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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Student Leadership Showcase: Caitlin Morgan

April 7, 2020

Caitlin Morgan smiling

Caitlin Morgan, Third-year Criminology and Justice

Caitlin was selected as the Peer Leader of the Month for January 2020.

How did you get involved with the Peer Leader Program?

I became an Ambassador in my first year, and then I became a Peer Leader in my second year. I’ve been a Peer Leader for my second, my third, and I’m actually my Senior Peer Leader for my fourth. I started because when I first came to university Megan was my Senior Peer Leader, and then I had Hannah & Natalie, who were super dominant in all my years. All three of them have been not just mentors and in the peer leader position, it was outside in general. So they were the way I wanted to become a peer leader, I wanted to be like them, I wanted to do that, I wanted to be the “rah rah” cheerleader type and welcome people into the university.

What do you enjoy most about being a Peer Leader?

I most enjoy making friends in the program. Most of my close friends are from the program. But also just in general making people feel that the university is a super fun, inclusive, and supportive university. I think a lot of people come into it thinking “it’s a commuter school, I won't be involved, I won’t get to see the university experience.” For me, being a downtown student, something rewarding is hearing people say “Oh I love this university because of blah blah blah” and I’m glad I’m part of that.

Are you involved in anything outside of the Peer Leader program?

I am involved in another program/club here called Cam’s Kids. I am in both the co-lead position for the university and I’m one of the ambassadors for Durham Region. It’s an organization that helps kids or youth struggling with anxiety. We provide resources, tips, tricks, all that kind of stuff on how to manage anxiety in different situations. I was actually the founder, with my partner Hailey, for this university, and we just made sure it became ratified and certified here.

What is your favourite study snack?

I love bananas, I can eat so many bananas. I probably shouldn’t, but I think I looked it up once and you can eat like 98 bananas a day before you die or something like that. I’m also basically a vegan, so anything I can find with the certified vegan stamp on it I want to try. I’m constantly trying new things. So I don’t think I have a staple one, but I’m always open to suggestions for staple ones.

What advice would you give to your first-year self?

Ooo this is a big one. I guess the whole don’t take yourself seriously, but also take a step back. Realize that everything is going to be fine, even if you don’t get the exact grade you want in a class or things like that. Just make sure you follow your gut, if it feels right go for it. Take risks, but have fun with it. Those are the biggest things I’d say.

What would you say to someone who is looking to get involved?

GET INVOLVED. In capitals, highlight, bold, everything! I feel like if you have any kind of “I feel like I’m gonna get involved” that’s the whole gut feeling. I think everyone needs to get involved and volunteer, become an ambassador or do something. They say that if you get involved your grades even go up, your positivity in life goes up and your overall well being goes up.