SBA Newsletter

SBA Newsletter [January 31, 2017]

SBA Programming and Events

  • Advocacy Committee Meeting
  • The Muslims are Coming!
  • Surviving Together Workshop
  • Crafternoon

Community Events and Resources

  • Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office Drop In Hours
  • First Do Less Harm – Tonight
  • National Days of Against Islamophobia and White Supremacy
  • 12th Annual Strawberry Ceremony
  • Honouring Our Students Pow Wow and Indigenous Festival

SBA Programming and Events

SBA Advocacy Committee Meeting

Join Student for Barrier-free Access for our first Advocacy Committee meeting of the Winter Term!

Date: Thursday February 2, 2017
Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Location: SBA Centre, 215 Huron Street, Suite 924, on the 9th floor

Access notes:
Please note that the SBA centre is a scent-free space.

An accessible and all-gender washroom is located on the same floor as the meeting room.

Snacks will be provided, including vegan and gluten-free options.
New members are very welcome! If you are interested in joining the Advocacy Committee and volunteering with us, please contact Nadia atsba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

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The Muslims Are Coming!

This event is the first of a series which aims to create a critical conversation space for people who have some connection to Muslim identity including through family, history, and/or culture. People who identify as practicing, non-practicing, or something in between are all welcome.

Using short video clips of poetry, prose, comedy and documentaries, we will discuss the multifaceted experiences of growing up and living in migrant Muslim families/communities and the politics of being Muslim in our current times. Our conversation will centre the experiences of black and racialized Muslims and in particular the voices of queer, trans, disabled and mad people.

The topic for this session will be state surveillance, islamophobic violence, and current events. This will also be a space to talk about ways in which we can respond to current events and how we can collectively hold space to grieve.

The Muslims Are Coming! is part of a monthly discussion series organized by SBA and CWTP.

Date: Wednesday February 8th, 2017

Time: 1:30-3:30PM

Location: 569 Spadina Ave (Accessible entrance via Bancroft Ave), Multifaith Centre / Koffler Building, Room 208, Main Activity Hall

Access Info: Wheelchair accessible building. Accessible, gender-neutral washroom on same floor as event. TTC tokens available. Video clips will have captioning or will be accompanied by written text of the dialogue. Family-friendly space. Please arrive scent-free. Snacks including vegan and gluten-free options will be served.

If you have any other access needs please contact sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

Allies, we appreciate your support in helping us maintain this closed conversations space for people who have connections to Muslim identity and by sharing this event info with your networks.

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Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disabled Students

Join Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) for a student-run orientation for disabled students and student advocates. Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, full-time or part-time, new or returning, an international or transfer student, this orientation is for you!
Come meet other disabled students and SBA members, enjoy some snacks, and learn more about self-advocacy and resources for disabled students on campus.

Guest Speakers include:
Tess Sheldon Staff Lawyer, ARCH Disability Law Centre
Elizabeth Kurz, Downtown Legal Services
Ellen Hodnett, Ombudsperson, Office of the University Ombudsperson, University of Toronto

Topics covered at the orientation:
– Know Your Rights as a disabled student – Presented by ARCH Disability Law Centre
– self-advocacy and navigating academic accommodations
– introduction to campus resources and services for disabled students
– introduction to Students for Barrier-Free Access’ resources and services

Date: Friday February 10, 2017

Time: 3pm-5pm

Location: 246 Bloor Street West (Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social work) room 702, 7th floor

Everyone welcome!
Wheelchair accessible. Live captioning will be available.
Accessible and gender-neutral washroom located on the same floor as the event room.
Please note that this will be a scent-free space.

Light refreshments, including vegan and gluten-free options, will be served.

If you require ASL to participate in the event, or if you have any other access needs please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

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Crafternoon

Join us for another Crafternoon on Thursday February 9th, 2016 from 4:30 to 6:30pm. We will be learning how to do string art! We have limited supplies so please let me know if you’re interested by emailing: sba@utoronto.ca . To learn more, check out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULOfvuDIqoE

215 Huron street, room 924. All-Gender washroom on the same floor.

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Community events and Resources

Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office Drop In Hours

WEEKLY ON TUESDAYS FROM 3-4PM

Enjoy critical discussions about race, faith, gender and other intersections of identity?

Don’t have a space to talk about these topics?

Come to our drop-in hours!

We have SNACKS!!!

For more information check out: https://www.facebook.com/events/676111572591543/

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First Do Less Harm

An exciting event presented by the Centre for Community Partnerships and the Canadian Harm Reduction Network.

First Do Less Harm: the Future of Canada’s Drug Policy. Come engage in a discussion with a panel of experts, including a person with current drug-use experience speaking on topics such as marijuana legislation, the opioid crisis, decriminalizing or legalizing all drugs, and more!

Sing up on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/events/771765186307960/

Open to all. Free food. Free admission.

Please help spread the word!

Tuesday, January 31 at 6 PM – 8 PM (followed by an informal networking opportunity from 8-9 PM)

Multi Faith Centre, 569 Spadina Ave.

Main Activity Hall (2nd floor)

Speakers:
-Trevor Stratton, Coordinator of the International Indigenous Working Group on HIV & AIDS (IIWGHA)
-Eugene Oscapella, Researcher, criminology professor, founding member of Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy
-Patricia Erickson, Professor of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Toronto and scientist emerita at CAMH
-Raffi Balian, Manager of COUNTERfit Harm Reduction Program South Riverdale Community Health Centre; author
-Dessy Pavlova, Vice Chair, Board of Directors Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy

Moderated by JOE FIORITO, Former Toronto Star Journalist and author

Presented by the Canadian Harm Reduction Network and the Centre for Community Partnerships

Sponsored by Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Hart House, Univesity of Toronto Students’ Union , Urban Studies Program, Innis College

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National Days of Action Against Islamophobia and White Supremacy

National Days of Action Against Islamophobia & Deportations
February 4-5, 2017

We are tired.

The war waged against Muslims and refugees worldwide has reached its boiling point with Trump’s Presidency. These xenophobic, anti-Black, Islamophobic, anti-refugee racist, sexist, homophobic and transphobic policies have come to fruition. Walls and bans against Muslims and Refugees on stolen Indigenous lands. We affirm our solidarity with Indigenous nations whose lands we reside on.

Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya and Yemen. The geographies of our birth place that put targets on our heads. Families separated, refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants deported and detained, trapped in between borders or taken back – our communities are being terrorized by white supremacist violence and domination. Our movement is confronted by racist white nationalism, our lives are devastated in constant fear. We flee war, persecution, mass poverty in search for life – instead we get a fatal sentence for our faith.

Enough is Enough.

On January 29th, in Quebec City a group of Muslims were praying in a mosque at the Quebec Islamic Cultural Centre when one gunman came in and rang shots throughout this place of worship. Six have died, even more are injured. We mourn their lives. Last summer during the holy month of Ramadan, a pig’s head was left at the doorstep. The president of the cultural centre hoped the event was an isolated incident, and responded with nothing but love and respect to the Centre’s neighbours.

Colonial borders are imaginary constructs.

The white supremacist hatred of Muslims and refugees from all intersections world wide is the colonizing force that fuels the identity and economy of America just as much as Canada. Trump’s power is extended to Trudeau’s. The institutional and systemic Islamophobic, anti-Black and racist policies that are killing us at the border, in the streets, in our homes, at work and in our mosques are one. We are under attack on all fronts, especially those of us who live in the intersections of Blackness and Muslimness and are Refugees who are the first to be silenced, ignored or forgotten.

Not another life. Not another mass murder.

Our resistance does not stop here. Now more than ever we must organize. This is a national call to action to plan demonstrations in your cities, Canada wide. Join us, as we rise up!

TORONTO ACTION DETAILS
Date:Saturday, February 4 at
Time: 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: US Consulate

OTHER LOCATIONS:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1awOa4tymbc-ZxNmv5AfknvR9KQl44Fty0ixFZ3XZqSk/edit

OUR DEMANDS

1) The Canadian government must make an immediate public condemnation of the executive order by President Trump that bans Muslim visa-holders from seven countries and also bans all refugees from entering the US.

2) Canada must immediately open the Canada-USA border.

This includes revocation of the Safe Third Country Agreement which bars most refugee claimants entering from the United States over land to claim asylum in Canada. The Designated Country of Origin list, which makes it almost impossible for US citizens and citizens of forty other countries to claim asylum in Canada, must be eliminated.

3) Canada must end racist, anti-refugee, anti-Black, Islamophobic exclusion of migrants and refugees within this colonial border.

This includes ending the system of indefinite immigration detention. The federal government must create a regularization program so that all undocumented residents can live here with their families rather than fear mass deportation. Migrant workers in Canada must also be given permanent status and open work permits. We want real, not symbolic, Sanctuaries that guarantee access to services and refuse collaboration with Canadian and American border agents.

4) Canada must rescind all federal legislation that attacks racialized Black and Brown Muslims and refugees, including the Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act as well as anti-terror legislation such as Security Certificates and Bill C51.

Statement initiated by Black Lives Matter – Toronto

With the support of:
Anti-Fascist Action Calgary
Black Lives Matter -Vancouver
Coalition Against Bigotry – Pacific
Idle No More
Justicia for Migrant Workers
Kashmir Solidarity Group – Toronto
No One Is Illegal – London, Ontario
No One Is Illegal – Toronto
No One Is Illegal -Vancouver Coast Salish territories
People for Peace – London,Ontario
Refugees Welcome – victoria/lekwungen territory Victoria
Salaam -Vancouver: Queer Muslim Community
Siraat Muslim Collective – Vancouver
Tamil Freedom Coalition
Toronto Street Medics
Trikone – Vancouver

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12th Annual Strawberry Ceremony

Strawberry Ceremony with Elder Wanda Whitebird begins at 12:30 at Police Headquarters, 40 College Street at Bay, Toronto

Please leave your agency, institutional and organisation banners at home and instead make signs in honour of women, girls, trans and two-spirit people who have died violent and premature deaths.

Singers, song keepers and drummers please bring your drums for the ceremony. Drummers from the organising committee, with the direction of Wanda, will be leading songs. Jingle dress dancers are also called to join on the march. Please contact us if you can participate so protocols can be observed.

We recognise that February is out of season for a ceremony involving strawberries, but the violence we are experiencing is also a disruption in our traditional ways of life.

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Accessibility info:
It might be COLD! Please dress for the weather and we will endeavour to keep ceremony to 1 hour.
Some tokens will be available
There will be a sound system
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Media and public attention to this issue has continued to grow since we gathered last year but Indigenous women are still going missing and being murdered. No More Silence has continued to work hard to create a community-owned database in collaboration with Families of Sisters in Spirit and the Native Youth Sexual Health Network in It Starts with Us – the collaboration has also produced these beautiful tributes: http://www.itstartswithus-mmiw.com/tributes

On February 14th we come together in solidarity with the women who started this vigil over 20 years ago in Vancouver’s DTES, and with the marches and rallies that will be taking place across this land. We stand in defense of our lives and to demonstrate against the complicity of the state in the ongoing genocide of Indigenous women and the impunity of state institutions and actors (police, RCMP, coroners’ offices, the courts, and an indifferent federal government) that prevents justice for all Indigenous peoples.

No More Silence began holding ceremony at police headquarters on February 14th 12 years ago. 5 years ago we formed the February 14th Organizing Committee in an effort to broaden community participation in the planning of the event – the committee is now made up of individuals and organizations including The Native Youth Sexual Health Network, Sistering, Maggies – Toronto Sex Workers Action Project and other feminist and Indigenous community organizations.

Please message us if you would like to volunteer, or add to the list of endorsements!

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1103506026428929/

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Honouring Our Students Pow Wow and Indigenous Festival will be a celebration that honours all students at University of Toronto. 

The day will be filled with activities of a traditional powwow, and we will also be celebrating all the Indigneous communities that call Toronto home.

It’s a day to celebrate academic journeys and Indigenous culture.

Everyone is welcome, especially all students of University of Toronto.

The event details are as follows:

Saturday, March 11, 2017
Time: 12-6pm
Location: Athletic Centre – Sports Gym

Honouring Our Students Pow Wow and Indigenous Festival 2017​ VIPs and Staff.

Master of Ceremonies
Chris Pheasant

Arena Director
Amos Key Jr.

Head Veteran – Eagle Staff Carrier
Andrew Wesley
James Bird

Host Drum Group
Smoke Trail

Co-Host Drum
Young Creek
Charging Horse

Head Male Dancer
Buck Neshkiwe AKA Standing Bear

Head Female Dancer
Nichole Leveck

Elders
Alex McKay
Andrew Wesley
Lee Maracle

cwtp - sba

The Muslims Are Coming! Film Screening of Naz & Maalik

The Muslims Are Coming!

The Muslims Are Coming!

This event is part of a series which aims to create a critical conversation space for people who have some connection to Muslim identity including through family, history, and/or culture. People who identify as practicing, non-practicing, or something in between are all welcome. This space centres the experiences of black and racialized Muslims and in particular the voices of queer, trans, disabled and mad people.
At this session we will be screening the film Naz & Maalik, followed by a short discussion and social.Film Description from their website:
“Over the course of one Friday afternoon in Brooklyn, two closeted Muslim teens have their secretive lives rattled by FBI surveillance. Intimate and meditative, NAZ AND MAALIK examines the mysterious forces that animate teenage minds.”
http://www.nazandmaalik.com/

Check out the film trailer at:
https://vimeo.com/ondemand/nazmaalik?r=maalik

Date: Tuesday April 18, 2017

Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm

Location: 569 Spadina Ave (Accessible entrance via Bancroft Ave), Multifaith Centre / Koffler Building, Room 208, Main Activity Hall

Access Info: Wheelchair accessible building. Accessible, gender-neutral washroom on same floor as event. TTC tokens available. Video clips will have captioning or will be accompanied by written text of the dialogue. Family-friendly space. Please arrive scent-free. Snacks including vegan and gluten-free options will be served.

If you have any other access needs please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

More about The Muslims Are Coming! Series:
Using films, short video clips of poetry, prose, comedy and documentaries, we will discuss the multifaceted experiences of growing up and living in migrant Muslim families/communities and the politics of being Muslim in our current times. Our conversation will centre the experiences of black and racialized Muslims and in particular the voices of queer, trans, disabled and mad people.

The Muslims Are Coming! is part of a monthly discussion series organized by SBA and CWTP.

Allies, we appreciate your support in helping us maintain this closed conversations space for people who have connections to Muslim identity and by sharing this event info with your networks.

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1348135371898906/

 

Picture of the Students for Barrier-Free Access Logo. Logo includes 3 people on the left hand side of the banner holding up signs with the following symbols, Sign Language logo, a person using a wheelchair, a person using a cane.

Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disabled Students

Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disabled Students

Join Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) for a student-run orientation for disabled students and student advocates. Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, full-time or part-time, new or returning, an international or transfer student, this orientation is for you!

Come meet other disabled students and SBA members, enjoy some snacks, and learn more about self-advocacy and resources for disabled students on campus.

Guest Speakers include:
Tess Sheldon Staff Lawyer, ARCH Disability Law Centre
Elizabeth Kurz, Downtown Legal Services
Ellen Hodnett, Ombudsperson, Office of the University Ombudsperson, University of Toronto

Topics covered at the orientation:
– Know Your Rights as a disabled student – Presented by ARCH Disability Law Centre
– self-advocacy and navigating academic accommodations
– introduction to campus resources and services for disabled students
– introduction to Students for Barrier-Free Access’ resources and services

Date: Friday February 10, 2017

Time: 3pm-5pm

Location: 246 Bloor Street West (Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social work) room 702, 7th floor

Everyone welcome!
Wheelchair accessible. Live captioning will be available.
Accessible and gender-neutral washroom located on the same floor as the event room.
Please note that this will be a scent-free space.

Light refreshments, including vegan and gluten-free options, will be served.

If you require ASL to participate in the event, or if you have any other access needs please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

SBA Newsletter

SBA Newsletter [January 25th, 2017]

SBA Programming and Events

  • American Sign Language 101 – Waitlist open
  • SBA Levy Opt Out Hours (January 9 – 27)
  • Crafternoon – Tomorrow
  • Monthly Lunch
  • Advocacy Committee Meeting
  • The Muslims are Coming!
  • Surviving Together Workshop

Community Events and Resources

  • 2017 Indigenous Education Week
  • New Colleges Student Voice Project
  • First Do Less Harm
  • 12th Annual Strawberry Ceremony

SBA Programming and Events

American Sign Language 101 – Waitlist is open

Interested learning American Sign Language and Deaf Culture? Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Trans People of the University of Toronto (LGBTOUT) and Students for Barrier-Free Access (SBA) will be offering a course that covers ASL basics, an introduction to Deaf Culture, and social justice signs. To learn more about LGBTOUT, please visit: https://lgbtout.wordpress.com/ and uoftsba.com

Classes will be Wednesdays from starting February 1st from 2pm to 4pm. Classes are free and will run for ten weeks. If you are interested and would like more information, please email sba@utoronto.ca and let us know how you heard about the class!

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SBA Graduate Student Union Levy Opt Out Dates

University of Toronto graduate students who wish to opt out of their levy agreement with Students for Barrier-Free Access (SBA) and receive a refund of the fees collected can drop by the SBA office at 215 Huron Street, room 924. Refunds for the fall term are $2 for full-time graduate students and $1 for part-time graduate students. Please bring your University of Toronto Student ID and proof of registration.

Drop in times for those wishing to opt-out are: Mondays-Thursdays between 11:30am-5:30pm and Fridays between 12:30pm-5:30 from January 9th to January 27th. Evening opt-outs  are on Thursday January 12th,  Wednesday January 18th, and Thursday January 26th between 5:30-7:30pm. If you wish to receive your levy refund during the evenings, please call our office number 416 967 7322 and we will let you into the building.

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QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night

 

Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) and the Centre for Women and Trans People (CWTP) at U of T invites you to join us for the first night of a new series of events that works to create space for community building, critical conversation, and support for Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (QT2SBIPOC).

As organizers of this space, we recognize that this event will be taking place on the territories of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca and the Mississaugas of New Credit. We are here because this land is occupied.  As organizations located within the University of Toronto, it is our responsibility to acknowledge that we are all treaty people that live, work and organize on occupied land.

We also recognize that this University is a space that many of our community members experience violence, including the violence of settler-colonialism, anti-black racism, white supremacy, homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, ableism, sanism, classism, Islamophobia and the violence of rape culture. Recent events on campus have highlighted the ongoing presence of these forms of violence. As a collective, we work to challenge these forms of violence in our communities and in our everyday practice.

We have a strong commitment to creating anti-colonial community space that rejects ableist and sanist ways of relating. We are committed to building meaningful and reciprocal relationships between Indigenous, Black, and POC communities and to acknowledge that this requires difficult conversations to be had. Through the QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night Series, we strive to hold a space for these conversations.

This meetings topic to be determined.

Date: Monday January 23rd, 2017

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Location: SBA Centre, 215 Huron Street, Suite 924, on the 9th floor.

Please note that the front doors to 215 Huron Street lock at 5:30pm. Event organizers will wait at the entrance to let people in from 5:45pm-6:00pm. If you arrive later, please call 416-967-7322 and one of us will let you in.

Wheelchair accessible. Accessible and all-gender washroom located on the same floor as the event room.

Please note that the SBA Centre is a scent-free space.

Snacks, including vegan and gluten-free options will be served.

If you require ASL to participate in the event, or if you have any other access needs please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

***This is a QT2SBIPOC only space. As always, we appreciate the support we receive from our white allies by respecting this space and by sharing this event information with their networks.***
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Crafternoon

Join us for another crafternoon on Thursday January 26th, 2016 from 4:30 to 6:30pm. Bring your knitting and crafty things–or borrow some of ours and have a great time!

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Monthly Lunch

Join us for our next monthly lunch this coming Monday, January 30th from 12:30 to 2:30pm. We’re having Mamma’s Pizza! Gluten-free and vegan options! Please note that SBA is a scent-free space. All-gender, single user wheelchair accessible washroom on the same floor.

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SBA Advocacy Committee Meeting

Join Student for Barrier-free Access for our first Advocacy Committee meeting of the Winter Term!

Date: Thursday February 2, 2017
Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Location: SBA Centre, 215 Huron Street, Suite 924, on the 9th floor

Access notes:
Please note that the SBA centre is a scent-free space.

An accessible and all-gender washroom is located on the same floor as the meeting room.

Snacks will be provided, including vegan and gluten-free options.
New members are very welcome! If you are interested in joining the Advocacy Committee and volunteering with us, please contact Nadia atsba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

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The Muslims Are Coming!

This event is the first of a series which aims to create a critical conversation space for people who have some connection to Muslim identity including through family, history, and/or culture. People who identify as practicing, non-practicing, or something in between are all welcome.

Using short video clips of poetry, prose, comedy and documentaries, we will discuss the multifaceted experiences of growing up and living in migrant Muslim families/communities and the politics of being Muslim in our current times. Our conversation will centre the experiences of black and racialized Muslims and in particular the voices of queer, trans, disabled and mad people.

The Muslims Are Coming! is part of a monthly discussion series organized by SBA and CWTP.

Date: Wednesday February 8th, 2017

Time: 1:30-3:30PM

Location: 569 Spadina Ave (Accessible entrance via Bancroft Ave), Multifaith Centre / Koffler Building, Room 208, Main Activity Hall

Access Info: Wheelchair accessible building. Accessible, gender-neutral washroom on same floor as event.  TTC tokens available.  Video clips will have captioning or will be accompanied by written text of the dialogue. Family-friendly space.  Please arrive scent-free. Snacks including vegan and gluten-free options will be served.

Allies, we appreciate your support in helping us maintain this closed conversations space for people who have connections to Muslim identity and by sharing this event info with your networks.
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Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disabled Students

Join Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) for a student-run orientation for disabled students and student advocates. Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, full-time or part-time, new or returning, an international or transfer student, this orientation is for you!
Come meet other disabled students and SBA members, enjoy some snacks, and learn more about self-advocacy and resources for disabled students on campus.

Topics covered at the orientation:
– Know Your Rights as a disabled student – Presented by ARCH Disability Law Centre
– self-advocacy and navigating academic accommodations
– introduction to campus resources and services for disabled students
– introduction to Students for Barrier-Free Access’ resources and services

Date: Friday February 10, 2017

Time: 3pm-5pm

Location: 246 Bloor Street West (Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social work) room 702, 7th floor

Everyone welcome!
Wheelchair accessible. Live captioning will be available.
Accessible and gender-neutral washroom located on the same floor as the event room.
Please note that this will be a scent-free space.

Light refreshments, including vegan and gluten-free options, will be served.

If you require ASL to participate in the event, or if you have any other access needs please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com
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Community events and Resources

2017 Indigenous Education Week

The 2017 Indigenous Education Week at the University of Toronto will be held from January 22nd to the 27th. Indigenous Education Week is a series of events for students, staff, faculty, and the community to participate in and learn about Indigenous knowledges, nationhood, and the diversity of Indigenous nations.

January 22nd

DIGGING ROOTS
3-4:30 pm
Great Hall, Hart House
Cost: Free
website: http://harthouse.ca/events/sunday-concerts-digging-roots/

January 23rd

INDIGENOUS STUDIES STUDENTS’ UNION – OPEN HOUSE – OFFICE OPENING
11am-1pm
Turtle Lounge, Centre for Indigenous Studies
Lunch will be served.

January 24th

HERE ON FUTURE EARTH: AN ARTIST TALK WITH JOI T. ARCAND
Moderated by Dr. Karyn Recollet
2:00 pm
Main Activity Hall, Multi Faith Centre

STORYING TOGETHER: SCREENING OF WEAVING THE SASH AND SHARING CIRCLE
6:30-9 pm
East Common Room, Hart House
website: http://harthouse.ca/events/storying-together/

January 25th

MIND, BODY, SPIRIT: HEALING FROM THE INSIDE OUT. A SELF CARE WORKSHOP WITH OPENING FROM ELDER ERNIE SANDY
12:00 pm
Turtle Lounge, Centre for Indigenous Studies
Facilitator: Bonnie Jane Maracle, Learning Strategist
Presented by Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement
Register by emailing: sage@utoronto.ca

FROM BASRA TO STANDING ROCK: DECOLONIAL LOVE, HIP HOP AND SOLIDARITY. DISCUSSION WITH QUESE IMC AND YASSIN “NARCY” ALSALMAN
2:00 pm
Debates Room at Hart House.
Moderated by Dr. Audrey Hudson. Opening by Brianna Briskool Olson.

TOBACCO TEACHING WITH TRADITIONAL OJIBWE TEACHER/KOKOMIS JACQUI LAVALLEY
5:00 pm
Peace Lounge, 7th Floor, OISE.
Presented by the Indigenous Education Network.
website: oise.utoronto.ca/ien/events.html

January 26th

THE SEVEN CRIES OF CREE YOUNG PEOPLE: THE INTERGENERATIONAL IMPACT OF ST. ANNE’S RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL ON SURVIVORS. A TEACHING WITH ANDREW WESLEY
11:00 am
First Nations House Lounge

CLEARING A PATH: POETRY FOR A UNIFIED FUTURE. READINGS AND DISCUSSION WITH GWEN BENAWAY, LEE MARACLE, AND GREGORY SCOFIELD
2:00 pm
Debates Room at Hart House

January 27th

BEYOND THE BREAK: READING BY KATHERENA VERMETTE
2:00 pm
First Nations House Lounge
Moderated by Jamaias Da Costa. This event is followed by a closing reception.

First Nations House is located at 563 Spadina Ave., on the Third Floor.
There is an accessible entrance via Bancroft Avenue and an elevator at the back of the North Borden Building. First Nations House has a gender neutral restroom. If you require specific accommodations, please contact Susan at 416.978.8227.

We would like to acknowledge our partners in IEW 2017: Indigenous Education Network, OISE, Hart House, the Multi-Faith Centre, Indigenous Studies Student Union, Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (S.A.G.E.)
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New College’s Student Voice Project

The Student Voice Project (SVP) is a 3 day Alternative Reading Week  program focusing on art and mental health. It takes place the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of Reading Week. (February 21-23) and is free of cost and includes meals.

The SVP program partners with community health organizations, the University of Toronto mental health program staff, and students interested in talking about mental health to critically engage with issues of mental health on campus. Over the 3 day project, students will learn from mental health professionals and activists, share lived experiences, discuss mental health issues and realities on campus, and work with artists to create a written or spoken word poetry piece, a visual art piece or a zine.

SVP is run out of the New College Office of Student Life and Leadership (SLL) in collaboration with U of T Health and Wellness.

Applications Due  January 25th

Event  February 21st , 22nd , 23rd

uoft.me/studentvoiceproject

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First Do Less Harm

An exciting event presented by the Centre for Community Partnerships and the Canadian Harm Reduction Network.

First Do Less Harm: the Future of Canada’s Drug Policy. Come engage in a discussion with a panel of experts, including a person with current drug-use experience speaking on topics such as marijuana legislation, the opioid crisis, decriminalizing or legalizing all drugs, and more!

Sing up on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/events/771765186307960/

Open to all. Free food. Free admission.

Please help spread the word!

Tuesday, January 31 at 6 PM – 8 PM (followed by an informal networking opportunity from 8-9 PM)

Multi Faith Centre, 569 Spadina Ave.

Main Activity Hall (2nd floor)

Speakers:
-Trevor Stratton, Coordinator of the International Indigenous Working Group on HIV & AIDS (IIWGHA)
-Eugene Oscapella, Researcher, criminology professor, founding member of Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy
-Patricia Erickson, Professor of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Toronto and scientist emerita at CAMH
-Raffi Balian, Manager of COUNTERfit Harm Reduction Program South Riverdale Community Health Centre; author
-Dessy Pavlova, Vice Chair, Board of Directors Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy

Moderated by JOE FIORITO, Former Toronto Star Journalist and author

Presented by the Canadian Harm Reduction Network and the Centre for Community Partnerships

Sponsored by Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Hart House, Univesity of Toronto Students’ Union , Urban Studies Program, Innis College

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12th Annual Strawberry Ceremony

Strawberry Ceremony with Elder Wanda Whitebird begins at 12:30 at Police Headquarters, 40 College Street at Bay, Toronto

Please leave your agency, institutional and organisation banners at home and instead make signs in honour of women, girls, trans and two-spirit people who have died violent and premature deaths.

Singers, song keepers and drummers please bring your drums for the ceremony. Drummers from the organising committee, with the direction of Wanda, will be leading songs. Jingle dress dancers are also called to join on the march. Please contact us if you can participate so protocols can be observed.

We recognise that February is out of season for a ceremony involving strawberries, but the violence we are experiencing is also a disruption in our traditional ways of life.

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Accessibility info:
It might be COLD! Please dress for the weather and we will endeavour to keep ceremony to 1 hour.
Some tokens will be available
There will be a sound system
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Media and public attention to this issue has continued to grow since we gathered last year but Indigenous women are still going missing and being murdered. No More Silence has continued to work hard to create a community-owned database in collaboration with Families of Sisters in Spirit and the Native Youth Sexual Health Network in It Starts with Us – the collaboration has also produced these beautiful tributes: http://www.itstartswithus-mmiw.com/tributes

On February 14th we come together in solidarity with the women who started this vigil over 20 years ago in Vancouver’s DTES, and with the marches and rallies that will be taking place across this land. We stand in defense of our lives and to demonstrate against the complicity of the state in the ongoing genocide of Indigenous women and the impunity of state institutions and actors (police, RCMP, coroners’ offices, the courts, and an indifferent federal government) that prevents justice for all Indigenous peoples.

No More Silence began holding ceremony at police headquarters on February 14th 12 years ago. 5 years ago we formed the February 14th Organizing Committee in an effort to broaden community participation in the planning of the event – the committee is now made up of individuals and organizations including The Native Youth Sexual Health Network, Sistering, Maggies – Toronto Sex Workers Action Project and other feminist and Indigenous community organizations.

Please message us if you would like to volunteer, or add to the list of endorsements!

For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1103506026428929/

ASL 101

Winter ASL 101 Classes – Sign Up

Interested learning American Sign Language and Deaf Culture? Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Trans People of the University of Toronto (LGBTOUT) and Students for Barrier-Free Access (SBA) will be offering a course that covers ASL basics, an introduction to Deaf Culture, and social justice signs. To learn more about LGBTOUT and SBA, please visit: https://lgbtout.wordpress.com/ and uoftsba.com

Classes will be Wednesdays from 2pm – 4pm starting February 1st. Classes are free and will run for ten weeks. If you are interested, email sba@utoronto.ca and please let us know your level of familiarity with ASL. 

SBA Newsletter

SBA Newsletter [January 17, 2017]

SBA Programming and Events

  • American Sign Language 101
  • SBA Levy Opt Out Hours (January 9 – 27)
  • QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night
  • Crafternoon
  • Advocacy Committee Meeting

Community Events and Resources

  • Fight the Fees
  • 2017 Indigenous Education Week
  • Ace Toronto 2017 (Un)Conference
  • New Colleges Student Voice Project

SBA Programming and Events

American Sign Language 101

Interested learning American Sign Language and Deaf Culture? Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Trans People of the University of Toronto (LGBTOUT) and Students for Barrier-Free Access (SBA) will be offering a course that covers ASL basics, an introduction to Deaf Culture, and social justice signs. To learn more about LGBTOUT, please visit: https://lgbtout.wordpress.com/ and uoftsba.com

Classes will be Wednesdays from starting February 1st from 2pm to 4pm. Classes are free and will run for ten weeks. If you are interested and would like more information, please email sba@utoronto.ca and let us know how you heard about the class!

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SBA Graduate Student Union Levy Opt Out Dates

University of Toronto graduate students who wish to opt out of their levy agreement with Students for Barrier-Free Access (SBA) and receive a refund of the fees collected can drop by the SBA office at 215 Huron Street, room 924. Refunds for the fall term are $2 for full-time graduate students and $1 for part-time graduate students. Please bring your University of Toronto Student ID and proof of registration.

Drop in times for those wishing to opt-out are: Mondays-Thursdays between 11:30am-5:30pm and Fridays between 12:30pm-5:30 from January 9th to January 27th. Evening opt-outs  are on Thursday January 12th,  Wednesday January 18th, and Thursday January 26th between 5:30-7:30pm. If you wish to receive your levy refund during the evenings, please call our office number 416 967 7322 and we will let you into the building.

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QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night

 

Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) and the Centre for Women and Trans People (CWTP) at U of T invites you to join us for the first night of a new series of events that works to create space for community building, critical conversation, and support for Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (QT2SBIPOC).

As organizers of this space, we recognize that this event will be taking place on the territories of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca and the Mississaugas of New Credit. We are here because this land is occupied.  As organizations located within the University of Toronto, it is our responsibility to acknowledge that we are all treaty people that live, work and organize on occupied land.

We also recognize that this University is a space that many of our community members experience violence, including the violence of settler-colonialism, anti-black racism, white supremacy, homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, ableism, sanism, classism, Islamophobia and the violence of rape culture. Recent events on campus have highlighted the ongoing presence of these forms of violence. As a collective, we work to challenge these forms of violence in our communities and in our everyday practice.

We have a strong commitment to creating anti-colonial community space that rejects ableist and sanist ways of relating. We are committed to building meaningful and reciprocal relationships between Indigenous, Black, and POC communities and to acknowledge that this requires difficult conversations to be had. Through the QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night Series, we strive to hold a space for these conversations.

This meetings topic to be determined.

Date: Monday January 23rd, 2017

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Location: SBA Centre, 215 Huron Street, Suite 924, on the 9th floor.

Please note that the front doors to 215 Huron Street lock at 5:30pm. Event organizers will wait at the entrance to let people in from 5:45pm-6:00pm. If you arrive later, please call 416-967-7322 and one of us will let you in.

Wheelchair accessible. Accessible and all-gender washroom located on the same floor as the event room.

Please note that the SBA Centre is a scent-free space.

Snacks, including vegan and gluten-free options will be served.

If you require ASL to participate in the event, or if you have any other access needs please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

***This is a QT2SBIPOC only space. As always, we appreciate the support we receive from our white allies by respecting this space and by sharing this event information with their networks.***
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Crafternoon

Join us for another afternoon on Thursday January 26th, 2016 from 4:30 to 6:30pm. Bring your knitting and crafty things–or borrow some of ours and have a great time!

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SBA Advocacy Committee Meeting

Join Student for Barrier-free Access for our first Advocacy Committee meeting of the Winter Term!

Date: Thursday February 2, 2017
Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Location: SBA Centre, 215 Huron Street, Suite 924, on the 9th floor

Access notes:
Please note that the SBA centre is a scent-free space.

An accessible and all-gender washroom is located on the same floor as the meeting room.

Snacks will be provided, including vegan and gluten-free options.
New members are very welcome! If you are interested in joining the Advocacy Committee and volunteering with us, please contact Nadia atsba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

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Community events and Resources

Fight the Fees Coalition Meeting
The next Fight the Fees Coalition meeting will be held on Thursday January 19th in Sidney Smith Front Lobby from 2 PM – 4PM.

This will be a place for students and all those committed to free education come together to talk about what the Fight the Fees campaign will look like!

Fight the Fees Coalition is comprised of students and UofT community members who are concerned about skyrocketing tuition fees, mounting student debt and persistent government underfunding of college and university institutions.

Through the Fight the Fees campaign, we are demanding that the provincial government commit to:
1. Reducing and eliminating tuition fees
2. Converting the provincial portion of student loans into grants
3. Removal of interest on existing student loans

Get involved! Join the fight for No Fees, No Loans and No Debt.

For any questions or accessibility accommodations, please contact Richie Pyne at fightthefees@apus.ca.

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2017 Indigenous Education Week

The 2017 Indigenous Education Week at the University of Toronto will be held from January 22nd to the 27th. Indigenous Education Week is a series of events for students, staff, faculty, and the community to participate in and learn about Indigenous knowledges, nationhood, and the diversity of Indigenous nations.

January 22nd

DIGGING ROOTS
3-4:30 pm
Great Hall, Hart House
Cost: Free
website: http://harthouse.ca/events/sunday-concerts-digging-roots/

January 23rd

INDIGENOUS STUDIES STUDENTS’ UNION – OPEN HOUSE – OFFICE OPENING
11am-1pm
Turtle Lounge, Centre for Indigenous Studies
Lunch will be served.

January 24th

HERE ON FUTURE EARTH: AN ARTIST TALK WITH JOI T. ARCAND
Moderated by Dr. Karyn Recollet
2:00 pm
Main Activity Hall, Multi Faith Centre

STORYING TOGETHER: SCREENING OF WEAVING THE SASH AND SHARING CIRCLE
6:30-9 pm
East Common Room, Hart House
website: http://harthouse.ca/events/storying-together/

January 25th

MIND, BODY, SPIRIT: HEALING FROM THE INSIDE OUT. A SELF CARE WORKSHOP WITH OPENING FROM ELDER ERNIE SANDY
12:00 pm
Turtle Lounge, Centre for Indigenous Studies
Facilitator: Bonnie Jane Maracle, Learning Strategist
Presented by Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement
Register by emailing: sage@utoronto.ca

FROM BASRA TO STANDING ROCK: DECOLONIAL LOVE, HIP HOP AND SOLIDARITY. DISCUSSION WITH QUESE IMC AND YASSIN “NARCY” ALSALMAN
2:00 pm
Debates Room at Hart House.
Moderated by Dr. Audrey Hudson. Opening by Brianna Briskool Olson.

TOBACCO TEACHING WITH TRADITIONAL OJIBWE TEACHER/KOKOMIS JACQUI LAVALLEY
5:00 pm
Peace Lounge, 7th Floor, OISE.
Presented by the Indigenous Education Network.
website: oise.utoronto.ca/ien/events.html

January 26th

THE SEVEN CRIES OF CREE YOUNG PEOPLE: THE INTERGENERATIONAL IMPACT OF ST. ANNE’S RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL ON SURVIVORS. A TEACHING WITH ANDREW WESLEY
11:00 am
First Nations House Lounge

CLEARING A PATH: POETRY FOR A UNIFIED FUTURE. READINGS AND DISCUSSION WITH GWEN BENAWAY, LEE MARACLE, AND GREGORY SCOFIELD
2:00 pm
Debates Room at Hart House

January 27th

BEYOND THE BREAK: READING BY KATHERENA VERMETTE
2:00 pm
First Nations House Lounge
Moderated by Jamaias Da Costa. This event is followed by a closing reception.

First Nations House is located at 563 Spadina Ave., on the Third Floor.
There is an accessible entrance via Bancroft Avenue and an elevator at the back of the North Borden Building. First Nations House has a gender neutral restroom. If you require specific accommodations, please contact Susan at 416.978.8227.

We would like to acknowledge our partners in IEW 2017: Indigenous Education Network, OISE, Hart House, the Multi-Faith Centre, Indigenous Studies Student Union, Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (S.A.G.E.)

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Ace Toronto (Un)Conference

Ace Toronto is happy to announce that we will be hosting an Ace Toronto 2017 (Un)Conference for ace and/or arospec community members and allies.

Please spread the word to anyone who might be interested! The info is also on tumblr and facebook.

Event: Ace Toronto 2017 (Un)Conference
Location: Ryerson Student Centre (55 Gould St., Toronto, ON)
Date/Time: Saturday, January 21, 2017– 10am-6:30pm; 9:30am check-in (with a post conference social)

For more details, check out our website.

Please note that we are trying to co-ordinate billeting for out-of-town attendees, as well as carpooling (depending on interest) via the conference registration form.

Who is this conference for? This conference is for people who are on the ace and/or aromantic spectrums or questioning whether they might be, and for their friends, partners, and family.

What is this conference about? The goal of this conference is to create a space for more in-depth conversations among ace and/or arospec community members.

What is an (Un)Conference? This conference will include set programming in the morning (e.g., workshops, panels, etc.) and an “unconference” format in the afternoon where programming is decided day-of.

How can I attend? If you are interested in attending the Ace Toronto (Un)Conference, please fill out this registration form. If you are interested, please fill out the programming proposal form. Deadline for programming proposals is Sunday, December 4th, 2016, 11:59pm.

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New College’s Student Voice Project

The Student Voice Project (SVP) is a 3 day Alternative Reading Week  program focusing on art and mental health. It takes place the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of Reading Week. (February 21-23) and is free of cost and includes meals.

The SVP program partners with community health organizations, the University of Toronto mental health program staff, and students interested in talking about mental health to critically engage with issues of mental health on campus. Over the 3 day project, students will learn from mental health professionals and activists, share lived experiences, discuss mental health issues and realities on campus, and work with artists to create a written or spoken word poetry piece, a visual art piece or a zine.

SVP is run out of the New College Office of Student Life and Leadership (SLL) in collaboration with U of T Health and Wellness.

Applications Due  January 25th

Event  February 21st , 22nd , 23rd

uoft.me/studentvoiceproject

 

SBA Newsletter

SBA Newsletter [January 12, 2017]

SBA Programming and Events

  • SBA Office Hours – Welcome Back!
  • SBA Levy Opt Out Hours (January 9 – 27)
  • QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night

Community Events and Resources

  • Fight the Fees
  • Q21: A Conversation Cafe – QW(E)ERTY
  • 2017 White Cane Week ‘Experience’ Expo
  • Ace Toronto 2017 (Un)Conference
  • Landscape of Accessibility and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities – Call for Submissions
  • New Colleges Student Voice Project

SBA Programming and Events

SBA Office Hours – Welcome Back!

Welcome to winter 2017! SBA is open with regular hours, Monday – Thursday 11:30 to 5:30pm and Fridays 12:30 to 5:30pm.

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SBA Graduate Student Union Levy Opt Out Dates

University of Toronto graduate students who wish to opt out of their levy agreement with Students for Barrier-Free Access (SBA) and receive a refund of the fees collected can drop by the SBA office at 215 Huron Street, room 924. Refunds for the fall term are $2 for full-time graduate students and $1 for part-time graduate students. Please bring your University of Toronto Student ID and proof of registration.

Drop in times for those wishing to opt-out are: Mondays-Thursdays between 11:30am-5:30pm and Fridays between 12:30pm-5:30 from January 9th to January 27th. Evening opt-outs  are on Thursday January 12th,  Wednesday January 18th, and Thursday January 26th between 5:30-7:30pm. If you wish to receive your levy refund during the evenings, please call our office number 416 967 7322 and we will let you into the building.

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QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night

 

Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) and the Centre for Women and Trans People (CWTP) at U of T invites you to join us for the first night of a new series of events that works to create space for community building, critical conversation, and support for Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (QT2SBIPOC).

As organizers of this space, we recognize that this event will be taking place on the territories of the Huron-Wendat and Petun First Nations, the Seneca and the Mississaugas of New Credit. We are here because this land is occupied.  As organizations located within the University of Toronto, it is our responsibility to acknowledge that we are all treaty people that live, work and organize on occupied land.

We also recognize that this University is a space that many of our community members experience violence, including the violence of settler-colonialism, anti-black racism, white supremacy, homophobia, transphobia, transmisogyny, ableism, sanism, classism, Islamophobia and the violence of rape culture. Recent events on campus have highlighted the ongoing presence of these forms of violence. As a collective, we work to challenge these forms of violence in our communities and in our everyday practice.

We have a strong commitment to creating anti-colonial community space that rejects ableist and sanist ways of relating. We are committed to building meaningful and reciprocal relationships between Indigenous, Black, and POC communities and to acknowledge that this requires difficult conversations to be had. Through the QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night Series, we strive to hold a space for these conversations.

This meetings topic to be determined.

Date: Monday January 23rd, 2017

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

Location: SBA Centre, 215 Huron Street, Suite 924, on the 9th floor.

Please note that the front doors to 215 Huron Street lock at 5:30pm. Event organizers will wait at the entrance to let people in from 5:45pm-6:00pm. If you arrive later, please call 416-967-7322 and one of us will let you in.

Wheelchair accessible. Accessible and all-gender washroom located on the same floor as the event room.

Please note that the SBA Centre is a scent-free space.

Snacks, including vegan and gluten-free options will be served.

If you require ASL to participate in the event, or if you have any other access needs please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

***This is a QT2SBIPOC only space. As always, we appreciate the support we receive from our white allies by respecting this space and by sharing this event information with their networks.***
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Community events and Resources

Fight the Fees Coalition Meeting
The next Fight the Fees Coalition meeting will be held on Thursday January 19th in Sidney Smith Front Lobby from 2 PM – 4PM.

This will be a place for students and all those committed to free education come together to talk about what the Fight the Fees campaign will look like!

Fight the Fees Coalition is comprised of students and UofT community members who are concerned about skyrocketing tuition fees, mounting student debt and persistent government underfunding of college and university institutions.

Through the Fight the Fees campaign, we are demanding that the provincial government commit to:
1. Reducing and eliminating tuition fees
2. Converting the provincial portion of student loans into grants
3. Removal of interest on existing student loans

Get involved! Join the fight for No Fees, No Loans and No Debt.

For any questions or accessibility accommodations, please contact Richie Pyne at fightthefees@apus.ca.

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Q21: A CONVERSATION CAFÉ – QW(E)ERTY

Thursday, January 12, 2017
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
21 Sussex Avenue, Room 421

– How do we communicate and learn about sexuality and gender diversity on online platforms such as Facebook, Tumblr, Snapchat, Twitter, etc.?
– How does social media influence our communities?

– What do you consider when evaluating all of the information that you see online?

This week at Q21, we will be discussing how we navigate ourselves and our various identities online. From using social media to build connections with family, friends, and other networks, to finding new relationships or dates, or even to expressing our identity and orientation through digital media, the queer community is definitely very active online. What does this mean for our communities? Come join the discussion and share your ideas this week!

We are excited to have Cho Chua facilitate this week’s discussion! Cho is the current Program Assistant for Q21, and if she isn’t trying to dab or converse with you, she’s most probably glued to her laptop.

Q21: A Conversation Café is your weekly opportunity to connect with students and guest facilitators about the topics on our minds. Q21 will take place every Thursday from 3:00 – 4:30 pm. Each week will have a theme and a new guest facilitator.

Be part of the discussion.
Eat the snacks.

Find out more about Q21 and read our Frequently Asked Questions.

 

Read more about this event online.
Join the event on Facebook.

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2017 White Cane Week ‘Experience’ Expo 

This Expo, sponsored by the Canadian Council of the Blind and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind,  is A hands-on, interactive exposition in which exhibitors share their ‘experience’, providing creative, adaptive solutions to all aspects of life with vision loss. Through interactive demonstrations and activities, visitors can ‘experience’ new ways to overcome barriers, gain independence, and live a full, rich life.

Come and engage with dozens of exhibitors to find out what it’s like – hands on – to navigate using a smart phone with Blind Square, test your putting skills – blind-folded! – with the Ontario Visually Impaired Golfers, try your hand at sculpting in clay with Hands of Fire Sculpture Group, or climb onto a tandem bike with Trailblazers Tandem Cycling!  The CNIB will be on hand, demonstrating everything from cooking techniques to screen-readers!  And much, much more!  So come out to the ‘Experience’ Expo, get interactive, try something new, and explore the possibilities!

When:     Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 10am to 4pm

Where:    CNIB Centre, 1929 Bayview Avenue, Toronto.

Immediately following the Expo from 4pm to 8pm, the CCB Toronto Visionaries will be holding a Community Social featuring music, food, a cash bar & door prizes!

Admission is free to the Expo and Community Social.

But if you plan to attend the Community Social, please RSVP to our Voice Mail Line, 416-760-2163 or at ccbtorontovisionaries@gmail.com.
So come out and share the ‘Experience’ at the 2017 WCW ‘Experience’ Expo!

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Ace Toronto (Un)Conference

Ace Toronto is happy to announce that we will be hosting an Ace Toronto 2017 (Un)Conference for ace and/or arospec community members and allies.

Please spread the word to anyone who might be interested! The info is also on tumblr and facebook.

Event: Ace Toronto 2017 (Un)Conference
Location: Ryerson Student Centre (55 Gould St., Toronto, ON)
Date/Time: Saturday, January 21, 2017– 10am-6:30pm; 9:30am check-in (with a post conference social)

For more details, check out our website.

Please note that we are trying to co-ordinate billeting for out-of-town attendees, as well as carpooling (depending on interest) via the conference registration form.

Who is this conference for? This conference is for people who are on the ace and/or aromantic spectrums or questioning whether they might be, and for their friends, partners, and family.

What is this conference about? The goal of this conference is to create a space for more in-depth conversations among ace and/or arospec community members.

What is an (Un)Conference? This conference will include set programming in the morning (e.g., workshops, panels, etc.) and an “unconference” format in the afternoon where programming is decided day-of.

How can I attend? If you are interested in attending the Ace Toronto (Un)Conference, please fill out this registration form. If you are interested, please fill out the programming proposal form. Deadline for programming proposals is Sunday, December 4th, 2016, 11:59pm.

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The Landscape of Accessibility and Accommodation for Students with Disabilities in Canadian Post-Secondary Education

(Ottawa, January 10, 2017) –

The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) has received funds from the Government of Canada’s Social Development Partnerships Program (SDPP-D), of just over $193,000 for an important new research project: The Landscape of Accessibility and Accommodation for Students with Disabilities in Canadian Post-Secondary Education: 2016 ­ 2018.

At this time we seek written submissions from institutional offices/departments/faculties (including, but not limited to, student services and student affairs offices, campus disability groups, access centres and access committees, faculties and disability services offices) that describe best practices and lessons learned from working with students with disabilities. We are looking for details on professional development practices, innovative programming for students with disabilities, success stories, and effective policies and practices. We also want to know about gaps in learning, knowledge and service at the local level. If your school has a model program or service we’d like you to tell us about it.

Submissions should be no longer than 1,000 words, and be submitted in writing to the NEADS office by email no later than March 31, 2017 to frank.smith@neads.ca with a subject heading The Landscape of Accessibility and Accommodation for Students with Disabilities Submission. Please be advised, submissions may be used by the research team with attribution and permission — unless we are informed that a submission is to be kept confidential and to be used in a general way — in the final report and recommendations of the project.

This project specifically addresses the SDPP-D Program objective to: “support the development and utilization of effective approaches to address social issues and challenges.” Building on previous NEADS work, including the landmark report of the National Taskforce on the Experience of Graduate Students with Disabilities, Understanding Accessibility in Graduate Education For Students with Disabilities in Canada (2016); Enhancing Accessibility for Disabled Students – A Guide For Service Providers (2012); and, Working Towards a Coordinated National Approach to Services, Accommodations and Policies for Post-Secondary Students With Disabilities (1999), this project will undertake a thorough examination of the current landscape of accessibility, services, accommodations, technical equipment and supports for students with disabilities at publicly-funded post-secondary institutions across Canada.

The research will occur at the same time as, and is expected to inform, the Government of Canada’s consultation on a new planned accessibility legislation, under the leadership of Minister Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities. Consultations and research on post-secondary access and services are timely and will contribute to the Government of Canada’s emphasis on access to education and training for persons with disabilities, leading to their participation in the competitive labour market.

“Students with disabilities deserve equal access and opportunity in their schools. In supporting activities that engage and consult students with disabilities, we can make informed decisions on how to make this happen. Ensuring accessibility in post-secondary institutions is a great example of how ­ together ­ we are changing the culture around disability and creating a more accessible Canada.” ­ The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities

For further information on this project contact:

Frank Smith, National Coordinator, National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS), Rm. 514 Unicentre, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6 tel. (613) 380-8065 ext. 201www.neads.ca, email: frank.smith@neads.ca

http://www.neads.ca/en/about/media/index.php?id=427

– See more at: http://www.neads.ca/en/about/media/index.php?id=437#sthash.AXVnbwxs.dpuf

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New College’s Student Voice Project

The Student Voice Project (SVP) is a 3 day Alternative Reading Week  program focusing on art and mental health. It takes place the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of Reading Week. (February 21-23) and is free of cost and includes meals.

The SVP program partners with community health organizations, the University of Toronto mental health program staff, and students interested in talking about mental health to critically engage with issues of mental health on campus. Over the 3 day project, students will learn from mental health professionals and activists, share lived experiences, discuss mental health issues and realities on campus, and work with artists to create a written or spoken word poetry piece, a visual art piece or a zine.

SVP is run out of the New College Office of Student Life and Leadership (SLL) in collaboration with U of T Health and Wellness.

Applications Due  January 25th

Event  February 21st , 22nd , 23rd

uoft.me/studentvoiceproject