Hart House Global Commons


2018/19 Building Better Societies: Gender Equality Matters

Dialogue to Action Guide

Here are some tools, resources and opportunities to deepen your understanding and your work on the issues that we examined in the 2018/19 Global Commons: Building Better Societies: Gender Equality Matters.

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The Hart House Global Commons is an interdisciplinary space for students from the University of Toronto to engage in real-time dialogue with students who will be participating virtually from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, the University of Cape Town, South Africa, Sciences Po, France (Menton Campus), and Indiana University Bloomington, U.S.A.

Join us for an exciting opportunity to engage internationally and to share perspectives and lived experiences. The 2018-2019 Hart House Global Commons will connect students along with and a wide range of community partners and civil society actors in all locations to explore local and global questions and actions geared towards building better societies that reflect, uphold, and institutionalize the full equality of women.

Co-curricular record approvedNote: You do not need to attend all 6 to be a part of the conversations. Each term will have a different focus, and you are welcome to join as many (or as few) sessions as you wish. U of T students who participate in 2 of 3 sessions will receive credit on the Co-Curricular Record.

Take a look at what participants from previous Global Commons have shared online, by searching #hhglobalcommons on twitter.

Event Schedule

Winter Term Focus: Global
The second term of the Hart House Global Commons takes United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 as its starting point, focusing in on of Gender Equality with a global lens. Sessions will discuss how change is being made around the world, in terms of ‘achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls,’and will inquire into the relevance, meaning, and application of the SDG from the various positionalities, perspectives, and experiences in participating locations.

What has to happen legally, politically, and economically for true and lasting change to take effect, for gender equality to be achieved? How can solidarity and allyship be built and sustained? How is this work being done both locally and globally, and how can students from all locations contribute to those efforts?


 (all sessions require advance registration)

Session 4: Thurs., Feb, 7, 2019, 10 am-12 pm / Virtual Café (Online)
Session 5: Thurs., March 7, 2019, 10 am-1 pm / Conference (In-person)
Session 6: Thurs., March 21, 2019, 11 am-1 pm / Debrief and Action Session (Online)

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Questions and inquiries on any of the above events can be made by emailing Global Commons Program Lead, Marco Adamovic, at marco.adamovic@utoronto.ca

Read about previous Hart House Global Commons events.

[1] Source: http://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/sustainable-development-goals/goal-5-gender-equality.html

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When: Wed., March 6, 2019, 9-11 am
Where: Online
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When: Fri, March 8, 2019, 7–9 pm
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Award winners of Excellence Through Innovation

Global Commons Wins Excellence Through Innovation Award

This University of Toronto award recognizes staff for advancing the University’s strategic objectives, encouraging innovation and providing a platform for best practices. The Hart House Global Commons team was proud to accept the Excellence Through Innovation Award for their work in 2017–2018. 

Read the award-winning project profiles.

Hart House is grateful for the support and assistance of its many partners in the presentation of the Hart House Global Commons.  At the University of Toronto, these include:

Munk School of Global Affairs and Public PolicyCentre for Community PartnershipsInternational Student Centre, University of Toronto ScarboroughCentre for Student Engagement, University of Toronto MississaugaInternational Education Centre, University of Toronto Mississauga; and the Centre for International Experience.

International partners for 2018-2019 include:

Global Citizenship Programme, University of Cape Town, South AfricaFaculty of Law, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, ColombiaSchool of Global and International Studies, Indiana University Bloomington, U.S.A.Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Programme, Sciences Po, Menton, France.