General

Call for Student Advisory Committee Applications – Sustainable Development Goals at the University of Toronto

Who is this for?

To apply to be on the Sustainable Development Goals Student Advisory Committee, you must be a current student in good academic standing at the University of Toronto (U of T). You must fall under one of the following roles at U of T.

  • Undergraduate Student
  • Graduate Student

What do I need before I can begin?

To apply to serve on the Student Advisory Committee you will need to complete the form (link below in Eligibility Requirements section), including a brief description of your experience in the area of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Overview

The Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet. At its core are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that cover a wide range of complex challenges and serve as an agenda for a better and more sustainable future for all. Education and research are important contributors to the SDGs and universities have a direct role in addressing these. In addition, for the SDGs to be truly successful at a global scale, universities need to explicitly champion sustainable development and play a leading role in the implementation of the SDGs.

In December 2020, two Institutional Strategic Initiatives virtual workshops brought together U of T faculty, graduate students and trainees from a range of disciplines to identify the practical steps and actions the University can take to advance progress on each of the SDGs. Over 120 workshop participants from all three campuses and over 25 disciplines actively participated. Based on the engagement and enthusiasm received, we are keen to move forward a proposal for an Institutional Strategic Initiative (ISI) for the University. The aim is to build on existing research initiatives, form new interdisciplinary and global partnerships, and produce a map for advancing the UN SDGs at U of T.

To initiate a thoughtful and inclusive planning process, we are calling for applications for the Sustainable Development Goals Steering Committee.  Meaningful stakeholder engagement is a crucial component of successful SDG research and education. As such, a Student Advisory Committee will be convened to support the development of the broader vision of this SDG network and its associated activities at the University of Toronto.  The selected Student Advisory Committee members will lend their expertise to:

  • support all activities of the Steering Committee, including the development of the ISI proposal, as outlined below;
  • engage the broader student body throughout the proposal development process, with particular attention to engaging with students from programs and departments at all three U of T campuses and at both the graduate and undergraduate level; and,
  • develop a centralized model for ongoing student engagement in student SDG research and related activities across the University that ensures diversity, accountability, sustainability, appropriate recognition and authentic engagement.
     

Membership

We invite current U of T students in good academic standing who are passionate about the SDGs to apply to join the Student Advisory Committee. Applications will be reviewed by the Steering Committee members.

The Student Advisory Committee will include at minimum:

  • one undergraduate student from each campus, for a total of three undergraduate representatives.
  • one graduate student from each campus, for a total of three graduate representatives
     

We recognize that there is no one student experience at U of T. U of T students vary widely in age, identity, geography, and background, and in their experiences both on and off campus. The Student Advisory Committee will strive to engage a diverse and equitable membership.

Members are responsible for participating in all Student Advisory Committee meetings. Members can expect to spend approximately three hours a month on activities related to this Initiative, including attending Student Advisory Committee meetings and the review of key documents. It is expected that students will contribute to the advisory committee over the summer term. Students will be compensated for their time through an honorarium.

Frequency of Meetings

The Student Advisory Committee will establish a meeting schedule suitable to all members.

Submission Deadline

Applications may be submitted via online form by Monday, March 1, 2021.

Note

There will be engagement opportunities throughout the course of this project for individuals who are not selected to serve on the Student Advisory Committee. Please send an email to sdg.admin@utoronto.ca to receive updates on these opportunities.

 

 

Forms & Downloads

VPRI Role

Provide institutional oversight and administrative support

VPRI Contact

Staff

Sustainable Development Goals Administrator

Institutional Strategic Initiatives Office (ISI)

Other Resources