Stories of UTSC

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Stories of UTSC began as a project funded by the UTSC 50th Anniversary Legacy Fund. It was a joint collaboration of faculty members in the Departments of Human Geography, Historical and Cultural Studies, and the Centre for Teaching and Learning. The Stories of UTSC exhibits launched on Thursday, February 25, 2016. Hundreds of people from the campus and community visited both the online and physical exhibits.

The goal of the Stories of UTSC was and continues to be to engage the UTSC and wider Scarborough communities in the rich and multi-faceted social history of the campus, from its inception as a small campus in the mid-1960s to the present. The project is grounded in the idea that the identity of a place is shaped by the stories told about it. What can we learn from listening to each other’s stories and what role do these stories play in building community, expressing identity, and documenting change? How can stories teach us about the past, inform the present, and shape the future? We continue to add stories to the collection. For more information on the current efforts to collect oral histories visit: or contact Christine Berkowitz at

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We are honoured that the participants in the oral histories preserved in this collection have granted their permission for us to share their stories with you.  These oral histories and interviews document human expression and lived experience.  A few of our participants have experienced trauma in their lives.  Some talk about sexual violence, some about racism.  These are very difficult experiences shared because the participant wanted them to be heard.  They told their stories and gave permission for those stories to be shared for an educational purpose. 

We believe in the importance of fostering access to our collections in a responsible and transparent way that preserves historical evidence of social conditions and attitudes. Due to the nature of the historical materials, there may be occurrences of language, ideologies, and values that reflect the practice or context of the time in which the story was told.  We reject oppressive views that may be reflected in our collections, including but not limited to racism, sexism, ableism, and homophobia. The inclusion of such content should not be considered an endorsement of the use of this language or ideology. Where necessary, content notes are visible beneath the player in association with a specific oral history.  

We acknowledge that this may be difficult for those using the collection. If you have questions about this content, please reach out to us with your concerns using the support information at the bottom of this page.