Graduate Orientation Schedule – Fall 2021

Check your email accounts for updates and changes! There are many orientation events happening across campus. Keep an eye out for the Gradlife emails and the GSU Digest forwarded by our GSU representatives.

Orientation events will be held via zoom on Thursday, September 2nd and Friday, September 3rd, 2021.

Day 1: Thursday September 2nd, 2021

Time: 11:00am-12:00pm

The Orientation to the Orientation hosted by GGAPSS Orientation Committee

This will be the first time we all meet! We will cover brief rounds of introductions and what to expect from your 2-day orientation, set up the shared technology we will use for questions, how to contact us, and what to expect from each other over the course of your orientation.

Time: 1:00pm – 2:35pm

Faculty Welcome Session for Incoming Graduate Students (Attendance: students, faculty and staff)


Ron Buliung, Graduate Chair (Tri-campus)

Scott Prudham, Associate Chair, Graduate Geography

Katharine Rankin, Associate Chair, Director Program in Planning

Thembela Kepe, Chair, Human Geography UTSC (Undergraduate)

Yuhong He, Chair, Geography, Geomatics and Environment UTM (Undergraduate)

Richard DiFrancesco, Chair, Geography and Planning STG (Undergraduate)

Graduate Geography and Planning Student Society (GGAPSS) (Attendance: students, faculty and staff)

Graduate Student Union (GSU) Introduction (Attendance: students, faculty and staff)

Mental Health Services (Attendance: students, faculty, staff)

Donovan Taplin

Accessibility Services (Attendance: students, faculty and staff)

Hannah W. Jackson (On Location Accessibility Advisor)

SGS Program Coordinator (Attendance: students, faculty, staff)

Liam O’Leary

Time: 3:00pm -5:00pm

Human Geography

MA & PhD Program and Faculty Introduction (Attendance: students, faculty)

Presenter: R. Buliung

Time: 3:00pm -5:00pm

Physical Geography

MSc & PhD Program and Faculty Introduction (Attendance: students, faculty)

Presenters: Y. He & D.  Harvey

Time: 3:00pm – 5:00pm


MScPl & PhD Planning Program and Faculty Introduction.

Explaining MSc Pl concentrations: session with concentration advisors (Attendance: Planning students, faculty)

Presenters: K. Rankin, S. Ruddick, J. Spicer, P. Hess, M. Siemiatycki, K. Goonewardena, N. Subramanya

Day 2: Friday September 3rd, 2021.

Time: 9:30am – 10:15am

Toronto Talk & Coffee hosted by GGAPSS Orientation Committee

This is a Q&A panel of 4-5 current students/recent students across the PhD, MA, MSc, and MSc Pl programs who will share their experiences navigating graduate life at the University of Toronto and how it has structured their work and practice. Other topics the panelists will discuss include:

Graduate studies,


Supervisor relationships,


Campus resources and living in the city of Toronto more broadly

Time: 10:30am-12:00pm

Anti-oppression workshop

Time 1:00pm -2:00pm

Understanding your Funding Package (Attendance: students in funded cohort/not MSc Pl)

Presenter: Jessica Finlayson