February 18, 2021
Your Good News Bulletin
Centennial and partners launch Scarborough Hero Awards
Centennial College has joined the Scarborough Health Network (SHN), Toronto Zoo and University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) in launching the Scarborough Hero Awards. After hearing numerous stories about individuals, community groups and businesses stepping up to help others in need during the present pandemic health crisis, leaders of the four Scarborough anchor institutions initiated this awards program as a way to recognize everyday heroes who live and work in Scarborough, and who have served the local community in very substantive, impactful ways during COVID-19. Nominations for the seven award categories will be accepted until 11:59 pm on March 21, 2021. We encourage our College community to review the initiative, and consider spreading the word and/or submitting a nomination! More information can be found at www.scarbtohero.com.
First Virtual Student Leadership Conference a success
As is required practice these days, Centennial’s annual Student Leadership Conference took place virtually over three Friday mornings in January. Themed “Our World, Our Leadership,” the series engaged 256 attendees over six hours of online content. With the three events sub-themed Believe in Yourself, Build Yourself and Brand Yourself, the interactive conference helped participants grow their self-awareness and confidence, develop interpersonal and communication skills, and create a compelling personal message. While the conference was sponsored by the Centennial Leadership Academy, it was planned and hosted by Centennial students who created, tested, co-hosted and moderated the entire series. A special treat was the presence of video content creator Sara Novoselac of the Nas Academy. Staff from CCSLD, Career Services, GCEI and CCSAI collaborated to deliver content and engage with participants. The series promotional campaign resulted in 101,000+ impressions on social media and 1,400+ views on Facebook. The content is available as Facebook Live recordings:
ARIES research activities continue to demonstrate rapid growth
Centennial’s research activities have accelerated this past year in spite of the changing local and national economic circumstances. In Q3, Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Services (ARIES) recorded a 33 per cent increase in grant revenue over the previous year. Of the $500,000+ in cash received from industry partners, 80 per cent came from small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). During a year of precarious employment, ARIES managed to increase the number of student researchers employed across projects, with 363 paid researchers contributing 76,000+ hours of expertise at a time when many were inspired to go above and beyond in supporting their local communities. Explore the ARIES Q3 financial update, read testimonials from the team and find ways to get involved in activity that inspires you.
Black History Month: A profile of faculty member Philip Alalibo
Philip Alalibo is the instructor of Centennial’s ground-breaking African studies general education course, as well as our Global Citizenship courses in the School of Advancement. In a wide-ranging interview, Philip talks about his journey to develop new curriculum and the significance of his African studies course. Philip works tirelessly to bring a broader, more inclusive lens to teaching. He has played an important part in helping to shift perceptions of Africa, and integrate Black perspectives and diverse Black histories into the students’ learning experience. Read the interview with Philip Alalibo to learn more about his work and this important course now offered at Centennial.
Additionally, Centennial has announced six new scholarships to celebrate Black History Month. Open to both international and domestic students, the Centennial College Black History Month Scholarships are valued at $1,000 and each will be awarded to a full-time student demonstrating financial need and in good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 GPA, with preference given to a student who self-identifies as a member of diverse Black communities. Please share the good news with your students! View our webpage for further details.
International Development Week draws NGO speakers
Congratulations to the International Development program of The Business School for the success of its first virtual International Development Week on February 9-11. The diverse group of speakers provided in-depth insights as well as actionable approaches related to “Inclusive Recovery: Advancing Change through Equality and Empowerment.” Speakers joined live from Goulais River First Nation, Tyendinaga First Nation of Mohawk Territory, El Salvador, Guatemala, Bangladesh (Cox’s Bazar), Nepal, Egypt and Nigeria. Participants discussed the disproportional impact of the pandemic on women and marginalized groups. There was a great turnout on the discussion of food insecurity and hidden and racialized hunger.
Senior leaders of major Canadian NGOs and UN agencies discussed how the pandemic has caused “a crisis within a crisis” for millions of people living in regions of conflict and instability, and how NGOs are adapting their approach to meet evolving needs. Speakers outlined strategies for placing women’s leadership and contributions at the heart of resilience and recovery; traditional techniques of preserving heritage seeds; the importance of health, cultural recovery and decolonization through traditional foods; and plans for increased food security. Organizing committee members and session moderators include Dr. Vida Shehada, Professor William Sparks, PAC members Dr. Maggie Zeng and Amaya Renobales Barbier, and student Christina Sathseevan. A big thanks, miigwech and niá:wen to all speakers, organizers, participants and student volunteers.
Virtual Technology Hiring Event, February 22-25
Do you work with or know any Engineering Technology and Applied Science students or graduates looking for work? Inform your students about our Virtual Technology Hiring Event 2021! After registering on the HireCentennial job portal, students and alumni will have 24/7 access to the exclusive Job Fair landing page, featuring company profiles, job opportunities, and virtual information sessions. Connect with Bell Technical Solutions, SickKids, Canada Revenue Agency and others about their opportunities available in IT, manufacturing technology, electronics and more. Register on HireCentennial. Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eat, Habibi, Eat!
Congratulations to Professor and Chef Shahir Massoud on the launch of his first cookbook, Eat, Habibi, Eat! Indigo has selected it as one of their Most Anticipated Cookbooks of Spring! Chef Massoud teaches in the Food Media post-graduate program in the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts. His exciting new book is available for pre-order and out everywhere on May 4. It's packed with more than 100 recipes that put a modern twist on the Egyptian food that he grew up with, along with hilarious stories and kitchen tricks. From now until Sunday you can pre-order your copy at 30 per cent off the cover price from the Indigo/Chapters website. Congratulations Shahir!