Updates

Welcome to the Humber Updates page. 

Here you will find the latest information about emerging or ongoing issues impacting Humber operations. This information will be updated as required. You are encouraged to bookmark the page for future reference. 

The following message was sent to students on November 16.

As we move into the winter months and the many social gatherings that happen at this time of year, it’s important that we take steps to keep the most vulnerable in our communities, whether family, friends, students, colleagues or those working on the front lines safe. 

Earlier this week, Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health strongly recommended that Ontarians wear masks in indoor public spaces and social settings as the hospital system simultaneously battles three respiratory diseases – COVID-19, influenza and RSV. Hospital Intensive Care Units in the province are struggling with capacity as children, particularly those under the age of four, have been acutely impacted by these viruses.  

With this latest information, Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber strongly encourage everyone to wear a mask while in public and indoor settings, including on campus. Many of our community members have young children, seniors and immuno-compromised individuals in their lives and reducing community transmission requires collective action.  

Vaccines continue to be our best defence against these infectious diseases and the College strongly encourages everyone to get their flu shot and COVID-19 booster shots as soon as you are eligible. We continue to employ enhanced cleaning protocols on campus, including frequent cleaning of high-touch areas.  

I also want to remind the Humber community to practice good health measures and layers of protection, including:  

  • Do daily self-screenings for respiratory symptoms.  
  • Stay at home when sick, feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness.  
  • Practice good hand hygiene.  
  • Stay up to date with vaccines, especially COVID-19 boosters and the flu shot.  
  • Wear a mask in indoor public settings.  

Individuals are responsible for bringing their own mask to wear on campus. There may continue to be situations in which masking and other personal protective equipment (PPE) is required at Humber. If your learning or working environment fits these criteria, masks or other PPE will be provided to you by your Faculty or department. Disposable medical masks will also be available at various locations across the college campuses and work sites.  

Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber are not reinstating mandatory masking or vaccination policies at this time. A cross-college working group continues to meet regularly to discuss any new developments in the province or new guidelines from public health officials. As we have throughout the pandemic, we will continue to act in consideration of public health direction and may adjust our approach as circumstances continue to evolve.  

We know that the past three years have been challenging and that changing health circumstances and public health directives can be stressful and exhausting. We want to see the successful completion of the Fall term and we know that working together to reduce transmission can help achieve that. 

Stay safe and be well. 

Ann Marie Vaughan
President and CEO  

Recent events in Iran and elsewhere demonstrate that the time is now 
 
Each October is Women’s History Month. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the outstanding women and girls who have made important contributions to our country while helping build a more inclusive Canada. In a few days, it will be the International Day of the Girl Child – a day that’s dedicated to celebrating the voices and power of girls, championing their rights worldwide, and reflecting on the challenges they continue to face because of their gender. 

Supporting women and girls in their fight for equality is a matter of great importance to me – and was long before I became the first woman President and CEO of Humber College.

Right now, it’s hard to not connect historical injustices that women have faced with the current experiences of so many women and girls around the world and here in Canada. Over the past few weeks, I have thought a lot about the protests that are underway in Iran following the death of Mahsa Amini, the young woman died while in the custody of the country’s morality police.

In an all-employee message on September 23, I condemned Mahsa’s arrest and death and wrote about how it was a painful reminder that we still have much work to do to advance gender equality. The media continues to report on sympathetic protests occurring across the globe. It is important to note that this is a much bigger issue about woman’s rights and equality including, but not limited to, what to wear and how to wear it, access to education and all fundamental human rights.

Sadly, this is not an isolated incident. There was a recent attack on a learning centre in Kabul that left more than 50 students dead, most of whom were young women. Today, there was news of an attack at a pre-school in Thailand that left dozens dead, including children, and has left the world shocked at the cruelty that can exist in our world.

In Canada we have our own history of oppression and violence that we must come to terms with and address. We just observed Orange Shirt Day which encourages Canadians to honour the survivors of residential schools while reflecting on the loss of children and the acts of cultural genocide that attempted to break the spirit and legacies of Indigenous families and communities. As well, hundreds of vigils were held across the country on October 4 to mark the National Day of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

We know that many of you have been personally impacted by all of these events and ongoing struggles. Students in need of mental health counselling can contact the Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre for support. You can also connect with the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion.

If you would like to access services outside of Humber, below is a list of mental health services that support Indigenous and Racialized communities:  

Staff may also access Employee Assistance Plan services. 

It is evident that much work still needs to be done to advance gender equality around the world and here in Canada. Ending gender inequality in all its forms – both domestically and internationally – will require all our efforts. As an institution of higher learning, we have one of the most important roles to play.  I know the Humber community is engaged and is helping us move closer to this goal.

It is my privilege to work alongside so many amazing women at Humber. They are leaders, they are mentors, they are supportive peers and outstanding examples for our students of what is possible.

We stand in solidarity with students, faculty and staff at Humber and the communities we serve. We will continue to lead courageously by always opposing and condemning hate in all forms and building on the strength of our values and the diversity of the Humber community. 

Ann Marie Vaughan 
President and CEO 

September 30 marks the second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day was created to commemorate the tragic legacy of residential schools and their lasting impact on Indigenous peoples and communities to this day. 

The day is also recognized as Orange Shirt Day, which encourages us to honour the survivors of residential schools while reflecting on the loss of children and the acts of cultural genocide that attempted to break the spirit and legacies of Indigenous families and communities. 

Humber College is committed to recognizing and celebrating Indigenous cultures, histories, and Knowledges in our academic programming, events, professional development, and other initiatives throughout the year. This work is guided by the Department of Indigenous Education and Engagement (IE&E) and Humber’s Indigenous Education Council.  

In order to heal and build mino nawendiwin (good relationships), every college and university, including Humber, must engage in Truth and Reconciliation. By choosing to act on the 94 recommendations in the Calls to Action, we all can participate in ongoing and genuine learning as we collectively recognize and address the legacy of residential schools. 

This is not a single day of action. It is an action that requires focused attention and commitment all year. 

We call on every person within the Humber community to think about what Truth and Reconciliation means to you, and how you will enact Truth and Reconciliation in your own lives. 

It is the responsibility of all Canadians to understand the impacts of residential schools, the policies that created the conditions for the devastation of Indigenous cultures and communities, and the roles that Indigenous peoples are playing in shaping our modern world. 

It will take time and a strong commitment from all peoples to support and heal the damage of the multigenerational trauma that continues to be perpetrated to this day. 

Students and employees are encouraged to post a photo of themselves wearing an orange shirt on September 30 on social media and tag @humberindigenous on Instagram and @humberindig on Twitter while sharing what the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day means to you. You can also upload your photo and message to the Orange Shirt Day website

As the college will be open on September 30, we ask that you support Indigenous staff and students who may want to gather and participate in broader community events or do what they need to do to commemorate the multigenerational impacts of residential schools. 

On September 30, all flags at Humber will be lowered in honour of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and to commemorate the tragic legacy of residential schools. 

For more information about how Humber contributes to your own opportunities to learn, please visit the Humber Indigenous Education and Engagement website

Also, please watch and share this video message.

Jason Seright 

Dean, Indigenous Education & Engagement 

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan 

President and CEO Humber College 

The following message was sent to students on September 15, 2022.

Earlier this week, the Government of Canada declared Monday September 19th as a national holiday for federal government employees to mark the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Government of Ontario has decided against a statutory holiday. Instead, Premier Ford said Ontario will mark September 19 as a provincial day of mourning and that Ontarians may observe a moment of silence at 1 p.m. on that day.

On Monday, Humber classes, work and operations will continue as regularly scheduled. The college will be observing a moment of silence at 1 p.m. and invite all members of the Humber community to join in silent reflection, if they choose. Managers and faculty members who are teaching during that time are asked to provide the opportunity for employees and students to participate in the moment of silence. An announcement will be made across Humber’s public address system to note the beginning and end of the moment of silence.

Humber College has lowered the flags at our campuses to mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. For 70 years, she reigned as the leader of the United Kingdom and served as the Queen of Canada.  

Her passing marks the end of one of the longest reigns of any monarch in history and will undoubtedly bring about many different emotions around the world. As the head of state of numerous Commonwealth nations, Queen Elizabeth represented an important figure in government, tradition and continuity. 

As we recognize and reflect on the difficult history of the British monarchy and Canada, we acknowledge the historical and cultural significance of the contributions that Queen Elizabeth has made. In the act of lowering the campus’ flags to half-mast, we pay respect to the loss of a long-time leader, and hope it also fosters important discussions. 

On Wednesday, August 31, the government of Ontario announced the elimination of isolation requirements for people who test positive for COVID-19. 

As a result of this change, the self-reporting forms that were recently launched for students and employees will not be used at this time.  

The Campus Return webpage has been updated to include the latest guidance.  

If you are experiencing symptoms or have tested positive for COVID-19, take Ontario's Self-assessment to find out what to do next. Please follow the guidance provided with respect to self-isolating, self-monitoring, and masking. For all other questions or concerns regarding COVID-19, contact covidreporting@humber.ca or 416.675.5007. 

Students living in residence who are isolating because of COVID-19 must complete the Residence Isolation Reporting form

Employees who believe they have a campus-acquired case of COVID-19 are asked to notify Occupational Health and Safety at occhealth@humber.ca.  

Reminders 

Students and staff are encouraged to: 

  • Stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations in accordance with Public Health direction 
  • Stay home if feeling unwell or sick 
  • Respect personal choices around masking  

The following message was sent to students on August 29, 2022.

Dear Humber and Guelph-Humber Students,

Welcome to the fall 2022 term at Humber. As you plan your next few weeks and months, we want to make sure you have some key information to set you up for success, especially as more people return to campus and the majority of programs and courses are delivered in-person. 

The COVID-19 pandemic is still ongoing. Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber continue to monitor the evolving situation in the province. College staff meet regularly to discuss the pandemic, impacts on the college, and respond to the latest information from health officials. Be assured that the college will continue to prioritize the health and safety of the Humber community. 

As we have all experienced over the past few years living through the pandemic, change can happen quickly. Humber may need to implement different measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 as the term progresses. The college will keep the Humber community informed and up to date. Please check www.humber.ca/updates for the latest information. 

In accordance with the guidance from Canada’s public health leaders, the Humber community is encouraged to stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations as they are an important tool in preventing severe infection and spread of the disease. Currently, there is no requirement for students, employees or visitors to Humber or the University of Guelph-Humber facilities to provide proof of vaccination. There is also no active screening at campus entry points. 

Indoor masking on campus is a personal choice. Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber will always be caring communities and mask-friendly environments. Although the choice to wear a mask is personal, respect is mandatory, and we ask the Humber community to respectfully navigate situations one might encounter and be considerate of others’ comfort levels. 

Humber is committed to supporting you throughout the fall term. Services and supports will be offered on campus and many will continue to have online options to provide greater flexibility to students. You can find the latest information on the Student Services Update page.  

When you're on campus, remember to use the Campus Compass app to see what's open and find your way around. Plus, if you're a new student, make sure to log in to MyHumber > General Information > Digital Photo ID/Upload Your Photo to have your student ID card mailed out to you if you haven't already done so. 

More information about what you will need for the term will be sent later this week. 

As we have all experienced over the past few years living through the pandemic, change can happen quickly. In accordance with public health guidance, Humber may need to implement different measures to stop the spread of COVID-19 as the term progresses. The college will keep the Humber community informed and up to date. Please check www.humber.ca/updates for the latest information. 

I look forward to seeing you on campus and hearing about the great work that is taking place in our classrooms, labs and online.   

We are happy to have you with us and wish you success this term.   

Sincerely,   

Ian Crookshank  

Associate Vice-President, Learner and Career Success and Dean of Students 

June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritages, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples, as recognized by the Canadian Constitution.  

Learn more about National Indigenous Peoples Day 

There are many events planned locally and across the province. The City of Toronto’s annual Sunrise Ceremony, in honour of National Indigenous Peoples Day, will take place at Nathan Phillips Square on Tuesday, June 21 at 5:30 a.m. All are welcome. More events happening in Ontario

Humber College is committed to recognizing and celebrating Indigenous cultures, histories, and Knowledges in our academic programming, events, professional development, and other initiatives throughout the year. This work is guided by the Department of Indigenous Education and Engagement (IE&E) and Humber’s Indigenous Education Council. There is an imperative for every college and university, including Humber, to engage in Truth and Reconciliation. We all have the opportunity to participate through ongoing, genuine, caring and empathetic learning, and by choosing to act on the 94 recommendations in the Calls to Action, as we collectively recognize and address the legacy of residential schools. As the 2021 Colleges and Institutes of Canada Gold Medal recipient for Indigenous Education Excellence, Humber provides opportunities to learn about and build understanding of the impact and legacy of residential schools in Canada, all year round. 

It is the work of all Canadians to understand the impacts of residential schools, the policies that created the conditions for the devastation of Indigenous cultures and communities, and the ways that Indigenous peoples are driving a resurgence that will write, and right, the future of our country. The negative impacts on Indigenous cultures have been experienced for generations, and it will require a multigenerational commitment from all Canadians to change this.  

On June 21, we ask that you support Indigenous staff and students who may want to gather or participate in broader community events or do what they need to do to commemorate the multigenerational trauma of residential schools.  

Please visit Humber’s Indigenous Education and Engagement website for more information. 

Jason Seright

Dean, Indigenous Education & Engagement

Jason Hunter

Vice-President, Students and Institutional Planning

 

Humber College Unveils Longo Faculty of Business and Longo Centre for Entrepreneurship

Dear Humber employees,

Today, I am pleased to share with you some exciting news about a transformational gift that will impact Humber. A $5-million gift from the Longo Family Foundation will support scholarships, entrepreneurship programming and provide increased opportunities for our students to develop the skills and experience that will set them apart and guide them on the road to success.

This gift will support business and leadership education, strengthen small businesses and help build entrepreneurial skills that will contribute to stronger economies and communities.

It will also help remove barriers to education and business development through scholarships and seed funding for entrepreneurs, as well as provide critical support for mentorship, networking and skills development.

In recognition of this generosity, Humber will be naming the Longo Faculty of Business and the Longo Centre for Entrepreneurship. This is significant as it is the first time a school or faculty has been named in the college’s more than 50-year history.

The Longo Family Foundation was inspired to make this gift because they believe that Humber’s polytechnic model of education prepares graduates to get into their careers right away.

“My father started the business when he was only 22 years old, and his brothers were younger than that. They had a vision and their parents encouraged them to pursue it. Without this support and encouragement, Longo’s would never have been born,” said Anthony Longo, president and CEO, Longo’s. “For the future, we have to work together to create a positive environment where people like my father are supported and fueled to move their vision to reality. This is the formula for success and we are proud to be a part of that with this gift.”

Anthony Longo, CEO of Longo’s graduated from Humber’s Business Administration program in 1981. He has since served as Chair of Humber’s Board of Governors and as Co-Chair of the College’s first-ever fundraising campaign, Unlimited.

A small sign unveiling event was held on June 2 with the Longo Family Foundation to celebrate the occasion.

I hope you join me in welcoming this news and ongoing partnership with the Longo Family Foundation.

media release and Humber Today story will be shared with the broader community this morning, along with an announcement in this afternoon’s Communique newsletter. I encourage you to read more about this news there.

For more information visit Longo Faculty of Business and Longo Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Please join me in welcoming this historic news at Humber.

Sincerely,

Chris Whitaker
President and CEO

New Humber College President

After a comprehensive recruitment and selection process that begin in fall 2021, I am pleased to announce that Humber College has appointed Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan as its new president and CEO. Dr. Vaughan is the first woman to hold the position and is the fifth President and CEO in Humber’s history.  

Dr. Vaughan will begin her presidency at Humber on August 29, 2022, following President Whitaker’s retirement at the end of June.   

Dr. Vaughan is a distinguished and nationally recognized life-long learner. She brings more than 30 years of post-secondary success and experience to Humber. Dr. Vaughan holds a number of post-secondary credentials including a doctorate in higher education leadership from the University of Calgary.  

Dr. Vaughan comes to Humber from Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario where she was president and CEO since 2016, including being reappointed in 2021. She successful drove an ambitious growth plan that strengthened Loyalist’s financial positioning, and saw the College take on a new strategic direction. Prior to that she was the president and CEO of the College of the North Atlantic, in Newfoundland and Labrador, from 2011-2016. In 2015, she was recognized as a Top 50 CEO in Atlantic Canada.  
  
She is known for driving innovation, entrepreneurship, and social and economic development through applied research, unique hands-on experiential learning opportunities, and industry partnerships.  

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Vaughan and welcoming her to Humber.   

Ana Fernandes  
Chair, Humber College Board of Governors  
Chair, Presidential Search Advisory Committee

Statement on Anti-Black Racism Shooting in Buffalo

Following the recent shooting in Buffalo, President Chris Whitaker issued a statement about the urgent need to eliminate anti-Black racism and hate in all its forms. Read the full statement issued on May 16, 2022. 

University of Guelph-Humber welcomes new Vice-Provost

The University of Guelph-Humber community welcomes Dr. Melanie Spence-Ariemma, as she begins her position as the new vice-provost and chief academic officer. For the full announcement visit the University of Guelph-Humber news page