Bring Our Children to Work Day at the University of Toronto

On Thursday, May 2, 2024, the University of Toronto saw the return of “Bring Our Children to Work Day,” welcoming children in grades 5 to 8 to explore the professional and academic worlds across our three campuses. The event was sponsored by the Office of the Vice-President People Strategy, Equity & Culture the Office of the Vice-President & Provost; the Family Care Office; and Camp U of T. 

U of T staff member and children participating in the Bring Your Child to Work Day on May 2, 2024.
U of T staff member and children participating in the Bring Your Child to Work Day on May 2, 2024.

The day unfolded with unique activities across all three campuses, including interactive talks, departmental tours, and job shadowing, giving children a glimpse into their parents’ professional worlds. 

Event organizer, Kaye Francis, Assistant Director of the Family Care Office, spoke on her goals for the day: “Hopefully the children received a glimpse of where they are heading!” 

At the St. George campus, the keynote talk was presented by Susan Debreceni, from the U of T Trash Team. The U of T Trash Team aims to increase waste literacy and reduce plastic pollution in our ecosystems and was a recipient of the 2022 U of T Sustainable Action Award. Debreceni’s talk on the critical issues of waste management and plastic pollution educated the children on the importance of sustainability and environmental stewardship. 

Susan Debreceni from the U of T Trash Team presenting the keynote talk on the St. George Campus.
Susan Debreceni from the U of T Trash Team presenting the keynote talk on the St. George Campus.

University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) featured special remarks by Nader Boutros, Director, Human Resources, and Mark Overton, Dean of Student Affairs and Assistant Principal, Student Services, highlighting what makes UTM special.  

University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) hosted a team-building workshop and engaging sessions led by Maria Shibaeva-Escarraga, Sessional Faculty, Department Management, followed by departmental tours and activities. 

Liza Nassim, Dean of Students at Woodsworth College, shared her son’s experience at the physics tour: “He loved it. He saw experiments he had seen on YouTube and had such a wonderful time—and now would love to learn more about physics.” 

Kelly Hannah-Moffat, Vice-President, People Strategy, Equity & Culture, said of the event’s broad impact: “U of T’s Bring Our Children to Work Day enables young people to experience a workplace where new ideas are born and shared across disciplines, and where people of all backgrounds and talents work and learn together every day. It is an incredible opportunity to introduce the world of work to new generations, and to keep our minds curious and open to the world of possibility.” 

 

See the gallery of photos from the day.