Updates

Welcome to the Humber Updates page. 

Here you will find the latest information about emerging or ongoing issues impacting Humber operations. This information will be updated as required. You are encouraged to bookmark the page for future reference. 

The following message was sent to students on February 7, 2023.

The Humber College and University of Guelph-Humber community is saddened to learn of the massive earthquake and aftershocks that devastated Turkey and Syria on February 6.  

The impact of the of the earthquake is not confined to Turkey and Syria. Family, friends and relatives in our community and city are also experiencing loss and trauma as a result of the death and destruction caused by the earthquake.  

While the impacts of this natural disaster are still unfolding and rescue efforts continue, our collective thoughts are with those who have lost or who are anxiously awaiting news of the safety of loved ones. We are here to provide support to students and staff who may need assistance.   

It is during times like these that we need to unite and check in on one another – please know that there are many supports within the Humber community.   

Ian Crookshank  
Associate Vice-President, Learner and Career Success and Dean of Students  
Humber College  
Melanie Spence-Ariemma, Ph.D.  
Vice-Provost and Chief Academic Officer
University of Guelph-Humber  

  

The following message was published on AMViews on January 30, 2023.

This week marks the start of Black History Month. It is a dedicated time to reflect on the successes and tremendous impact of Black people in every facet of society. It is also a time to critically examine the links of historical injustices to the current and ongoing violence and trauma that stems from systemic racism. 

On January 7 in Memphis, Tennessee, Tyre Nichols was beaten by police and died three days later. He was a father, a son and a skateboarding aficionado. He had dreams and plans that stopped short because of senseless violence.   

Humber condemns any acts of violence. As President, I personally condemn any act of violence. I am writing this with emotions of sadness and anger as these acts provide more and more evidence that we are dealing with a systemic issue in our society. 

As a post-secondary institution that provides education for future policing professionals and social service advocates, we continue to work to make change from the ground up so there is not one more tragedy like this one. It is our responsibility to help shape a system based on justice, equity and anti-racism. 

We are teaching our students about new ways policing and justice professionals respond to the changing nature of harm and community expectations.  

We are committed to working with our local law enforcement to ensure we contribute to the change; Humber works directly with the Toronto Police Service to evaluate the neighborhood community officer program (NCOP) to support the creation of tools and education needed to develop best practices and community trust. We are working hard to help our community and all members of it.  

We know that horrific incidents like this, and the video of the assault that has been circulating, have far reaching and lasting ripple effects on Black people and communities, including at Humber.   

Support is available for students and staff who may need it. 

I encourage you to check in on your Black peers and on one another and provide support as you are able. The Humber community stands in solidarity with all those calling for “not one more.” We will continue to do everything we can to address these systemic issues. 

Ann Marie Vaughan 
President and CEO 
Humber College ITAL 

The following message was sent to students on January 25, 2023.

Due to inclement weather conditions expected to begin Wednesday, January 25, and based on local recommendations, all Humber campus locations, including the University of Guelph-Humber, will be closed as of 3 p.m. today. 

Humber classes beginning at 3 p.m. or later will be moved to remote delivery, wherever possible. Students are asked to check with their professors and check Blackboard for updates. Services will also continue to be offered remotely, wherever possible. 

Faculty and staff are to continue working remotely, wherever possible. 

The Humber Child Development Centre will also close as of 3 p.m. today.

A decision about operations for Thursday, January 26 will be made in accordance with our severe weather closure procedure.

Humber College receives historic $30 million gift from The Barrett Family Foundation

The following message was sent to Humber employees on January 24, 2023.

Dear Humber employees, 

Today is a great day for Humber College as we celebrate the incredible generosity of our donors.  

I am pleased to share exciting news about a transformational gift. Humber is the recipient of $30 million from the Barrett Family Foundation, marking the largest single donation ever made to an Ontario college. Combined with their donations to Humber’s Unlimited Campaign, the Barrett Family Foundation has given a total of $42 million, making their donation the largest in Canadian college history.  

The Foundation’s investment will support science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs and technology (STEM) at Humber. It will provide access to education through more than 100 annual scholarships to students entering and continuing their studies in engineering and technology-related degrees and diplomas. It will also enhance the learning environment for students and foster interest in STEM careers by investing in existing and new programs, people, and resources at the Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation (CTI). 

I am inspired by the Barrett family and their foundation’s generosity, and grateful for their shared vision and support for students and our polytechnic model of education. This gift is an investment in the future of Humber students that will strengthen industry, the economy and our communities. 

Led by Bob Barrett and Francine Rouleau-Barrett, the Barrett Family Foundation is Humber’s largest benefactor, having previously donated $10 million to support the creation of the Barrett CTI at the College's North Campus, and $2 million to support a STEM initiative led by Humber College’s International Development Institute targeting girls aged 14 to 18 in Kenya and Ethiopia. 

This contribution also brings the total of Unlimited, Humber’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign, to more than $85 million, surpassing the campaign’s original $50 million goal.  

Please join me in welcoming this historic news at Humber.   

Sincerely, 

Dr. Ann Marie Vaughan 
President, CEO, Humber I.T.A.L. 

The following message was sent to students on November 16.

As we move into the winter months and the many social gatherings that happen at this time of year, it’s important that we take steps to keep the most vulnerable in our communities, whether family, friends, students, colleagues or those working on the front lines safe. 

Earlier this week, Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health strongly recommended that Ontarians wear masks in indoor public spaces and social settings as the hospital system simultaneously battles three respiratory diseases – COVID-19, influenza and RSV. Hospital Intensive Care Units in the province are struggling with capacity as children, particularly those under the age of four, have been acutely impacted by these viruses.  

With this latest information, Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber strongly encourage everyone to wear a mask while in public and indoor settings, including on campus. Many of our community members have young children, seniors and immuno-compromised individuals in their lives and reducing community transmission requires collective action.  

Vaccines continue to be our best defence against these infectious diseases and the College strongly encourages everyone to get their flu shot and COVID-19 booster shots as soon as you are eligible. We continue to employ enhanced cleaning protocols on campus, including frequent cleaning of high-touch areas.  

I also want to remind the Humber community to practice good health measures and layers of protection, including:  

  • Do daily self-screenings for respiratory symptoms.  
  • Stay at home when sick, feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness.  
  • Practice good hand hygiene.  
  • Stay up to date with vaccines, especially COVID-19 boosters and the flu shot.  
  • Wear a mask in indoor public settings.  

Individuals are responsible for bringing their own mask to wear on campus. There may continue to be situations in which masking and other personal protective equipment (PPE) is required at Humber. If your learning or working environment fits these criteria, masks or other PPE will be provided to you by your Faculty or department. Disposable medical masks will also be available at various locations across the college campuses and work sites.  

Humber and the University of Guelph-Humber are not reinstating mandatory masking or vaccination policies at this time. A cross-college working group continues to meet regularly to discuss any new developments in the province or new guidelines from public health officials. As we have throughout the pandemic, we will continue to act in consideration of public health direction and may adjust our approach as circumstances continue to evolve.  

We know that the past three years have been challenging and that changing health circumstances and public health directives can be stressful and exhausting. We want to see the successful completion of the Fall term and we know that working together to reduce transmission can help achieve that. 

Stay safe and be well. 

Ann Marie Vaughan
President and CEO