What is it like to take part in classes at the University of Toronto from your home in southern Brazil? How does it feel, as a student from Cameroon, to witness anti-Black racism in North America?
The New Normal, a podcast hosted by Professor Maydianne Andrade, vice-dean faculty affairs, equity and success, at U of T Scarborough and a Canada Research Chair in Integrative Behavioural Ecology, explores how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our daily lives.
In episode 11, Andrade turns the microphone over to guest host Joe Wong, the Ralph and Roz Halbert professor of innovation at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, and U of T’s interim vice-president, international. Wong is joined by three students: Atharv Agrawal, from Mumbai, India, Ana Meleti from Londrina, Brazil and Lesley Sipaka, originally from Cameroon – as they reflect on life during the pandemic, being inspired by those who stand against anti-Black racism and finding ways to have fun.
“I'm living the Canadian dream,” says Agrawal. “It's the American dream plus ... a little bit of humanity. And more maple syrup.”
The New Normal is created in collaboration with a University of Toronto Communications team led by Lisa Lightbourn. You can listen to the podcast on Spotify or listen on SoundCloud. You can also find it on Apple or listen on Google.