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B.Sc. 2014, MSc candidate, Neuropharmacology/psychopharmacology
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When Ontario implemented its first COVID-19 lockdown last spring, Rajasekar Dhanasekar found himself in a tight financial spot.
A master’s student in the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering, Dhanasekar had been working about 20 hours a week at a Rexall store to cover his tuition and rent.
But once the pandemic hit, the pharmacy slashed its hours and Dhanasekar’s shifts – and paycheques – dwindled.
Ikran Jama says she knew early in her undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto that she wanted to pursue a legal education.
But she was still hesitant.
“When you're trying to understand what a legal education means – and what it means for someone who looks like you – you start to search the web and ask friends if they know anyone who has pursued this kind of pathway,” says the Victoria College student in the Faculty of Arts & Science.
The University of Toronto plans to make additional investments in student learning, supports and financial aid, as well as boost access for equity-deserving groups and hire more Black and Indigenous faculty members – all while continuing to respond to the unprecedented challenge of COVID-19.
These are among the many priorities to be funded through U of T’s 2021-2022 budget, which is scheduled to go before Governing Council on April 6. In total, the balanced budget plans for $3.12 billion in spending in 2021-2022, an increase of 4.4 per cent over the previous period.