Monday, May 26, 2014

The "F" Word

By: Sabrina Rubli, Humber graduate -  International Development Postgraduate Program
This post originally appeared on Femme International

One of my closest friends has just started dating an amazing guy, and was telling me all about their conversations after one of their first dates. Now, this friend of mine is definitely a feminist, and has dedicated her life to helping women, and yet she hesitated, and said "But I don't want him to think I am a crazy feminist."

Both of us stopped and looked at each other, and we instantly realized something: when did feminism become a dirty word? Why on earth is advancing women's rights something to be embarrassed about? Why does "feminism" hold such negative connotations, of crazy women who ought to be put in their place? It's as though feminists are viewed as these radical beings trying to overthrow society as we know it. And while there has certainly been a revolutionary component to the feminist movement, particularly in some parts of the world, feminists really just want to see justice, finally.
When women identify themselves as feminists, people will often assume they hate men, burn their bras, among other dramatic personality traits.The mere fact that the term "Feminazi" exists is one of the most offensive things in the world - to compare a woman fighting for equality to a genocidal fascist movement? I mean, come on.

Feminism needs to stop being viewed as too radical, too uncomfortable, or too out-dated, because that is not what it is. Feminism has stopped being radical, and has settled into the exhausting task of making people (men) realize the inequalities that persist in our society. Women continually make less than their male counterparts. Women are not adequately represented in politics. Calling someone a "girl" is still a sign of weakness for men. Gender inequality is so entrenched in our daily lives we don't even notice it anymore. Have you ever seen a laundry detergent commercial that does not feature a woman?

British soprano Charlotte Church recently spoke out on the subject of feminism:

“Women who say they are not a feminist annoy me,” says Church. “I don’t really understand why every woman wouldn’t consider themselves as a feminist. Because it’s not a radical thing, you know, this isn’t ‘revolution.’ It’s just to say, yes I’m a woman, I’m entirely aware that I can do everything that a man can do. And I’m proud of that, and I’m proud to be able to tell you about other women who are amazing and do phenomenal things...We were sold a lie a decade ago when everybody said there is no need for feminism: “all is fine, stop ranting and raving you crazy women.” But of course that’s not the case. And I actually think we’re going back, we’re reverting to ridiculous old-fashioned sort of stereotypes of where women should be and what their role should be: “you should just type and don’t make any decisions, just type what the men say.” 

As women, we need to declare ourselves feminists. We need to stand up to oppression that has been built into our societal structures, to the point that we don't even recognize it anymore. We need to stop thinking of feminists as annoying, useless, and whiny. A feminist is just someone who acknowledges that gender inequality exists.

Recent movements such as Everyday Sexism and Who Needs Feminism are helping to bring attention to the need for an updated definition of feminism.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Reminiscing About Victoria Day Weekend

By: Ishita Ghlani, Humber Student & International Centre Marketing & Communications Intern

We hope that everyone enjoyed the short work week thanks to the Victoria Day holiday on Monday! An end to every weekend means a start to a new week, which includes resuming to school, attending classes, doing assignments, etc. But, a holiday like Victoria Day surely leaves you with some happy memories - memories of the time that you spent with your friends/families!

As an International student in Canada, holidays like Victoria Day give you an opportunity to explore new places. Gavin Lu, an international student at Humber spent the long weekend in Ottawa, Canada's capital.

Check out some of the lovely pictures that he took:


Did you too get an opportunity to travel somewhere new or try a new restaurant? We are eager to hear your stories about how you spent your long weekend! Share your pictures by tweeting us at @HumberGlobal and using the hash tag #VictoriaDay!

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Humber Visits India

By Reema Patel, International Centre Recruitment Coordinator

India is one huge country. And I don’t say that based on its shape or size or the number of people rushing past each other. It’s the sheer presence of a variety of everything you can name under the sun: food, clothing, weather, water, people, language, etc.

Humber College boasts of a large international community, and my recent trip to India  focused on just that – to create a stronger presence of our Humber community through fairs and seminars, thousands of miles away from Canada in India. From Ludhiana in the north to Bangalore down south – I managed to tip-toe into three metropolitan cities and a few other big ones too.

Each fair was packed with students, eager to learn about Canadian education. The admission fairs were organized at Ludhiana, Chandigarh, Jalandhar, New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Hyderabad. I couldn't believe how different the people were in each of these cities. The weather was much hotter, and a pleasant surprise compared to the prolonged Canadian winter this year!

A trip to India is never a short story. Since I was on duty, the fun and frolic of the journey was limited. But my work gave me the chance to meet amazing people and take a break from my usual routine!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Things to do on Victoria Day Weekend in Toronto

By: Ishita Ghelani, Humber Student & International Centre Marketing & Communications Intern

As an international student in Canada, there are a lot of things that you can do during your stay: make new friends, try different shopping malls, restaurants, bars/pubs, try a new sport or even visit different cities. The possibilities are infinite! Moving to a new country is as good as a blank canvas that can be painted the way you want-beautifully of course.

In Toronto, one may want to experience the hustle and bustle of the city that never sleeps, visit the CN Tower (the tallest structure in Canada). If you are a water baby or like sea views like me, you may want to visit the Harbourfront Centre.

So, for the people who are still exploring, there's something to cheer about - Victoria Day Weekend is here!

Victoria Day a statuary holiday that is celebrated every year on the last Monday on or before May 24 in honour of Queen Victoria's birth (May 24, 1819). This year, Victoria Day is on Monday, May 19, which makes this weekend a long weekend! It is one of the most popular holidays as it also marks the unofficial start of summer and gardening season. People open their cottages, start barbecuing, etc.

Apart from the opportunity of a getaway to mini-vacation, there is one thing that people must attend at least once in their lifetime on Victoria Day: fireworks.

This year, fireworks will be conducted at Ashbridge’s Bay on Monday, May 19 at 9:45 p.m. (free to attend but get there early to get a good spot!) Canada’s Wonderland will be hosting  fireworks on Sunday, May 18 at approximately 10:00 p.m. (free with admission to the park).

For people who have planned to stay in town for the weekend, here is a list of malls that are open the is weekend and on Victoria Day: 
  • The Eaton Centre
  • Yorkdale (closed on Monday)
  • Fairview (closed on Monday)
  • Sherway Gardens (closed on Monday)
  • Scarborough Town Centre (closed on Monday)
  • Vaughan Mills

Some attractions that are open during the long weekend are: 
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If you want to celebrate the long weekend in style, you can either go on a day-time cruise at Jubilee Queen Cruises or go to the Centre Island via the Toronto Ferry Docks. You can stay at the island from morning till evening and head back to one of the locations that is hosting the fireworks to see the magnificent view!

If you are travelling around the city via TTC or GO Transit on Monday, please keep in mind that both of them will be working on a holiday schedule.

Photo Credit: Gavin Lu
The picture above  was taken by Gavin Lu, an international student at Humber who witnessed the beautiful fireworks last year in Toronto at High Park. After seeing this picture, I am definitely enticed, fascinated, and motivated to attend it for the first time this year. Where are you going? Please do let us know about your plans. Share your pictures of how you spent your first Victoria Day Weekend in Canada by tweeting us at @HumberGlobal and using the hash tag #VictoriaDay!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Welcoming our SEDS delegation from Indonesia

This article originally appeared on Humber Communiquè

The International Development Institute is pleased to welcome 28 of our Indonesian partners from the Sulawesi Economic Development Strategy (SEDS) project to Humber from May 12–June 21, 2014. The SEDS project pairs Humber with 7 universities in Sulawesi, Indonesia, to increase the capacity of the partner institutes to foster entrepreneurship within their student bodies, and to bolster small and medium    size enterprises (SMEs) in the community.

Following two Training-of-Trainers workshops conducted by Humber faculty in Sulawesi, the delegation of Indonesian lecturers will spend six weeks in Toronto experiencing first-hand how entrepreneurship is taught and fostered at Humber, as well as interacting with the wider business community and visiting successful local SMEs.

The SEDS delegation will be working with Humber staff and faculty from many departments, including the Centre for Teaching and Learning, the International Centre, the Business School and more. Their visit provides an exciting opportunity for our visiting partners, and Humber faculty and students to learn from one another, exploring best practices in Canada and Indonesia. We hope you will join us in welcoming them, and please stop by and say hello if you are at the Lakeshore Campus!

For more information on the SEDS project please visit: The International Development Institute's website

Monday, May 12, 2014

Humber College Students Study at Sea

By: ISEComms, reflections of Humber students
A version of this article originally appeared on Enrichment Voyages.

For the sixth straight year, Mary Lendway, a professor at Humber, joined the spring Enrichment Voyage with 39 students and aseveral colleagues.

Each year, a group of curious minds from the College’s Tourism Management, Broadcast Television, Food & Nutrition Management, Culinary Management and Fitness & Health Promotion programs set sail. Before disembarking, the students sent us their reflections from the past two weeks traveling on the MV Explorer.

Tourism Management students have presented at each pre-port meeting, Broadcast Television students have been filming on board and at each port, and Fitness & Health Promotion students have been running morning exercise classes every day. While participants from each program are working within their curriculum, there are also opportunities for students to learn from each other and from their shared experiences.

In Morocco, we had the opportunity to participate as a group on a service visit to the SOS Children’s Village in Ait Ourir, just outside Marrakesh. If you saw professor Mary Lendway’s lecture on voluntourism you will know that finding a way to support the communities you visit may also offer a deeper more meaningful experience for the traveler.

SOS Children’s Village organization has been working to meet the needs and protect the rights of children around the world since 1949. This NGO helps children who are living without their biological families by providing a safe and nurturing home environment. Humber students worked in the village gardens all afternoon, weeding and planting, followed by an energetic soccer game with the children. A significant amount of funds were raised before the voyage to donate to the village, and we brought toys and supplies for the children too. Many Humber students did not want to leave. It was a meaningful experience for all participants.

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Students on this journey will bring their Enrichment Voyage experiences back to share with the Humber College community, and their time on this voyage may also help them launch meaningful careers.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Summer Study Program: Finland

By: Erika Barratt, Student, Humber College
This article originally appeared on 

I choose Humber College because it gives me hands on experience and also offers a small class room size making it a more comfortable learning environment.  I can obtain my University degree but in an enjoyable college setting. The Bachelor of International Development at Humber includes a 14-week work placement which will help me integrate into the international work field which will aid me in achieving my overall goal of becoming a project manager overseas.

Finland is home to one of Humber’s partnering colleges, JAMK. It offers a summer business program that is transferable to my program and can widen my international business horizons. 

I decided to study abroad because it was a good opportunity to travel and get a couple of electives finished. I wanted to expand my worldview and become more informed on the Finnish culture and have less of a biased perspective towards other cultures and peoples.

While abroad I got to take courses I would have never had the opportunity to take at Humber. Because of the weekend trips to Estonia, Sweden and Russia we only had 4 days of classes a week. Every week day I attended 4 classes from 8:30am to 4:00pm which included a one hour break. By the end of the trip we attended a total of 12 full days of school within the entire trip.

Studying abroad has allowed me to get outside of my comfort zone and to experience another culture first hand. I learned that cultural differences are more than just difference in language, food and other personal habits. A person’s culture reflects their beliefs, and values that influence their way of life and the way they view the world. It has made me more aware and adaptable to other cultures which are a very important skill in International Development. Studying abroad allowed me to branch out and make friends from around the world. While I was abroad, I got to meet not only Finnish students but also other international student who are studying away from home just like me!  

I love travelling, and I know it is something I will continue to do for the rest of my life, hence the reason I choose a Bachelor of International Development. Next year I am planning to do a whole semester abroad in Ireland through Humber so I can get one step closer to obtaining my degree while seeing and experiencing the world.