President’s message

In this issue of The Insider, Dr. Sara Diamond takes this opportunity to say farewell to the OCAD University community as she steps down as President and Vice-Chancellor on June 30 after 15 years. We welcome Ana Serrano as new President and Vice-Chancellor on July 1, 2020. Read more about Dr. Diamond’s remarkable legacy here.

Dear Colleagues,

OCAD U virtual convocation celebrates graduates and medal winners

OCAD University’s first virtual convocation took place on Friday, June 12, 2020, honouring its graduating students and medal winners.

COVID-19 emergency fund supports students in need

OCAD U students are being hit hard on many fronts during the COVID-19 pandemic, including financial hardship.

To meet this rising demand and provide short-term financial assistance, the University launched a fundraising campaign in early April for the COVID-19 Emergency Bursary Fund.

Recognizing Canada’s Black visual artists

In a climate of impassioned global protests against pervasive anti-Black racism, Canada is being forced to more fully confront its own legacy of systemic inequality that has marginalized generations of Black citizens. As we consider how to right this historic wrong, Dr. Andrea Fatona says one good place to start is by increasing the visibility of Black artists in Canada.

Opening at Onsite Gallery ̶ Fable for Tomorrow: A Survey of Works by Wendy Coburn

Onsite Gallery’s upcoming exhibition Fable for Tomorrow: A Survey of Works by Wendy Coburn, (tentatively scheduled to open October 7) is the first survey exhibition of work by the late Wendy Coburn (1963 - 2015). 

OCAD U ramps up communications during pandemic

Since early April, the University has been publishing stories about some of the outstanding contributions that students, staff and faculty have been making to respond to the current pandemic – from producing 3D printed protective face shields for a local hospital to cultivating creativity during COVID-19.

Recent stories include:

Free summer programming focuses on cultivating creativity during the pandemic

Did you Know? Q&A

Did you Know? Q&A – meet a different faculty/staff member each month (to familiarize internal audiences with our various programs). This month: interview with Jessica Zimmerman, Archivist, Visual Resources & Special Collections.

Jessica Zimmerman

 

1. What sets the OCAD U Archives apart from other library collections and services?

Congratulations to…

2020 Faculty and Staff Awards

OCAD U recently announced the 2020 Faculty and Staff Awards, celebrating the many achievements of all who contribute to the OCAD U community. While the COVID-19 pandemic prevented the university from holding its annual appreciation events for faculty and staff, colleagues were invited to view and acknowledge this year’s award recipients on the OCAD U website.

Insider Quiz

Enter our quiz for a chance to win a $25 Duke of Cornwall gift certificate:

  1. Who were the four OCAD U 2020 Honorary Doctorate recipients?
  2. What former Ontario College of Art (OCAD U) alum won a Pulitzer prize in the editorial-cartooning category?
  3. What is OCAD U’s Twitter handle?

Congratulations, Nathan Kelly, Email & Digital Content Producer, Marketing & Communications, on winning the last draw (a $25 Duke of Cornwall gift certificate)!

Newsletter submissions

We want to hear from you! Please send submissions for the next issue of the OCAD U Insider to Natalie Pavlenko by August 14, 2020.

The fine print: please ensure your copy doesn’t exceed 300 words (and note that Marketing & Communications reserves the right to make editorial changes due to space constraints).