ChemE professors share Back to Skule™ messages of support with U of T Engineering community

As classes start remotely this week, the U of T Engineering community has a message to new and returning students, and to one another: we got this.

The Faculty has launched the Back to Skule™ video capsule, inviting faculty, staff, students and alumni to record messages of encouragement, support and advice. The project serves as a reminder to its community that they are not alone in navigating the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and the school year ahead.

“As Dean, my goals this year is to find the resources and opportunities to make sure that you are successful while you’re here,” says Chris Yip, Dean of U of T Engineering, in his welcome message. “But probably my most important goal is to think of new ways to reach out and connect to each and every one of you.”

When asked what makes our U of T Engineering community unique, Department Chair Professor Grant Allen (ChemE), and Professor Greg Evans (ChemE, ISTEP) had the following messages to share with our incoming students:

“It starts with our students — great relationships that you have and will forge through your design teams, lab projects, clubs,” says Allen. “But it also includes faculty and staff — a group of people who are committed to working together to really help with your education and support you.”

Watch Professor Grant Allen’s Back to Skule™ message:


“It’s the people. It’s the students the staff, the faculty and the alumni. But community doesn’t just happen on it’s own — it’s something that we need to build together,” says Evans. “So this term, be extra proactive in getting to know something interesting about each of your classmates and let them know something about you.”

Watch Professor Greg Evans’ Back to Skule message:

At time of publication, the capsule has received nearly 50 video messages. To watch, or record a message, visit:

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