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Tapfuma Musewe

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Graduation Year

  • BSc 2006 Innis College

Inside the Classroom

  • Major: Biology
  • Major: Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations
  • Minor: African Studies

Alognside the Classroom

  • NSERC Scholarship for summer research internship, Professor Emerita Patricia Romans lab (malaria research), Department of Zoology

Outside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

  • Community development with youth and refugees, South Africa, 2006-10
  • Social entrepreneurship, logistics company, South Africa, 2010-14
  • Business development, Pargo (e-commerce/logistics start-up), South Africa, 2015
  • Senior operations manager, In On Africa (market intelligence company, consulting multinational companies seeking to break into African markets), 2016-17
  • Founder, Eschaton Solutions and Afrifursa (highlighting and facilitating trade/investment with African markets), Canada, 2017
  • Managing director, Raygan Mills (private equity investing in African growth companies), Canada, 2021-present
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Focus on building a network with your future aspirations in mind and be diligent about maintaining it.

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Shane Wallace

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2012 Innis College

Inside the Classroom

  • Major: Equity Studies
  • Major: Sociology

Outside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

  • Registrar, Transitional Year Programme, U of T
  • Recruitment and admission officer, U of T
  • Research assistant, Office of Student Recruitment, U of T
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Lisa Smart

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2011 Innis College

Inside the Classroom

  • Major: English
  • Major: Woman & Gender Studies

Outside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

Get involved as much as you can during your undergrad. You can do this by building your Co-Curricular Record or getting involved in the wider community. The post-secondary experience shouldn’t only be about getting good grades. It’s a place for you to connect, establish new relationships, and start building your network!

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Rachel Samuel

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Graduation Year

  • HBSc 2018 Innis College

Inside the Classroom

  • Major: Anthropology
  • Major: Human Biology

Alongside the Classroom

Outside the Classroom

  • Executive team member, U of T African Students’ Association
  • Student caller, U of T Telefund
  • Vice president, Children of Hope Uganda Club
  • Student organizer, U of T Swahili cultural events
  • Work study, Innis College Registrar’s Office
  • Executive team member, Innis College WUSC Local Committee
  • Mentor, Innis InSIGHT (peer mentorship)

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

  • Administrative assistant, Enrolment Services, U of T
  • Intern, Ontario Public Health
  • Research assistant, Department of Psychology, York University

It is not just about the destination. Be present and enjoy every moment of the process.

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Aliyyah Ahad

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2012 Innis College

Inside the Classroom

  • Major: Political Science
  • Major: Sociology

Alongside the Classroom

Outside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

  • Senior advisor, Bermuda Government, Cabinet Office
  • Associate policy analyst, Migration Policy Institute, Brussels
  • Bermuda Government, Brussels Office

Follow your passions and everything else will fall into place! But if you intend to do further education, it’s worthwhile to write an undergraduate thesis. It’s not only useful preparation, it will also allow you to get to know professors who can become excellent references.

And, of course, enjoy yourself and invest in your friendships!

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Francisca Wiafe-Amoako

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Graduation Year

  • HBSc 2021 Innis College

Inside the Classroom

  • Major: Neuroscience
  • Major: Physiology
  • Minor: Spanish

Switched programs from: Cell and Systems Biology, Global Health

Outside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

  • Graduate nursing student, Johns Hopkins University

In the Media

Set out your goals and surround yourself with like-minded people who will help support you on your journey to achieving those goals (and vice versa).

Get involved in extra-curricular activities as they really enrich your academic experience.

Don’t compromise your health and well-being for academics.

Networking is really important! Make friends among your peers and the faculty/staff of your program/college.

Take pictures of your experiences. Undergrad goes by so quickly, and you want those memories captured for a lifetime!

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Kimberly Philip

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2003 Innis College

Inside the Classroom

  • Economics
  • Political Science

Outside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

  • Senior insights manager, Weston Foods, Toronto
  • Country insights leader, IKEA, Toronto
  • Vice president, Hotspex (brand strategy: pharma research), New York City
  • Strategist, Human Branding Inc. (insights: CPG), Toronto
  • Managing director, Market Facts & Opinions (market research: financial services, consumer healthcare, beauty, CPG), across the English Caribbean
  • Trade marketing, Holiday Snacks Limited (new product commercialization, shopper experience), Trinidad & Tobago
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Your network is your net worth—connect with as many people as possible during your time in university. It is great to learn from different perspectives and your university friends/connections can be a strong support system in your future.

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Anthony Johnson

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Graduation Year

  • BCom 2019 Innis College

Inside the Classroom

  • Specialist: Management
  • Minor: Economics

Alongside the Classroom

Outside the Classroom

Career Accomplishments

  • Outreach coordinator, FACTOR
  • Bilingual liaison, SOCAN
  • Independent record producer, songwriter, and artist—Caj Flow

In the Media

Network, network, network. Grades are important, but don’t forget to forge deep, authentic connections with your peers, as they’ll be a great resource for you once you are in the job market!

Sharon Lewis

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Graduation Year

  • BA 1989 Innis College
Inside the Classroom

Outside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

  • Film director and producer
    • Brown Girl Begins – debut Afro-futurist feature film
    • Disruptor/Conductor – first feature documentary, about the first openly gay, Black conductor in Canada
    • With Wonder – second feature documentary, about the Christian LGBTQI+ community of colour
    • Recipient of a Canadian Screen Award for Best Direction in 2021
    • Featured in the Emmy-nominated documentary, How It Feels to Be Free
  • Founder, urbansoul inc – production company that is now branching out to produce black women and BIPOC Film and Television projects
  • Previously an actor and CBC host
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Shixing Feng

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Graduation Year

  • HBSc 2017 Woodsworth College
Inside the Classroom

Switched programs from: Cognitive Science, Economics, Philosophy

Outside the Classroom

  • President, University Of Toronto Chinese Music Club (UTCMC)
Career Accomplishments

  • Venture capital in China, investing in early-stage technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT)/consumer/entertainment ventures
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