Welcome to Hart House, U of T’s “living laboratory of arts, culture and recreation”. I invite you to join us—for a creative class, a concert, a workout, a conversation, a moment of self-reflection or all of these and more.
I’ve always considered Hart House U of T’s co-curricular college. It’s an extraordinary centre of learning beyond the classroom, contributing to the University’s educational mission through opportunities for exploration and exchange that touch on every aspect of the human experience—mind, body and spirit. It’s open to students in every faculty and from all three campuses, and brings them together with faculty, staff, alumni and members of the community. It is focused on facilitating students’ capacity for self-knowledge and self-expression. In fact, Hart House has always been a leader in the development, provision, and understanding of experiential and holistic learning. We invite you to discover for yourself.
As an institution open to all, in a world where history, practice and personal circumstance profoundly shape the reality of accessibility, Hart House has also been an important site for naming exclusion and discrimination, and for debates about how to realize full inclusion and equity. We hope that you can see yourself in the House and make it your home, but if you can’t, we ask that you tell us how we can be more inclusive and supportive.
I came to U of T because of Hart House. As a high school student, I found the integration of athletic, intellectual, cultural and social experiences—with a track, a library, a pool, a theatre and countless meeting areas, in one of Canada’s most beautiful buildings with its magnificent collection of Canadian art—completely energizing and infectious and I made up my mind to enrol at U of T. I’ve pretty much been here ever since. During that time, the Hart House experience has only become richer. I know many others who say the same. We hope you will too.
With best wishes,
Bruce Kidd, O.C., Ph.D, LL.D.