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The Founding College of the University of Toronto
Students stand with Meric Gertler, and professors

Student-Faculty Engagement

Your professors, lecturers, instructors and teaching assistants are people too. We encourage you to engage with our faculty members, and it starts here at UC.

Why Should You Connect with Faculty?

We strive to achieve our collective vision of a welcoming community that challenges undergraduate students to excel intellectually and that prepares them to engage in the wider world. Opportunities for meaningful student-faculty engagement inside and outside the classroom are critical to the realization of this vision. When you discover that faculty are approachable and caring individuals, boundaries disappear and opportunities for discussion and growth are created.

Dinner Series

Students with Principal Donald Ainslie


Our popular student-faculty dinner series provides an opportunity for students to interact with faculty in an informal setting. Each dinner is targeted to different members of our community and is designed to help students and faculty share experiences and learn from each other. Dinners are hosted by the principal of University College, Professor Donald Ainslie, in his home (Bissell House), free of charge.

To attend a dinner, look out for an email closer to dates listed here. Registration is confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis, so register early to avoid disappointment.

2018-19 Schedule

International Students Dinner
October 17, 2019 | 6 - 8 pm

First-year Students Dinner
November 19, 2019 | 6 to 8 pm

Second-year Students Dinner
January 23, 2020 | 6 to 8 pm

Third-year Students Dinner
February 26, 2020 | 6 to 8 pm

Graduating Students Dinner
March 18, 2020 | 6 to 8 pm