Since its inception as a technical institution in 1948, Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University) devotes itself to the advancement of career-focused education and research to address societal needs. Initially founded as a trade school following World War II, Toronto Metropolitan is now home to a culturally diverse student population in the heart of one of the largest cities in North America. As such, Toronto Metropolitan prioritizes equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) with an array of programs.
The Tri-Mentoring Program (TMP), hosted in the Office of Student Life and Learning Support, offers three types of mentorship opportunities: Peer-to-peer, Group, and Career. Mentorship is open to students of all identities as they seek support to navigate the school, their academic programs, and their community. Mentorship opportunities span the entire student lifecycle, as students enroll in, move through, and graduate from Toronto Metropolitan.
“TMP was developed in response to a need that was identified by our counseling center 20 years ago—it was born from a retention gap among specific student populations,” said Rena Jennifer Barcelona, Manager at the Tri-Mentoring Program at Toronto Metropolitan. “Racialized, marginalized students were making it to Toronto Metropolitan, but not necessarily sticking around."