• Marcelo Vieta

Symposium: StudentDwell+: Reimagining Student Housing

Updated: Apr 27, 2019

May 1-3, 2019

York New Student Centre

York University, Toronto CA

May 1: Student-led pre-symposium

May 2-3: Symposium event

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StudentDwellTO is a multi-university, multidisciplinary initiative funded by the Presidents of the four Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Universities (OCAD University, Ryerson University, University of Toronto and York University) to examine access to affordable housing for postsecondary students, a challenge that has by all accounts reached a crisis point in GTA. The project team includes students and faculty from all four universities, and partners from government, non-profit, community and private sector organizations. The research partnership aims to provide a deeper understanding of student needs, choices, and lived experiences in relation to housing, while suggesting possible policy and development directions.


In addition to research activities, over the past two years, StudentDwellTO has been very active engaging students in housing affordability discussions, supporting student connections across the four campuses, and enabling student innovation across disciplines through courses and experiential learning.


We are now pleased to invite you to StudentDwell+: Re-Imagining Student Housing; a symposium to release the findings of the StudentDwellTO research partnership and discuss alternatives to the housing (un)affordability crisis. Join academics, practitioners, policymakers, university administrators and students in reimagining student housing!


Schedule – Thursday, May 2nd

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Breakfast and registration

9:00 AM

Welcome by Dr. Rhonda Lenton, President and Vice-Chancellor, York University

9:15 AM – 10:30 AM

1. Presidents’ Panel: The StudentDwellTO partnership

Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University

Meric Gertler, President of University of Toronto

Rhonda Lenton, President and Vice-Chancellor, York University

Steven Liss, Vice-President Research and Innovation, Ryerson University

Chair: Luisa Sotomayor, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM - Coffee Break

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

2. Universities and student housing in global(izing) city regions

Jean Paul Addie, Assistant Professor, Urban Studies Institute, Georgia State University

Roger Keil, Professor, Chair in Global Sub/Urban Studies, York University

Katharina Kovacs Burns, University of Alberta and Alberta Health Services

Zachery Spire, Post-Doctoral Researcher, University College London

Chair: Alice Hovorka, Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Lunch Break -

1:15 PM – 2:45 PM

3. The student housing affordability crunch

Murtaza Haider, Associate Professor, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University

Dana Senagama, Manager (GTA), Housing Markets and Indicators, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Kaitlin Schwan, Senior Researcher, Canadian Observatory on Homelessness

Melissa Goldstein, Chair of the Housing Action advocacy group and Researcher with Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust

Chair: Lauralyn Johnson, Project Manager, Social Development, Finance and Administration, City of Toronto

2:45 PM – 3:00 PM

Coffee break

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

4. Students transforming neighbourhoods: youthification, gentrification, informality

Ultan Byrne, Doctoral student, Columbia University

Luisa Sotomayor, Assistant Professor, York University

Lisa Freeman, Assistant Professor, Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Nick Revington, PhD Candidate, University of Waterloo

Chair: Ute Lehrer, Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM

5. Housing and the student experience

Derya Tarhan, PhD Candidate, University of Toronto (StudentDwellTO)

Reva White, MES Candidate, York University (StudentDwell)

Laura Taylor, Associate Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

Eric Weissman, Assistant Professor, University of New Brunswick

Chair: Brandon Hillier, Editor, The Toronto Urban Journal & Student Representative, City Institute at York University

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Reception

Second Student Centre

Schedule – Friday, May 3rd

8:00- 9:00 AM

Breakfast and registration

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

6. Student housing development: planning and partnerships

Shelagh McCartney, Assistant Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University

Marc Norman, Associate Professor of Practice in Urban and Regional Planning, Taubman College, University of Michigan

Laurent Levesque, Executive Director, Unité de travail pour l’implantation de logement étudiant UTILE, Montreal

Cheryl Atkinson, Professor of Architecture, Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University

Chair: Shelagh McCartney, Assistant Professor, School of Urban and Regional Planning, Ryerson University

10:30 AM – 10:45 AM

Coffee Break

10:45 AM – 12:15 PM

7. Reimagining a more inclusive student living: innovative design and the social economy

Marcelo Vieta, Assistant Professor, OISE/University of Toronto, and Ashish Pillai, PhD student, OISE/University of Toronto

Liz Anderson, Director of Education, North American Students of Cooperation, Chicago

Jeremy Bowes, Professor in Design, OCAD University

Mauricio Quirós, Assistant Professor, Daniels Faculty of Architecture, University of Toronto

Chair: Tristan Laing, President of the Ontario Student Co-op Association

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Lunch Break

1:15 PM – 2:45 PM

8. Roundtable discussion: Mobilizing policy on student housing

Nour Alideeb, Chair, Canadian Federation of Students

Shelley Carroll, Councillor for Ward 17 Don Valley North, City of Toronto

Peter Milczyn, former Minister of Housing, Province of Ontario

Peter Zimmerman, President, New Commons Development

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Coffee break

3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

9. Roundtable discussion. The role of universities: sharing best practices

Valerie Bruce, Assistant Director, Housing Operations and Administration, Ryerson University

Ian Crookshank, President, Ontario Association of College and University Housing Officers

Lisa Mader, Student Services, Nova Scotia Community College

Daryl Nauman, Director, Residence Life, Division of Students, York University

Heather Ritz, Social Worker, University of Alberta

4:30 - 5:30 PM

10. Wrap-up session: Towards a new research agenda on student housing

Results of Students’ Pre-Symposium Charrette by Shameeza Gaffoor (Ryerson University) and Jamilla Mohamud (York University)

Closing remarks by StudentDwellTO team


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