Our Mandate


Our Mandate

Hart House has been recognized as the University of Toronto’s centre for education outside the classroom since it first opened its doors in 1919.  Since then, although the world around it has changed dramatically, Hart House has been a place where students—as well as faculty, staff, alumni and members of the broader community—come together, across their differences, in common pursuit of what the House’s founders termed “high endeavour.”

Hart House still serves the highest interests of the university and its students by offering them a place where the pressures of expectations transform into the delight of discovery. Through creative engagement with the arts and culture, debates and dialogue, recreation and wellness, or community-engaged learning, Hart House provides University of Toronto students with the opportunity to develop their professional skills, to navigate different ideas and perspectives, and to connect to causes and purposes greater than themselves.

At Hart House, students encounter an inclusive and diverse space where they can enrich their souls, expand their minds, and strengthen their bodies while becoming more well-rounded individuals, more compassionate leaders, and more engaged global citizens.


Our Strategic Plan

The 5-year strategic plan will steer the operations of Hart House from 2016 to 2020. Priorities over the course of the plan will include raising awareness among stakeholders, deepening Hart House’s tri-campus presence, expanding student engagement in the broader community, improving administrative processes, investing in the sustainability of the House and expanding and diversifying its sources of revenue.  These and other priorities will form the basis for key impact metrics that will be gathered throughout the term of the plan.

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Land Acknowledgement

We wish to acknowledge this land on which the University of Toronto operates. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land. 

Learn more about the History of Hart House.