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News & Program Events

The Margaret MacMillan Trinity One co-curricular program events enable students in all Trinity One streams to meet guest speakers and to engage in informal, but high-level conversation with one another, their professors and guest experts. The events draw upon the rich resources of the University of Toronto’s Centre for Ethics, the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto Affiliated Hospitals and beyond.

The events are usually held over lunch on Tuesdays between 12 pm and 2 pm at Trinity College. Students are encouraged to keep this time-slot open. We are always looking for interesting speakers. If you have ideas for speakers or would like to give a Trinity One talk, please contact the Program Director, Prof. Michael Kessler at


Note: All 2020-2021 program events were held virtually due to online learning at the University. For a list of events to expect during an in-person year, please see the 2019-2020 program events list.

Year-End Celebration: Trinity One Virtual Escape Rooms

April 9, 2021

As a way to end of the year with something fun, Trinity One students were invited to try their hand at a virtual escape room. Teams from different Trinity One streams competed to see who were the best escapists.

Work Study Program Workshop

March 30, 2021

“How to Apply for Work Study Program positions”

Across the University of Toronto, over 3,500 students participate in the Work Study Program every year. Twice a year (fall-winter and summer), the Work Study Program offers paid, on-campus positions that provide you with an opportunity to deepen your knowledge, strengthen your skills and explore how your academic studies translate to career possibilities. Join Trinity One faculty and student mentors as they guide you through applying to the Work Study Program.

Program of Study Workshop

March 9, 2021

“Tips on selecting program POSt”

In order to graduate, every Arts and Science student must choose Program(s) of Study, usually a Specialist program or a combination of Majors and Minors. Join Trinity One faculty and student mentors as they guide you through choosing the POSt that fits your interests, strengths, and goals.

Resume and Cover Letter Workshop

February 23, 2021

This practical workshop is meant to help you prepare for applications to summer jobs, research/ROP positions, and work study placements. Prof. Kessler will first speak to ROP projects and what faculty look for in an application as the dates to apply for Summer and Fall/Winter ROP are February 22 – March 25, 2021. Students will then be given time to build their resume document. A more detailed session on how to navigate the Career Learning Network for Work-Study programs will take place on March 30, 2021.

Preparing for Academic Conferences

February 2, 2021

The Trinity College Undergraduate Research Conference (TCURC) will be taking place on Saturday March 13, 2021 this year. It is a great one day event for students to present their Trinity One research papers and presentations in the form of a 15 minute talk, poster or 3 Minute Thesis.

The call for abstract is open now and due February 7, 2021. Last year all TrinOne students had their submissions accepted! To help you submit a topic for the conference and select a presentation style, this workshop will cover what you will need to prepare in your abstract and how to format your presentation. Your Trinity One mentors have presented at TCURC last year and will be available to guide you through this process.

Lunch Talk: Ronna Bloom

January 26, 2021

“The Forgotten Dialect of the Heart: Connecting to A Passion for Writing”

Based on the overwhelming positive feedback from students in science and social science, Ronna is back to present her writing workshop to help students connect with their work!”Sometimes the relationship with what we are studying, or how we’ve been doing it, goes stale. The head hurts. We lose heart. This workshop aims to coax you into different kinds of conversations between your academic readings and your creative self, between heart and page, between who you are and what you are learning. Using poems and prompts, bring yourself back into the room with what you know in a new way.”

Ronna Bloom is the author of six books of poetry. Her most recent book, The More, was published by Pedlar Press in 2017 and long listed for the City of Toronto Book Award. Her poems have been recorded by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind and translated into Spanish, Bangla, and Chinese. Ronna is Poet in Community to the University of Toronto and Poet in Residence in the Health, Arts and Humanities Programme. She runs workshops and gives talks on poetry, spontaneity, and awareness through writing.

Undergraduate Research Webinar

November 24, 2020

May of your Trinity One courses have a research paper and presentation component as a final assessment. This webinar led by the senior mentor team will cover the following topics as an introduction to creating and disseminating knowledge through research work conducted in your undergraduate studies. In Winter 2021, you will have an opportunity to present your work in front of your peers mentors at a conference hosted in the College. will present an information session to help you prepare a conference abstract and discuss different modes of conference presentations suitable.

This session is applicable to students in the arts, sciences and social sciences.

  • What is research and why do research?
  • Types of research, from course-based research to research methods
  • Getting into research and where to look for research opportunities
  • Translate course paper and projects into a conference presentation, publication, etc.
  • Present your work at Trinity College in Winter 2021

Writing Workshops with Mentors

October 2020

Join your Trinity One second-year and senior mentors as they guide you through the art of university-level writing. Individual workshops specific to each academic discipline will take place throughout October.

Lunch Talk: Ramata Tarawally

October 6, 2020

“Finding Your Strength, Self care in the age of COVID and online learning”

We had a great turnout at the September 22 lunch event hosted by Jonathan Vandor. As a large group, we identified possible sources of tension, anxiety and procrastination as the year progresses. Jonathan presented common learning and productivity strategies to reshape your mindset about online learning, studying, and performing at university.

Ramata’s upcoming session will present a health and wellness approach to coping with current academic and lifestyle stressors. Students will learn about self-care activities and break into small groups led by mentors for additional discussion.

Lunch Talk: Jonathan Vandor

September 22, 2020

“Survival Skills for Student Engagement and Online Learning”

Now that you have been in class for a week, made some new friends, looked over the syllabi, and gotten to know some of the classroom expectations from your instructors…where do you go from here to ensure a successful year ahead? Jonathan Vandor is one of the College’s learning strategistsLinks to an external site. and he is here to answer some lingering questions and help you get organized for the year. His office helps students with academic success, whether through time management, study strategies or planning for essays and assignments by appointment. Jonathan’s team has also delivered public speaking workshops for Trinity One students in the past.

This session will be useful for you to familiarize the type of student supports and resources that are available on campus so you don’t need to scramble last minute when an assignment is due or have a midterm to study for! Your mentors will be present as well to share their experiences from the initial few weeks of class.


Contact Us:

Susan He
Program Coordinator, Margaret MacMillan Trinity One


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