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Truth and Reconciliation: Eagles’ Longhouse creates a ‘Blueprint to Action’ for U of T Engineering – U Toronto

by ahnationtalk on January 11, 201886 Views

Jason Bazylak remembers what it was like to be an Indigenous student arriving at university to study engineering.

“My first year was particularly rough on me,” he recalls.

He struggled to keep up academically. He had good grades in high school but the demands of his engineering program were something else entirely.

Most of all, he and his brother were the first in his family to attend university and there were few supports or mentors to help him. “I didn’t know any engineers, not a single one,” he says.

Today Bazylak, a member of the Métis Nation of Saskatchewan, is an associate professor, teaching stream, in the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering and a recipient of the Hart Teaching Innovation Professorship for his research on identifying barriers for Indigenous students entering the field.

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