U of T Mississauga campaign targets pressing societal challenges
The University of Toronto Mississauga has joined U of T’s Boundless campaign, aiming to raise $60 million to educate the western GTA’s next generation of innovators and, through groundbreaking research, address regional, national and international challenges.
Prof. Deep Saini, vice-president of U of T and principal of U of T Mississauga, made the announcement at a ceremony in UTM’s Instructional Centre in late May.
Students played a central role at the event. On stage, chalkboards displayed original artwork created by UTM students illustrating the “boundless” theme. Students from U of T’s Faculty of Music performed, and among the opening speakers were two U of T Mississauga student leaders: undergraduate Marijana Josifovska, the founder of Investors Beyond Borders, and Eugenia Duodu, a PhD student and youth advocate. “I am one person, but my impact can be global,” said Duodu, echoing the theme of the evening’s celebration.
Prof. Saini spoke about the campaign’s priorities to increase scholarships, student mentoring programs and faculty chairs. He said the campaign will also enable the launch of two bold initiatives: the Centre for South Asian Engagement, which will involve the community’s South Asian diaspora, and the Institute for Management and Innovation, which will help foster “an innovation culture for our nation.”
“U of T Mississauga is at a turning point in its evolution,” Saini said. “We are entering an era defined by transformative growth, social impact, community engagement and boundless potential.” He noted that U of T Mississauga would retain its special “people vibe,” fostered by a collegial, close-knit campus in which “students can grow, flourish and spread their wings.”