International Experience Opportunity for Equity Studies Students
International Institute for Sustainable Studies (ISIS), Belize
May 17 – May 25, 2014
2 positions available

This is an opportunity for Equity Studies students to join students from Caribbean Studies, Aboriginal Studies, First Nations House and Human Biology to visit the International Institute for Sustainable Studies (ISIS) the week of May 17 – May 25 for experiential learning activities. Students will visit farms, community organizations and attend talks to learn about sustainability issues related to indigeneity, food sustainability and health. The activities are meant to complement and enhance classroom learning in Equity Studies. Students will work with ISIS scholar and educator Dr. Filiberto Penados who will be the learning guide for the week. Orientation sessions will be scheduled prior to the ISIS visit to familiarize students with Belizian society and history, outline learning objectives for the activities and to initiate student conversations across the five units. On returning to UofT, students will work with the New College Food Systems Coordinator to plan a series of food events for 2014-2015, on themes covered in their ISIS activities.

Please note that this opportunity involves a commitment to attend an orientation day that will be scheduled in the first two weeks of May, prior to the ISIS visit. All students must travel together, leaving Toronto May 17, returning May 25.

The total cost for airfare, housing, airport transportation, daily transportation, meals, internet access and administrative fee is approximately $2600 per student. A portion of the total cost, $1600 in total, will be covered by the Dean’s International Initiative Fund, New College and other administrative funds. Students are expected to raise the remaining $1000 from other sources such as college travel grants, student union awards and/or personal contributions.

Equity Studies majors in their third or fourth year of study and returning to U of T for the fall of 2014 are eligible to apply. Applicants must commit to taking part in planning food activities for 2014-2015. Selected students must have a valid passport.

The ISIS application consists of three components:

1)  a cover letter stating your  interest and outlining your qualifications for the international opportunity and a statement confirming your commitment to activities prior to and following the ISIS visit;

2) a print-out of your ROSI Academic record;

3) a resume; and

4) the names of two academic references

Applications with the subject heading, ISIS 2014 Application, should be submitted by email to June Larkin, Equity Studies Program Director, (

The deadline for applications is Friday, March 28, 2014. 

Date: March 28th, 2014
Start Time: 5:00pm
Location: N/A
Contact: June Larkin