Helping students excel
A long-standing interest in spoken-word poetry is what led Brian Millado to pursue a BA in English at Ryerson’s Faculty of Arts. After enrolling and becoming a member of the program’s inaugural class, he discovered it was better than he ever expected. He says instructors and administrators regularly integrated new teaching approaches and curriculum components in response to students’ feedback, which kept the program fresh and relevant.
“It felt like we were trailblazers, and the team was super receptive to our ideas, which really kept me engaged,” Millado says.
Arts, and Ryerson in general, afforded many opportunities for Millado to explore and develop different interests. His extracurricular activities included taking on the role of Events Manager at the university’s 2014 TEDxRyersonU event, serving for a year as Arts lead mentor in Trimentoring, where he developed and coordinated events for Faculty of Arts student mentors and mentees. He also coached Ryerson’s spoken word group Poetic Exchange to the international College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational in 2015.
Some of the roles Millado took on were pivotal to his future career. As an event lead on the Ryerson Orientation Crew in the summer of 2015, he planned and implemented several activities and events to welcome new students. In his last academic year, he held a work study position as community manager and brand ambassador at RU Student Life, where he helped manage Ryerson’s digital and in-person community initiatives.
Both experiences helped Millado find his calling – helping post-secondary students excel. He has built a career in student affairs that has included roles at the University of Waterloo and the Ontario Association of College and University Housing Officers. Today, as a Community Engagement Coordinator in Student Life at the University of Toronto Scarborough, he leads and supports student employees and volunteers, and connects them with community engagement and volunteer positions at local East Scarborough non-profits.