Hart House Global Commons


2018/19 Building Better Societies: Gender Equality Matters

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. 

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 4 of 6 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.

Event Schedule

Fall Term Focus: Local

The first term of the Hart House Global Commons will focus on the local, taking as a starting point women’s political and socioeconomic participation in society, inquiring into the barriers, challenges, and opportunities for greater change and involvement. 

What are the perspectives and lived experiences of students and community partners who are working in the field? What is the role that young women can play, and how can they get involved? How can we work towards removing every day and systemic barriers to create safer societies for women, and for us all? Is there one catalyst or thread that connects change locally and globally? How can the Global North learn from and with the Global South?

Sessions (all sessions require advance registration)

Session 1:  Thurs., Oct. 18, 2018, 10 am-12 pm / Online
Session 2: Thurs., Nov. 1, 2018, 10 am-1 pm / Conference 
Session 3: Thurs., Nov. 15, 2018, 10 am-12 pm / Online


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?

Sessions (all sessions require advance registration)

Session 4: Thurs., Feb, 7, 2019, 10 am-12 pm / Online
Session 5: Thurs., March 7, 2019, 10 am-1 pm / Conference 
Session 6: Thurs., March 21, 2019, 11 am-1 pm / Online


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

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.