“I knew I was being heard but I wanted to be listened to.”

Adrian de Leon, a son of Filipino immigrants and Scarborough native, is a PhD student in History at the University of Toronto and a UTSC alumni. During his time at UTSC, Adrian was very active in campus and student politics. In the conversation, Adrian reflects on stereotypes of racialized communities in Scarborough and highlights the political culture at UTSC.


Staged a sit-in in the library for several days


The one thing we can give you is an education


Isn't this what tenure is all about? What are you scared of?

Interview Participant: Adrian de Leon

Interviewer: Nathaniel Tesfay

Location: UTSC campus

Photographer: Ken Jones

Date of Interview: June 8, 2015

To hear the full audio of the oral history interviews visit: Scarborough Oral History Project