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Volunteers at one of our weekly Letters to Seniors groups

Student Open Circles is committed to the well-being of young people. As Amanda describes, we help students to discover, care for, and grow into wholeness of soul, self, spirit, and ...

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by Amanda Backal, student leader

Student Open Circles has had a profoundly positive impact on my life and my university experience. It's extremely clear how devoted the instructors are to ...

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by Apurva Dixit, student

My first experience with Open Circle was about 2 years ago when one of my friends encouraged me to sign up for the Becoming Yourself Series ...

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by Hani Choksi, student leader

My introduction to the Becoming Yourself Series came about when I first became a volunteer group facilitator during my 3rd year at McMaster. One week ...

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The above photo is from a Zoom meeting with some of our student leaders who help plan Open Circle events. One student leader shared:

“Something that I love about our ...
Eleanor beside a pond with her three children

Celebrating 20 Years of Diversity: where are they now?

Alumni share how Student Open Circles influenced their life path

by Eleanor Alexander, Open Circle Alumni

I was privileged to ...

Drawing of a figure surrounded by light and darkness with stars

by Miao Yu, student

With suppressed and dormant sadness and thousands of questions, I arrived in Canada, an unfamiliar country to me, like escaping from all my past and failures ...

A student holding a sign that explains how they've benefited from their involvement in Student Open Circles

As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Student Open Circles, we are grateful for the amazing diversity of students we’ve known over these years. Each person has helped to shape ...

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In celebration of 20 years of diversity, Student Open Circles hosted a series of online skill-sharing workshops. Now you can watch the recordings and expand your skills!

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