True to our values, the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education is very active in outreach to the general student population as well as underserved groups within our community. The following are a few of the outreach initiatives currently in place.
Diversity & Equity
Looking to get involved in campus life? Sport & Recreation's Diversity & Equity Team is a group of undergraduate and graduate students from across campus who plan, motivate and implement positive student-led initiatives that promote diversity, equity, inclusivity and physical/mental health.
MoveU helps students understand how physical activity can improve the way they perform in the classroom by lowering stress levels, improving sleep patterns and boosting concentration.
Soar Indigenous Youth Gathering
The Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education is pleased to host the annual Soar Indigenous Youth Gathering.
We invite Indigenous youth ages 14 to 17 to experience university life at U of T, visit Toronto landmarks, and participate in a series of recreational and Indigenous-focused events and activities. 20 fully funded spots are available and include accommodations, food, and activities throughout the week.
Due to COVID-19, Soar was postponed in 2020. In 2021, Soar was adapted to run online as SEED: Strength, Education and Empowerment Days. Learn more about SEED below:
SEED - Strength, Education & Empowerment Days for Indigenous Youth
One week of virtual learning March 22 - 26, 2021 for Indigenous Youth from across Ontario, designed to empower them towards post-secondary education. This program will be led by the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education in lieu of offering a full week Soar March Break camp, and in partnership with Indigenous Student Services’ First Nations House, Hart House, the Faculty of Law, and the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health.
Women-only hours is a targeted needs-based program designed to ensure equitable participation in physical activity. Established by the Faculty’s Council of Athletics and Recreation, the program is aligned with University policies, guidelines and statements on equity, diversity and excellence.
While women currently constitute over half of U of T’s student body, they continue to be underrepresented in most forms of physical activity. Our usage statistics show that while female participation in particular facility spaces is low during regular hours, it increases notably during times schedule for women only. Women-only hours are therefore one of several strategies implemented by the Faculty to optimize participation, reduce barriers to being active, and foster inclusivity across culture, religion and ability level.
The Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education strives to create and maintain a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere for all students and members in all our facilities. Women-only hours reflect the mission of the Faculty and its commitment to education, research, leadership, and the provision of opportunity.