The undergraduate student body at the University of Toronto is a vibrant, welcoming community. The two student organizations described below are a great way to be involved, meet people and learn new things (like how to dance salsa!)
University of Toronto Portuguese Association (UTPA)
The University of Toronto Portuguese Association was founded in 1984 with the goal of encouraging student participation in the Luso-Canadian experience. Education has always been principle concern at UTPA, and members are encouraged to volunteer through our Outreach program which tries to help students plan their future goals in life.
Since 1996 the UTPA publishes ORIGENS: University of Toronto Portuguese Association magazine. This magazine has been created to showcase the creative abilities available within the Portuguese community. It is written by university students, professors and those interested in the Portuguese culture.
View the UTPA's website.
Click here for more information about the Arts and Science Students' Union (ASSU).
U of T Spanish Student Organization (SSO)
The Spanish Student Organization (SSO) represents all individuals interested in learning, improving and practicing the Spanish language. Our vision is to foster a united bond and supportive relationship amongst all Spanish speaking and learning enthusiasts by organizing academic and social events that promote additional learning and community-building outside of the conventional classroom setting. We welcome anyone who is passionate about the Spanish language, music and culture to join the SSO.
View the SSO's website.
Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS)
OLAS is an organization that serves as a medium for cultural and social exchange. Our purpose is to embrace the richness of Latin American traditions by hosting various social and cultural events. OLAS welcomes individuals of all ethnic backgrounds.
OLAS is involved in various community and cultural projects including: Project Student Aid (high-school tutoring), Latin Dance Lessons (learn salsa, merengue, bachata and tango), OLAS Lit Club, Movie Nights (the new, the old, the classics), Cultural Waves, Charlas (Spanish Conversation Sessions), and Recreational Soccer.
Every Thursday afternoon from 3-4pm in the Centre for International Experienceat 33 St. George St, the Organization for Latin American Students (OLAS) presents "CHARLAS", talks given by students for students.
View the OLAS website.