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Community building meets global impact

Arts and Contemporary Studies alumna and founder of the White Elephant Project, Christina Tachtampa

Ryerson Arts and Contemporary Studies alumna Christina Tachtampa has never been comfortable staying within her comfort zone. She chose Ryerson because it offered her the opportunity to build a strong foundation on campus while expanding her learning and experiences far beyond the classroom walls.

During her studies, Christina became part of Alternative Spring Break Ryerson, external link, opens in new window, a volunteer program that allowed her to travel to – and learn in – places like Vietnam, Ghana, Kenya and Uganda. It was her experiences in these locations and support from Ryerson’s SocialVentures Zone that led her to develop the White Elephant Project, which brings together global learners in an effort to increase intercultural competence. Through the White Elephant Project, Christina prepares students for their international experiences and helps them better understand different cultural perspectives.

At Ryerson, we know that our community extends far beyond our campus. We provide our students with the inspiration and opportunities they need to reach out, connect and effect real change.