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Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024

Campus Life, Student Services

Happy Lunar New Year

Dawson had an early celebration of Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year, which begins on Feb. 10. The Campus Life team organized a visit of the Montreal Chinese Lion Dance Club on Feb. 7. Academic Dean Leanne Bennett, Student Services Coordinator Caroline Blouin and Director General Diane Gauvin fed the lions lettuce.

Traditionally, lions are fed lettuce because the Chinese word for lettuce sounds similar to the word for wealth. So the lion eats the wealth and then spits it back out to the audience to give them prosperity.

Wishing the Dawson community good health and good fortune during this upcoming Year of the Dragon! More photos in the link. Photos by Michelle Lee

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Academic News, Facilities Management, Homepage news

More space for Nursing at the Forum

Dawson’s Nursing department has moved into a new home across the street from the main campus on the second floor of the Forum. They join Physiotherapy Technology and Medical Ultrasound Technology, which are also housed at the Forum.

Visit the link for the homepage news story.

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Academic News, Events

50th anniversary reunion and celebration of New School April 13 

Dawson’s “novel experiment” New School is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2024. That is what The Gazette called New School in an article published in April 1973.

Back then, New School was created to engage students in their own learning and to build communities so that students would not get lost in a big institution.

For the homepage news story including a link to RSVP for the reunion on April 13, please visit the link below.

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Academic News

Student poem captured magic of New School space

For decades, the New School community has enjoyed a special space on Dawson’s 8th floor, which fosters a communal vibe. As we look back on the history of New School, here is a poem that captures the essence of that space.

Visit the link to read the poem.

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Campus Life, Events, Well-being for all

Dawson line-up for Black History Month

The Campus Life Office, the Library and the Social Science Week organizers have all planned things to mark Black History Month 2024 at Dawson.

Some of the events include:

  • CLÉ exposition in front of the cafeteria ends Monday, Feb. 12
  • Overture with the Arts: Tuesday, Feb. 13, 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM in Conrod's (2F)
  • Underground Comedy Railroad: Thursday, Feb. 15 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM in Conrod's (2F)
  • Djamboola Dance Activity hosted by Rich'Art will be taking place in Conrod's Wednesday, Feb. 21 during the DSU Multicultural Week.

For the Library's book and film recommendations, visit the link below.

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Academic News, Campus Life, Events, Faculty Hub, Learning opportunities

Social Science Week is Feb. 12-16

Social Science Week is next week! There is a diverse array of speakers and topics to interest everyone at Dawson’s Social Science Week 2024, from Monday, Feb. 12 through Friday, Feb. 16. All events are taking place in 5B.16 at Dawson and every day concludes with a Cinema Politica film screening at 6:30 PM.

Check out the updated schedule here:

Teachers, please register your class here:  

From the Director General, Homepage news

Dawson 2024-2029 Strategic Plan prioritizes student development through the lens of well-being

Over the next five years, Dawson College will deliver on its academic mission led by the overarching value of Well-being for All, which emphasizes the cultivation of a stimulating, inclusive and caring environment for learning and working.  Other core values of the plan include Student Achievement, Institutional Excellence, Collaboration, and Innovation and Creativity.

In its newly released 2024-2029 Strategic Plan, the College’s strategic goal setting is guided by the interrelationship between students, communities both internal and external to the College, and the environment. Emphasis will be placed on supporting students to develop as a whole person: to lead meaningful lives and take on rewarding work while considering the impact on others and the planet, all while prioritizing their own physical and mental health.

To read the rest of the homepage news story and to get a copy of the plan, visit the link.

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Campus Life, Dawson Gives, Living Campus, Peace Centre, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Free meals three days a week

The Office of Sustainability, the Peace Centre, and the Dawson Student Union are thrilled to announce a new food justice initiative to expand access to food security for students and employees during the Winter 2024 semester.

Beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 13, Dawson Dining will be offered two days every week, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, as a collaboration between the Office of Sustainability and the Dawson Student Union. This service will end on May 22. Students and employees can drop off their labelled containers on Tuesdays and Wednesdays by 11 AM at Conrod’s (2F). All meals are vegan and zero-waste (90 per cent of waste will be diverted from a landfill).

As of Thursday, Feb. 15, the Peace Centre, under the auspices of the Office of Sustainability, will offer free Early Bird Breakfast to the Dawson community on a first come, first served basis. This will continue every Thursday at 10 AM in Conrod's (2F) for the winter 2024 semester. All meals will be clearly indicated vegetarian or vegan and will also be zero-waste. The service will end May 23.

Cano reusable containers (also available in the cafeteria to reduce our waste) will be provided to students that can be returned to the Cano dispensers near the cafeteria.

If you would like to help out with the meal services, please email Diana Rice, who says: “This is a wonderful way to meet new colleagues, get to know the students we work so hard for every day, and just feel good about being of service."

Events, Policy on Sexual Violence

Julie S. Lalonde back at Dawson to speak about stalking Feb. 20

Award-winning speaker, author and women’s rights advocate Julie S. Lalonde will be at Dawson Feb. 20 to deliver her talk “Creating a Consent Culture: Understand the Links between Sexual Violence and Stalking.”

This event is open to the Dawson College community of employees and students.

Those who attend:

  • can gain an understanding of the reality of stalking (ie: criminal harassment) in Canada and how it’s part of the sexual violence continuum
  • learn about techniques for supporting survivors of stalking in your life (personally and professionally).

To find out how to register and for more info, please visit the link.

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Faculty Hub

Over at the Faculty Hub

Join Tiio Hemlock, Pedagogical Counsellor from the Office of Academic Development (OAD), for a viewing of an episode from the PBS documentary Native America.  This documentary explores and contradicts Historian George Bancroft’s claim that before Europeans arrived, North America was “an unproductive waste. Its only inhabitants were a few scattered tribes of feeble barbarians, destitute of commerce and political connection.”

A discussion will follow.

Date:  Wednesday, Feb. 21

Time:  1 PM- 2:30 PM

Register Here or visit the Faculty Hub website to see the full schedule of faculty professional development opportunities.

Dawson Gives, Student Services, Well-being for all

Sign up for Dawson Blood Drive Feb. 20-21

Giving blood is an easy way to make a difference and give back to your community. Héma-Québec is making it even easier by coming to Dawson. There will be a blood drive by reservation in 3C.1 on Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 20-21.

To give blood, you can visit the link below or drop by the info and appointment booking kiosk in the Upper Atrium on Tuesday, Feb. 13 from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Read More - Sign up for Dawson Blood Drive Feb. 20-21

DawsonAI, Learning opportunities

Sixth Dawson cohort begins AI Launch Lab/Dawson AI series Feb. 10

AI Launch Lab and Dawson AI are offering a sixth series of workshops on artificial intelligence beginning Feb. 10.

Registration is open to all college students for a free eight-week online course on Saturday mornings beginning Feb. 10.

Two students who were in previous workshop series shared their thoughts on the experience, uniquely available through this initiative. Visit the link to go the homepage news story.

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Campus Life, Events, Living Campus, Perks for Dawson Employees, Sustainability, Well-being for all

Winter Wellness Series launches Feb. 27

The Peace and Sustainability Winter Wellness Series will launch on Tuesday, Feb. 27 with a Living Campus biophilic tour and a hands-on indoor gardening workshop. All participants will receive a house plant!

The plan is to offer a wellness workshop/event each month of the semester.

To participate in the Feb. 27 workshop, which will take place from 12 PM to 1 PM, you must register. Register here

Academic News

Dawson’s solidarity delegation to Cuba

Twelve students and two teachers from the Social Change and Solidarity profile of Social Science returned from Cuba Jan. 15 after a three-week solidarity delegation.

The trip is a close partnership with the Centro Martin Luther King Jr. (CMLK) in Cuba, an organization that promotes local and global solidarity, popular education, and justice. The Dawson group traveled to Havana, Puerto Esparanza, Cienaga de Zapatas, Trinidad, and Santa Clara.

To read what members of the delegation thought of their experiences in Cuba, visit the link to the homepage news story.

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Awards Office, Student Services

Applications/nominations open for Forces Avenir until Feb. 28

Up to $60,000 will be given out this year through the Forces AVENIR awards.

Forces AVENIR awards recognize, honour and promote the commitment of students and staff in projects that contribute to the development of socially conscious, responsible, active and persevering citizens who are both dedicated to their community and open to the world.

Nominate or apply before Feb. 28. Visit the link for all the details.

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#DawsonProud, Campus Life, Continuing Education and Community Services (CECS), Events

Free Video Game Playtesting Event on Feb. 23

The Independent Video Game Design program is presenting a new edition of its bimonthly indie game playtesting event in room 3C.1 of Dawson College on Friday, Feb. 23 from 6 PM to 9 PM.

The Playtest @ IVGD event will showcase over a dozen new independent video games created by local developers including current Dawson students, graduates, IVGD faculty, and several Montreal-based indie studios.

Come celebrate the emerging talent in Montreal's continually growing game development scene by trying out the games, chatting with developers and enjoying a few snacks.

The event is free and open to all ages. Full details available in the link below.

Pictured in the image, from left to right: Dion by Baobab Games, Shards Between Us by Queensgard Games, and 9-To-Fight by Osama Dorias.

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Communications Office, Events

Graduation date is June 25

Exceptionally this year, Dawson graduation ceremonies will be held after Saint Jean on Tuesday, June 25. The later date is because the grade deadline is exceptionally later this semester. Time is required to confirm students have in fact graduated.

The good news is that Dawson has secured the 2,996-seat Salle Wilfred Pelletier at Place des Arts so there will be enough space to host two ceremonies instead of three.

Campus Life

DCMUN update

A delegation of 49 students in Dawson College Model United Nations (DCMUN) participated in the Dawson delegation to the McGill Model United Nations conference (McMUN) Jan 25- 28. McMUN is one of the premier Model UN conferences in North America, attracting nearly 2,000 student delegates from universities and colleges across North America and from around the world.

Magalie McKay, DCMUN Head Delegate at the McMUN conference described her experience:

“I was in absolute awe with the McMUN conference. In addition to working with talented, well-spoken, and driven delegates from around the world, it was an occasion for me to improve my public speaking and to think outside the box, to imagine innovative ideas to solve, or at least alleviate, world issues. McMUN was also an opportunity to create strong bonds with delegates from all over the globe.”

“It is truly shocking to see how close you can get to someone in four short, albeit emotionally charged, days! Moreover, as Dawson’s Head Delegate, I worked to develop leadership skills and I had the privilege of getting to know both McMUN’s secretariat and Dawson delegates personally, thus making me all the more attached to and invested in the conference.”

For the first time ever, DCMUN students will be headed to Massachusetts to attend the Harvard National Model United Nations conference Feb. 15 -18. They will also be attending other local college and university conferences throughout the semester.

Submitted by Nancy Rebelo (Dawson College Model United Nations Coordinator)

Campus Life, Dawson Professional Theatre, Dawson Talent, Events

Don’t miss Leopoldstadt: on now through Feb. 17

Sir Tom Stoppard’s play Leopoldstadt had its Canadian premiere at the Dawson College Theatre on Feb. 7. Directed by Matt Holland, the play features the 2024 graduating class of Dawson’s Professional Theatre program. Shows are happening on Feb. 8-9-10 and Feb. 15-16-17.

Here’s what one student acting in the play said about it: "I think audiences can look forward to being thrown off. It's funny, it's sad, it's a family story. Families have history: they have fights, they have losses, they have good moments, and each member just wants to be a part of it." - Frida Flores

For more about the play, read the Jan. 25 story.

To get your tickets, visit the link.

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Campus Life, Events, Well-being for all

Push-up challenge for staff and students

From now through Feb. 23, all staff and students are invited to participate in the Push-up Challenge.

The challenge is to get moving and improve your mental and physical health by doing 2,000 push-up's. Feel free  to do lunges, squats , skipping rope, jumping jacks, whatever works for you! You do what you can/want.

"We have 56 students who’ve signed up at the push up station and have already surpassed the 2K community goal with a whopping 2,575 reps," reported Rhea Gurnagul on Feb. 6. There are several teams and individuals who are participating.

There is still time to sign up! Human Resources is giving $500 in prizes. For all the details, visit the link.

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Dawson Gives, Student Services, Well-being for all

Handmade earrings sale to benefit our Food Bank

Give a gift to yourself or a friend: handmade crochet earrings in your choice of colours. All proceeds go to Dawson’s Financial Aid Food Bank.

The suggested price is $5 per earring or $10 for a pair (or more if you can afford it).

Email Sonia Zylberberg ( for more info and to order your earrings.

PARC, Perks for Dawson Employees, Promotional, Well-being for all

Try out Campus Rec offerings for free!

Campus recreation has a whole schedule for employees and students to get moving and feel good.

There are classes in pilates, yoga, circuit training as well as badminton, weight training, martial arts, volleyball and rock climbing.

Open House is Feb. 5-16 and everything is free!

Check out the schedule here:

For more info: email


DawsonITE Newsletter # 618

DawsonITE is your curated news related to IST and Education prepared by Dawson's Rafael Scapin.

In this issue:

  • Preventing Plagiarism and Cheating in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
  • State Outlines Guidance for Different Levels of AI Use in Classrooms
  • ClipDrop – Easily Remove Image Backgrounds

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