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. 

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 is looking forward to a full and dynamic on-campus experience for the fall 2022 semester and are excited to welcome new and returning students to our campuses. Please see our program search page or visit your specific program page for more information. 

Course-specific information about mode of delivery for fall 2022 will be available as of Monday, July 4, 2022, on MyHumber using the Academic Progress and/or Registration > Plan Ahead option. This is two weeks prior to the opening of the registration period.  

Campus and student services and activities will be offered in person and virtually. Visit our student services and supports page for a full list, including residence, academic and financial support, student life, health and well-being services and many more.

Please download the Campus Compass wayfinding app for the latest information on hours of operation and turn-by-turn directions to on-campus services and supports.   

For more about what you need to know as a student, visit our current students page, and continue to visit our Updates and Return to Campus pages for college and campus information. 

Stay tuned for more as we get closer to the start of the fall term. We look forward to seeing you on campus or online.

 

 

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

The mask mandate at Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber (U of GH) will remain in place until June 30, 2022. With several larger indoor gatherings planned for the next month, including convocation, this decision was made out of an abundance of caution and taking public health recommendations and campus environment trends into consideration.  

Well-fitting masks that cover the nose, mouth and chin will continue to be required within any indoor college facilities. 

Unless the public health situation in the province changes dramatically, in July and beyond, indoor masking on campus will be a personal choice. 

Humber and U of GH will always be caring communities and mask-friendly environments. Tips on how to respectfully navigate situations you might encounter on campus will be shared in the coming weeks and months.  

There may continue to be scenarios in which masking is required, including working or learning environments in which close proximity is required for extended periods of time.  

Everyone is encouraged to continue to complete the self-screening in the Humber Guardian app before coming to campus each time. As a reminder, if you are feeling unwell, do not come to campus. 

Throughout the pandemic, we have focused on creating safe places to learn, work and live. We appreciate your continued cooperation and consideration of others.  

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

Clarification on Temporary Use of Space Policy exempts student journalists

We are undertaking actions to ensure a common understanding and support student journalists reporting on campus. We sincerely apologize for the miscommunication that has led to this situation. Read our statement.

President's Message on the invasion of Ukraine

To the Humber community, 

Today, as details continue to emerge about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Humber community supports the many students and employees at Humber with direct and indirect ties to Ukraine, Russia and the rest of Europe. At Humber, we are fortunate to have many international students from both Ukraine and Russia who are part of our community.  

We continue to foster an inclusive environment and support employees and students who are impacted by this ongoing situation. Below is a list of services available to students and employees. This is a difficult time for many, and we are here to help. 

Resources for students and employees: 

  • Students can contact the Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre for support. Same and next-day services may be available for both in-person and virtual appointments. 
  • Good2Talk (1-866-925-5454) is a 24-hour mental health support for Post-Secondary Students in Ontario
  • Mental health support is available in 60 languages, including Ukrainian and Russian. To use the service, please call the International Student Helpline (KeepMeSafe): 1-844-451-9700
  • Therapy Assist Online  
  • Staff may also access Employee Assistance Plan services.
  • ConnexOntario: 1-866-531-2600

Our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine and Russia, and we hope for a quick and peaceful resolution to this act of aggression. 

Respectfully,  

Chris Whitaker
President and CEO

A statement following recent events on other post-secondary campuses

The following message was sent to students on September 28, 2021.

Dear Humber and Guelph-Humber Students,

As we approach the end of September, we hope that you are finding opportunities for learning, wellness, and connection. Over the past several weeks there have been multiple stories about acts of sexual violence on post-secondary campuses. It is important to recognize the impact of these events on those who have experienced sexual violence and to commit to real change in our own communities.

Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber are committed to creating a safe campus experience free from violence for all members of our community. We take this commitment seriously and work diligently with campus and community supports, programs and services to ensure violence is addressed and survivors are supported.

Humber’s Department of Public Safety provides many services to ensure our community members are safe on campus. Some of these include emergency response (call 416.675.6622 x4000), the Campus Walk program, and the Humber Guardian app. Students living in Residence can also access safety supports such as the Resident Assistants on-call, the Front Desk, and the Residence Life Coordinator on-call.

Students who are impacted by sexual violence are encouraged to reach out to the many on- and off-campus supports available, including:

Students seeking to make a formal complaint of sexual violence are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Community Standards or Department of Public Safety.

As we think about the responsibility that we all hold to ensure a safe campus, we encourage you to participate in our Take Back the Night programming taking place this Wednesday, September 29. Take Back the Night is an opportunity for us to come together as a community to protest sexual violence and march in solidarity with survivors; this year’s programming will include:

  • Keynote Speaker Cheryl Nembhard; participants can register to attend in person or virtually
  • Sign-Making from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at North and Lakeshore
  • North Campus March from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Lakeshore Campus Rally from 6:45 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Learn more by visiting the Take Back the Night website.

Students who would like to learn more about sexual violence, consent, bystander intervention, and supporting survivors of sexual violence are encouraged to participate in our various learning opportunities, including:

Follow the Consent Peer Education Program on Instagram or visit their website to learn about upcoming initiatives.

Let’s work together to create a respectful campus free of violence.

Ian Crookshank (He, Him)
Dean of Students
Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning 
George Bragues 
Interim Vice-Provost
University of Guelph-Humber