Talking Walls is an exhibition space in the Main Hallway of Hart House that seeks to build understanding and awareness by featuring challenging and socially-engaged artwork and photography. Presented by Career Exploration & Education and the Hart House Stories team, the Future of My Own project combines visual and audio storytelling to inspire students to contemplate how they can create meaningful futures in a changing world.

The project shares the stories of six University of Toronto alumni who were the first in their family to attend university. Their inspiring accounts of failure, success, challenge and triumph are communicated through six podcast episodes. Through these stories, students are encouraged to reject the all-too-pervasive Fear Of Missing Out that exists in many areas of life and begin the process of building their own meaningful futures.

As they tell their stories, alumni offer advice about practicing personal health, using resources that can support students' goals, learning to embrace life’s unexpected turns and building community.  

This project was conceived by Amelia Merrick and Jenifer Newcombe, and designed by Josanne Buchanan and Jaime McLaughlin. Photographs were taken by Henry Zhao.

The audio was produced by Hart House Student Podcasters Sabrina Brathwaite, Micaela-Kong Gonzalez and Tony Luong.

Contents

U of T Alumni David Pereira
U of T Alumni L.A. Wade
U of T Alumni Professor Nakanyike Musisi
U of T Alumni David Kim
U of T Alumni Savannah Sloat
U of T Alumni Brenda Varriano

U of T Alumni

David Pereira, Sexual and Gender Diversity Officer

Listen to David Pereira's podcast episode.

David Pereira

U of T Alumni

L.A. Wade, Registrar, Transitional Year Programme

Listen to L.A. Wade's podcast episode.

L.A. Wade

U of T Alumni

Professor Nakanyike Musisi, Associate Undergraduate Chair/Associate Professor, Department of History

Listen to Professor Nakanyike Musisi's podcast episode.

Professor Nakanyike Musisi

U of T Alumni

David Kim, Dean of Residence, Chestnut College

Listen to David Kim's podcast episode.

David Kim

U of T Alumni

Savannah Sloat, Assistant to Dean of Residences, Woodsworth College

Listen to Savannah Sloat's podcast episode.

Savannah Sloat

U of T Alumni

Brenda Varriano, Research Assistant, Maple Leaf Medical Clinic

Listen to Brenda Varriano's podcast episode.

Brenda Varriano