President Mohamed Lachemi recognizes all the people who help make Ryerson an outstanding place to work, study, research and learn. Photo by Mark Blinch.
April 4th marks the second anniversary of my appointment as the President and Vice-Chancellor of Ryerson University. I wanted to take this opportunity to write to students, faculty, staff and alumni to highlight what we have accomplished together over the past two years and to encourage all of us to look towards the future.
The past two years have been an incredibly productive and rewarding time for our university as we’ve worked together to focus on:
Many of our programs have been acknowledged for their excellent quality. Most recently:
I am also incredibly pleased and proud of Ryerson students. The special mission of Ryerson University is the advancement of SRC (scholarly, research and creative activities) to address societal need. Our students have been carrying out our mission in extraordinary ways, to name just a few:
Across the university, our students come from more than 100 countries and a significant number are from first-generation Canadian families. Our remarkably diverse student body — mirrored by our faculty and staff — is the result of our intentional and ongoing engagement of equity, diversity and inclusion within every facet of university life.
This past January, in a moving community celebration, Ryerson celebrated the university-wide consultation and summary report on the Calls to Action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The report, Truth and Reconciliation at Ryerson: Building a Foundation for Generations to Come, highlights the challenges our university faces, identifies opportunities for change, and includes next steps and recommendations to create Ryerson’s own pathway to reconciliation.
As evidenced by our recent accomplishments, I strongly believe the role of an urban institution is to move forward for the benefit of the surrounding community.
There are a number of major milestones ahead for Ryerson that we can all look forward to celebrating together, including:
All of this comes at a time when our university is building our reputation beyond Toronto with the aim of becoming a truly global institution. This is the whole picture — Ryerson University is much more than just a school, it is a community that is innovative and entrepreneurial, a culture that is welcoming and inclusive, and an approach to teaching, learning and working that is incredibly creative.
As our classes come to a close, and as we all look forward to the milestones ahead, I want to wish all of our students the best of luck on their final exams, extend a hearty congratulations to everyone who is convocating this June, and thank all of our faculty and staff who help to make Ryerson an outstanding place to work, study, research and learn.