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Wednesday, Sep. 21, 2022

#DawsonProud, Academic News, Senate

Senate has recommended new Social Science Program

Dawson will have a brand new Social Science Program! After three years of work, the input of more than 100 teachers and professionals, and consultation with universities and other stakeholders and partners, the Senate of Dawson College decided to recommend the revision of the pre-university program at their Sept. 20 meeting. It will be presented to Dawson’s Board of Governors for formal approval on Oct. 12 and Dawson expects to welcome its first cohort in the Fall of 2023.

The Viewbook and the website are being updated and will reflect the new program and its profiles in October.

Academic News, Communications Office, Events, Facilities Management, Homepage news, In the news/in social media, Student Services

Fall 2022 Open House at Dawson

Here is the experience of Dawson's Open House 2022. Newly added: a webinar on our brand new Social Science Program at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

For your information and to share with the senior high schoolers and parents in your life, click Read More.

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Communications Office, From the Director General, Well-being for all

Coffee for Support Staff during Appreciation Week

Support Staff Appreciation Week begins Sept. 26. As a gesture of gratitude, Director General Diane Gauvin is offering a cup of coffee to all of Dawson's support staff on Wednesday, Sept. 28 from 9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in the 4A-4B corridor between the Director General's Office and the Academic Dean's Office. Thank you to all our support staff who provide service to every department and office!

Academic News, Campus Life, Decolonization, Events, Well-being for all, Workshops

Register now for activities leading up to Orange Shirt Day

On Friday, Sept. 30, the Dawson community will observe Orange Shirt Day—National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

The events are part of a semester-long series to bring awareness to the legacy of colonization across Turtle Island, the necessity of institutional decolonization, as well as Indigenous resurgence and joy.

For more info and to register for various workshops beginning this Monday, Sept. 26 leading up to Sept. 30, click Read More. 

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Academic News, Peace Centre, Professional Development, Well-being for all

Exploring Anti-Oppressive Practices through Inclusive Pedagogy

Maurice Riley Case presented their workshop An introduction to Inclusive and anti-racist pedagogies in post-secondary education at Dawson on Sept. 16 as part of Peace Week.

They have written a piece to share insights from the professional development workshop with those of us who could not attend. Click Read More to go to it.

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Academic News, Campus Life, Events

Humanities and Public Life on until Sept. 23

The Humanities and Public Life Conference continues until Friday, Sept. 23.

Check out the program, including descriptions of talks and locations: HPL 2022 Program

Student Services, Well-being for all

How to get non-urgent support for students

If you know a student who needs to be referred for Student Services, there is a new non-urgent referral tool.

The Support Options for At-Risk Students (SOARS) Referral Form can be found in Omnivox under the “Student Services” menu.

For more information about how to use the form, please refer to this fact sheet prepared by Yanina Chukhovich of the First-Year Students’ Office:

Info sheet-Non-urgent referral to Dawson Student Services form (SOARS )

#DawsonProud, Dawson Talent, In the news/in social media

Cin | Comm’s Dipti Gupta presenting doc at Chicago film fest

Cinema | Communications’ Dipti Gupta is headed to Chicago this month for a screening of her documentary film Marginalizing Minorities.

Click Read More to find out why she made it.

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Decolonization, Faculty Hub

Over at the Faculty Hub

Orange Shirt Day resources:

Dawson Gives, Peace Centre, Student Services, Well-being for all

Financial Aid Food Bank needs our help!

The Financial Aid Food Bank is always in need of non-perishable food items to replenish the shelves. Donations can be dropped off in the bin at 4.E2. The Financial Aid office is grateful to all our regular providers and hope that the Peace Week Giving Tree near the cafeteria entrance in the Upper Atrium will be a great success.  Breakfast items are greatly needed. Here are some ideas for your donations: boxed nut and oat milks, juice, cereal, oatmeal, peanut butter, nut spreads, jelly, Nutella, graham crackers, melba toast, instant coffee, tea, hot chocolate powder, pop tarts, granola.

Facilities Management

Evacuation drill will be either Oct. 24, 25 or 26

Do you know what to do if an emergency arises at Dawson College, either at the main campus or at the Montreal Forum?

It’s time for all employees and students to ensure you are familiar with the College’s emergency procedures.

There will be an evacuation drill on one of the following dates*:

  • Monday, Oct. 24
  • Tuesday, Oct. 25
  • Wednesday, Oct. 26

*Please note that the College cannot tell you the date. It is determined by the Fire Department and must be a surprise. 

For all emergencies on campus, including medical, contact Dawson Security: 514-931-8731 ext. 1000.

Academic News, Campus Life, In the news/in social media

Six provincial candidates came to Dawson for an election debate

Following a long-standing tradition at Dawson, six provincial election candidates from the Ville-Marie riding were invited to answer questions from the Dawson community about the future of young anglophone and allophone Quebecers on Tuesday.

Award-winning journalist and Dawson alumnus Christopher Curtis moderated the debate between Jérémy Côté (Québec Solidaire), Bonnie Feigenbaum (Conservative Party), Balarama Holness (Bloc Montreal), Désirée McGraw (Quebec Liberal Party), Colin Standish (Quebec Canadian Party) and Alex Tyrell (Green Party).

The well-attended event was organized by the Dawson Student Union in collaboration with the Law, Society and Justice Profile and the Peace Centre. The candidates each addressed their respective parties' plans to tackle issues surrounding national identity, multiculturalism, environmental policy and climate change.

Unable to go vote on Oct. 3? Early voting will be available on campus on Sept. 23, 27, and 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m, and Sept. 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more, visit


Dawson religion teacher to share India field trip

My name is Phil Lagace, and I teach here at Dawson College through the Religion Department. From the end of this month until mid-December, I’ll be in India conducting fieldwork for my doctoral program.

My plan is to provide the Dawson community entertaining and educational updates during this time abroad! My PhD research centers on Ardhanārīśvara, a Hindu deity split into male and female halves by a vertical axis. Among other things, I’ll examine elaborate temples dedicated to this figure and analyze its place within extravagant Hindu festivals. One such festival, Durgā Pūjā, will begin soon after I arrive in India.

Durgā Pūjā is celebrated most vibrantly in the city of Kolkata, the capital city of West Bengal. Fortunately, that’s exactly where I’ll be for the festivities, so stay tuned for a fascinating first field report and expect breathtaking images from this annual celebration!

-Submitted by Phil Lagace

Academic News, DawsonAI, Learning opportunities, Workshops

70 Dawson students signed up for AI workshops this fall

Dawson AI and AI Launch Lab are hosting a series of workshops, which will give Dawson students the opportunity to learn AI through hands-on learning. The workshop series will cover a wide range of AI topics including data manipulation, fundamental machine learning models, deep learning, reinforcement learning and other advanced topics.

70 Dawson students are signed up to take part in the workshops. The series of eight workshops will begin this Saturday, Sept. 24 and end on Nov. 19. Students will have the opportunity to present their work and learnings at the end of the program.

This workshop series is available to college students in Quebec and is made possible by the generous funding of a NovaScience Program grant awarded to DawsonAI from the Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation.

Click Read More for a look at the AI Launch Lab Fall 2022 program.

Read More - 70 Dawson students signed up for AI workshops this fall

Academic News, Student Services

Academic Skills Centre workshops starting Sept. 26

The Academic Skills Centre is running a series of seven workshops to help students prepare for, take and evaluate their own performance. The workshops run from Sept. 26 through Oct. 5. Please encourage your students to sign up.

In the workshops they will:

  • Explore different ways to prepare for exam formats: essay, short answer, multiple choice
  • Improve their strategies for taking exams
#DawsonProud, Faculty Hub, In the news/in social media

Cathy Roy is a DALChampion

On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of our Dawson Active Learning Community, we present to you another DALChampion: Cathy Roy of Physiotherapy Technology.

Click Read More for the mini interview.

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Highlights from the Sept. 14 Board of Governors meeting

At this month’s Board of Governors meeting, Director General Diane Gauvin shared the presentation delivered to Dawson staff and faculty at the Welcome Back event in August on the potential impacts of Bill 96, as well as her annual management plan for Dawson College.

To continue reading, click Read More.

Read More - Highlights from the Sept. 14 Board of Governors meeting

Academic News, Registrar's Office

Applicants for Fall 2023 will apply to only one program

There will be a significant change to the Dawson College application form for those applying for admission to programs for Fall 2023.

Click Read More for more information.

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Campus Life, Living Campus, Sustainability, Well-being for all

120 butterflies released at Dawson

Jennifer de Vera of the Sustainability Office pulled together a brief report about the annual Sustainable Happiness project to foster Monarch Butterflies at Dawson.

Click Read More for Jenn's report.

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Campus Life, Events, Living Campus, Sustainability

Honey extraction workshop Oct. 14

Time to reap the fruit of our labour with this very hands-on honey extraction workshop. A beekeeper will assist you over the course of this fun-filled hour as you uncap honeycomb cells, hand-spin honeycombs in the centrifugal extractor, and filter the raw honey before jarring and labelling it all! This event takes places on Oct. 14 at 12 p.m. Contact Jennifer De Vera for more info:

Awards Office

Applications are now open for 2023 Loran Scholars

Looking for students who demonstrate strength of character, commitment to service, and leadership potential. The search for the 2023 cohort of Loran Scholars is on and applications are open.

They are looking for applications from students who challenge the status quo, who are insatiably curious, and who want to contribute to a brighter tomorrow —students who are forging their own paths with integrity, courage, and compassion.

There are upcoming webinars in English and French for educators, youth supporters and students in September and October. Space is limited so register soon.

Dawson last had a Loran scholar in 2020: Margaux Roncière (Class of  2020, Science- Pure and Applied). Read a feature here.

Click Read More for more info and how to apply.

Read More - Applications are now open for 2023 Loran Scholars

Campus Life, Facilities Management, Perks for Dawson Employees, Student Services, Well-being for all

A few more days to try Campus Rec for free!

Campus Recreation is free during Open House at Dawson's PARC, which continues through Friday, Sept. 23.

Check out all the classes and activities offered in the Campus Recreation (PARC) Fall 2022 schedule: CAMPUS_RECREATION_FALL_2022- revised Sept 9

#DawsonProud, Book/article/video recommendation, Off campus events

Special invitation from Andrew Katz

English faculty member Andrew Katz is publishing another book and has a special invitation for you for this Sunday, Sept. 25. Click Read More for the invitation and more info about his new book for children.

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Communications Office, Events, Living Campus, Sustainability

Successful Parents Night and in-person parent tours

Parents of first-year students were invited to an information session online on Sept. 7 and were offered an opportunity to tour the College and learn about our Living Campus on Sept. 15.

To find out how many attended and what they thought of the tours, click Read More.

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Photo contest open to CEGEP employees and students

Le Centre collégial de développement de matériel didactique (CCDMD) is organizing the Concours intercollégial de photo Le monde en images.

The contest is open to students and employees of CEGEPs in Quebec and there are cash prizes. The contest is now open and the deadline to submit entries is March 8, 2023.

Click Read more for all the info and how to submit.

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Faculty Hub, Learning opportunities, Professional Development, Well-being for all, Workshops

First CRISPESH lunch ‘n learn is Oct. 5

CRISPESH has announced their lunch 'n learn program for the 2022-2023 academic year and the first one is next Wednesday, Oct. 5. These seven conferences aim to support the academic success of students with disabilities.

Here is the link to the first lunch 'n learn:
Midi-conférence du 5 octobre Tickets, Wed, Oct 5, 2022 at 12:00 PM | Eventbrite

Consult the full schedule for the year of lunch 'n learn programming here: CRISPESHmidiconferences2223_FRVF

CRISPESH is a centre for applied research and transfer (CCTT) in partnership with Dawson and the Cégep du Vieux-Montréal. Their mandate is to contribute to the advancement of knowledge and the development and promotion of social practices that foster academic, social and professional inclusion for people with disabilities.

#DawsonProud, Dawson Gives, Well-being for all

Thanks to Dawson blood donors

Héma-Québec held a two-day blood drive at Dawson on Sept. 13-14 and a total of 121 students and employees donated blood. Of these, 31 were first-timers! Many first-timers said it was easy and that they would do it again.

M. Lauzon of Héma-Québec said that they exceeded their goal of 120 donors and that it was an “excellent” result, especially considering that they have been experiencing up to 30 per cent of no-show’s for appointments elsewhere.

Thanks to the Dawson community donors for saving lives and embodying our value of well-being of all!

Dawson Professional Theatre, Dawson Talent, Events

Peter and the Starcatcher

The Professional Theatre Program at Dawson College is proud to present Peter and the Starcatcher. Directed by Jonathan Monro and performed by the second-year students, this adaptation of Peter Pan features music and 12 actors playing many unforgettable characters. Peter and the Starcatcher uses ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination to bring the story to life.

OPENS TONIGHT: Wednesday, Sept 21 and runs through Sept. 24 with performances at 8 p.m. at the Dawson Theatre (on Atwater near de Maisonneuve)

Pay what you can: cash donations to the Theatre Department are accepted at the door.

Read More - Peter and the Starcatcher


DawsonITE Newsletter # 564

DawsonITE is your curated news related to IT and Education prepared by Dawson's Rafael Scapin. In this issue:

  • 33+ of the Best Teacher Productivity Tools To Help You Manage All the Things
  • Interactive Digital Whiteboards are Great Tools to Enhance Your Teaching
  • How Much Do Social Media Algorithms Control You?

Read More - DawsonITE Newsletter # 564

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Last Modified: September 21, 2022


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