Re-Imagining Student Housing

StudentDwell+: Re-Imagining Student Housing is 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!

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, nonprofit, 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.

StudentDwell+ Speakers 

Ashish Pillai
Faculty of Adult Education and Community Development, Workplace Learning and Social Change, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) / University of Toronto

Cheryl Atkinson, OAA FRAIC

Principle, Atkinson Architect; Associate Professor, Architecture, Ryerson University

Dana Senagama

Manager of Market Analysis, CMHC

Derya Tarhan

PhD Candidate, Adult Education and Community Development, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)

Eric Weissman
Assistant Professor, Department of Social Science, University of New Brunswick
Heather Ritz
Community Social Work Team, University of Alberta, Office of the Dean of Students Health & Wellness
Ian Crookshank
Dean of Students, Humber College; President, Ontario Association of College and University Housing Officers (OACUHO)
Jean-Paul Addie
Assistant Professor, Georgia State University

Jeremy Bowes
Professor, Faculty of Design, Graduate Studies, OCAD University, Toronto
Katharina Kovacs Burns
Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health, University of Alberta; Senior Consultant, Clinical Quality Metrics, Alberta Health Service
Kenneth Hale
Director of Advocacy and Legal Services, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO)

Laura Taylor

Associate Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

Laurent Levesque
Executive Coordinator, UTILE
Lisa Freeman
Faculty, Kwantlen Polytechnic U
Lisa Mader
Counselling Therapist, Nova Scotia Community College Students; Project Lead, Emergency Housing Pilot Project, NSCC students
Liz Anderson
Director of Education, North American Students of Cooperation (NASCO)

Luisa Sotomayor

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Environmental Studies;Coordinator, Graduate Planning Program; York University
Marc Norman
Founder, Ideas in Action; Associate Professor of Practice, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan
Marcelo Vieta
Assistant Professor, Adult Education and Community Development, Collaborative program in Workplace Learning and Social Change, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE); Co-founder, Executive Committee Member, Centre for Learning, Social Economy & Work (CLSEW)
Mauricio Quirós Pacheco
Assistant Professor, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design

Melissa Goldstein
Advocate, Affordable Housing and Homelessness; Rooming House Preservation Policy Researcher and Organizer, Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust

Professor Meric S. Gertler
President, University of Toronto
Murtaza Haider
Interim Chair, Department of Real Estate Management, Ryerson University; Research Director,  Urban Analytics Institute
Nick Revington
University of Waterloo, PhD Candidate
Nour Alideeb
Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students Ontario
Peter Milczyn
Principal, PM Strategies Inc.; Former Minister of Housing, Province of Ontario
Peter Zimmerman
Consultant, New Commons Development; Registered Professional Planner; Adjunct Professor, University of Toronto
Dr. Rhonda Lenton
President and Vice-Chancellor, York University

Roger Keil
York Research Chair in Global Sub/Urban Studies, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto

Dr. Sara Diamond

President, OCAD University
Shelagh McCartney
Director, +city lab, Together Design Lab; Assistant Professor, Ryerson University, School of Urban and Regional Planning
Steven Liss
Vice-President Research and Innovation, Ryerson University

Tristan Laing
Board member, North American Students of Co-operation (NASCO), NASCO Properties, NASCO Development Services; Member, Canada's Emerging Co-operators Committee

Valerie Bruce

Assistant Director, Housing Operations and Administration, Ryerson University

Zachary Spire
Post Doctoral Research Associate, University College London, Institute of Education


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