News in brief: What you missed during reading week

The Jack Layton Leadership School at Ryerson has been running during reading weeks since 2013. (Ryersonian Archive)

The Jack Layton Leadership School at Ryerson has been running during reading weeks since 2013. (Ryersonian Archive)

Layton leadership school’s fourth year

Olivia Chow, Winnie Ng, a social justice and democracy chair at Ryerson, and former MPP Andrew Cash were some of the many activists who spoke at the Jack Layton Leadership School this past week.

The three-day program —  established in 2013 — aims to build knowledge and skills in social justice, activism and community. The school runs every year at Ryerson during the October and February reading week breaks.

Fashion gets funding

A new, five-year fashion fellowship was launched at Ryerson as a result of a $1-million donation. The Suzanne Rogers Fashion Institute will offer funding support, master classes and mentorship opportunities to help students transition from school to the fashion industry.

The competitive application is open to third- and fourth-year fashion students, along with recent alumni. Six fellows will be admitted to the program each year.

Ryerson scientists going to MaRS

Ryerson’s Faculty of Science opened the doors to its new lab in the MaRS Discovery District. The 20,000-square-foot collaborative space will be home to cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology and environmental toxicology research projects.

The MaRS Discovery District is a Toronto innovation hub that houses local entrepreneurs, researchers and businesses.

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