Laugh, Cry, Cringe. A photo of Dr Catalina Alvarez Elias smiling with a purple frame over her face.


We are excited to host our next storytelling series; Laugh, Cry, Cringe with Catalina (Cata) Alvarez Elias about Culture shock: A Latin American Searching for Community in Canada. Although Cata come with a wealth of knowledge from studying medicine, pediatrics, and pediatric nephrology, she will focus her storytelling about her identity as a Latin American and the culture shock that she experienced upon arriving to Canada. The aim is to empower and to embrace newcomers as they navigate their journey of settling in a new country.

This session is open to all U of T students, staff, faculty and librarians.


Only "utoronto" emails (, will be able to join this online session. We recommend that you create a U of T Zoom account.  

If you require an accommodation to join this virtual session, please contact UTM's Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Office.

Laugh, Cry, Cringe

Laugh, Cry Cringe seeks to create braver spaces to engage in conversations that explore personal stories, current events, cultural narratives, while unmasking misconceptions about various groups/communities/people. In this new storytelling format, our intention is to act as an outlet for folks to release tensions, build community, practice wellness, and become inspired to take positive action in their daily lives. With an amazing line-up of storytellers, we invite folks to let go and laugh, cry or cringe while listening to these stories. 

Through this initiative our hope is to bridge current gaps between our diverse communities through dialogues of understanding and respect, and to create more inclusive and sustainable learning environments for students at UTM and across all campuses as well as the broader community.


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  • Date: Tue, Mar 7, 2023
  • Time & Duration: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (EST) (1h)
  • Cost:
    • General Admission


  • Venue:
    University of Toronto Mississauga
    3359 Mississauga Rd,
    Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6
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  • Room: DV3129, Davis Building
  • Note: Online Zoom option also available.
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