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Living in a Pandemic. A series of talks amidst COVID 19

May 7, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Students and community members prospective on what is the new normal. Coping and Survival in a Pandemic: Social Distancing, Isolation and You.

On Friday, March 13, 2020 CESAR’s office closed in response to COVID-19. Suddenly, our world, as we knew it, was disrupted and changed forever.  Since then, the Government of Ontario has extended the Declaration of Emergency and associated emergency measures, including the closure of non-essential workplaces and imposed restrictions, including social gatherings. In addition, all educational institutions closed to beat this virus, and for many students, social distancing and online studying has been a huge adjustment.  We all need to work together and do our part to stop COVID-19 by staying home, practising physical distancing, and avoiding social gatherings.

With the realities of social distancing and isolation, this series of talks will address coping and survival while “Living in a Pandemic”

  • Living in student housing / Access to resources and support
  • Studying online (lack of support/distanced from professors)
  • Practising physical and social distancing (isolation)
  • Mental Health (coping with stress/depressed/lack of motivation)
  • Lack of prioritization from the University
  • Coming together and actively helping each other

Any questions about the COVID-19 Talks can be directed to Carol Sutherland, Vice President Services and Finance.


Amber Grant:  Amber is a PhD Candidate in Environmental Applied Science and Management at Ryerson University. Her research focuses on examining environmental justice in urban forest management and community tree-planting practice. Amber has been working as a facilitator and educator, both locally and internationally, for the past seven years in higher education and with several non-profits. She is a progressive leader on campus in her roles as a graduate student, educational developer, and union representative. In her spare time, you can find Amber exploring the outdoors, cycling or spending time with friends (before the COVID-19 pandemic of course)! She is also Toronto’s biggest fan.

Ayat Akhtar Rizvi: Hey everyone! My name is Ayat. I am an international student from Kuwait and I have been in Canada for a couple months now. I am in first year Civil engineering at Ryerson University and so far it has been going well. Never in a million years did I think the year 2020 would be so momentous to us Ayat R.

Register to Attend

The organisers strive to create accessible and inclusive spaces for its members. If we require additional accommodations to ensure your participation, please email executivedirector@mycesax.ca.

All attendees are expected to abide by Equity Service Centre community guidelines.

  • Thursday, May 7 | 5:00pm to 6:30pm
  • Thursday, May 14 | 5:00pm to 6:30pm

All events will be hosted via Zoom.


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May 7, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm


Vice President Services and Finance