U of T program seeks to increases number of Black medical school students

Each year, Canada’s 17 medical schools receive thousands of applications from hopeful students, and come September few in comparison to the thousands that apply are awarded the chance to one day exchange their graduation gowns for a white coat. According to the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada, 41,460 applications were received in 2016, with only 2,914 applicants being successful in getting accepted. For those who are Indigenous, Black, or economically disadvantaged, admittance into a Canadian medical school can almost seem a bit more out of reach. In 2016, the University of Toronto’s (U of T) first-year medical class of 259 students had only one Black student. But, a collaborative initiative called Community of Support is aiming to raise that number as part of its ongoing […]

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Blanket of hope: students knit blanket to support refugees

Through the power of art, textile arts students at Memorial University’s Grenfell campus are helping to bring Syrian refugee families to Corner Brook, Newfoundland. A massive blanket made of individual colourful knitted squares—created by the students—was sold to raise money for the Refugee Support Group, a local community organization working to support and sponsor refugees coming to the area. The blanket was originally the idea of Barb Hunt, a visual arts professor at the university. Over the past several years, Hunt has been teaching students to knit, creating small knitted squares as a practice project. Having accumulated many squares from previous students, she said the plan was always to sew them together and make a blanket. After voting, the class decided […]

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