Zelensky photo from the live event on June 22, 2022
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Munk School’s communications endeavours receives Circle of Excellence Award

The University of Toronto was recently recognized with multiple awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the global non-profit association dedicated to educational advancement professionals in alumni relations, communications, development, marketing, and advancement services.

For an interactive event with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy of Ukraine, the Munk School’s Public Affairs and Engagement team won a Circle of Excellence award, grabbing Silver in the Special Events/In-Person – Single-Day Events category. Co-hosted by University of Toronto President Meric Gertler and the Munk School a year ago today, this event provided an unprecedented opportunity for university students from across Canada to engage directly with President Zelenskyy

With only two weeks to prepare, the team swiftly organized a hybrid event that transcended geography, connected institutions and amplified President Zelenskyy’s call for support in the face of adversity.

This achievement not only served the interests of the Munk School and its students but also benefitted the University of Toronto, students from various Canadian universities, President Zelenskyy, and the future leaders.

In their comments about the event, the CASE jury panel noted that they were impressed by the School’s “smart use of resources and success in pulling off this complex event on such an extremely short timeline.”

The judges went on to note they “were particularly moved by the ability to capture a historic moment in time in a way that created a shared experience across multiple institutional communities.”

Also among the list of award recipients was Joe's Basketball Diaries, a Youtube series hosted by U of T and starring Joseph Wong. In addition to previous communications awards, the show was honored with the Communications Initiatives (More Than 25 Staff) Silver and Digital Campaigns (Other) Gold awards from CASE.