Dean Deluzio invites Engineering students to ‘Dialogue with the Dean’ in a new monthly conversation series

Posted on October 23, 2020

The student group study rooms in the Integrated Learning Centre (ILC) have become lonely, hollow places since COVID-19 moved nearly all student academic life off campus. There was a time when, especially in the evenings with no classes or labs scheduled, all three floors of the ILC abounded with groups of two to five, or more, or less, assembled to work on projects or study in solitude away from housemates and other distractions.

Campus is a lonely place without the students around, and Dean Deluzio is missing the students.

“I try to spend a lot of my time on campus interacting with students,” he said. “There were times when I could take a few minutes and jump in to a group room, or when meeting students on campus, I’d make it a habit of saying, Talk to me. Tell me what’s going on. I really enjoyed getting to know our students and getting their perspective on things.”

It was from these informal chats where Dean Deluzio gained knowledge of the current student experience, be it in any of the departments in the Faculty of Engineering or regarding campus life in general.

“I’m missing that this year.”

With that in mind, he came up with an idea that he hopes can replicate that interactive knowledge and information-sharing environment with students. Beginning with two sessions on November 10th and continuing monthly through the academic year, Dean Deluzio will host an online conversation, “Dialogue with the Dean.”

The one-hour sessions are limited to just 20 student guests—registrants must be current students of the Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science, of course—who will have the time to share unfiltered thoughts, comments, suggestions directly with the Dean. The sessions will not be recorded, and there will be no other participants other than Dean Deluzio and the 20 students per session who register in time.

“I want an informal chat with small groups of students,” he said, “so I can get to know some of our amazing students and learn from them about their experience as engineering students. Student feedback is even more important this year as we all are adjusting to remote learning.”

Students can register here.