After five decades in activism, city-building and community planning, University of Toronto alumna Ceta Ramkhalawansingh has amassed an impressive collection of local history – and she is donating some of it to her alma mater.
So far, Ramkhalawansingh – who co-founded the first women’s studies program at U of T in 1971 and was one of its first lecturers – has shipped off 30 cartons of records to the U of T Archives and 17 boxes of feminist-theory and Caribbean-studies books to the New College library, the Toronto Star reported.
“My big pandemic project has been trying to make that knowledge and information available and not lost,” Ramkhalawansingh told the Star.
Ceta Ramkhalawansingh (centre) at U of T in 1975 (photo by Robert Lansdale/University of Toronto Archives)
In 2020, 50 years after creating the women’s studies program, Ramkhalawansingh was celebrated for establishing the Ceta Ramkhalawansingh Scholarship to support students in the Women & Gender Studies Institute at U of T. She said at the time that she “never really left U of T” and continues to give back to the community through her current project.
“If I could make a contribution to increasing that knowledge,” she told the Star, “I’m more than happy to spend the time doing it.”