UTSU Unity Ball 2017 – SOLD OUT

Our annual Unity Ball Semi-Formal is a celebration of a year of student engagement and community-building at UofT. The Unity Ball showcases some of our most talented clubs, with dances and performances. We will be having a Buffet-style dinner (with halal, kosher and vegetarian options) and a dance floor so you can let loose!


Date: March 18, 2017

Location: Chestnut Residence

Time: 7pm- 12am

Admission: Chestnut Residence (89 Chestnut Street, Toronto, M5G 1R1)

This will be a sit-down dinner and tickets will cost $20.00 each and $140.00 for a table of 8 savings of one ticket.

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Unity Ball Awards Nomination

Campus clubs are an integral part of campus life at the University of Toronto. The University of Toronto Students’ Union would like to commend and recognize the amazing efforts made by campus clubs through the Annual Club Leadership Awards. Award winners will be announced at our Annual Unity Ball Semi-Formal. Nominated clubs, nominators and UTSU members are encouraged to attend and celebrate a successful year of programming at the University of Toronto.

Any UTSU member may nominate a UTSU recognized club or member of a UTSU recognized club for an award.

Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award: This award recognizes strides in research made by undergraduate students
Residence Assistant Excellence Award: This award aims to recognize the efforts of exemplary undergraduate dons.
Mentorship Excellence Award: This award recognizes the efforts of exemplary undergraduate students who have acted as mentors to other students.
Teachers Assistant Excellence Award: This award recognizes undergraduate Teachers Assistants who have gone above and beyond their roles to teach other students.
Orientation Leader Award: For those leaders in College, Program or University Orientations who have gone above and beyond their roles in the time of Orientation and beyond.
Individual Leadership Award: For students who have shown exemplary bravery, leadership, and resolve in the face of adversity


People’s Choice Award


Categories for the 2016 awards were as follows:

Academic and Student Rights Commission Award
This award recognizes the contribution of a club on campus who has actively sought to create a stronger, more empowered university community by putting students and their rights, first – both inside and outside the classroom. Our Vice-President University Affairs grants this award
Sustainability Commission Award
This award is granted to a club who has sought to reduce UofT’s environmental footprint or promote environmental justice, either through an ongoing campaign or campus events. Our Sustainability Commissioner grants this award.

Social Justice and Equity Commission Award
This award is granted to a club who actively advocates for the rights of marginalized members of our community and who ensure that the University addresses discrimination and oppression in its overt, subvert, systemic and individual forms. Our Vice-President Equity grants this award.

Community Action Commission Award
This award will be granted to a club who has actively advocated for student rights outside the university setting, such as the right to affordable and quality education, health, transit and other public services. Our Vice-President External grants this award.

Outstanding New Club for Campus Life Commission Award
Starting a new club isn’t easy. Writing constitutions, recruitment and fundraising can be difficult to figure out. This award will honour a club that has managed to do it all, while providing excellent programming and enriching the campus community. Only clubs created in the last year are eligible for this award, which is granted by our Vice-President Campus Life.

Outstanding Academic Union Award
Academic unions play significant roles inside and outside the classroom. This award is presented to the academic students’ union that has effectively engaged its membership in activities inside and outside the classroom.

Outstanding Athletic Club Award
Athletic clubs play an important role in building an active campus, where students can engage in activities beyond their academic life. This award will be presented to the athletic club who has effectively encouraged students to stay active, either through sports or other recreational activities.

Outstanding Cultural Club Award
Cultural clubs act as a space for building community on campus and creating safe spaces for students. This award will be presented to a club that has worked to promote diversity and inclusivity, and create space where students can celebrate their cultural identities.

Outstanding Creative Arts Award
With a history of outstanding architecture, theater and art, the University of Toronto is a hub for creativity. This award honors clubs who have continued this tradition by engaging students in the creative arts.

Outstanding Publication Award
This award will honour a club that has produced an outstanding publication. Deadlines, advertisements, assignments and printing issues are not simple challenges to overcome. The recipient of this award will be a club who has managed to meet such challenges and produce an excellent publication.

Outstanding Upcoming Group Award
This award will honour a group who has shown inspirational dedication to launching a new club. This award will be presented to a club who demonstrated a creative, enthusiastic and unique approach to promoting a new initiative to our campus.

Outstanding Graphic Design/Promotions’ Award
This award will be presented to a club that has demonstrated a creative, energetic approach to promoting their club and programming. If you are nominating a club for this award, please email vpcampuslife@utsu.ca with their top three graphic designs created over the past year.

Outstanding Club Executive Member Award
This award will honour a club executive member who has shown inspirational dedication to the success of a club. You can nominate up to three students for this award.

Outstanding Club Executive Team Award
This award will honour a club executive team that has shown inspirational dedication to the success of a club.

Event of the Year Award
This award will be presented to a club that organized an event that not only provided an entertaining and engaging experience for university members, but also exemplified an inclusive and positive environment.

School Spirit Award
This award will be given to a club who raised school spirit and built a stronger community by attempting to engage all members of the student community in UofT pride.

People’s Choice Award
This award will be presented to a club who is the most favoured on campus by their peers. Attendees of the Unity Ball will vote to select their People’s Choice Winner.


2015-2016 Unity Ball Award Winners

Event of the Year Award
Contemporary Asian Studies Students Union CASSU Myanmar Post-Election Conference: Prospects for Peace 2
BORDERLESS Myanmar Post-Election Conference: Prospects for Peace 3
Chinese Undergraduate Association UofT Chinese New Year Gala

Outstanding Academic Union Award
Pharmaceutical Chemistry Student Union PCSU

Outstanding Athletic Club Award
UofT Sailing Club
UofT Naginata

Outstanding Club Executive Member Award
Daouii Abouchere, President & Founder UofT Black Ties

Outstanding Club Executive Team Award
Afghan Students Association

Outstanding Creative Arts Award
Raindance on Campus

Outstanding Cultural Club Award
Indian Students Society
Tamil Students Association

Outstanding Graphic Design Promotions’ Award
Muslim Students Association – Meriam Benlamri

Outstanding New Club Award
UofT First Aid Society

Outstanding Publication Award
Chinese Magazine

School Spirit Award
TechXplore

Social Justice & Equity Award
Pakistan Development Foundation

Sustainability Award
UofT 350

Academic and Student Rights Commission Award
Nigerian Students Association
African Students Association
Caribbean Studies Students Union (CARRSU)

Community Action Commission Award
Orphan Sponsorship Program (MSA)

Outstanding Upcoming Group Award
Synergy: The Journal of Contemporary Asian Studies

People’s Choice
Orphan Sponsorship Program (MSA)


2014-15 Unity Ball Award Winners

Peoples Choice Award
Students for Wishes

Outstanding Executive Team Award
Greek Students Association

Outstanding Athletic Club Award
UofT Badminton Club

Outstanding Athletic Club Award
New College New Dragons

Academic and Student Rights Commission Award
Campus Health Initiative

Community Action Commission Award
Muslim Students Association Community Affairs

Social Justice & Equity Commission Award
Sexual Education Centre (SEC)

Event of the Year
Muslim Students Association, Eid Dinner

Outstanding New Club Award
Three Minute Thesis 3MT

Outstanding Cultural Club Award
Indian Cultural Club Award

Outstanding Creative Arts Award
Healing Sounds of Music

Outstanding Graphic Design & Promotions Award
Design in Design

Outstanding Executive Member
Chelsea Ricchio Active Minds

Outstanding Publication Award
Chinese Magazine

Outstanding Creative Arts Award
Fly with Origami, Learn to Dream (FOLD)

School Sprit Award
Chinese Magazine

Outstanding Academic Union Award
Pharmaceutical Chemistry Student Union PCSU

Outstanding Upcoming Group
UofT Global Brigades

Outstanding Academic Union Award
Economic Students Association

Sustainability Commission Award
Fossil Free UofT Toronto 350


2012-13 Unity Ball Award Winners

Academic & Student Rights Commission Award Winner

Transitional Year Program Preservation Alliance (TYPPA)

Sustainability Commission Award Winner

University of Toronto Environmental Action (UTEA)

Social Justice & Equity Commission Award Winner

Journalists for Human Rights (JHR)

Orphan Sponsorship Program

Community Action Commission Award Winner

Pakistan Development Fund (PDF)

Outstanding New Club Award Winner

Indonesian Student Community

Outstanding Academic Union Winner

Economic Students’ Association

Outstanding Publication Award Winner

Juxtaposition Global Health Magazine

Outstanding Creative Arts Award Winner

Tales of Harmonia

Outstanding Cultural Award Winners

Chinese Undergraduate Association at UofT (CUAUT)

Indian Student Society (ISS)

Outstanding School Spirit Award Winner

South Asian Alliance (SAA)

Outstanding Graphic Design Award Winner

Equity Studies Students’ Union (ESSU)

Outstanding Executive Member Award Winners

Aisha Raja, President, Muslim Students Association

Nadia Hosseinzadeh, President, Polish Students Association

Outstanding Executive Team Award Winners

Brazilians United in Canada (BRAZUCA)

Greek Students’ Association (GSA)

Events of the Year Award Winners

Black Students Association (BSA) for High School Conference

Hindu Students Council (HSC) for Winter Garba

Muslim Students Association (MSA)

Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS)

Egyptian Students Association, Hindu Students Council (HSC)

Power 2 Change

Afghan Students Association

Arab Students Association for BIG BBQ

People’s Choice Award

Orphan Sponsorship Program


2010-11 Unity Ball Award Winners

Social Justice Award Winner

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)

Community Action Award Winner

Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG)

Academic and Student Rights Award Winner

East Asian Studies Students’ Union

Sustainability Award Winners

Hot Yam!

Sustainable Engineers Association

Outstanding Legacy Event Award Winners

Hindu Students Council – Dhol Baaje: Garba Raas

Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Trans People of U of T (LGBTOUT) – The Homohop

Outstanding Executive Team Award Winners

Free the Slaves

Greek Students’ Association (GSA)

Mature Students’ Association (MATSA)

Outstanding New Event Award Winner

Black Students’ Association (BSA)- Politics of Black…

Outstanding Promotions Team Award Winner

Chinese Undergraduate Association, UofT (CUAUT)

Outstanding Community Engagement Award Winners

Muslim Students’ Association (MSA)- Orphan Sponsorship

Musicbox Children’s Charity

Outstanding Academic Union Award Winner

Women and Gender Studies Students’ Union (WGSSU)

Outstanding New Club Award Winners

Albanian Students’ Union

Brazilians United in Canada (BRAZUCA)

Culinary Arts Club (UTEAT)

Solidarity Award Winner

Pakistan Development Fund

Outstanding Publication Award Winner

Chinese Magazine

Outstanding Athletic Club Award Winner

Outing Club


2013-14 Unity Ball Award Winners

Academic and Student Rights Commission Award Winner

Transitional Year Programme

Sustainability Commission Award Winner

Toronto 350

Social Justice and Equity Commission Award Winner

MSA:Orphan Sponsorship Program

Outstanding Publication Award Winner

Muslim Students’ Association

Outstanding Academic Union Award Winner

Health Studies Students’ Union

Outstanding Athletic Club Award Winner

Campus Health Initiative

Outstanding Cultural Club Award Winners

Indian Students’ Society

Organization of Latin American Students

Outstanding Creative Arts Award Winner

Fly with Origami, Learn to Dream

Outstanding New Club Award Winner

University of Toronto Public Speaking Club

Outstanding Graphic Design/Promotions Award Winner

Design in Design

Outstanding Club Executive Member Award Winner

Mahsima Tavoosi-Monfared (Powerful Minds at University of Toronto)

Outstanding Club Executive Member Award Winner

Widya Salim (Economic Students’ Association)

Outstanding Club Executive Team Award Winner

Chinese Undergraduate Association at the University of Toronto

Outstanding Club Executive Team Award Winner

Greek Students’ Association

Event of the Year Award Winners

Tamil Students’ Association-Thai Pongal 2014

UTChinese 2014 New Year Concert

School Spirit Award Winner

South Asian Alliance

Sustainability Commission Award Winner

UofT Beekeeping Education Enthusiasts Society

People’s Choice Award Winner

The Healing Sounds of Music


2011-12 Unity Ball Award Winners

Academic and Student Rights Commission Award Winner

Transitional Year Programme

Sustainability Commission Award Winner

Toronto 350

Social Justice and Equity Commission Award Winner

MSA:Orphan Sponsorship Program

Outstanding Publication Award Winner

Muslim Students’ Association

Outstanding Academic Union Award Winner

Health Studies Students’ Union

Outstanding Athletic Club Award Winner

Campus Health Initiative

Outstanding Cultural Club Award Winners

Indian Students’ Society

Organization of Latin American Students

Outstanding Creative Arts Award Winner

Fly with Origami, Learn to Dream

Outstanding New Club Award Winner

University of Toronto Public Speaking Club

Outstanding Graphic Design/Promotions Award Winner

Design in Design

Outstanding Club Executive Member Award Winner

Mahsima Tavoosi-Monfared (Powerful Minds at University of Toronto)

Outstanding Club Executive Member Award Winner

Widya Salim (Economic Students’ Association)

Outstanding Club Executive Team Award Winner

Chinese Undergraduate Association at the University of Toronto

Outstanding Club Executive Team Award Winner

Greek Students’ Association

Event of the Year Award Winners

Tamil Students’ Association-Thai Pongal 2014

UTChinese 2014 New Year Concert

School Spirit Award Winner

South Asian Alliance

Sustainability Commission Award Winner

UofT Beekeeping Education Enthusiasts Society

People’s Choice Award Winner

The Healing Sounds of Music


2009-10 Unity Ball Award Winners

External Commission Award Winner

Partners in Health

Equity Commission Award Winner

LGBTOUT

University Affairs Commission Award Winner

Students for Barrier Free Access (SBA)

Sustainability Commission Award Winner

Public Water Initiative (PWI)

Outstanding New Club Award Winners

UT Model Parliament

Indian Students’ Society (ISS)

Outstanding Club Executive Member Award Winners

Sitelle Cheskey, President, EFUT-French Club

Jessica Denyer, Volunteer Coordinator, Sexual Education Centre (SEC)

Shubham Gandhi, Co-President Indian Students’ Society (ISS)

Dawn Samuel, President, Black Students Association (BSA)

Outstanding Community Engagement Award Winner

Muslim Students Association (MSA)

Outstanding Athletic Club Award Winners

New College New Dragons Boat Team

Ski and Snow Board Club

Outstanding Cultural Group Award Winners

Filipino Students Association of Toronto (FSAT)

South Asian Alliance (SAA)

Pakistani Students Federation (PSF)

Solidarity Award Winner

Tamil Students’ Association (TSA)

Outstanding Publication Award Winner

Green Health Discovery Magazine

Outstanding Hobby / Interest Club Award Winner

Fly With Origami Learn to Dream (FOLD)

Outstanding Academic / Political Group Award Winners

Caribbean Studies Students’ Union (CAARSU)

Health Studies Students Union (HSSU)

Equity Students Students Union (ESSU)

Women and Gender Studies Students Union (WGSSU)