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February 2019 Ridgeback Report

Join us for our third annual Black History Month event on African Black Canadians and Indigenous peoples' relationships to this land. The discussion takes place on Wednesday, February 27 at 6 p.m. in Regent Theatre. Learn more about the discussion and RSVP.

Academic Services

  • More than 70 employers will be on campus on Tuesday, February 5 to recruit potential new employees at our Job Fair. Drop by the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Business casual attire is recommended.
  • Join us at the Winter Open Forum on Student Success, the third institution-wide discussion on key priorities for enhancing the success of our students. The forum is on Tuesday, February 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. Learn more and RSVP.


  • The university is proud to host the 2019 OUA Badminton Championship. The provincial event runs from February 15 to 17 in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre.
  • It’s February and that means university hockey playoffs are taking place. Check out the Ridgebacks website for up-to-date schedules, including playoff games.

Get Involved

  • Indigenous Education and Cultural Services is happy to welcome Elder Carolyn King to the university from February 4 to 8. Among her many accomplishments, Elder King is the former Chief of the Mississaugas of New Credit First Nation—the first female Chief of that community. If you would like to meet Elder King, you can book an appointment for one-on-one sessions.
  • With the semester well underway and the deadlines approaching quickly, the Student Learning Centre is hosting Long Day Against Procrastination (LDAP) and Long Night Against Procrastination (LNAP) to help students get their work done. Get help with writing and studying, participate in yoga, and get refreshments and prizes. LDAP will be on Monday, February 25 and LNAP will be on Monday, March 4.
  • The Let’s Talk Equity campaign is a series of events and programming focused on encouraging conversations about equity and inclusion. The winter 2019 discussion groups will cover a wide range of engaging topics aimed at creating connections and building understanding. Learn how you can get involved.
  • This semester’s RISE workshops have begun. Help build a safer and more inclusive campus community by registering for the upcoming sessions, where you will learn how to prevent and respond to discrimination and harassment. Register on the Student Life Portal.
  • The past 150 years of Canada’s relationship with Indigenous peoples has been characterized by mistreatment and misunderstanding. The Next 150 campaign is a movement to promote reconciliation through action. You can participate by heading to the campus library, signing your name and making a pledge on a leaf, then hanging it on the reconciliation tree.
  • Looking for an opportunity to get involved with a professional organization and build on your involvement record and resumé? Join the Whitby Chamber of Commerce (WCC) in their newly introduced student membership program. For a small fee, you have the opportunity to network at WCC events, join a variety of committees, keep up to date on your local business community, and attend their inspiring speaker’s series and countless other events. Contact Sam Abbas at 905.668.4506 ext. 231 or for more information.

Money Matters

  • The last day to apply for OSAP for the 2018-2019 academic year is Tuesday, February 19
  • Are you interested in full-time, on-campus employment this summer? The Summer University Works application is available on MyCampus, under the Awards and Financial Aid tab, until Friday, March 29.


  • There is still time to join the Active Living Challenge, which runs until Thursday, February 14. Visit the Flex Centre for more information on how you can win prizes for being active.
  • All are welcome to attend free self-defense classes, which continue until Thursday, April 11. Women’s classes take place on Mondays from 2:10 to 3 p.m. and Thursdays from 4:10 to 5 p.m., and all-gender classes on Mondays from 3:10 to 4 p.m. Please email with any questions.
  • Every Wednesday, Student Mental Health Services (SMHS) runs Mood Walks, a group walk to get moving, get grounded and get lifted. Meet at the Gate of the Future at noon to join. 
  • SMHS also offers a number of support groups to help students nurture their mental health in welcoming and supportive settings. Learn about the different groups and register. Questions can be sent to