Advancing SDGs @UofT

When and Where

Saturday, February 29, 2020 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
School of Cities, Myhal Centre


Apply by February 15th, 2020 to join us for a day of design thinking 

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student passionate about the UN Global Goals, or do you know someone who is? We want to hear from you!

Join us for a day of design thinking where we will explore opportunities for pursuing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) right here at UofT. 

The aim is to grow on existing initiatives, form new partnerships, and essentially produce a blueprint for advancing the UN Global Goals at UofT in areas ranging from integrated learning to open research, and civic engagement.

Who’s involved?
This event is calling specifically on UofT students (undergrad and graduate), and especially those interested in engaging with social, humanitarian, environmental, and economic objectives. 

The charrette
A major component of this event relies on the charrette methodology — a charrette being a collaborative and creative process that brings together stakeholders from diverse backgrounds to ideate, design and prototype ideas. Through intensive brainstorming and guided discussion, participants are encouraged to use system and design thinking techniques to gain new perspectives that generate unique results. Participants will divide into three working groups, each focused on a unique research question concerning SDGs.

  • The first group will discuss UofT’S IMPACT ON THE SDGs, or how UofT can work to advance the global SDG’s and build a better future for everyone.

  • The second group will brainstorm the SDGs IMPACT ON UofT,  and how awareness and application of the Global Goals can improve the University.

  • The third group will focus their thinking on Toronto as a city, localizing the Global Goals within our urban landscape, and exploring the importance of urban sustainable development... being the UNIVERSITY “FOR” TORONTO!

Following the event, we will prepare a report that will be equally a summary of charrette findings but also a blueprint for future discussion in the field.


8:30AM Welcoming and Plenary Session
10:30AM Networking and Coffee Break
11:00AM Working Groups
1:00PM  Lunch
2-5:00PM Discussion Tables and Final Session


If you can confidently say yes to the following points, please apply by February 15th, 2020

  • You are a UofT undergraduate or graduate student interested in social, humanitarian, environmental, or economic objectives.
  • You can volunteer your time for the duration of the main event on February 29th, 2020, between 8:30AM and 5PM.
  • You can commit to preparing for the main event by reviewing our briefing materials, which we will issue to you prior to the event.

All applicants will be notified on or by February 20, 2020

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