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Administrative & Student Groups

At Ryerson, there are a variety of administrative departments and student groups dedicated to one or more aspects of sustainability.  For a list and details on each, see below.

Aboriginal Services

They provide a culturally supportive environment to promote academic excellence and serve as a place to balance academic learning with traditional teachings and culture.The role of their office is to provide specialized services for Aboriginal, Metis and Inuit students on campus and to develop a mutually productive relationship between Ryerson and the Aboriginal Community.

Campus Facilities and Sustainability

Campus Facilities + Sustainability maintains over 35 buildings and 4 million square feet at its downtown 21-acre site. They are responsible for for keeping the campus clean, functional and accessible and are continuously looking for ways to improve the operations of the campus. CF+S also houses Ryerson’s official sustainability program, Sustainability Matters which helps Ryerson intelligently and continuously pursue opportunities to improve the sustainability of our campus.

Equity Diversity and Inclusion

Proudly diverse and intentionally inclusive, Ryerson University is committed to community engagement, action, inclusion, respect for Aboriginal perspectives, equity, diversity and putting people first. The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion collaborates across campus to make Ryerson a truly inclusive place to learn and work.

There are a number of community networks and committees housed in EDI that focus on certain aspects of sustainability:

Human Resources

Ryerson’s Human Resources is a team of experts and innovators who contribute to the achievement of Ryerson University’s strategic priorities. They create a workplace culture that puts people first which includes providing employees with award-winning services, ensuring they feel valued, motivated and engaged, providing them with continuous learning opportunities and embedding equity, diversity, inclusion, health and well-being in the work culture of Ryerson.

Human Rights Services

Human Rights Services works with members of the Ryerson community to promote a study, work and living environment free of discrimination and harassment. Our services are available to all members of the Ryerson community including students, staff, faculty and visitors.

Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education

The Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education works from the premise that consent comes first. They believe that survivors should guide the process and are here to provide options.

They recognize that survivors are impacted differently based on varied and interlocking experiences of oppression and their social location. How people experience, heal from, and address sexual violence is shaped by the multitude of social locations e.g. class, sexuality, citizenship status and gender expression. They also recognize that it is up to the individual to choose how they want to be referred to (survivor, victim, etc).

Ryerson Urban Farm

Ryerson Urban Farm is made up of Ryerson students, faculty and staff who prioritize food sovereignty and responsible ecology. They grow food and foliage at a quarter acre rooftop farm on the Geroge Vari Engineering and Computer Centre and at several on ground gardens around campus. 

Spanning the Gaps

Access to Post-Secondary Education was developed based on the belief that education can break cycles of intergenerational poverty and social exclusion, and that higher education can transform lives and contribute to social cohesion, social stability, and a civic society. This department is committed to playing a role in the Greater Toronto Area community by expanding educational opportunities and building educational capacity through programs such as Bridges to Ryerson, RUN, Road to Ryerson, and through Information and Academic Advising.

Student Affairs

The 5 Pillars of Ryerson Student Affairs are learning, mental well-being, community, personal development, and professional development and these are also the values and principles they use to guide their work with and for students. Built on a strong Ryerson foundation of commitment to and pursuit of equity, diversity, inclusion, and access, they use these pillars to help students find opportunities to create their narrative and success.

There are a number of areas that Student Affairs applies these values and principles to:

Student Development and Counselling

The CSDC offers free, confidential counselling services in a professional and friendly environment. Their services, programs and resources are intended to assist students not only to solve immediate problems, but also to define their personal, educational and career goals, and to acquire the self-confidence and transferable skills necessary for professional success and individual growth. They provide these services on a one-to-one basis or in a group format.


AIESEC is an international platform for young people to explore and develop their leadership potential. As the world’s largest student-run non-profit organization, they develop students on a global scale into responsible and entrepreneurial leaders.

Bare Minimum

A design team from Ryerson’s School of Interior Design who are proud to focus on the re-purposing and recycling of materials and the effects they have on the environment around them.

Corporate Social Responsiblity Student Association

The Ryerson Corporate Social Responsibility Student Association (CSRSA) is a student group at the Ted Rogers School of Management. CSRSA is committed to making the business world a better place. They operate on a strong definition of CSR, which is the same as the ISO26000 definition, and they use this to raise awareness and educate the Ryerson student body about the benefits of solid CSR commitments.

Environment & Urban Sustainability Student Association

The Environment & Urban Sustainability Student Association (EUSSA) aims to promote the interests of the students in the program and advocates for sustainability and environmental stewardship on campus and within the community.

Divest Ryerson

Divest Ryerson is a student led campaign calling on the university administration to commit to divesting from the fossil fuel industry as a way of mitigating our impact on climate change. 

Learn more about Divest Ryerson

Medlife Ryerson

MEDLIFE is a non-profit student organization that aims to alleviate global poverty through the distribution and promotion of Medicine, Education, and Development.

RSU Committees (Ryerson Students' Union)

Equity and Social Justice Committee: This committee works on campaigns and initiatives regarding equity, social justice, and anti-oppression. It works to raise awareness and fight discrimination while building campus inclusivity. The committee organizes events like the Xpressions Against Oppression Speaker Series, and campaigns and initiatives that fight racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, poverty, homelessness, occupation, war, and other local and global issues.

Sustainability Committee: This committee works on campaigns and initiatives around sustainability and environmental justice. The committee has organized street fairs and events, lobbied to make Gould Street car-free, advocate for sustainable energy and waste management systems, and fought to make Ryerson the first university in Ontario to become bottled water free. The committee also started the first community garden on campus and works to raise awareness about food security.

Student Action Committee: This committee organizes campaigns and events around access to education and seeks to raise awareness about the effects of high tuition fees and student debt. In the past three years, this committee has organized the Drop Fees campaign, the campaign to split tuition fee payments, and other events and initiatives around student issues.

Microbe Hub

The Microbe-Hub is a student-led composting initiative at Ryerson University that seeks to engage the Ryerson community in the conversation around environmental stewardship and what it means to be part of an environmental city building movement.

RSU Equity Service Centres (Ryerson Students' Union)

The RSU has six Equity Service Centres, serving as a space for students from different marginalized backgrounds to come together and organize equity and social justice initiatives, events, and campaigns. The Equity Service Centres each have their own office on the second floor of the Student Centre. Click here to learn more about RSU Equity Service Centres or see the list below of the seven centres with links and descriptions. 

The Centre for Women and Trans People provides a safe organizing space for self-identified women and trans people to come together around issues ranging from reproductive freedom, sexuality and gender empowerment to violence, racism, and the media. They provide advocacy and resources, host discussion groups and other great events from a feminist and trans-positive perspective

The Good Food Centre, previously known as the Community Food Room, works to reduce the impacts of food insecurity for all Ryerson community members. By building capacity through emergency food relief, skill building, and education, the Food Centre aims to contribute to the RSU's mission in ensuring equitable access to post-secondary education and building community.

RyePRIDE is an Equity Service Centre of the Ryerson Students' Union (RSU). They represents the Queer and Trans voices of Ryerson University, including but not limited to: gay, lesbian, bisexual, two spirited, trans, intersex, queer and questioning. RyePRIDE offers education, advocacy and support of queer and trans* people on campus.

Racialised Students' Collective opposes all forms of racism and work towards community wellness for students. Through education, campus and community organizing, and their commitment to struggle across differences, we seek to responsibly reflect, represent and serve racialized students.

Provides a safe and accessible space for all trans and otherwise non-cisgendered students at Ryerson. They aim to build a trans community and challenge cissexism, transphobia, transmisogyny, and binarism on campus.

RyeACCESS works with students to reclaim their bodies and minds through advocacy, campaigns, outreach, education, and events. They focus on both systemic and individual issues in an effort to create an equitable environment and promote the empowerment, autonomy and freedom of students with disabilities.

DisOrientation will immerse you In Social Justice, Activism, Action And Knowledge. It's about learning to unlearn our assumptions, engaging In thought-provoking discussion and Art, and rediscovering our relationships to each other. All events are free.


RSEED is a student group dedicated to promoting, encouraging and implementing sustainable thinking, practices and and projects within FCAD and Ryerson.

RU a Change Maker (Ashoka Student Committee)

This group on campus provides students with the resources, support and opportunities to create social change.


Ryerson University Chapter of the Water Environment Association of Ontario. Advancing the water environment industry by:

  • Providing bold leadership,
  • Connecting water environment professionals,
  • Leveraging knowledge,
  • Encouraging innovation, and
  • Enhancing public understanding
Ryerson Engineers Without Borders

EWB strives to improve the quality of life in Africa through system changes and they believe that these improvements can only be made by investing in people to address the root causes of poverty, instead of responding to them. On a local level, EWB Ryerson creates change by educating the community and raising awareness. Through member learning workshops and youth outreach sessions, they inspire individuals to develop solutions to issues affecting the developing world. They engage the Ryerson community through the following initiatives and more:

  • Political Advocacy
  • Global Engineering
  • Member Learning
  • Youth Outreach
  • Fair Trade
Ryerson Energy and Natural Resources Association

Developing the next generation of Leaders in the energy and natural resources sector.

Ryerson Me to We

Ryerson Me to We is a group dedicated to raising awareness about local and global issues while contributing funds to support any Free The Children projects. Our goal is to encourage students to explore their leadership potential by allowing them to take action on global challenges that matter most to them.

Ryerson OxFam

Ryerson Oxfam is a student affiliated group on campus that works with Oxfam Canada staff to generate Global Poverty awareness issues and Women's Rights.

Ryerson Smash

Ryerson Smash is a metnal health studetn group that was created by student for students. Smash's vission is to increase mnetal health awarness and support in a post-secondary enviornment through student peer-to-peer support.

Suit Up For Success

An initiative that aims to provide Ryerson University students (both full-time, part-time and select Continuing Education students) who possess a valid student ID card, gently used interview clothing sourced through donation.

SAGE Canada

SAGE Canada’s mission is to provide students with the opportunity to gain entrepreneurial experience through hands on learning, educational workshops competition and a network of students and industry leaders.

Sustainable School of Urban and Regional Planning

Sustainable School of Urban and Regional Planning (SURP) is composed of students dedicated to building social, economic and environmental sustainability at Ryerson University. We aim to foster education and promote best practices programs and outreach initiatives that will extend beyond the classroom.


TEDxRyersonU is committed to spreading ideas about innovation, technology, entertainment, and design from the best dreamers, thinkers and doers at Ryerson University. TEDxRyersonU is about the proliferation of ideas, passion, and inspiration, enabling students to play a bigger role in changemaking.

The Urban Reader Book Club

The Urban Reader Book Club uses engaging books as a starting point for accessible, interdisciplinary conversations on city building. Through the Book Club, urban thinkers, doers, and the public will share their perspectives on a selected work of contemporary urban-focused fiction or non-fiction, and participate in a lively discussion that weaves together people, politics, and policy. The Book Club creates an arena in which new ideas on the city can evolve, interact, and exchange. The Urban Reader Book Club is completely free and accessible to all.