Discussion Groups


Graduate Student Parent Circle

Date: TBA
Time: 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Location: Hart House Committees Room, 2nd Floor

Connect and unwind with other U of T graduate students who have or are about to have children. Share resources, get support and enjoy relaxing craft activities!

Pizza will be served.

All U of T graduate student parents and expectant graduate students are welcome.

This program is a collaborative initiative of the Family Care Office, Graduate Student Union, Grad Life and Hart House.


Expectant Parents Group

Date: Fall 2017
Time: TBA

A bi-monthly for U of T expecting and postnatal parents to:

  • Gain insight into various aspects of pregnancy including nutrition, emotional and physical changes, labour and delivery, and post-partum issues such as feeding your baby and adjusting to new life.
  • Find support and access resources.
  • Meet guest speakers, exchange ideas and experiences with other women regarding various aspects of pregnancy and life with baby.

Fall 2017 Session dates:

Session Title Date
Equipment & Gadgets You Will Really Need TBA
Pregnancy Changes & Concerns * TBA
The Birthing Experience * TBA
Feeding Your Baby * TBA
Caring for Yourself & Your Baby TBA
Adjusting Your Family Life TBA

* Facilitator: Jody MacDonald, RN EdD, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream

Expectant parents who are U of T students, staff, faculty and their partners/spouses both are welcome to attend. Pre-registration required.

This program is a collaborative initiative of the U of T Family Care Office, the Lawrence Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing and Toronto Public Health. If you have an accommodation need, please email family.care@utoronto.ca to make appropriate arrangements.

Mindfulness for Parents

Dates: Thursdays, May 25; June 1, 8, 15 FULL - Waitlist Only
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: Anthropology Building, 19 Russell Street, Room 124

Back by popular demand, Mari Rossi will be leading a 4-week series on Mindfulness for Parents. Each session will include a discussion and a guided meditation. Exercises to be tried at home will be offered every week. Participants are encouraged to attend all 4 sessions.

Facilitator: Mari Rossi has been teaching yoga and mindfulness for parents and children since 2006, and this is her fourth year facilitating the Family Care Office's Mindful Parenting series. She studies Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health, as well as Women and Gender Studies, at U of T. Between her academic pursuits and mindfulness teaching, Mari finds time for her most important work: parenting her five year-old son and seven year-old daughter.

University of Toronto students, staff, faculty and their partners/spouses are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.


Parents of Multiples Meet-Up

Date: Wednesday, May 24
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Location: ODLC, 215 Huron Street, Room 628

Calling all parents of multiples! Here at U of T, there are many parents of multiples. Get together with people who really get how crazy things can get and how amazing (and unique) parenting twins, triplets, quads, quints... is.

This is a one-time, non-facilitated, agenda-free, expectation-free, diaper-free, peer meet-up - open to any U of T parents of multiples. Expectant parents of multiples are welcome.


U of Tots (U of T Scarborough)

Date: TBA
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Location: AA160-Council Chambers, U of T Scarborough

Calling all parents at U of T Scarborough! U of Tots is a new parenting group that will meet once a month to share resources, socialize, chat about our unique experiences and hear from experts on a range of topics. Join us for the first meeting on Tuesday, November 29 from 1-2 pm to meet other parents and help choose topics/speakers for the upcoming year. Questions? Email Holly Fraser or pop by BV588 at UTSC with any thoughts on this new group! Open to staff, faculty and student parents of (preferably) 1-5 year olds.

Parents' Group at U of T Student Family Housing (for residents only)

Date: Every Thursday
Time: 3:30 - 5:00 pm
Location: Charles St. Drop-in Centre, 30 Charles St., 3rd Floor

A self-directed group for parents and their young children up to 5 years of age who live at the U of T Student Family Housing. Participants have an opportunity to meet other parents, make connections and share experiences. Group members develop a support network within the Student Family Housing buildings and learn about family resources.

Other Groups

Mature Students Association

Contact: MatSA@MatSA.ca

The Mature Students Association understands the unique experience of being a mature student at the University of Toronto. Their goal is to provide social and academic support to all mature students and to address issues that are relevant to mature students at U of T.


Student Parents Group at Woodsworth College

Time: 12:00 - 2:00 pm
Location: WW 123

The Student Parent Group hosted by Woodsworth College and the Transitional Year Programme is open to all students pursuing undergraduate studies while parenting, regardless of part-time/full-time status or college affiliation. The group meets bi-weekly for student parents to connect, develop support networks and build community. You are welcome but not obligated to attend as often as you like. The format of these meetings is designed to meet the diverse interests and needs of group members which may range from study skills, academic advising, career planning, and financial aid to family care. Come and meet other undergraduate student parents at UofT.

Learn more: join our listserv by emailing studentparentgroup-l-request@listserv.utoronto.ca