Between March 18 - 22, 2024, there will be various virtual and in-person opportunities for all members of our campus community to learn about and celebrate the various cultures represented at the Orillia Campus and in our larger community. The #ITSTARTS campaign is a Simcoe County-wide public awareness campaign designed to increase and celebrate diversity and belonging, while reducing discrimination and racism. 

We encourage all students, staff, and faculty to get involved with initiatives throughout the campaign!

Three people smiling hold up the big blue #ITSTARTS frame in the Orsi Learning Commons.



#ITSTARTS Professionals Panel

March 18, 2024 - 12:00pm EDT



#ITSTARTS Welcome the World 2024

March 19, 2024 - 12:00pm EDT

Orsi Learning Commons


#ITSTARTS Newcomer Experience Panel

March 20, 2024 - 12:00pm EDT



#ITSTARTS International Trivia Night

March 20, 2024 - 6:00pm EDT

Simcoe Hall


#ITSTARTS Paint Night: Reflecting on...

March 21, 2024 - 3:30pm EDT

Simcoe Hall


World Water Day "Protecting our...

March 22, 2024 - 10:30am EDT


Get Involved!

Plan an Event/Activity

Plan an event or activity that focuses on the themes of inclusion, belonging, or eliminating discrimination with your department or group. Contact or.international@lakeheadu.ca to have your event included in the #ITSTARTS schedule of events. 

Welcome the World - Volunteer To Help at the Fair

Whether you have a keen interest in sharing your story with others, or you're interested in helping in the background, we would appreciate any support with hosting our Fair. Sign up here

Attend a Panel Discussion and Other Events

These events are open to all campus members to attend. Click on the event details above to register!

Participate in Diversity Ambassador Training

Lakehead International will be offering virtual Ambassador sessions. Sign up here

Register for an Information Session

The County of Simcoe’s Local Immigration Partnership is offering an Equity 2.0 session as well as #ITSTARTS Ambassador sessions. Attending these sessions can help you grow your knowledge on topics surrounding equity, diversity, and inclusion. All sessions promoted below are being held virtually.
The Equity 2.0 session will be taking place February 26, 2024. Register here

Ambassador Sessions are offered on the following dates: 

February 7, 2024

February 12, 2024

February 20, 2024

February 23, 2024


A student dressed in traditional Indian clothes stands beside their table display representing the country of India.