor Ann E. Lopez, Provostial Advisor on Access Programs

9:12 – 9:25 AM – Opening Remarks and Introductions

Professor Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President & Provost

Professor Sandy Welsh, Vice-Provost, Students

9:25 – 10:05 AM – Keynote Speaker

Professor Mike DeGagné, Department of Sociology, UTSC; Special Advisor to the Vice-President and Principle, UTSC, on Indigenous Initiatives; President and CEO of the Indigenous charity, Indspire

10:05 – 10:15 AM – BREAK

10:15 – 11:15 AM – Panel #1 – Access in Current Times: A Research Perspective

Panelists: Ken Chatoor, Elizabeth Coulson, Kelly Gallagher-Mackay

11:15 – 11:20 AM – Performance: Bianca Modi

11:20 – 11:30 AM – BREAK

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Panel #2 – Access in Current Times – Practitioners’ Point of View

Panelists: Phiona Lloyd-Henry, Neil Price, Tobi Mohammed, Christina Alexiou

12:30 – 12:35 PM Closing Remarks

Helen Tewolde, Director, Access Strategy & Partnerships Office

12:35 – 1:30 PM – Networking Lunch Reception

We wish to acknowledge this land on which the University of Toronto operates. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and the Mississaugas of the Credit. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land.