Making a Difference: Supporting Students.
A generous gift of $20,000 from longtime friend and supporter of Innis College, Mrs. Terry G. Harris, will provide support for two key projects.
A portion of Mrs. Harris’ donation will be used to fund the development of the Writing and Rhetoric program’s Fine Writing Website. The website will assist university students who already write well, and will serve as a resource to help students explore the rhetorical features of fine writing.
“Writing, rhetoric, and critical thinking are increasingly popular areas of study for today’s university students. The Writing and Rhetoric program at Innis College offers students a powerful educational tool designed to complement specialist and major programs as well as help students excel in their careers. Mrs. Harris recognizes the importance of the skills and knowledge our students are acquiring in the program, and we are deeply grateful for her generous support,” says Professor Cynthia Messenger, Director, Writing and Rhetoric Program.
Mrs. Harris’ gift has also been directed to the Innis College Excellence Fund which will support enhancements and upgrades to the student study space in and around the Innis Library. The purchase of new furniture and equipment will allow the College to respond to the increased needs and demands of its students. Commuter students, in particular, are in need of more space to study, reflect, and connect with their peers.
“Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends like Mrs. Harris, we can continue to offer our students very good facilities, excellent resources, and strong support for our programs,” says Principal Janet Paterson. She continues, “Mrs. Harris’ most recent gift will impact students for years to come.”
Mrs. Harris is a published writer and poet originally from Brazil. She studied at the University of Sao Paulo, York University, and the University of Toronto (M.Ed 1981). She was a university professor in Sao Paulo, and was on the teaching staff of Toronto’s Metropolitan Separate School Board.
Mrs. Harris’ late husband Professor Robin Harris was appointed the first Principal of Innis College in 1964, and served until 1971. After Professor Harris’ death in 2000, Innis College honoured the great leader by establishing The Robin S. Harris Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded annually to an outstanding student in the Humanities.