“So I went to the professor and I knocked on the door. …[He] didn't even look, didn't listen to my question, and he said 'you need to go back and be a waitress.'”

Born in East Africa, Wanda Restivo moved to the U.S. as a young child and eventually settled in Scarborough with her family in 1968. She recalls how the campus was part of her community, playing tennis as a teenager in the valley. She became a student at UTSC, specializing in Chemistry and Bio-Chemistry, graduating in 1982. She is now an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, in the Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences, and an award-winning teacher. 


The bookstore used to be at the end of the Science Wing. There was a portable


I think we hold our own


There was a shuttle bus that went from here

Interview Participant: Wanda Restivo

Interviewer: Farishta Barez

Location: UTSC campus

Photographer: Ken Jones

Date of Interview: June 4, 2015

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