Message from Dr. Michael Benarroch, President and Vice-Chancellor
Progress Pride Flag to permanently fly on the Fort Garry and Bannatyne campuses; join us at the Pride Parade
The University of Manitoba has long raised the Pride Flag on our campuses in a ceremony that reminds us of our duty to create diverse, welcoming and inclusive communities. On June 1, we will raise it again, and this time it will remain up to permanently fly on our Fort Garry and Bannatyne campuses.
Join us as we raise the Progress Pride Flag in front of UMSU University Centre, across from Administration Building, at 9 a.m. and hear from Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management professor Fenton Litwiller (they/them), who is Chair of UMQueer.
Pride Week and Pride Month are about coming together to celebrate. We are thrilled to be able to do this in person again, and I encourage everyone to take part in any or all of this year’s events, like the Pride Parade<https://news.umanitoba.ca/pride-2022-celebrations-include-the-return-of-the…>. These events are enriching and serve as reminders to be in allyship with two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual, and other sexual or gender identities (2SLGBTQIA+) all year long.
UM is committed to work with integrity and passion in support of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. For example, the UM Queer Committee has worked with staff, students and faculty to encourage awareness and diversity, and the University of Manitoba Student Union created a 2SLGBTQIA+ representative position as well as the Rainbow Pride Mosaic resource centre. I’m grateful for the work these groups do all year long, supporting the 2SLGBTQIA+ community’s artists, educators and advocates.
Our faculty drive much change as well, like professor Robert Mizzi, Canada Research Chair in Queer, Community and Diversity Education. His research examines the various anti-homo/transphobic educational programs in use throughout society to determine their effectiveness on policy development and social cohesion. His findings will change the way we engage educational interventions around 2SLGBTQIA+ inclusion and ultimately lead to more safe, diverse, and prosperous workplaces.
There is always more to do, and we will continue to move forward together. Pride is not about standing on a curb watching a parade. It’s about working with each other to create a society where everyone knows they belong.
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Michael Benarroch, Ph.D.
President and Vice-Chancellor
202 Administration Building, University of Manitoba
Winnipeg MB R3T 2N2 Canada
Dear UM Community member,
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The University of Manitoba is continually working to be more navigable in relation to accessibility and age friendliness. This survey is intended to gain a better understanding of your specific needs and wants as you travel through UM campuses.
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Survey closes: Friday, June 3rd.
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The University of Manitoba campuses are located on original lands of the Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.
Message from Dr. Michael Benarroch, President and Vice-Chancellor, and
Naomi Andrew, Vice-President (Administration)
The warmer weather over the past few days is a welcome sign of spring as more of us return to campus. It’s wonderful to see the smiles of our friends and colleagues, to pause for informal chats in hallways and to enjoy the outdoor spaces.
This past weekend, many of us also had the opportunity to gather in-person to honour Indigenous graduates at the Annual Traditional Graduation Pow Wow<https://umanitoba.ca/indigenous/student-experience/annual-traditional-gradu…>. It was a beautiful event and wonderful to be part of the celebration.
Reconnect at Campus Beautification Days
We invite the entire UM community to dig in for Campus Beautification Days<https://news.umanitoba.ca/campus-beautification-days-are-back/>, which are taking place again after a two-year hiatus. Join in at Bannatyne campus on Friday, May 13 and on Wednesday, June 1 at Fort Garry campus (rain date June 2).
You can catch up with colleagues and friends across campus during the gardening activities starting at 9 AM, and the free BBQ lunch at noon on each campus. All are welcome for lunch—and there are great prizes to be won. Dress for the activities and bring your gloves, spades and rakes!
Reset with THRIVE
Another opportunity for staff and faculty is the upcoming THRIVE week, UM’s learning and wellness event<https://news.umanitoba.ca/how-to-thrive-lets-count-the-ways/>, with sessions scheduled from Tuesday, May 16 to Thursday, May 19. Everyone is invited to discover new resources, tools and supports to enhance your work and stay healthy.
And don’t miss the special keynote address at noon on May 16 by Tina Chen, UM’s inaugural Executive Lead (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) on the topic “Why does equity, diversity and inclusion matter?”
We all share in making our community more welcoming, accessible and inclusive. Plan to join in online at this important virtual event, and find out more about how we are prioritizing equity, diversity and inclusion in institution-wide planning and action.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Michael Benarroch, President and Vice Chancellor
Naomi Andrew, Vice-President (Administration)
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Message from Laurie Schnarr, Vice-Provost (Students)
Welcome to Summer Term, Bisons!
For those of you studying over Summer Term, we are beyond excited to welcome you back! We have missed your energy on campus these past two years and are looking forward to seeing you in person.
Whether you are a new student joining us for the first time, or a continuing student looking to get ahead in your degree, there are some important things to know for the return to in-person classes.
Wearing a mask is still required for Summer Term. KN95 masks are highly recommended, but 3-ply medical masks (ASTM Grade 2) will be the minimum acceptable. UM will supply all necessary masks<https://umanitoba.ca/covid-19/health-safety#mask-use>.
Masks must be worn in all indoor spaces, including all common spaces, classrooms, labs, doorways, corridors, workspaces, libraries and study spaces. Masks are not required when you are alone in a closed-door space, when consuming food or beverages in a location designed for food consumption (no food or drink is allowed in study spaces), or any outdoor space.
Proof of vaccination is no longer required on UM's campuses for Summer Term, however, vaccination is still strongly recommended as the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
To ensure the continued safety of our campus community, please stay home when you are sick<https://umanitoba.ca/covid-19/health-safety#testing-and-illness> and work directly with your instructor to seek reasonable accommodation.
University is an exciting, challenging time. If you are a new student, a current student, or are taking a break from your studies for Summer Term, there are resources available to support you. The Student Supports web page<https://umanitoba.ca/student-supports> features a diverse range of resources to help you succeed, including those focused on health and wellness, academic success, and supports for everyday life.
On that website you will also find specific resources for Indigenous students<https://umanitoba.ca/indigenous/student-experience>, international students<https://umanitoba.ca/current-students/international>, new students<https://umanitoba.ca/current-students/um-commons>, graduate students<https://umanitoba.ca/graduate-studies/student-experience>, and military members and dependents<https://umanitoba.ca/student-supports/military-support-office>. I encourage you to check it out!
Weekly Wednesday Conversation Group for International students
The International Centre<https://umanitoba.ca/current-students/international> is hosting a weekly conversation group for international students during the summer and all students are welcome. This is a great opportunity to learn about Canadian culture and how to adapt to your new home, get tips for making connections on campus, and practice your Canadian "small talk". The sessions are every Wednesday from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Meet at the International Centre, Room 541 UMSU University Centre, and set off to explore campus with new meeting locations every week.
Manitoba International Student Health Plan
International students, I encourage you to attend the International Centre's Manitoba International Student Health Plan information session<https://news.umanitoba.ca/international-students-learn-everything-you-need-…> on May 12, where you will learn about your health coverage and how it works before you need it.
Stay active with Rec Services
Don't put your health and wellness on hold this summer! Even if you're not taking courses, you can still access the UM Sport and Recreation facilities during the Summer Term. Contact rec_services(a)umanitoba.ca<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> for more information or visit the Recreation Services<https://umanitoba.ca/community/sport-recreation/recreation-services> website.
Check out employment Opportunities with Mini U
Looking for an exciting summer employment opportunity on campus? Mini U Programs has a number of positions available for July and August. If you are a passionate leader who thrives in a fast-paced, team environment, have an interest in physical activity, and have experience working with children, visit the Mini U Programs employment page<https://umanitoba.ca/community/sport-recreation/fkrm-employment-opportuniti…> today.
Maclean's Student Satisfaction Survey
This is your opportunity to show your UM pride by sharing your student experience! Every year, Maclean's magazine rates post-secondary institutions across Canada and a key part of their assessment is based on student opinion. Take the survey<https://news.umanitoba.ca/show-macleans-your-um-pride/> and you could win a $500 Visa gift card!
Celebrate the success of your fellow students. Spring convocation<https://news.umanitoba.ca/in-person-events-return-for-spring-convocation-20…> is happening on the Fort Garry Campus from June 7-10. There will be separate ceremonies for graduating students from the Bannatyne Campus on May 19.
I will be in touch again as Summer Term progresses. Meanwhile, be sure to check your UM email, read the Student Weekly e-newsletter, and follow UM Student social media channels like @umstudent<https://www.instagram.com/umstudent/> and @umfirstyearcentre<https://www.instagram.com/umfirstyearcentre/>.
I am wishing each of you good health and much personal and academic success this term. And remember, don't be afraid to ask for help <https://umanitoba.ca/student-supports> if you need it.
All my best,
Laurie M. Schnarr, MA (she/her)
Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic)
University of Manitoba
208 Administration Building
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2
Confidential Assistant - Marci Davies Marci.Davies(a)umanitoba.ca<mailto:Marcia.Davies@umanitoba.ca>:
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