UTS is built to be there for everyone, but our community needs to reflect the diversity of the city and underrepresented groups need better support. This doesn’t just happen: it needs active work. In our ongoing process to be a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment for our students, staff, and families, UTS has the following initiatives:
The Community of Support works to support Black and Indigenous families through the admissions processes and their time at UTS by connecting them with Black or Indigenous UTS students, alumni and UTS community partners. Its goal is to actively increase the number of Black and Indigenous students at UTS.
This includes one-on-one advising at every stage of the admissions process and mentorship opportunities.
If our Community of Support can help you in applying to UTS, .
Are you a member of the Black or Indigenous UTS Alumni community? .
The Community of Support is generally intended to support applicants who are underrepresented, economically-disadvantaged, and differently-abled. If you identify as part of these groups, .
Black Lives Matter
After much debate and discussion with alumni, students, parents and staff, UTS developed action steps to guide our school forward as we seek to improve diversity, equity and inclusion at UTS. outline actions we will take to support our students and train our community on anti-racism, as well as policies, curriculum, hiring practices, and the role of the Equity Committee.
Learn more about the , and read statements from our community in support of Black Lives Matter
Indigenous Solidarity at UTS goes beyond the Land Acknowledgement made at school events, with Truth and Reconciliation forming the foundation of year-long independent study among Foundation students, the Indigenous Solidarity Commitee’s work to educate and organize students and staff in the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Report, and with the guidance of our Elder-in-Residence Cat Criger.
UTS a safe space for LGBT2Q+ individuals. Discrimination is not tolerated, and throughout the year, the Gender Equity Committee and Queer Strait Alliance meet to celebrate LGBT2Q+ history and support LGBT2Q+ issues. Each spring the Pink Day brings the entire school together with panels and speakers on the LGBT2Q+ experience and students take their messages of support to the street with a school party.
In the 2019-2020 school year, UTS gave over $1.3M in financial aid to families to help make tuition more affordable through bursaries. 16% of the students at UTS receive bursaries, ranging from 5% to 100% of tuition, with the average bursary size being $12,175.
Bursaries at UTS are distributed based solely on need and are made possible by the generosity of our donors—the alumni, family, and friends of the school who know that the incredible UTS experience should be available to every student who earns admission, regardless of their financial situation.
We work with students in need of an Individual Education Plan (IEP) to ensure they have an equitable experience of the UTS education. The Head of Academics, Head of Student Support, and Student Services Office identify the student’s learning expectations and develop the appropriate accommodations and assessment modifications the student may need