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Andrea L. K. Johnston

First Nations affiliation: Chippewas of Nawash

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  • BA 2002 Innis College

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  • Worked full-time at an Indigneous Firm conducting policy research and program evaluation while studying at the University of Toronto part-time

Career Accomplishments

In the Media

“Get involved as early as possible in the world of work and feed into your CV.

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Nic Weststrate

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  • HBSc 2007 UTM

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In the Media

“Every day, try to talk to someone who is very different from you. Ask open questions and listen to understand, not just to hear. You will learn much more from people’s stories than any textbook. (But also read your textbook… before class).”

Matthew Celestial

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  • HBA 2016 Woodsworth College
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Switched programs from:

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Career Accomplishments

  • Launched a public strategy and communications firm, Statement Strategies, working with Paramount Pictures Canada, Toonbox Entertainment, Pixar Animation Studios, Universal Studios Canada, the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International, Ado Ato Pictures, and more.
  • Outside of public relations, he is a community organizer serving on the Board of Directors committee for Queer Ontario where he advocates for LGBTQ folks across all levels of government, launching non-profit initiative Diverse Francaise for newcomers to Canada interested in learning French (July 2019) and launching Health is a Right! Foundation supporting low-income communities in third world countries with access to healthcare (September 2019).
  • Previously, he was the Director of Operations for LGBT in Capital Markets, the Director of Operations for Inclusive Love, and sat on the Durham Environmental Advisory Committee.
  • Currently working towards a legal career to complete a JD and is as well interested in academic research on hermeneutics, media strategies that shape policy, and legal interpretation.
In the Media

“1) Be present and enjoy the moment.
2) Be self-compassionate – you are doing good wherever you are.
3) Never say never. Everything comes together in full circle at some point.
4) Be kind to every single person (even the person who stole your seat on the TTC). Say thank you. Hold the door.
5) Don’t stop — even if you have multiple doors closed on you and people berating you. Keep going.

Hannah Fleisher

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2011 Innis College
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Career Accomplishments

  • Worked as a consultant and project manager in community development, affordable housing, and community healthcare for both public sector and non profits
In the Media

Samuel Powers

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2013 Woodsworth College
Inside the Classroom

Career Accomplishments

  • California Organizing Manager, Need to Impeach
  • Campaign Manager for a United States House of Representatives Congressional Campaign
  • Campaign Manager for a Brooklyn District Attorney Campaign
  • Florida Deputy Organizing Director for Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Campaign
  • Campaign Manager for a Member of Parliament Campaign
  • Regional Field Director for Florida Gubernatorial Race
  • Staffer at the White House Office of Public Engagement
  • Organizer for President Obama’s Re-Election Campaign

” Diversify your extra curricular activities and job opportunities. Use university to develop a strong understanding of what you want to do in your professional life.

Pamela Uppal

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2012 Woodsworth College
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Switched programs from: History, Spanish

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Further Education

Career Accomplishments

  • Over the past 10 years, Pamela has been connecting theory with practice, engaging on three fronts: research initiatives, front-line work, and policy dialogues. She led a nonprofit organization at UofT, was a frontline worker in family services, built diversity, equity and inclusion capacity in Peel region, and undertook multiple research projects exploring gender issues in the South Asian community. Currently, she is leading a project at The Ontario Nonprofit Network exploring women’s employment experiences in the nonprofit sector. Pamela is also a group facilitator and a board member of Laadliyan.

“Network more with professors and be involved in a variety of extra-curriculars.

 

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Mike Dror

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2011 St. Michael’s College
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Switched programs from Life Sciences

Further Education

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In the Media

“Seek internships and job shadowing opportunities. The more exposure you get to professional life, the better. Start networking, and start networking early. It’s most effective to network when you don’t need anything from them – when the pressure is off. If you start networking once you’re finished your degree and looking for a job, you’ll be too focused on that to make the most of it.

All that being said, cherish the theoretical courses that U of T has to offer. Once you do get out into the “real world”, it’s hard to find the time to reflect critically about your chosen field.

 

Vanessa Bart-Plange

Vanessa Bart-Plange

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  • HBA 2017 New College
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New College Impact

The minor in African Studies offered at New College complemented my International Relations and Political Science majors perfectly, thus allowing me to have the African focus that was absent in both of my majors. In retrospect, this has contributed to my interest in public policy and education in Africa during my master’s program.

The New College Writing Centre was also key in my academic development, as it helped me learn how to write academic essays, which led to A-grade averages throughout the four years.

Being a part of this multicultural college also allowed me to fit in and make friends from both home and other countries, thus allowing me to settle in better and faster in Toronto within my first year, and to create long-lasting relationships till today.

“Strive to be among the best, if not the best, in everything that you do. Do not compete with any other person but yourself. And while you are at it, make sure to enjoy yourself and your relationships, because time flies by.

 

Michael White

Michael White

I am also known by the name Mahkwa of the Anishinaabe Bear Clan (nindoodem).

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2005 University College
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Career Description

In the Media

Nana Yaa Abrafi

Nana Yaa Abrafi Boa-Amponsem

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2017 New College
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Outside the Classroom

  • Peer mentor, Economics
  • Peer mentor, New College Residence
  • Presented speech on behalf of the student body, Nelson Mandela Memorial Service, University of Toronto
  • Student panelist, University of Toronto yearbook redesign
  • Student representative and Gonfalon Bearer, Installation Ceremony of President Meric Gertler
  • Tutor and mentor for a secondary school female student living with a learning disability
  • Tutor, Math and English, Centre for Community Partnerships
Further Education

Career Accomplishments

New College Impact

New College played an instrumental role in my academic and leadership excellence. Firstly, my New College Registrars immensely supported me through course selection, deciding on my majors, and post-graduation plans. Moreover, the Equity Studies program of New College was the best option as a second major since it gave me a real-world perspective on Economics. Through this course, I was able to identify my interest in public policy and social justice. In my final year, New College awarded me with a scholarship for academic excellence, and also afforded me the opportunity to meet President Meric Gertler at a special New College Dinner.

Furthermore, New College organized various leadership training programs which were very essential to my success as a student leader at U of T. I partook in various floor and house activities that improved my teamwork skills. In my final year, I was given a priceless opportunity to serve as a Residence Peer Mentor where I provided assistance to residents in areas such as Academic Success, Career Preparedness, Mental Health and Wellness. I acquired a lot of great skills and knowledge in this position.

“Balance is extremely important. Get involved in the things you love. Take care of your mental health. Study hard but don’t forget to also learn. And keep God first in all you do.