POLICY Sprint 2021
Policy Sprint is a one day event where participants can gain experience researching U of T policies and suggesting reform based on a real issue given to you in a prompt at the start of the event. Suggestions will be sent to course unions, student unions and other relevant University departments. It’s a great place to get ready for our Policython in 2022, learn about policy, and implement change in our own community.
You’ll be working individually for the first half of the event, researching and creating your own solutions. You’ll come together in the second half to go over everyone’s suggestions and compile amended reforms into a policy brief. Don’t worry if you’re new to policy— UTP staff will be on hand to support you!
10.00 AM - 10.30 AM Introduction
10.30 AM - 10.45 AM UofT Policies Overview
10.45 AM - 12.00 PM Mini-Briefs
12.00 PM - 12.30 PM Break Time
12.30 PM - 1.20 PM Pitching Period
1.20 PM - 1.50 PM Stream Recommendations
1.50 PM - 2.00 PM Closing
2.00 PM - 3.00 PM Social
Saturday November 20th, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM EST
Online! The event will be fully virtual so you can join from wherever.
Can I participate if I’m not a member?
Yes, General Members can register for free. For non- GMs, it is a $5 participation fee. You can join our General Membership program through the link in our bio and get access to future events, early registration for Policython, and more.
What are some benefits of participating?
Practice research and writing policy briefs
Bounce ideas off of other students and UTP Stream Directors
Develop solutions that improve your life as a student!
What’s the difference between the Sprint and Policython?
Sprint provides a smaller setting; Policython takes place over a weekend and includes more participants. The Sprint is not a competition, but Policython has judges!
The Sprint aims to reform University policies, while Policython works with national policies. Both engage real- world, current events.
What will I be writing about at Policy Sprint?
Participants will be given a prompt of a current event issue at the University of Toronto. Parts of the brief are already written for you— you just have to compile your suggestions and research approach into the brief!