Education Small Grant Funds

Funding for Educational Initiatives

The School’s mission is to convene urban-focused researchers, educators, students, practitioners, institutions and the general public to explore and address complex urban challenges, with the aim of making cities and urban regions more sustainable, prosperous and just. The School embraces equity and diversity as a source of creativity and inspired scholarship. The School aims to reflect the diversity of people and communities of the local urban region, and is especially committed to the active participation of underrepresented and equity seeking groups, especially Indigenous, Black, immigrant, and racialized people.

The School will reflect a global sense of urbanism, with attention to the interplay between local and global contexts, and the relationships and networks that shape a sense of place. Locally, its scope will include the cities and metropolitan areas that comprise the Greater Toronto Area. The School’s core values will inform its partnerships, and it seeks meaningful collaborations with its partners, recognizing that communities and their members are not sites or objects of research, but actors and collaborators in knowledge-making projects.

Educational initiatives/curricular innovation supported by the School of Cities:  


Initiative/curricular innovation


October 9, 23, November 6, 2020 GeoHealth Network: Fall Geography Skills Workshop Series GeoHealth Network
September 3, 2020

Youth Housing Project

Institute for Management and Innovation (IMI)

July 1, 2020 Podcast InequaliTalks InequaliTalks
October 20, 2020 Renewable Energies for Sustainable Communities, City Resiliency Course Training & Building Energy Analysis Software Support Renewable Energies for Sustainable Development
November 16, 2020 Resilience & Disaster: The Global South during COVID-19 Re:Locations: Journal of the Asia-Pacific World
November 19, 2020 Beyond Block by Block Toronto Ward Museum
December 1, 2020 Mashkiki gitigaanan: Asemaa Zine Project Instagram @mashkiki.gitigaanan
December 10, 2020 Dishing Up Toronto 2020 Online Festival - “Home-made-Cooking Through Covid 19" Toronto Ward Museum
March 4, 2021 Matrix of Mobility: Networks of Objects and Exchange Matrix of Mobility
April 3, 2021 A&A: Art for Activism, Storyteller's Symposium  
April 29, 2021 The Next Step Conference
May 10, 2021 Black High School Conference: Connection in Disconnection BSA High School Conference
June 18, 2021 Kiin Awiiya Jiibaakwe: Everyone Is Cooking Kiin Awiiya Jiibaakwe: Everyone Is Cooking
June 10, 2021 Metropolitics summer writing program
August 26, 2021 Youth Social Policy Case Competition  
Summer 2021 Vaccine Stories: Documenting the Mississauga Mass Vaccination of 2021


Initiative/curricular innovation


October 23, 2020 Roads, Political Imaginaries and State Building Geography and Planning / Prof. Katharine Rankin
June 30, 2020 Bridgespace: Global Student Community Dr. Rachel Ruttan, Organizational Behaviour and HR Professor
June 5, 2020 Lift Up CrossFit Program: Creating a Virtual Platform to Support Community Mental Health and Fitness Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
May 26, 2020 Guest Speaker: Trina Moyen for class INI432H1: Special Topics in Urban Studies Dr. Daniel Fusca, Urban Studies Program
April 3, 2020 denCITY undergraduate journal Urban Studies Students Union
April 1, 2020 UofT Emergency Foodbank Adam El-Masri, Student Fellow 2019-2020
Spring 2020 Youth Arts and Engagement in Cities INI430 Aditi Mehta, Urban Studies Program
Spring/Summer 2020 Community Engagement Project (CEP) Conroy Gomes, Student Fellow 2019-2020
Spring/Summer 2020 Sundance Harvest Farm School Mashkiki Gitigaanan & Indigenous Education Network
March 29, 2020 Architectural Inspirations - cancelled due to Covid-19 Faculty of Music
March 25, 2020 The Airport and the City: Planning and Governance Implications of Toronto Pearson’s International Airport - cancelled due to Covid-19 Institute on Municipal Finance and Governance, Munk School of Public Policy and Global Affairs
February 29, 2020 Advancing SDGs @ U of T Faculty of Arts and Science / St. Michael's College / Book and Media Studies Program / Media Ethics Lab
January 30, 2020 Reconciliation through Education and Understanding – The KAIROS Blanket Exercise™ Associate Professor Liat Margolis, Program Director, Master of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
2019 Series Urban Agriculture Speaker Series Dig In! Campus Agriculture Network

November 22, 2019

Re:Locations: Navigating Visions of the Asia-Pacific

Dr. David Chu Program in Asia-Pacific Studies

November 7, 2019

Mobilizing Justice Workshop

Department of Human Geography (UTSC)

October 30, 2019 Data Driven Society Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM)
October 29, 2019 Haiti: Political Crisis and the Culture of Resistance Caribbean Studies, New College
October 16, 2019 Guest Lecture by Dr. Akira Drake Rodriguez: "Demolition and Redevelopment of Public Housing in Atlanta" and Podcasting Workshop for Utopian Visions, Activist Realities (WGS370H1) Women & Gender Studies Institute

September 20, 2019

International PARKing Day Installation in Toronto

Kelly Gregg, PhD candidate, Sneha Mandhan, PhD student and U of T undergraduate and graduate students

Summer 2019

Geneva: The Infrastructure of Peace? 

Rushay Naik, School of Cities Fellow


Initiative/curricular innovation


Spring term Five Journeys: STEM-educated Immigrant Women in Canada Faculty of Information

Aug 12

Toronto Indigenous History Walking Tour

Urban Policy Lab – Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

May 25 & 26

Doors Open Toronto: Future City Builders

John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design

May 23

Learning to bridge the knowledge-to-policy gap

Joanna Kocsis and Rebecca McMillan, School of Cities Fellows 

Spring 2019

Asemaa gitigaanan: Indigenous knowledge and sacred medicines in Toronto

Rebecca Beaulne-Stuebing, School of Cities Fellow 

May 1

X-Ceeding X-Pectations: BSA 20th Annual GTA High School Conference

Black Students' Association (BSA)

Apr 30

Urban Exchange: Speed Networking Event

Canadian Urban Institute

Apr 15

Linguascaping Toronto: A Mindful Inquiry Towards Understanding Linguistic Landscapes

PDF iconLinguascaping Toronto Volume One (PDF)

Dr. Dejan Ivkovic

Apr 8

Youth, Arts, & Engagement in Cities: A Multimedia Final Exhibition

Urban Studies Program, Innis College

Spring 2019

denCity, URSSU journal

Urban Studies Students Union (URSSU)

Mar 23

A Reading & Conversation with Jessica Hagedorn

Women and Gender Studies Institute

Mar 22

Beauty, Brutality & The Neocolonial City

Women and Gender Studies Institute

Mar 15

6th Annual Wollesen Memorial Graduate Symposium: Confronting the Exhibitionary Order

Graduate Union of Students' of Art

Feb 26-Mar 22

What We Take: Exhibition Project (MSL4000Y)

Faculty of Information, Master of Museum Studies (MMSt)

Feb 26

Celebrating our Diversity 

Faculty of Music

Feb 7

Reconciliation through Education and Understanding

John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, Master of Landscape Architecture program

Jan 18

Omar Ba: Conversations

African Studies program, New College

Winter term Don Valley Urban Forest Clean Up: Research Project University of Toronto Mountain Bike Club and Urban Studies Program, Innis College

Winter term

Advanced Topics in Urban Studies II: Youth, Arts, & Engagement in Cities (INI430H1S)

Urban Studies Program, Innis College

Winter term

Linguascaping the City: A framework for Multilingual Pedagogy

Dr. Dejan Ivkovic

Winter term

Digital Technology in Society II (NEW113)

New One, New College

Nov 15

City Building: Careers with Impact

Urban Studies Program, Innis College; Hart House Social Justice CommitteeCareer Exploration & Education; and the Centre for Community Partnerships

Nov 8-10

Decolonizing Conference

Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies (CIARS)

Nov 6-8

Spatial Data Analysis Tutorial Networking Event

Department of Human Geography (UTSC)

Nov 2

The Environmental Governance Lab in Conversation wiht David Miller: The Future of the Environment Post Toronto Elections

Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy

2018/19 Series

6Place Toronto

McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology