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SBA Newsletter [July 17th, 2017]

SBA Programming and Events

  • QT2SBIPOC Summer Social (with Ice Cream!)
  • What’s Left? Countering the Alt Right
  • Disorientation – Call for Volunteers

Community Events and Resources

  • Resilience 150
  • Government Survey on Accessibility Standards in Education
  • Proclaiming our Roots: An oral history project by and for mixed Black and Indigenous people
  • Slut Walk Toronto:  Saturday, August 12, 2017, 2-6 p.m.
  • Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racism Workshop
  • LGBTQ+ Penpals Needed
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing BIPOC Space
  • Job Opportunity – Co-Facilitator, Deaf & Hard of Hearing LGTBQ2AS BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) Program

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SBA Programming and Events

QT2SBIPOC Summer Social (with Ice Cream!) – Please note location change!
Join Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) and the Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Trans* People of the University of Toronto (LGBTOUT) for a summer social for Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (QT2SBIPOC).

We will have ice cream (including vegan and gluten free ice cream), fruit and exciting toppings, along with some other snacks. There will also be activities, including games, colouring and crafting.

Join us for the treats, stay for the amazing people!

Date: Friday July 28, 2017

Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm

Location: Room 208 (Main Activity Hall), MultiFaith Centre. The MultiFaith Centre is located at 569 Spadina Avenue. The accessible entrance to the building is off of Bancroft Avenue.

Please arrive to the event fragrance fee.

If you have any questions, or access needs please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com
Wheelchair accessible. Accessible and all-gender washroom located on the same floor as the event room.
***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.**

https://goo.gl/3fJKsZ

[Image Description: Image is a photograph of multicoloured ice cream popsicles that are melting, on a black background]

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What’s Left? Countering the Alt Right
The Toronto Research and Action Community Exchange (TRACX) is a two part program started by Opirg Toronto to build space for student and community research on social and environmental justice issues. The first component is a research portion. Through this research we work to facilitate connections between campus resources and community organizations working for social change. Through the TRACX program, community organizations can develop research projects useful to their campaigns and long-term strategies while being matched with students interested in completing the research for credit.

This year’s symposium is tentatively titled “What’s Left? Coalition-Building and Countering the Alt-Right” and will be co-hosted by Opirg Toronto and Sba Centre along with the Toronto Research and Action Community Exchange collective. The symposium portion is organized to showcase research with a community organizing focus from students, non-students and community groups. We want to problematize and challenge perspectives on research, and build networks between socially-conscious students and grassroots community organizations to develop research proposals led by the community group’s needs and priorities. We hope you can join us in helping facilitate this process as we focus on how we resist fascism, racism and oppression in our relationships, in our workplaces, and in the institutions and systems that govern our daily lives.

This year’s symposium will include both a skills-based component for developing the practical tools for conducting and disseminating research, and a thematic set of panels, keynotes, group discussions and presentations on anti-fascist work in Toronto and its intersections with other movements. This symposium is motivated by a need to reflect on our understanding of anti-fascism in the era of Trump and what the practice of anti-fascist organizing looks like. How do we cultivate an understanding of what anti-fascism means, and how do we employ it in our organizing work? We will explore how it intersects with other movements (like anti-racist organizing, migrant justice work, trans rights, and disability justice work) and what the antifascist organizing of the future might look like. Students attending the symposium will be exposed to a variety of social and environmental justice causes in the city of Toronto and will be able to network with community organizations about their research interests in the areas that the community groups work in. Students and community members will also have an opportunity to learn more about issues in the communities surrounding the campus and learn how the resources of the University could be utilized to assist with community projects.

September 30 – October 1
University of Toronto
Find this event on facebook

ACCESSIBILITY
We are committed to providing ASL and captioning and are currently working on organizing other accessibility related logistics such as childcare and gender neutral accessible washrooms. Full details around accessibility will be posted along with the schedule

SCHEDULE TBA
The submissions period for panels, keynotes, and group discussion sessions opens June 1st, 2017 and closes August 1st, 2017

For inquiries around accessibility, schedules, how to propose a session and how to get involved (volunteer or join the organizing committee) email opirg.toronto(at)gmail.com

Are you interested in supporting us? If you appreciate our programming initiatives and have the capacity to do so, consider making a donation of any amount here: https://www.youcaring.com/tracxproject-793042
All donations, big and small are greatly appreciated!

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Disorientation Week – Call for Volunteers
DisOrientation is an alternative orientation week that educates students about social and environmental justice issues while fostering student activism and connecting campus and community issues. The full event lasts for a week and includes panels, workshops, performances and other events intended to expose students and community members to critical analysis, insight and research about a range of social and environmental justice campaigns. OPIRG Toronto is looking for volunteers and like minded
campus organizations

interested in collaborating
to help make the next DisO week our best one yet. Are you passionate about social and environmental justice? Are you interested in learning more about political campaigns happening here in Toronto and around the province? Are you involved with a student service or campus group thats looking to host social or environmental justice themed programming for the new school year? Looking to develop your organizing skills while getting involved in campus politics and/or community organizing? We want you!

Note:
This years DisOrientation Week will be structured and focused on hands on, arts, DIY, skillsharing and participatory workshops from September 18th – 22nd. We would encourage groups interested in proposing panels, keynotes and discussion spaces to instead submit or volunteer with the TRACX symposium happening the following week on September 30th and October 1st. For more information on the TRACX symposium email racheleopirgto@gmail.com.

Here are some specific roles for interested volunteers:

• Event Logistics
– Set-up and clean up at events
– Moderating and/or liaising with facilitators about workshop needs

• Outreach & Promotion
– Tabling at clubs day and outreach at campus events
– Distributing flyers at community events
– Postering on and off campus
– Assisting with publicizing Disorientation through online social media and listservs
– Assisting with coordinating class talks promoting Disorientation

• Media
– Liasing with any media interested in recording or writing about events
– Video or audio recording our events
– Photographing events for the Disorientation archives.
To get involved in organizing Disorientation 2017, please fill out the volunteer form here.

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Community Events and Resources

Resilience 150

Supporting Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth to acknowledge and celebrate thousands of years of Indigenous resilience on this land

Young people are playing an important role in creating new possibilities for a decolonized and reconciled Canada. Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth are leading, co-creating and involved in intergenerational efforts to address the ongoing impacts of colonization and to build cross-cultural relationships based on mutual respect and understanding.

To give voice to alternative narratives and actions during this contentious year, we are offering micro-grants of up to $1000 to support projects and events created and/or co-created by young people that celebrate Indigenous resilience and resistance on this land. These grants will support opportunities for learning, reflection and relationship building that strengthen community efforts to ensure the stories, experiences, and priorities of Indigenous voices are not drowned out by fireworks and festivities in this year of Canada’s 150th birthday.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Monday, July 31st, 2017 by 5 pm

PopUp Grant Details
Resilience 150 grants will support events, field trips, workshops, action projects, intergenerational exchanges, arts-based initiatives and other activities that explore:

  • The stories, histories and present day experiences of Indigenous peoples on the lands in your community
  • The stories, histories and present day examples of Indigenous resilience and resistance on this land
  • What is possible for the next 150 years

Eligibility:

Are you a youth-led group (young people between the ages of 15-29) led by and/or co-creating with Indigenous youth? (you can be an intergenerational group and have members older or younger than 15-29).
Are you based in Ontario?
Do you have a project or idea that will acknowledge and celebrate the thousands of years of Indigenous resilience on this land?
Would some funding/resources help you get this project going? Then apply for a Resilience 150 grant.
*Please note, you do not need to be a charity to apply. You can be a grassroots group and apply on your own or in partnership with another group.

How to apply:
Logon onto the application portal by clicking here.

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Government Survey on Accessibility Standards in Education

Ontario’s government is committed to ensuring that every student has access to the supports they need to succeed in school. The Education Act, administered by the Ministry of Education, provides the legislative framework for accommodations for students that are required by school boards. At the post-secondary level, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development works with publicly funded colleges and universities to provide students with disabilities the necessary support services and accommodations they require.

You have been invited to share your thoughts on proposed areas of focus for a new accessibility standard for education under the Act. The information you share will be provided to a Standards Development Committee responsible for making recommendations to government. Your experiences with barriers you have faced to achieving an accessible education for yourself, your child, your students, or colleagues, as well as success stories you have witnessed in your school, college or university, will help to inform the work of the Committee.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EducationSurveyEN

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Proclaiming our Roots: An oral history project by and for mixed Black and Indigenous people

This summer, we want to hear from you about what it means to be Black and Indigenous!

Please join us for a weekend to create personal videos that explore your unique identity. Equipment, supplies, food, transit, tech training and an $X honoraria will be provided.
All you have to do is come ready to share.

Study location: Toronto, Ontario
Dates: August 25 – 28th, 2017

Space is limited. We need your commitment to attend all 4 days.

Participation is voluntary.
Childcare subsidies are available.

For more information about this research project, please contact: Ciann Wilson, 519-884-0710 ext. 4911ciann.wilson@gmail.com

This research project is funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and has been reviewed and approved by the Wilfrid Laurier University Research Ethics Board (REB #5239)

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Slut Walk Toronto:  Saturday, August 12, 2017, 2-6 p.m.

In 2011 SlutWalk Toronto started a global movement against rape culture following an incident involving the Toronto Police Service instructing York University students not to dress provocatively to avoid victimization. Since then, SlutWalk has grown with solidarity actions in 60 cities across the world each year. This year SlutWalk Toronto is working with Maggie’s: Toronto Sex Workers Action Project and Silence is Violence to center sex workers rights in our struggle against rape culture and sexual violence.

On Thursday July 13th we invite you to join us for a community dinner and visioning meeting from 6-9pm at 526 Richmond Street East in downtown Toronto. We want to hear from community partners, SlutWalk participants and advocates as the need to keep pushing back against sexual violence, rape culture, stigmatizing attitudes, as well as systemic forms of oppression and violence is as prevalent as ever.

Together, we hope to establish space for people to share experience and learn from one another, strengthen individual and community capacity, and practice resistance to all forms of violence. We would like to engage in partnerships with other anti-oppression groups, community organizers, and social justice advocates to share resources and inform the upcoming SlutWalk 2017 march and rally scheduled for August 12th at Barbara Hall Park.

Please join us for a meal and visioning session to discuss SlutWalk 2017, your vision for a fantastic event and how we can make this year’s action as thoughtful and inclusive as possible! If you cannot make the dinner and would like to connect to see how our initiatives might complement one another, contact us at:  slutwalk.yyz@gmail.comFacebook, or Twitter.

Please also visit these links for more information about Maggie’s: Toronto Sex Worker Action Project and Silence is Violence UofT

Strength and solidarity,
SlutWalk TO Volunteer Team

Note:
**We encourage a scent-free environment and ask that participants refrain from using scented products before coming to the space.
**We will be able to provide childcare if you let us know in advance by email: slutwalk.yyz@gmail.com
**If you have any specific accessibility needs or dietary requirements please email: slutwalk.yyz@gmail.com and we will do our best to offer accommodations.–

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Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racism Workshop

This workshop for artists explores the language, theories and practices of anti-oppression in depth. Institutional, community based and organizational strategies for building equity and unlearning oppression are central to the content and objectives of the workshop. Creative, technical and collaborative models for building equity and liberation will be explored. Group activities, case studies and discussion are critical tools to apply the learnings of this workshop.

When: August 9th, 2017

Where: 180 Shaw Street (Artscape Youngspace)

Cost: FREE

Participants will have access to a plethora of digital and print resources to continue their learning journey beyond the scope of the session.

Presented in Partnership with Generator, and b current performing arts

Facilitator Rania El Mugammar

Part of the SummerWorks Intensive Leadership Program (S.L.I.P.), a series of public events that explore how we can remove barriers and dismantle systems of oppression through artistic practice.

ACCESS
All SummerWorks venues are physically accessible, and many events offer accessible options such as ASL Interpretation, Relaxed Performances, and free or discounted tickets. For more info on accessibility at SummerWorks, visit summerworks.ca/access

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LGBTQ+ Penpals Needed

Here at Prisoner Correspondence Project in Toronto, we have a stack of letters from individuals who are living their lies as LGBTQ+ people inside prison walls and are seeking a penpal. If you’re on the LGBTQ+ spectrum and are reading this message, please consider becoming a penpal through Prisoner Correspondence Project TO!

The isolation that incarcerated people experience is often more intense for those who are LGBTQ+ and transgender, Intersex and gender non-conforming people are over-represented in the prison industrial complex. Corresponding with a penpal is a small act of solidarity that can break through this isolation and create meaningful relationships.

If you’d like to become a penpal, email us at priscopro.toronto@gmail.com

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DEAF & HARD OF HEARING

BIPOC: BLACK, INDIGENOUS & PEOPLE OF COLOUR

Unite to share experiences and learn skills to enhance your life.

Springtide

Resources

@SPRINGTIDE_VAW

www.springtideresources.org

Location: 215 Spadina Ave, Suite 220 (Floor 2R)

(Spadina & Queen St. West) M5T 2C7

Email to register or for more info: info@springtideresources.org

Be heard!

Be inspired!

Become our

own advocates.

A SPACE JUST FOR US

 

Proudly brought to you by:
Springtide Resources, Alterna Community Fund and the LGBTQ Youth Initiative with generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

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 Co-Facilitator, Deaf & Hard of Hearing LGTBQ2AS BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) Program

Location: Springtide Resources (215 Spadina Avenue, Suite 220 Toronto, ON)
Job type: Part-time, contract
Time Length: September to December 2017, with the possibility of extension
Salary: $20/hour (4 hours per week)
Position Summary:
A dynamic working relationship focused on the task of facilitating a 12-week group, involving strong, self-reliant individuals who share a commitment to each other, the task of co-facilitation and the participants’ needs.

Program Summary:
This program will be held at Springtide Resources. It is a space for participants/clients of colour, who are Deaf or hard of hearing (HOH), LGBTQ to discuss issues that are affecting them, the concerns they have in building relationships; whether is it intimate or professional. This program is a safe space where participants or clients can address issues they’ve faced daily through oppression, being involved in a relationship with a partner or a professional relationship with someone who is Deaf, hard of hearing or hearing. We will have participants who experience oppressions and discrimination based on their hearing loss, sexuality, race, sex and gender identity. ASL Interpreters and note takers will be provided in the program. Discussions and topics is client-centered perspective.

Qualifications:
• A diploma/degree in social services or related discipline preferred but not required
• Must identify as a member of the LGBTQ2AS community
• Is an individual who identifies as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, person of colour), Deaf or Hard of Hearing
• Knowledge and understanding of Deaf culture and familiar with working in a Deaf-friendly environment
• Assumes responsibility of quality educational and knowledge of LGBTQ, gender identities, racial background, Deaf and hard of hearing culture of clients within the program
• Strong understanding of and commitment to social justice issues, equity issues and anti-racism practices

Responsibilities:

Part-time Co-Facilitator to assist in providing
• Confidentiality
• Creativity
• Experience working with young adults and group processes
• Experience working within the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and LGBTQ community
• Facilitation of psycho-educational group sessions. clients’ behavior and reaction to educational groups
• Documentation and delivery of group services
• Keeps Project Coordinator/Co-Facilitator informed of client care, problems and issues
• Participation in community meetings
• Assumes responsibility for learning and professional development needs
• Assists the Program Coordinator/Co-Facilitator in the development, implementation and management of content and group processes
• Prompt and regular attendance
• Other duties and responsibilities, as assigned

Springtide Resources is a survivor-centric organization that promotes anti-oppression principles and practice. We aim for our staff to reflect the communities that we serve (including queer and trans people of all genders; Deaf and disabled people; newcomers, immigrants, and refugees; Black, Indigenous and people of colour; low-income people, and youth). While we thank all candidates for their interest only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please submit a résumé and cover letter detailing how you meet the above requirements:
Deadline: July 25, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. to:

Search Committee
Springtide Resources
215 Spadina Avenue, Suite 220
Toronto, ON M5T 2C7
Email: nadine@springtideresources.org
Please quote the job title in the subject line
No phone calls or faxes please.

SBA Newsletter

SBA Newsletter [July 10, 2017]

SBA Programming and Events

  • QT2SBIPOC Summer Social (with Ice Cream!)

Community Events and Resources

  • Government Survey on Accessibility Standards in Education
  • Proclaiming our Roots: An oral history project by and for mixed Black and Indigenous people
  • Slut Walk Toronto:  Saturday, August 12, 2017, 2-6 p.m.
  • Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racism Workshop
  • LGBTQ+ Penpals Needed
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing BIPOC Space

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SBA Programming and Events

QT2SBIPOC Summer Social (with Ice Cream!)
Join Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) and the Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, and Trans* People of the University of Toronto (LGBTOUT) for a summer social for Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (QT2SBIPOC).

We will have ice cream (including vegan and gluten free ice cream), fruit and exciting toppings, along with some other snacks. There will also be activities, including games, colouring and crafting.

Join us for the treats, stay for the amazing people!

Date: Friday July 28, 2017

Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm

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

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.

If you have any questions, or 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

Government Survey on Accessibility Standards in Education

Ontario’s government is committed to ensuring that every student has access to the supports they need to succeed in school. The Education Act, administered by the Ministry of Education, provides the legislative framework for accommodations for students that are required by school boards. At the post-secondary level, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development works with publicly funded colleges and universities to provide students with disabilities the necessary support services and accommodations they require.

You have been invited to share your thoughts on proposed areas of focus for a new accessibility standard for education under the Act. The information you share will be provided to a Standards Development Committee responsible for making recommendations to government. Your experiences with barriers you have faced to achieving an accessible education for yourself, your child, your students, or colleagues, as well as success stories you have witnessed in your school, college or university, will help to inform the work of the Committee.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/EducationSurveyEN

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Proclaiming our Roots: An oral history project by and for mixed Black and Indigenous people

This summer, we want to hear from you about what it means to be Black and Indigenous!

Please join us for a weekend to create personal videos that explore your unique identity. Equipment, supplies, food, transit, tech training and an $X honoraria will be provided.
All you have to do is come ready to share.

Study location: Toronto, Ontario
Dates: August 25 – 28th, 2017

Space is limited. We need your commitment to attend all 4 days.

Participation is voluntary.
Childcare subsidies are available.

For more information about this research project, please contact: Ciann Wilson, 519-884-0710 ext. 4911 ciann.wilson@gmail.com

This research project is funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada and has been reviewed and approved by the Wilfrid Laurier University Research Ethics Board (REB #5239)

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Slut Walk Toronto:  Saturday, August 12, 2017, 2-6 p.m.

In 2011 SlutWalk Toronto started a global movement against rape culture following an incident involving the Toronto Police Service instructing York University students not to dress provocatively to avoid victimization. Since then, SlutWalk has grown with solidarity actions in 60 cities across the world each year. This year SlutWalk Toronto is working with Maggie’s: Toronto Sex Workers Action Project and Silence is Violence to center sex workers rights in our struggle against rape culture and sexual violence.

On Thursday July 13th we invite you to join us for a community dinner and visioning meeting from 6-9pm at 526 Richmond Street East in downtown Toronto. We want to hear from community partners, SlutWalk participants and advocates as the need to keep pushing back against sexual violence, rape culture, stigmatizing attitudes, as well as systemic forms of oppression and violence is as prevalent as ever.

Together, we hope to establish space for people to share experience and learn from one another, strengthen individual and community capacity, and practice resistance to all forms of violence. We would like to engage in partnerships with other anti-oppression groups, community organizers, and social justice advocates to share resources and inform the upcoming SlutWalk 2017 march and rally scheduled for August 12th at Barbara Hall Park.

Please join us for a meal and visioning session to discuss SlutWalk 2017, your vision for a fantastic event and how we can make this year’s action as thoughtful and inclusive as possible! If you cannot make the dinner and would like to connect to see how our initiatives might complement one another, contact us at:  slutwalk.yyz@gmail.comFacebook, or Twitter.

Please also visit these links for more information about Maggie’s: Toronto Sex Worker Action Project and Silence is Violence UofT

Strength and solidarity,
SlutWalk TO Volunteer Team

Note:
**We encourage a scent-free environment and ask that participants refrain from using scented products before coming to the space.
**We will be able to provide childcare if you let us know in advance by email: slutwalk.yyz@gmail.com
**If you have any specific accessibility needs or dietary requirements please email: slutwalk.yyz@gmail.com and we will do our best to offer accommodations.–

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Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racism Workshop

This workshop for artists explores the language, theories and practices of anti-oppression in depth. Institutional, community based and organizational strategies for building equity and unlearning oppression are central to the content and objectives of the workshop. Creative, technical and collaborative models for building equity and liberation will be explored. Group activities, case studies and discussion are critical tools to apply the learnings of this workshop.

When: August 9th, 2017

Where: 180 Shaw Street (Artscape Youngspace)

Cost: FREE

Participants will have access to a plethora of digital and print resources to continue their learning journey beyond the scope of the session.

Presented in Partnership with Generator, and b current performing arts

Facilitator Rania El Mugammar

Part of the SummerWorks Intensive Leadership Program (S.L.I.P.), a series of public events that explore how we can remove barriers and dismantle systems of oppression through artistic practice.

ACCESS
All SummerWorks venues are physically accessible, and many events offer accessible options such as ASL Interpretation, Relaxed Performances, and free or discounted tickets. For more info on accessibility at SummerWorks, visit summerworks.ca/access

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LGBTQ+ Penpals Needed

Here at Prisoner Correspondence Project in Toronto, we have a stack of letters from individuals who are living their lies as LGBTQ+ people inside prison walls and are seeking a penpal. If you’re on the LGBTQ+ spectrum and are reading this message, please consider becoming a penpal through Prisoner Correspondence Project TO!

The isolation that incarcerated people experience is often more intense for those who are LGBTQ+ and transgender, Intersex and gender non-conforming people are over-represented in the prison industrial complex. Corresponding with a penpal is a small act of solidarity that can break through this isolation and create meaningful relationships.

If you’d like to become a penpal, email us at priscopro.toronto@gmail.com

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DEAF & HARD OF HEARING

BIPOC: BLACK, INDIGENOUS & PEOPLE OF COLOUR

Unite to share experiences and learn skills to enhance your life.

Springtide

Resources

@SPRINGTIDE_VAW

www.springtideresources.org

Location: 215 Spadina Ave, Suite 220 (Floor 2R)

(Spadina & Queen St. West) M5T 2C7

Email to register or for more info: info@springtideresources.org

Be heard!

Be inspired!

Become our

own advocates.

A SPACE JUST FOR US

Proudly brought to you by:
Springtide Resources, Alterna Community Fund and the LGBTQ Youth Initiative with generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

SBA Newsletter

SBA Newsletter [June 26th, 2017]

SBA Programming and Events

  • Office Closures
  • Annual General Meeting and Member package

Community Events and Resources

  • OPIRG Annual General Meeting
  • Help UofT Libraries Improve Survery

SBA Programming and Events

Office Closures

Please note the following office closures:

  • June 28th, 4:45pm
  • July 3rd, all day
  • July 6th, all day

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Annual General Meeting and Membership Package

Students for Barrier-Free Access will be having our Annual General Meeting and elections on June 28th, 2017. It is a great opportunity to meet with outgoing, returning, and newly elected SBA Board of Directors.

If you want to read but the candidates for the board for 2017-2018, an agenda for the meeting, or the membership proxy form, please see your attached attached AGM Package.

**Registration for the AGM starts at 6pm. For voting members, please be sure to sign in with either your Utoronto email address or your student/staff number.

Time: 6pm – 8:30pm

Location: OISE Room 5150

Access information: ASL, captioning, a light supper, and TTC tokens provided. Quiet space booked for room 5160, OISE. Accessible and gender neutral washrooms available on the same floor. Please note that this is a scent free space. For any accessibility needs or if you have any questions, please email sba@utoronto.ca.

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Community Events and Resources

OPIRG Annual General Meeting
Friday June 30th @ 4 pm

O.I.S.E, 252 Bloor Street West, room 8170

*This space is barrier free
*There is a barrier free, single stall, gender-neutral washroom on the fifth floor.
*Please arrive scent free

Come celebrate another inspiring year of student and community activism with OPIRG-Toronto at our Annual General Meeting (AGM). Come for the food and stay for the fun and opportunity to meet and connect with staff, board members, and OPIRG volunteers.

Find out more about the work we do and how to get involved!

On the Agenda:

Review of our 9 awesome action groups’ work throughout the year
OPIRG Toronto Financial Audit
2017-2018 Board of Directors Elections

Feel free to e-mail opirg.toronto@gmail.com or racheleopirgto@gmail.com to request accommodations for accessibility needs, or if you have any additional questions.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

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Help the U of T Libraries Improve Your User Experience in Robarts Library

The University of Toronto Libraries is looking to implement new services and technologies to improve your experience in Robarts Library. We want to know how you use the Robarts Library building, spaces, and services. We welcome any feedback regarding your experiences and suggestions for improvements. Please take a few minutes to fill out this online survey.

SBA Newsletter [June 21, 2017]

SBA Programming and Events
  • Office Closures
  • Annual General Meeting and Member package

Community Events and Resources

  • Canadian Hearing Society Scholarships – due Friday
  • OPIRG Statement of Solidarity for Staff at UTSU
  • CWTP York is looking for new Collective Members!
SBA Programming and Events
 
Office Closures
 
Please note the following office closures:
  • June 28th, 4:45pm
  • July 6th, all day
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Annual General Meeting and Membership Package

Students for Barrier-Free Access will be having our Annual General Meeting and elections on June 28th, 2017. It is a great opportunity to meet with outgoing, returning, and newly elected SBA Board of Directors.
If you want to read but the candidates for the board for 2017-2018, an agenda for the meeting, or the membership proxy form, please see your attached attached AGM Package.
**Registration for the AGM starts at 6pm. For voting members, please be sure to sign in with either your Utoronto email address or your student/staff number.
Time: 6pm – 8:30pm
Location: OISE Room 5150
Access information: ASL, captioning, a light supper, and TTC tokens provided. Quiet space booked for room 5160, OISE. Accessible and gender neutral washrooms available on the same floor. Please note that this is a scent free space. For any accessibility needs or if you have any questions, please email sba@utoronto.ca.

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Community Events and Resources
 
The Canadian Hearing Society Scholarships

The Canadian Hearing Society is proud to introduce a National Scholarship Program to help break down barriers to higher education and build brighter futures for Deaf and hard of hearing students.

Scholarships of up to $3,000 a year are available to those pursuing full-time, part-time or distance learning at accredited post-secondary institutions, inside or outside of Canada. Students may be awarded in more than one academic year, and awards may cover tuition, residence or educational resources.

For more information, including eligibility, please visit: http://www.chs.ca/scholarships
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OPIRG Statement of Solidarity for Staff at UTSU

Statement of Solidarity

The staff and board at OPIRG Toronto would like to extend our solidarity and support for the staff at the University of Toronto Student’s Union (UTSU), particularly Vita and Maria, who were unjustly laid off on Tuesday May 30, 2017. We at OPIRG Toronto stand for workers rights and workplaces free from discrimination and unfair dismissal. The UTSU has failed to uphold its duties as an employer, both by disregarding due process and by ignoring the impact that these decisions will have on students and campus organizations, let alone the staff members who have devoted so many years to the organization. We must direct our attention towards the UTSU’s exec and ask that they return both Maria and Vita to their respective positions.

Currently many students live on wages below the poverty line, are given little support or clarity around things like the Dental Benefits Plan, and are facing ever increasing cut backs to supportive services in and around campus. The fight for accessible student services and jobs like Maria’s and Vita’s is a fight for students to have a fair and equitable learning environment as they are one of the many staff committed to ensuring that students can easily access support services like Health and Dental Benefits, Student Clubs and Service Groups, and can navigate the often complex documents outlining their benefits plan.

For example, the firing of Vita has left no staff accountable to students in charge of overseeing the construction of the student centre. Vita communicates with all the clubs and service groups on campus due to move into the planned Student Centre. With Vita gone, students will lose out as this will allow the UTSU to shed it’s accountability to the student clubs that work so hard to serve them. This has the potential to greatly negatively impact a wide breadth of services currently offered to students. The position Maria held, the Health and Dental Plan Coordinator, helped students navigate the often confusing documents and process of accessing or opting out of these benefits. Benefits that again, students pay for and have the right to access or receive refunds for. Without Maria we are losing the only staff dedicated to ensuring that students are able to access a vital part of their support system while untangling problems for individual students as they arise. Further, it’s important to note that the Health and Dental Plan has recently been drastically changed, both without consultation of the student body and without proper explanation to students of the new parameters of this new provider. Without a staff member dedicated to helping students navigate this new system we are left hanging. We stand in solidarity with Vita and Maria and all campus service groups and service staff. We encourage students, faculty and staff to join the call for the UTSU to reverse its decision and reinstate both Maria and Vita with a commitment to ensuring job security for all staff that serve such vital roles for the student body.

To read more about the demands and ways to support Vita, Maria and student services on campus: https://www.facebook.com/pg/sosUTSU/

Sincerely; the board and staff of OPIRG Toronto

More information and to contact OPIRG Toronto:

http://opirgtoronto.org

opirg.toronto(at)gmail.com

Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1281
Save our services, Support our staff at UTSU

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CWTP York is looking for Collective Members!
The Centre for Women and Trans People at York University is seeking new Collective members from both York University and the larger Toronto community.

We actively prioritize the contributions that individuals from marginalized communities bring to our organization, and invite First Nations, Metis and Inuit people, black people, people of colour, members of racialized groups, Muslim people, two-spirited people, low-income people, queer people, trans people, sex workers, gender variant, gender fluid, and genderqueer people, working-class people, single parents, migrants, disabled and mad people, and members of the D/deaf community to apply.Deadline to apply: June 30th

The Collective

CWTP is governed by a volunteer feminist collective. The Collective is fully responsible for the smooth operation of CWTP and acts in accordance with its constitution, vision statement, mandate, collective agreement and other relevant centre policies. The Collective takes responsibility for staffing, policy, programming, services, development, budgeting, and other initiatives and operates within a non-hierarchical model of consensus decision-making. The Collective is especially looking for people with a demonstrated commitment to feminist, anti-oppressive politics (challenging cis-sexism, racism, anti-black racism, ableism, etc.) strong communication and leadership skills, and experience with non-profit organizations.Collective Member Responsibilities

  • Be familiar with and act in accordance with the Centre’s constitution, vision statement, mandate, and other relevant centre policies as well as have a working knowledge of the Centre, itsoperations and resources
  • Be familiar with the Collective Agreement with CUPE 1281 and fulfill duties of the employer
  • Commit to collective membership for a minimum of one year
  • Prepare for, attend, and contribute during Collective meetings 2-4 times per month.
  • Complete annual mandatory Centre training sessions and Collective development workshops.
  • Facilitate/lead 1 committee and participate in other committees (Hiring committees) and roles (such as Staff Liaison) as necessary. Standing committees include Library & Resources, Collective Development & Training, Programming & Outreach, Finance and Space Maintenance, Policy, Peer support, Trans Integration, or any other portfolio deemed necessary by the Collective.
  • Hold office hours 2-3 hours twice week.
  • Complete mandatory relevant training offered by the Centre, as outlined in the constitution
  • Ensure that the Centre is a safer space for all members including staff
  • Self-advocate within the consensus decision-making model
  • Support the Centre’s space through two weekly office hours
  • Attend weekly collective meetings. They shall be responsible for their own presence at meetings and in the event of their absence, conveying their regrets in a timely fashion.
  • Organize two events or workshops, whether collectively or individually, on behalf of the organization for the fall and winter semesters
  • Join local committees and/or coalitions on behalf of the Centre, to develop community relationships and help in an advisory capacity

Experiences:

Required:

  • Minimum of 6 months working or volunteer experience in relevant organizations.
  • A commitment to creating a welcoming and safer space for all of our members, one that is rooted in challenging settler colonial violence, racism, anti-black racism, xenophobia,islamophobia, anti-semitism, fatphobia, classism, ageism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, misogyny, mysoginoir, transmysoginy, ableism and sanism, discrimination on the basis of religion/spirituality, and institutionalized oppression within the university setting and in the wider community.

Asset:

  • Prior non-profit/ student based board experience
  • Previous anti-oppression and trans* 101 training

How to Apply:

  • Submit a written application form comprised of a completed Member Application Form, and a 1-page Statement of Intent.
  • If the Collective accepts your initial application, you will be invited to attend an interview.
  • The collective will invite all applicants successful in the interview process to attend 2 consecutive Collective meetings and to participate in Collective responsibilities for 1 month.
  • After 2 meetings, you will review your experience and involvement with current collective members and mutually decide whether you may begin your full, 1-year term as a full Collective member.

Forms: 
Collective Membership application form available HERE  (WORD)PDF

  • Printed forms are available at the Centre as well. (4700 Keele Street, 322 Student Centre, York University).
  • Applicants can drop it off in person, or e-mail their application to cwtpyork@gmail.com

All information provided on this form will be accessible only to staff, and collective members for the purpose of recruiting collective members. Submitting an application does not guarantee your acceptance as a Collective Member.

Thanks for your interest!For more information 

cwtpyork@gmail.com

Please come by 4700 Keele Street, York University Room 322 Student Centre

or visit our website at http://cwtpyork.ca/announcements/

SBA Newsletter [June 13th, 2017]

SBA Programming and Events

  • Notice of painting
  • Pride Picnic
  • QT2sBIPOC Discussion Series
  • SBA Nomination Period – Deadline Tomorrow!
  • Annual General Meeting – Save the Date
  • What’s Left? Countering the Alt Right
  • Disorientation – Call for Volunteers

Community Events and Resources

  • Social Justice Picnic
  • Canadian Hearing Society Scholarships
  • CWTP York is looking for new Collective Members!

SBA Programming and Events

Notice of Painting

Please note that the 9th floor of 215 Huron Street will be undergoing painting for this week. This includes the all hallways, the kitchen, and gendered and all gender accessible bathrooms. The SBA Centre, including room 924, the computer lab, and the study room will not be painted. However, please note that there may be paint fumes. We will notify you through an additional of any painting/construction related potential closures through the listserv.

The sixth annual Pride Picnic is here!

On June 19, We would like to invite you to Pride Picnic 2017! This free event features food (until we run out), music, games, prizes, and more. Make sure to swing by to enjoy some good food, good music and good people!

Date: June 19, 2017
Time: 12 – 3 PM
Venue: Woodsworth College Courtyard (Bronfman) at 119 St.George Street (Bloor and St.George Intersection)

This is a child-friendly space.

The main entrance to the Courtyard is located off of St George street.
Please note that this will be a fragrance free space.

If you have any questions, accessibility requests, or want to volunteer with us, please contact events@apus.ca

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/469705693373264/

Collaborators include:
Association of Part-time Undergraduate Students (APUS)
University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU)
UT Graduate Students’ Union (GSU),
Scarborough Campus Students’ Union (SCSU)
Students’ for Barrier Free Access (SBA)
Woodsworth Inclusive (WINC)
Move U
Equity Movement
Sexual and Gender Diversity Office (SGDO)
Bike Chain

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QT2sBIPOC Discussion Night

Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) invites you to join us for the first summer meeting for our 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.

Date: Tuesday June 20, 2017

Time: 6:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m.

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 5:50-6:00pm. 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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SBA Board Nominations – Deadline Tomorrow!

Students For Barrier-Free Access (SBA) is a student-run non-profit organization that advocates for access and the rights of students with disabilities at the University of Toronto. We work to encourage new ways of thinking that challenges dominant understandings of disability and to advocate for education that is socially, environmentally, and financially accessible. In order to be informed and vigilant about barriers and disability-related issues on campus and to be an effective stakeholder in university decision-making, we work with students, faculty, other social justice groups and allies to build an accessible campus and a strong diverse community.

If you would like a chance to shape and expand on some of these great initiatives, consider joining the Board of Directors!

The nomination period runs from Wednesday May 24th, 2017 to Wednesday June 14th, 2017 by 5:30PM. Please have your nomination packages submitted by this date and time.

For more information and for a copy of the nomination package, please visit: uoftsba.com . You may also pick up your copy at the SBA Centre (215 Huron St, Suite 924) during regular office hours (Mondays – Thursdays 11:30am – 5:30pm and Fridays 12:30pm and 5:30pm).

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Elections and AGM – Save the Date

Save the Date! Students for Barrier-Free Access will be having our Annual General Meeting and elections on June 28th, 2017. It is a great opportunity to meet with outgoing, returning, and newly elected SBA Board of Directors.

To vote, you will need to register with your Utoronto email or student number at the registration desk. For proxy voting, please see attached word document.

Time: 6pm – 8:30pm

Location: OISE Room 5150

Access information: ASL, captioning, a light supper, and TTC tokens provided. Accessible and gender neutral washrooms available on the same floor. Please note that this is a scent free space. For any accessibility needs or if you have any questions, please email sba@utoronto.ca.

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What’s Left? Countering the Alt Right
The Toronto Research and Action Community Exchange (TRACX) is a two part program started by Opirg Toronto to build space for student and community research on social and environmental justice issues. The first component is a research portion. Through this research we work to facilitate connections between campus resources and community organizations working for social change. Through the TRACX program, community organizations can develop research projects useful to their campaigns and long-term strategies while being matched with students interested in completing the research for credit.

This year’s symposium is tentatively titled “What’s Left? Coalition-Building and Countering the Alt-Right” and will be co-hosted by Opirg Toronto and Sba Centre along with the Toronto Research and Action Community Exchange collective. The symposium portion is organized to showcase research with a community organizing focus from students, non-students and community groups. We want to problematize and challenge perspectives on research, and build networks between socially-conscious students and grassroots community organizations to develop research proposals led by the community group’s needs and priorities. We hope you can join us in helping facilitate this process as we focus on how we resist fascism, racism and oppression in our relationships, in our workplaces, and in the institutions and systems that govern our daily lives.

This year’s symposium will include both a skills-based component for developing the practical tools for conducting and disseminating research, and a thematic set of panels, keynotes, group discussions and presentations on anti-fascist work in Toronto and its intersections with other movements. This symposium is motivated by a need to reflect on our understanding of anti-fascism in the era of Trump and what the practice of anti-fascist organizing looks like. How do we cultivate an understanding of what anti-fascism means, and how do we employ it in our organizing work? We will explore how it intersects with other movements (like anti-racist organizing, migrant justice work, trans rights, and disability justice work) and what the antifascist organizing of the future might look like. Students attending the symposium will be exposed to a variety of social and environmental justice causes in the city of Toronto and will be able to network with community organizations about their research interests in the areas that the community groups work in. Students and community members will also have an opportunity to learn more about issues in the communities surrounding the campus and learn how the resources of the University could be utilized to assist with community projects.

September 30 – October 1
University of Toronto
Find this event on facebook

ACCESSIBILITY
We are committed to providing ASL and captioning and are currently working on organizing other accessibility related logistics such as childcare and gender neutral accessible washrooms. Full details around accessibility will be posted along with the schedule

SCHEDULE TBA
The submissions period for panels, keynotes, and group discussion sessions opens June 1st, 2017 and closes August 1st, 2017

For inquiries around accessibility, schedules, how to propose a session and how to get involved (volunteer or join the organizing committee) email opirg.toronto(at)gmail.com

Are you interested in supporting us? If you appreciate our programming initiatives and have the capacity to do so, consider making a donation of any amount here: https://www.youcaring.com/tracxproject-793042
All donations, big and small are greatly appreciated!

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Disorientation Week – Call for Volunteers
DisOrientation is an alternative orientation week that educates students about social and environmental justice issues while fostering student activism and connecting campus and community issues. The full event lasts for a week and includes panels, workshops, performances and other events intended to expose students and community members to critical analysis, insight and research about a range of social and environmental justice campaigns. OPIRG Toronto is looking for volunteers and like minded
campus organizations

interested in collaborating
to help make the next DisO week our best one yet. Are you passionate about social and environmental justice? Are you interested in learning more about political campaigns happening here in Toronto and around the province? Are you involved with a student service or campus group thats looking to host social or environmental justice themed programming for the new school year? Looking to develop your organizing skills while getting involved in campus politics and/or community organizing? We want you!

Note:
This years DisOrientation Week will be structured and focused on hands on, arts, DIY, skillsharing and participatory workshops from September 18th – 22nd. We would encourage groups interested in proposing panels, keynotes and discussion spaces to instead submit or volunteer with the TRACX symposium happening the following week on September 30th and October 1st. For more information on the TRACX symposium email racheleopirgto@gmail.com.

Here are some specific roles for interested volunteers:

• Event Logistics
– Set-up and clean up at events
– Moderating and/or liaising with facilitators about workshop needs

• Outreach & Promotion
– Tabling at clubs day and outreach at campus events
– Distributing flyers at community events
– Postering on and off campus
– Assisting with publicizing Disorientation through online social media and listservs
– Assisting with coordinating class talks promoting Disorientation

• Media
– Liasing with any media interested in recording or writing about events
– Video or audio recording our events
– Photographing events for the Disorientation archives.
To get involved in organizing Disorientation 2017, please fill out the volunteer form here.

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Community Events and Resources

Social Justice Picnic

Come out and enjoy a free lunch on us! Learn about the great social and environmental justice initiatives and opportunities open to students at UofT and the broader community.

Hang out on a blanket, munch on some tacos and sip lemonade while chatting about whats going on at OPIRG Toronto, Tools for Change and other intiatives taking root in the UofT community ~ There will be an opportunity to win some prizes for all who attend. If its raining, you can find us indoors, in the atrium.

We’ll also be outreaching for our upcoming events like TRACX 2017 – What’s Left? Countering the Alt Right, upcoming Tools for Change workshop schedule, and DisO 2017 “Art of Solidarity”!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1298290483601492

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The Canadian Hearing Society Scholarships

The Canadian Hearing Society is proud to introduce a National Scholarship Program to help break down barriers to higher education and build brighter futures for Deaf and hard of hearing students.

Scholarships of up to $3,000 a year are available to those pursuing full-time, part-time or distance learning at accredited post-secondary institutions, inside or outside of Canada. Students may be awarded in more than one academic year, and awards may cover tuition, residence or educational resources.

For more information, including eligibility, please visit: http://www.chs.ca/scholarships

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CWTP York is looking for Collective Members!

The Centre for Women and Trans People at York University is seeking new Collective members from both York University and the larger Toronto community.

We actively prioritize the contributions that individuals from marginalized communities bring to our organization, and invite First Nations, Metis and Inuit people, black people, people of colour, members of racialized groups, Muslim people, two-spirited people, low-income people, queer people, trans people, sex workers, gender variant, gender fluid, and genderqueer people, working-class people, single parents, migrants, disabled and mad people, and members of the D/deaf community to apply.

Deadline to apply: June 30th

The Collective

CWTP is governed by a volunteer feminist collective. The Collective is fully responsible for the smooth operation of CWTP and acts in accordance with its constitution, vision statement, mandate, collective agreement and other relevant centre policies. The Collective takes responsibility for staffing, policy, programming, services, development, budgeting, and other initiatives and operates within a non-hierarchical model of consensus decision-making. The Collective is especially looking for people with a demonstrated commitment to feminist, anti-oppressive politics (challenging cis-sexism, racism, anti-black racism, ableism, etc.) strong communication and leadership skills, and experience with non-profit organizations.

Collective Member Responsibilities

  • Be familiar with and act in accordance with the Centre’s constitution, vision statement, mandate, and other relevant centre policies as well as have a working knowledge of the Centre, itsoperations and resources
  • Be familiar with the Collective Agreement with CUPE 1281 and fulfill duties of the employer
  • Commit to collective membership for a minimum of one year
  • Prepare for, attend, and contribute during Collective meetings 2-4 times per month.
  • Complete annual mandatory Centre training sessions and Collective development workshops.
  • Facilitate/lead 1 committee and participate in other committees (Hiring committees) and roles (such as Staff Liaison) as necessary. Standing committees include Library & Resources, Collective Development & Training, Programming & Outreach, Finance and Space Maintenance, Policy, Peer support, Trans Integration, or any other portfolio deemed necessary by the Collective.
  • Hold office hours 2-3 hours twice week.
  • Complete mandatory relevant training offered by the Centre, as outlined in the constitution
  • Ensure that the Centre is a safer space for all members including staff
  • Self-advocate within the consensus decision-making model
  • Support the Centre’s space through two weekly office hours
  • Attend weekly collective meetings. They shall be responsible for their own presence at meetings and in the event of their absence, conveying their regrets in a timely fashion.
  • Organize two events or workshops, whether collectively or individually, on behalf of the organization for the fall and winter semesters
  • Join local committees and/or coalitions on behalf of the Centre, to develop community relationships and help in an advisory capacity

Experiences:

Required:

  • Minimum of 6 months working or volunteer experience in relevant organizations.
  • A commitment to creating a welcoming and safer space for all of our members, one that is rooted in challenging settler colonial violence, racism, anti-black racism, xenophobia,islamophobia, anti-semitism, fatphobia, classism, ageism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, misogyny, mysoginoir, transmysoginy, ableism and sanism, discrimination on the basis of religion/spirituality, and institutionalized oppression within the university setting and in the wider community.

Asset:

  • Prior non-profit/ student based board experience
  • Previous anti-oppression and trans* 101 training

How to Apply:

  • Submit a written application form comprised of a completed Member Application Form, and a 1-page Statement of Intent.
  • If the Collective accepts your initial application, you will be invited to attend an interview.
  • The collective will invite all applicants successful in the interview process to attend 2 consecutive Collective meetings and to participate in Collective responsibilities for 1 month.
  • After 2 meetings, you will review your experience and involvement with current collective members and mutually decide whether you may begin your full, 1-year term as a full Collective member.

Forms: 
Collective Membership application form available HERE  (WORD)PDF

  • Printed forms are available at the Centre as well. (4700 Keele Street, 322 Student Centre, York University).
  • Applicants can drop it off in person, or e-mail their application to cwtpyork@gmail.com

All information provided on this form will be accessible only to staff, and collective members for the purpose of recruiting collective members. Submitting an application does not guarantee your acceptance as a Collective Member.

Thanks for your interest!

For more information 

cwtpyork@gmail.com

Please come by 4700 Keele Street, York University Room 322 Student Centre

or visit our website at http://cwtpyork.ca/announcements/

SBA Newsletter

SBA Newsletter [June 7, 2017]

SBA Programming and Events

  • Office Closures
  • QT2sBIPOC Discussion Series
  • SBA Nomination Period – Extension!
  • Annual General Meeting – Save the Date
  • What’s Left? Countering the Alt Right
  • Disorientation – Call for Volunteers

Community Events and Resources

  • Support Parkdale Rent Strikers
  • Canadian Hearing Society Scholarships
  • CWTP York is looking for new Collective Members!

SBA Programming and Events

Office Closure

Please note the following closures:

  • Early closure Friday May 26th, 2017 at 5pm
  • Monday June 12th, 2017 – All day

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QT2sBIPOC Discussion Night

Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) invites you to join us for the first summer meeting for our 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.

Date: Tuesday June 20, 2017

Time: 6:30 p.m. -8:30 p.m.

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 5:50-6:00pm. 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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SBA Board Nominations – Extension!

Students For Barrier-Free Access (SBA) is a student-run non-profit organization that advocates for access and the rights of students with disabilities at the University of Toronto. We work to encourage new ways of thinking that challenges dominant understandings of disability and to advocate for education that is socially, environmentally, and financially accessible. In order to be informed and vigilant about barriers and disability-related issues on campus and to be an effective stakeholder in university decision-making, we work with students, faculty, other social justice groups and allies to build an accessible campus and a strong diverse community.

If you would like a chance to shape and expand on some of these great initiatives, consider joining the Board of Directors!

The nomination period runs from Wednesday May 24th, 2017 to Wednesday June 14th, 2017 by 5:30PM. Please have your nomination packages submitted by this date and time.

For more information and for a copy of the nomination package, please visit: uoftsba.com . You may also pick up your copy at the SBA Centre (215 Huron St, Suite 924) during regular office hours (Mondays – Thursdays 11:30am – 5:30pm and Fridays 12:30pm and 5:30pm).
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Elections and AGM – Save the Date

Save the Date! Students for Barrier-Free Access will be having our Annual General Meeting and elections on June 28th, 2017. It is a great opportunity to meet with outgoing, returning, and newly elected SBA Board of Directors.

Time: 6pm – 8:30pm

Location: OISE Room 5150

Access information: ASL, captioning, a light supper, and TTC tokens provided. Accessible and gender neutral washrooms available on the same floor. Please note that this is a scent free space. For any accessibility needs or if you have any questions, please email sba@utoronto.ca.

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What’s Left? Countering the Alt Right
The Toronto Research and Action Community Exchange (TRACX) is a two part program started by Opirg Toronto to build space for student and community research on social and environmental justice issues. The first component is a research portion. Through this research we work to facilitate connections between campus resources and community organizations working for social change. Through the TRACX program, community organizations can develop research projects useful to their campaigns and long-term strategies while being matched with students interested in completing the research for credit.

This year’s symposium is tentatively titled “What’s Left? Coalition-Building and Countering the Alt-Right” and will be co-hosted by Opirg Toronto and Sba Centre along with the Toronto Research and Action Community Exchange collective. The symposium portion is organized to showcase research with a community organizing focus from students, non-students and community groups. We want to problematize and challenge perspectives on research, and build networks between socially-conscious students and grassroots community organizations to develop research proposals led by the community group’s needs and priorities. We hope you can join us in helping facilitate this process as we focus on how we resist fascism, racism and oppression in our relationships, in our workplaces, and in the institutions and systems that govern our daily lives.

This year’s symposium will include both a skills-based component for developing the practical tools for conducting and disseminating research, and a thematic set of panels, keynotes, group discussions and presentations on anti-fascist work in Toronto and its intersections with other movements. This symposium is motivated by a need to reflect on our understanding of anti-fascism in the era of Trump and what the practice of anti-fascist organizing looks like. How do we cultivate an understanding of what anti-fascism means, and how do we employ it in our organizing work? We will explore how it intersects with other movements (like anti-racist organizing, migrant justice work, trans rights, and disability justice work) and what the antifascist organizing of the future might look like. Students attending the symposium will be exposed to a variety of social and environmental justice causes in the city of Toronto and will be able to network with community organizations about their research interests in the areas that the community groups work in. Students and community members will also have an opportunity to learn more about issues in the communities surrounding the campus and learn how the resources of the University could be utilized to assist with community projects.

September 30 – October 1
University of Toronto
Find this event on facebook

ACCESSIBILITY
We are committed to providing ASL and captioning and are currently working on organizing other accessibility related logistics such as childcare and gender neutral accessible washrooms. Full details around accessibility will be posted along with the schedule

SCHEDULE TBA
The submissions period for panels, keynotes, and group discussion sessions opens June 1st, 2017 and closes August 1st, 2017

For inquiries around accessibility, schedules, how to propose a session and how to get involved (volunteer or join the organizing committee) email opirg.toronto(at)gmail.com

Are you interested in supporting us? If you appreciate our programming initiatives and have the capacity to do so, consider making a donation of any amount here: https://www.youcaring.com/tracxproject-793042
All donations, big and small are greatly appreciated!

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Disorientation Week – Call for Volunteers
DisOrientation is an alternative orientation week that educates students about social and environmental justice issues while fostering student activism and connecting campus and community issues. The full event lasts for a week and includes panels, workshops, performances and other events intended to expose students and community members to critical analysis, insight and research about a range of social and environmental justice campaigns. OPIRG Toronto is looking for volunteers and like minded
campus organizations

interested in collaborating
to help make the next DisO week our best one yet. Are you passionate about social and environmental justice? Are you interested in learning more about political campaigns happening here in Toronto and around the province? Are you involved with a student service or campus group thats looking to host social or environmental justice themed programming for the new school year? Looking to develop your organizing skills while getting involved in campus politics and/or community organizing? We want you!

Note:
This years DisOrientation Week will be structured and focused on hands on, arts, DIY, skillsharing and participatory workshops from September 18th – 22nd. We would encourage groups interested in proposing panels, keynotes and discussion spaces to instead submit or volunteer with the TRACX symposium happening the following week on September 30th and October 1st. For more information on the TRACX symposium email racheleopirgto@gmail.com.

Here are some specific roles for interested volunteers:

• Event Logistics
– Set-up and clean up at events
– Moderating and/or liaising with facilitators about workshop needs

• Outreach & Promotion
– Tabling at clubs day and outreach at campus events
– Distributing flyers at community events
– Postering on and off campus
– Assisting with publicizing Disorientation through online social media and listservs
– Assisting with coordinating class talks promoting Disorientation

• Media
– Liasing with any media interested in recording or writing about events
– Video or audio recording our events
– Photographing events for the Disorientation archives.
To get involved in organizing Disorientation 2017, please fill out the volunteer form here.

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Community Events and Resources

Support the Parkdale Rent Strikers

 

On May 1, 150 tenants in Parkdale began a coordinated rent strike to pressure their landlord, MetCap Living, to withdraw its “Above Guideline Rent Increase” applications (AGIs) and to complete the hundreds of outstanding repair requests.

Today, these tenants need your help to ensure the success of this critical campaign.

Very soon, MetCap can file applications to the Landlord and Tenant Board to evict each of the striking tenants. The Board can charge each tenant with the landlord’s $190 filing fee associated with each application.

In order to avoid eviction and ensure the success of the rent strike campaign, each of the striking tenants will need to pay this $190 fee.

This is why your support, today, is so vital to this campaign.
If you’re a union member or a member of another organization interested in making a larger donation, please contact parkdaleorganize@gmail.com

For more information and to donate, please visit:

GoFundMe:

https://www.gofundme.com/support-parkdale-tenants

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The Canadian Hearing Society Scholarships

The Canadian Hearing Society is proud to introduce a National Scholarship Program to help break down barriers to higher education and build brighter futures for Deaf and hard of hearing students.

Scholarships of up to $3,000 a year are available to those pursuing full-time, part-time or distance learning at accredited post-secondary institutions, inside or outside of Canada. Students may be awarded in more than one academic year, and awards may cover tuition, residence or educational resources.

For more information, including eligibility, please visit: http://www.chs.ca/scholarships

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CWTP York is looking for Collective Members!

The Centre for Women and Trans People at York University is seeking new Collective members from both York University and the larger Toronto community.

We actively prioritize the contributions that individuals from marginalized communities bring to our organization, and invite First Nations, Metis and Inuit people, black people, people of colour, members of racialized groups, Muslim people, two-spirited people, low-income people, queer people, trans people, sex workers, gender variant, gender fluid, and genderqueer people, working-class people, single parents, migrants, disabled and mad people, and members of the D/deaf community to apply.

Deadline to apply: June 30th

The Collective

CWTP is governed by a volunteer feminist collective. The Collective is fully responsible for the smooth operation of CWTP and acts in accordance with its constitution, vision statement, mandate, collective agreement and other relevant centre policies. The Collective takes responsibility for staffing, policy, programming, services, development, budgeting, and other initiatives and operates within a non-hierarchical model of consensus decision-making. The Collective is especially looking for people with a demonstrated commitment to feminist, anti-oppressive politics (challenging cis-sexism, racism, anti-black racism, ableism, etc.) strong communication and leadership skills, and experience with non-profit organizations.

Collective Member Responsibilities

  • Be familiar with and act in accordance with the Centre’s constitution, vision statement, mandate, and other relevant centre policies as well as have a working knowledge of the Centre, itsoperations and resources
  • Be familiar with the Collective Agreement with CUPE 1281 and fulfill duties of the employer
  • Commit to collective membership for a minimum of one year
  • Prepare for, attend, and contribute during Collective meetings 2-4 times per month.
  • Complete annual mandatory Centre training sessions and Collective development workshops.
  • Facilitate/lead 1 committee and participate in other committees (Hiring committees) and roles (such as Staff Liaison) as necessary. Standing committees include Library & Resources, Collective Development & Training, Programming & Outreach, Finance and Space Maintenance, Policy, Peer support, Trans Integration, or any other portfolio deemed necessary by the Collective.
  • Hold office hours 2-3 hours twice week.
  • Complete mandatory relevant training offered by the Centre, as outlined in the constitution
  • Ensure that the Centre is a safer space for all members including staff
  • Self-advocate within the consensus decision-making model
  • Support the Centre’s space through two weekly office hours
  • Attend weekly collective meetings. They shall be responsible for their own presence at meetings and in the event of their absence, conveying their regrets in a timely fashion.
  • Organize two events or workshops, whether collectively or individually, on behalf of the organization for the fall and winter semesters
  • Join local committees and/or coalitions on behalf of the Centre, to develop community relationships and help in an advisory capacity

Experiences:

Required:

  • Minimum of 6 months working or volunteer experience in relevant organizations.
  • A commitment to creating a welcoming and safer space for all of our members, one that is rooted in challenging settler colonial violence, racism, anti-black racism, xenophobia,islamophobia, anti-semitism, fatphobia, classism, ageism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, misogyny, mysoginoir, transmysoginy, ableism and sanism, discrimination on the basis of religion/spirituality, and institutionalized oppression within the university setting and in the wider community.

Asset:

  • Prior non-profit/ student based board experience
  • Previous anti-oppression and trans* 101 training

How to Apply:

  • Submit a written application form comprised of a completed Member Application Form, and a 1-page Statement of Intent.
  • If the Collective accepts your initial application, you will be invited to attend an interview.
  • The collective will invite all applicants successful in the interview process to attend 2 consecutive Collective meetings and to participate in Collective responsibilities for 1 month.
  • After 2 meetings, you will review your experience and involvement with current collective members and mutually decide whether you may begin your full, 1-year term as a full Collective member.

Forms: 
Collective Membership application form available HERE  (WORD)PDF

  • Printed forms are available at the Centre as well. (4700 Keele Street, 322 Student Centre, York University).
  • Applicants can drop it off in person, or e-mail their application to cwtpyork@gmail.com

All information provided on this form will be accessible only to staff, and collective members for the purpose of recruiting collective members. Submitting an application does not guarantee your acceptance as a Collective Member.

Thanks for your interest!

For more information 

cwtpyork@gmail.com

Please come by 4700 Keele Street, York University Room 322 Student Centre

or visit our website at http://cwtpyork.ca/announcements/

 

SBA Newsletter

SBA Newsletter [May 15, 2017]

SBA Programming and Events

  • What’s Left? Countering the Alt Right
  • The Muslims Are Coming! – Discussion Series
  • Crafternoon
  • Moving Beyond the Checklist; Intro to Disability Justice and Planning Accessible Events

Community Events and Resources

  • Bikechain Bike Mechanic – Job Opportunity
  • Decolonizing Solidarity
  • Support Parkdale Rent Strikers
  • The Politics of Passing: Call for Participants!
  • Support #BLMTOFreedomSchool 2017
  • Disorientation Week – Call for Volunteers
  • Inclusive Employment Advocacy Project with AEBC – One more Left!

SBA Programming and Events

What’s Left? Countering the Alt Right
The Toronto Research and Action Community Exchange (TRACX) is a two part program started by Opirg Toronto to build space for student and community research on social and environmental justice issues. The first component is a research portion. Through this research we work to facilitate connections between campus resources and community organizations working for social change. Through the TRACX program, community organizations can develop research projects useful to their campaigns and long-term strategies while being matched with students interested in completing the research for credit.

This year’s symposium is tentatively titled “What’s Left? Coalition-Building and Countering the Alt-Right” and will be co-hosted by Opirg Toronto and Sba Centre along with the Toronto Research and Action Community Exchange collective. The symposium portion is organized to showcase research with a community organizing focus from students, non-students and community groups. We want to problematize and challenge perspectives on research, and build networks between socially-conscious students and grassroots community organizations to develop research proposals led by the community group’s needs and priorities. We hope you can join us in helping facilitate this process as we focus on how we resist fascism, racism and oppression in our relationships, in our workplaces, and in the institutions and systems that govern our daily lives.

This year’s symposium will include both a skills-based component for developing the practical tools for conducting and disseminating research, and a thematic set of panels, keynotes, group discussions and presentations on anti-fascist work in Toronto and its intersections with other movements. This symposium is motivated by a need to reflect on our understanding of anti-fascism in the era of Trump and what the practice of anti-fascist organizing looks like. How do we cultivate an understanding of what anti-fascism means, and how do we employ it in our organizing work? We will explore how it intersects with other movements (like anti-racist organizing, migrant justice work, trans rights, and disability justice work) and what the antifascist organizing of the future might look like. Students attending the symposium will be exposed to a variety of social and environmental justice causes in the city of Toronto and will be able to network with community organizations about their research interests in the areas that the community groups work in. Students and community members will also have an opportunity to learn more about issues in the communities surrounding the campus and learn how the resources of the University could be utilized to assist with community projects.

September 30 – October 1
University of Toronto
Find this event on facebook

ACCESSIBILITY
We are committed to providing ASL and captioning and are currently working on organizing other accessibility related logistics such as childcare and gender neutral accessible washrooms. Full details around accessibility will be posted along with the schedule

SCHEDULE TBA
The submissions period for panels, keynotes, and group discussion sessions opens June 1st, 2017 and closes August 1st, 2017

For inquiries around accessibility, schedules, how to propose a session and how to get involved (volunteer or join the organizing committee) email opirg.toronto(at)gmail.com

Are you interested in supporting us? If you appreciate our programming initiatives and have the capacity to do so, consider making a donation of any amount here: https://www.youcaring.com/tracxproject-793042
All donations, big and small are greatly appreciated!

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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.

Using a combination of short video clips of poetry, prose, comedy, as well as films 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 May 24, 2017

Time: 2:30-4:30PM

Location: 246 Bloor Street West (Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work Building), Room 720, 7th floor

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

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

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Crafternoon

Join us for another evening of crafternoon at 215 Huron Street, room 924. We’ll have yarn, knitting needles, and crochet hooks for anyone who wants to learn how to knit or crochet! All skill levels welcome!

Date: Thursday May 18th, 2017

Location: 215 Huron Street, room 924.

Time: 4:30 – 6:30pm – If you arrive after 5pm, please call 416 967 7322

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Community Events and Resources

Bikechain Bike Mechanic – Summer Student Position

The Organization:

Founded in 2005, Bikechain is a not-for-profit corporation, whose mandate is to provide a free, educational bicycle repair facility and lending program, to promote the use of bicycles as a form of sustainable transportation, and to educate the public about safe cycling and repair.

At the core of Bikechain’s operations are its educational DIY repair shop and free bicycle lending program for U of T students. Bikechain also operates bicycle-related seminars and events, and spearheads various initiatives to promote cycling on U of T campus and throughout the city.

The Position:

Key responsibilities include:

  • Assisting Bikechain participants with repair and maintenance
  • Running the Bikechain bike lending system: checking bikes in and out, training volunteers on the system, doing maintenance, and building new bikes for lending
  • Assisting the Shop Manager with coordinating the day-to-day operations of the repair shop
  • Supervising and training volunteers
  • Animating the Bikechain space
  • Processing transactions
  • Other duties as directed by the Shop Manager and Executive Director

For more information, please visit: https://www.goodwork.ca/jobs/summer-student-job-in-toronto-as-a-bike-mechanic-40385?platform=hootsuite

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Decolonizing Solidarity 
Conversations with Leanne Simpson, Zainab Amadahy, Chanelle Gallant and special guest, Kerieva McCormick (Glasgow based Romani activist).

Film Screening: Not Just Another Case, When Your Loved One Has
Gone Missing or Been Murdered (an Aboriginal Legal Services/No More Silence collaboration by Audrey Huntley)

With lunch and kids’ activities

Saturday May 27th, 2017
1 PM – 3:30 PM
Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, 16 Spadina Road

For more information, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1365929116809762/?active_tab=about

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Support the Parkdale Rent Strikers

 

On May 1, 150 tenants in Parkdale began a coordinated rent strike to pressure their landlord, MetCap Living, to withdraw its “Above Guideline Rent Increase” applications (AGIs) and to complete the hundreds of outstanding repair requests.

Today, these tenants need your help to ensure the success of this critical campaign.

Very soon, MetCap can file applications to the Landlord and Tenant Board to evict each of the striking tenants. The Board can charge each tenant with the landlord’s $190 filing fee associated with each application.

In order to avoid eviction and ensure the success of the rent strike campaign, each of the striking tenants will need to pay this $190 fee.

This is why your support, today, is so vital to this campaign.
If you’re a union member or a member of another organization interested in making a larger donation, please contact parkdaleorganize@gmail.com

For more information and to donate, please visit:

GoFundMe:

https://www.gofundme.com/support-parkdale-tenants

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The Politics of PassingDisabled students’ experiences of disclosure in higher education

Researcher: Fady Shanouda, PhD Candidate, Dalla Lana School of Public Health

WHO: Undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities

WHAT: Discussing experiences of disclosure in higher education

WHERE: Toronto – but get in touch if you are in the field or on leave

WHEN: Two Interviews (between April and October, 2017)

WHY: Is the disclosure process a barrier to accessing higher education?

$30 Gift Card as compensation for your time and energy.

Get in touch: fady.shanouda@utoronto.ca or f.shanouda@gmail.com

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Support #BLMTOFreedomSchool2017

Support #BLMTOFreedomSchool 2017
#BlackLivesMatter-TO is creating educational resources for #BlackLivesMatter Freedom School, a 3-week long summer program for children aged 4-10 running this July. Freedom School is a response to a lack of humanizing, self-affirming, queer positive educational opportunities for Black children in the GTA. The money raised by this campaign will pay Black artists to create much needed educational resources for young children. It will also go towards programming costs.
Click Here for Support!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/support-blmtofreedomschool-2017#/

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Disorientation Week – Call for Volunteers
DisOrientation is an alternative orientation week that educates students about social and environmental justice issues while fostering student activism and connecting campus and community issues. The full event lasts for a week and includes panels, workshops, performances and other events intended to expose students and community members to critical analysis, insight and research about a range of social and environmental justice campaigns. OPIRG Toronto is looking for volunteers and like minded
campus organizations

interested in collaborating
to help make the next DisO week our best one yet. Are you passionate about social and environmental justice? Are you interested in learning more about political campaigns happening here in Toronto and around the province? Are you involved with a student service or campus group thats looking to host social or environmental justice themed programming for the new school year? Looking to develop your organizing skills while getting involved in campus politics and/or community organizing? We want you!

Note:
This years DisOrientation Week will be structured and focused on hands on, arts, DIY, skillsharing and participatory workshops from September 18th – 22nd. We would encourage groups interested in proposing panels, keynotes and discussion spaces to instead submit or volunteer with the TRACX symposium happening the following week on September 30th and October 1st. For more information on the TRACX symposium email racheleopirgto@gmail.com.

Here are some specific roles for interested volunteers:

• Event Logistics
– Set-up and clean up at events
– Moderating and/or liaising with facilitators about workshop needs

• Outreach & Promotion
– Tabling at clubs day and outreach at campus events
– Distributing flyers at community events
– Postering on and off campus
– Assisting with publicizing Disorientation through online social media and listservs
– Assisting with coordinating class talks promoting Disorientation

• Media
– Liasing with any media interested in recording or writing about events
– Video or audio recording our events
– Photographing events for the Disorientation archives.
To get involved in organizing Disorientation 2017, please fill out the volunteer form here.

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Inclusive Employment Advocacy Project with AEBC

The Alliance for Equality for Blind Canadians (AEBC) is launching a City of Toronto-funded project to provide new self-advocacy tools, resources and training for people with disabilities seeking employment. This peer engagement project will equip people with disabilities from diverse backgrounds to better advocate for equal access to employment services, programs and opportunities.

Project activities include identifying barriers, gathering and developing advocacy resources, education and training. Project outcomes include participants being able to present a case for inclusion in employment services and programs.

Project participants will consist of persons with different disabilities from diverse groups including women, youth, seniors, ethno-racial minorities, and LGBTQ community members, among others, who are unemployed or under-employed. They are invited to join two parts of the project:

  1. Focus Groups in five regions of the Toronto Area: Downtown Toronto, North York, Scarborough, East York/Beaches, and Etobicoke/West Toronto.
  2. Five education/training sessions, developed from their recommendations, to be led by Subject Matter Experts.

For more information, including dates, times and location of focus group please review attachment.

SBA Newsletter

SBA Newsletter [May 10th, 2017]

SBA Programming and Events
  • What’s Left? Countering the Alt Right
  • The Muslims Are Coming! – Discussion Series
  • Crafternoon
  • Moving Beyond the Checklist; Intro to Disability Justice and Planning Accessible Events

Community Events and Resources

  • The Politics of Passing: Call for Participants!
  • Support #BLMTOFreedomSchool 2017
  • Disorientation Week – Call for Volunteers
  • Inclusive Employment Advocacy Project with AEBC
SBA Programming and Events
 
What’s Left? Countering the Alt Right

The Toronto Research and Action Community Exchange (TRACX) is a two part program started by Opirg Toronto to build space for student and community research on social and environmental justice issues. The first component is a research portion. Through this research we work to facilitate connections between campus resources and community organizations working for social change. Through the TRACX program, community organizations can develop research projects useful to their campaigns and long-term strategies while being matched with students interested in completing the research for credit.

This year’s symposium is tentatively titled “What’s Left? Coalition-Building and Countering the Alt-Right” and will be co-hosted by Opirg Toronto and Sba Centre along with the Toronto Research and Action Community Exchange collective. The symposium portion is organized to showcase research with a community organizing focus from students, non-students and community groups. We want to problematize and challenge perspectives on research, and build networks between socially-conscious students and grassroots community organizations to develop research proposals led by the community group’s needs and priorities. We hope you can join us in helping facilitate this process as we focus on how we resist fascism, racism and oppression in our relationships, in our workplaces, and in the institutions and systems that govern our daily lives.

This year’s symposium will include both a skills-based component for developing the practical tools for conducting and disseminating research, and a thematic set of panels, keynotes, group discussions and presentations on anti-fascist work in Toronto and its intersections with other movements. This symposium is motivated by a need to reflect on our understanding of anti-fascism in the era of Trump and what the practice of anti-fascist organizing looks like. How do we cultivate an understanding of what anti-fascism means, and how do we employ it in our organizing work? We will explore how it intersects with other movements (like anti-racist organizing, migrant justice work, trans rights, and disability justice work) and what the antifascist organizing of the future might look like. Students attending the symposium will be exposed to a variety of social and environmental justice causes in the city of Toronto and will be able to network with community organizations about their research interests in the areas that the community groups work in. Students and community members will also have an opportunity to learn more about issues in the communities surrounding the campus and learn how the resources of the University could be utilized to assist with community projects.

September 30 – October 1
University of Toronto
Find this event on facebook

ACCESSIBILITY
We are committed to providing ASL and captioning and are currently working on organizing other accessibility related logistics such as childcare and gender neutral accessible washrooms. Full details around accessibility will be posted along with the schedule

SCHEDULE TBA
The submissions period for panels, keynotes, and group discussion sessions opens June 1st, 2017 and closes August 1st, 2017

For inquiries around accessibility, schedules, how to propose a session and how to get involved (volunteer or join the organizing committee) email opirg.toronto(at)gmail.com

Are you interested in supporting us? If you appreciate our programming initiatives and have the capacity to do so, consider making a donation of any amount here: https://www.youcaring.com/tracxproject-793042
All donations, big and small are greatly appreciated!

 
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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.

Using a combination of short video clips of poetry, prose, comedy, as well as films 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.

DateWednesday May 24, 2017

Time2:30-4:30PM

Location246 Bloor Street West (Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work Building), Room 720, 7th floor

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

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

 
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Crafternoon
 
Join us for another evening of crafternoon at 215 Huron Street, room 924. We’ll have yarn, knitting needles, and crochet hooks for anyone who wants to learn how to knit or crochet! All skill levels welcome! 
 
Date: Thursday May 18th, 2017
 
Location: 215 Huron Street, room 924.
 
Time: 4:30 – 6:30pm – If you arrive after 5pm, please call 416 967 7322
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Moving Beyond the Checklist; An Introduction to Disability Justice and Planning Accessible Events

Want to plan an accessible event but not sure where to begin? SBA offers a free workshop for student clubs and organizations that  provides attendees with concrete tools to plan for accessible events and student spaces. The first part of this workshop provides a brief introduction to Disability Justice as an organizing principle and outlines some of the barriers to access that students with disabilities face. The second part of the workshop  includes a step-by-step discussion on planning accessible events, from event visioning, to logistics, to outreach. There is also an opportunity to ask questions of the presenters.

If you are interested in having SBA present this workshop for your club/organization leaders and members please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

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Community Events and Resources
 
The Politics of PassingDisabled students’ experiences of disclosure in higher education
Researcher: Fady Shanouda, PhD Candidate, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
WHO: Undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities
WHAT: Discussing experiences of disclosure in higher education
WHERE: Toronto – but get in touch if you are in the field or on leave
WHEN: Two Interviews (between April and October, 2017)
WHY: Is the disclosure process a barrier to accessing higher education?
$30 Gift Card as compensation for your time and energy.
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Support #BLMTOFreedomSchool2017
 
Support #BLMTOFreedomSchool 2017
#BlackLivesMatter-TO is creating educational resources for #BlackLivesMatter Freedom School, a 3-week long summer program for children aged 4-10 running this July. Freedom School is a response to a lack of humanizing, self-affirming, queer positive educational opportunities for Black children in the GTA. The money raised by this campaign will pay Black artists to create much needed educational resources for young children. It will also go towards programming costs.
Click Here for Support!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/support-blmtofreedomschool-2017#/

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Disorientation Week – Call for Volunteers


DisOrientation is an alternative orientation week that educates students about social and environmental justice issues while fostering student activism and connecting campus and community issues. The full event lasts for a week and includes panels, workshops, performances and other events intended to expose students and community members to critical analysis, insight and research about a range of social and environmental justice campaigns. OPIRG Toronto is looking for volunteers and like minded
campus organizations

interested in collaborating
to help make the next DisO week our best one yet. Are you passionate about social and environmental justice? Are you interested in learning more about political campaigns happening here in Toronto and around the province? Are you involved with a student service or campus group thats looking to host social or environmental justice themed programming for the new school year? Looking to develop your organizing skills while getting involved in campus politics and/or community organizing? We want you!

Note:
This years DisOrientation Week will be structured and focused on hands on, arts, DIY, skillsharing and participatory workshops from September 18th – 22nd. We would encourage groups interested in proposing panels, keynotes and discussion spaces to instead submit or volunteer with the TRACX symposium happening the following week on September 30th and October 1st. For more information on the TRACX symposium email racheleopirgto@gmail.com.

Here are some specific roles for interested volunteers:

• Event Logistics
– Set-up and clean up at events
– Moderating and/or liaising with facilitators about workshop needs

• Outreach & Promotion
– Tabling at clubs day and outreach at campus events
– Distributing flyers at community events
– Postering on and off campus
– Assisting with publicizing Disorientation through online social media and listservs
– Assisting with coordinating class talks promoting Disorientation

• Media
– Liasing with any media interested in recording or writing about events
– Video or audio recording our events
– Photographing events for the Disorientation archives. 


To get involved in organizing Disorientation 2017, please fill out the volunteer form here.

—————————————–

Inclusive Employment Advocacy Project with AEBC

The Alliance for Equality for Blind Canadians (AEBC) is launching a City of Toronto-funded project to provide new self-advocacy tools, resources and training for people with disabilities seeking employment. This peer engagement project will equip people with disabilities from diverse backgrounds to better advocate for equal access to employment services, programs and opportunities.

Project activities include identifying barriers, gathering and developing advocacy resources, education and training. Project outcomes include participants being able to present a case for inclusion in employment services and programs.

Project participants will consist of persons with different disabilities from diverse groups including women, youth, seniors, ethno-racial minorities, and LGBTQ community members, among others, who are unemployed or under-employed. They are invited to join two parts of the project:

 1.    Focus Groups in five regions of the Toronto Area: Downtown Toronto, North York, Scarborough, East York/Beaches, and Etobicoke/West Toronto.

2.    Five education/training sessions, developed from their recommendations, to be led by Subject Matter Experts.

 For more information, including dates, times and location of focus group please review attachment.

 

SBA Newsletter

SBA Newsletter [April 25, 2017)

SBA Programming and Events

  • Crafternoon
  • Moving Beyond the Checklist; Intro to Disability Justice and Planning Accessible Events

Community Events and Resources

  • Creating a Culture of Accessibility in the Sciences – Book Release
  • Support #BLMTOFreedomSchool 2017
  • Family Matters is Back!
  • Call for Submissions from Canadian Deaf, Mad, & Disability-Identified Artists

Job Opportunities

  • SGDO Summer Work-Study Positions
  • Web Accessibility Assistant

SBA Programming and Events

Crafternoon

Join us for another evening of crafternoon at 215 Huron Street, room 924. We’ll have yarn, knitting needles, and crochet hooks for anyone who wants to learn how to knit or crochet! All skill levels welcome!

Date: Thursday May 4th, 2017

Location: 215 Huron Street, room 924.

Time: 4:30 – 6:30pm – If you arrive after 5pm, please call 416 967 7322

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Moving Beyond the Checklist; An Introduction to Disability Justice and Planning Accessible Events

Want to plan an accessible event but not sure where to begin? SBA offers a free workshop for student clubs and organizations that  provides attendees with concrete tools to plan for accessible events and student spaces. The first part of this workshop provides a brief introduction to Disability Justice as an organizing principle and outlines some of the barriers to access that students with disabilities face. The second part of the workshop  includes a step-by-step discussion on planning accessible events, from event visioning, to logistics, to outreach. There is also an opportunity to ask questions of the presenters.

If you are interested in having SBA present this workshop for your club/organization leaders and members please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

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Community Events and Resources

Creating a Culture of Accessibility in the Sciences – Book Release
Creating a Culture of Accessibility in the Sciences is the start of a deeper conversation around increasing the accessibility of the sciences for students with disabilities. The book provides insights and advice on integrating students with disabilities into the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. Each chapter features research and best practices that are interwoven with experiential narratives.

The book is reflective of the diversity of STEM disciplines (life and physical sciences, engineering, and mathematics), and is also reflective of cross-disability perspectives (physical, sensory, learning, mental health, chronic medical and developmental disabilities).

It is a useful resource for STEM faculty and university administrators working with students with disabilities, as well as STEM industry professionals interested in accommodating employees with disabilities.

Who Is It For?

University faculty, science educators in secondary school, special education teachers (including teachers of the blind and visually impaired), academic administrators, disability office staff, students with disabilities, and industry professionals in STEM and related disciplines. Additional target audiences include related academic and professional organizations as well as those involved in professional development training and workshops.

Synopsis:

Creating a Culture of Accessibility in the Sciences…
•    Discusses the barriers faced by students with disabilities interested in pursing education, training and careers in the sciences
•    Highlights some of the challenges faced by students with disabilities around trailblazing in STEM, including mental health issues
•    Offers a global perspective on making education, research or work spaces accessible for students with disabilities in the STEM fields
•    Discusses best practices on accommodating and supporting students and demonstrates how these practices can be translated across disciplines
•    Enhances faculty and educator knowledge of inclusive teaching practices, adaptive equipment, accessibility features, and accommodations in science laboratories, which would enable the safe participation of students with disabilities
•    Provides advice for students with disabilities on disclosure and mentoring

How To Find It

Online at:

https://www.elsevier.com/books/creating-a-culture-of-accessibility-in-the-sciences/sukhai/978-0-12-804037-9#utm_source=SciTech%20Connect&utm_medium=lifesci&utm_campaign=STC317

http://www.neads.ca/en/about/media/index.php?id=472

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Support #BLMTOFreedomSchool2017

Support #BLMTOFreedomSchool 2017
#BlackLivesMatter-TO is creating educational resources for #BlackLivesMatter Freedom School, a 3-week long summer program for children aged 4-10 running this July. Freedom School is a response to a lack of humanizing, self-affirming, queer positive educational opportunities for Black children in the GTA. The money raised by this campaign will pay Black artists to create much needed educational resources for young children. It will also go towards programming costs.
Click Here for Support!

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/support-blmtofreedomschool-2017#/

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Family Matters is Back!

Family Matters is back!

WHEN: Tuesdays from 5:30-8:30 pm

WHERE: Location: 215 Spadina Ave, Suite 220

Family Matters is a workshop series by and for queer and trans spectrum young people. We use:

  • grounding exercises
  • self-care practices
  • community-building activities
  • group discussions
  • and expressive-arts techniques

To imagine and create lives that are supported by relationships where we can be our whole selves!

Our location is wheelchair accessible with gender-neutral washrooms.

Tokens and vegan, gluten-free, nut-free dinner provided.

Accommodations available upon request by March 31

Location: 215 Spadina Ave, Suite 220

Contact: Ainsley @ 416 968 3422 ext. 21

ainsley@springtideresources.org

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FROM CANADIAN DEAF, MAD & DISABILITY-IDENTIFIED ARTISTS

We are currently accepting applications from Deaf, Mad and disability-identified artists to create new work for an upcoming series of exhibitions which will run from September 2017 to April 2018 at Tangled Art Gallery in Toronto.

Tangled Art + Disability invites proposals for projects in any artistic discipline that reflect the expansive dimensions of disability arts and culture. We seek creative works that explore Canada’s past, present and future, centering the experiences of Deaf, Mad and disabled people, and responding to the following questions:

• In what ways has Canada historically included or excluded us?
• How do we navigate the current realities of living and being in this country?
• How might we shape a future that truly embraces us?

We welcome responses that relate to crip theory, intersectional identities and community-driven moments.

Tangled Art + Disability intends to reveal, celebrate and promote the work of diverse Canadian artists from Deaf, Mad and disability communities, and to bring attention and visibility to the contributions these artists are making to Canadian arts and culture. We will support artists in developing thoughtful community-centered interactions and integrating inclusive practices of access and accessibility. We encourage submissions from diverse communities and cultural backgrounds including Black, Indigenous, POC & LGBTQQIP2SAA.

We are interested in projects that:

• Fit within the Tangled Art Gallery space (an 800 sq. ft. gallery). We encourage multidisciplinary work and creative use of the space. Tangled has the capacity to screen film and media works, and to host performances that do not exceed the limitations of the space.

• Embrace a creative approach to accessibility. We encourage multi-sensory work, interactive and tactile pieces. All exhibits to include audio description, captioning, and ASL interpretation,as needed.

• Reflect intersectional experiences and perspectives of Deaf, Mad and disability cultures.

Budget

Selected artists will receive an exhibition fee of $2,000 and a budget of $3,000 for
creation/materials. Tangled will additionally cover the cost of installation (up to $1,500),
accessibility, shipping, and promotion. For selected artists who reside outside Toronto, we will provide round-trip travel and housing for an agreed upon duration based on the needs of the project.

Applications must include:

• A completed application form

• An artist CV or biography

• A budget indicating how the $3,000 would be spent

• Artist samples, ideas, sketches, or documentation of past work

Applications will be assessed based on:

• Artistic merit

• Overall value to the field of disability arts and community at large

• The viability of the proposed project and budget

• Accessibility of the project to audiences with wide-ranging disabilities, Deaf and Mad

communities.

Applications will be accepted between March 8 and May 5, 2017.

Only submissions from Deaf, Mad and disability-identified artists will be considered. We will accept written applications, as well as ASL video responses. We can also provide assistance for filling out the written application form or, as needed, applicants can respond to the questions in person.

http://tangledarts.org/programs/call-for- submissions/

Completed applications can be sent by mail to:

Tangled Art + Disability
Attn: Call For Submissions
Suite S-122, 401 Richmond Street West
Toronto M5V 3A8

Or by email to: submissions@tangledarts.org

Contact Sean Lee at (647) 725-5064 to schedule an in person application or to book application writing assistance.

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Job Opportunities


SGDO SUMMER 2017 WORK-STUDY POSITIONS

Deadline to Apply: Friday, May 5, 2017 at 12:00 pm (noon)

CLN Job ID: 94626

 

The Sexual & Gender Diversity Office is hiring two Programming & Events Assistants for the 2017 summer session. These work-study positions are open to all registered undergraduate and graduate students (i.e. domestic and international students, and students studying on a part-time basis) with at least a 40% course load continuously from May to August. Check here for full eligibility criteria.

 

Eligible students are able to work a maximum of 12 hours per week, up to a total of 90 hours from May 15th to August 14th. Only candidates who are selected for interviews will be contacted.

 

The Sexual & Gender Diversity Office (SGDO) is the University of Toronto’s tri-campus resource for LGBTQ communities and information.  As a part of the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office, you will work with students and staff members and play an active role in our summer programming and Office initiatives. This is a really great opportunity to gain skills in project management and event administration by working on LGBTQ and equity initiatives at the University of Toronto. This position will have a particular focus on:

  • U of T Pride
  • U of T Pride Pub
  • Lead with Pride: Executive Jumpstart
  • Program & event planning for the 2017-2018 academic year
  • Other events, leadership development opportunities, and office work as needed

Applications are due to Kathy Vi Mac, SGDO Program Coordinator, by Friday, May 5th, 2017 at 12:00 pm (noon).  Please attach a cover letter with your résumé, outlining relevant experiences and why you want to work with the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office in this role.
Read more about these positions online.

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Web Accessibility Assistant (Job ID: 94214) | 1 position – Using knowledge of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 this person will help lead a pilot project to review the accessibility of a selection of websites. The successful applicant will work with the AODA Officer and various communications teams to devise a plan to identify, review and update websites to meet web accessibility standards. They will also help the AODA Officer to develop resources to assist web communications teams to create accessible content. The ideal student will be committed to furthering skills in the area of web accessibility, project management, and design thinking. A full job description can be found in the Career Learning Network by searching for the job ID number.

 

In order to apply, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Students must be registered in a 40% course load for the Summer term.
  • Students are permitted to accept ONE Work Study position per program period.
  • Students registered in the Toronto School of Theology are not eligible for Work Study positions.
  • Non-degree students are not eligible for Work Study
  • Students do NOT have to be OSAP eligible to apply for Work Study positions.

 

Students must submit their application through the Career Learning Network by Friday 5 May, 2017.

SBA Newsletter

SBA Newsletter [April 18th, 2017]

SBA Programming and Events
  • Crafternoon
  • Monthly Lunch
  • Moving Beyond the Checklist; Intro to Disability Justice and Planning Accessible Events

Community Events and Resources

  • Successful Black Women in the Academy
  • Fighting Racism in the Age of Trump
  • Call for Submissions from Canadian Deaf, Mad, & Disability-Identified Artists
SBA Programming and Events
 
Crafternoon
 
Join us for another evening of crafternoon at 215 Huron Street, room 924. We’ll have yarn, knitting needles, and crochet hooks for anyone who wants to learn how to knit or crochet! All skill levels welcome!
 
Date: Thursday April 20th, 2017
 
Location: 215 Huron Street, room 924.
 
Time: 4:30 – 6:30pm – If you arrive after 5:30, please call 416 967 7322
 

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Monthly Lunch

Join us for another monthly lunch at the SBA Centre! There will be vegan and gluten-free options available. All gender washrooms on the same floor.

Date: Monday April 27th, 2017

Time: 12:30-2:30pm

Location: 215 Huron St., Suite 924

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Moving Beyond the Checklist; An Introduction to Disability Justice and Planning Accessible Events

Want to plan an accessible event but not sure where to begin? SBA offers a free workshop for student clubs and organizations that  provides attendees with concrete tools to plan for accessible events and student spaces. The first part of this workshop provides a brief introduction to Disability Justice as an organizing principle and outlines some of the barriers to access that students with disabilities face. The second part of the workshop  includes a step-by-step discussion on planning accessible events, from event visioning, to logistics, to outreach. There is also an opportunity to ask questions of the presenters.

If you are interested in having SBA present this workshop for your club/organization leaders and members please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

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Community Events and Resources

Successful Black Women in the Academy: Advice for Navigating the Terrain
 
On April 20 from 6-8pm in the OISE Nexus Lounge, on the 12th floor. Join the OISE Black Women’s Caucus, and  the OISE Graduate Students’ Association for a panel speaker session on how black women can navigate the terrain around them. The speaker list includes: Dr. Beverly-Jean Daniel, Humber College, Dr. Andrea Davis, York University, Dr. Ann Lopez, OISE/UT, Dr. Delores V. Mullings, Memorial University, and Dr. Roberta Timothy, Continuing Healing Consultants. For more information, contact Janelle Brady at: janelle.baptiste.brady@mail.utoronto.ca

 
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Fight Racism in the Age of Trump
 

The election of Donald Trump in the US has emboldened the racist right in the US and around the world. In Canada, conservative leadership candidates have stoked the fires of bigotry and the result has been an increase in racist attacks here. But they can be stopped. The outpourings of solidarity against racist attacks have shown that public opinion stands strongly against hate.

Join us for this public forum to discuss strategies to build a broad movement to defeat the bigots.

Speakers

Weyman Bennett
Co-convenor – Stand Up to Racism UK

Nigel Barriffe
President, Urban Alliance on Race Relations

Chantal Sundaram
International Socialists

Date: Friday, April 21
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Multi-Faith Centre 569 Spadina Ave, Toronto

This forum is part of the Marxism 2017 conference

For more information or to register please see: www.marxismconference.ca

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS FROM CANADIAN DEAF, MAD & DISABILITY-IDENTIFIED ARTISTS

We are currently accepting applications from Deaf, Mad and disability-identified artists to create new work for an upcoming series of exhibitions which will run from September 2017 to April 2018 at Tangled Art Gallery in Toronto.

Tangled Art + Disability invites proposals for projects in any artistic discipline that reflect the expansive dimensions of disability arts and culture. We seek creative works that explore Canada’s past, present and future, centering the experiences of Deaf, Mad and disabled people, and responding to the following questions:

• In what ways has Canada historically included or excluded us?
• How do we navigate the current realities of living and being in this country?
• How might we shape a future that truly embraces us?

We welcome responses that relate to crip theory, intersectional identities and community-driven moments.

Tangled Art + Disability intends to reveal, celebrate and promote the work of diverse Canadian artists from Deaf, Mad and disability communities, and to bring attention and visibility to the contributions these artists are making to Canadian arts and culture. We will support artists in developing thoughtful community-centered interactions and integrating inclusive practices of access and accessibility. We encourage submissions from diverse communities and cultural backgrounds including Black, Indigenous, POC & LGBTQQIP2SAA.

We are interested in projects that:

• Fit within the Tangled Art Gallery space (an 800 sq. ft. gallery). We encourage multidisciplinary work and creative use of the space. Tangled has the capacity to screen film and media works, and to host performances that do not exceed the limitations of the space.

• Embrace a creative approach to accessibility. We encourage multi-sensory work, interactive and tactile pieces. All exhibits to include audio description, captioning, and ASL interpretation,as needed.

• Reflect intersectional experiences and perspectives of Deaf, Mad and disability cultures.

Budget

Selected artists will receive an exhibition fee of $2,000 and a budget of $3,000 for
creation/materials. Tangled will additionally cover the cost of installation (up to $1,500),
accessibility, shipping, and promotion. For selected artists who reside outside Toronto, we will provide round-trip travel and housing for an agreed upon duration based on the needs of the project.

Applications must include:

• A completed application form

• An artist CV or biography

• A budget indicating how the $3,000 would be spent

• Artist samples, ideas, sketches, or documentation of past work

Applications will be assessed based on:

• Artistic merit

• Overall value to the field of disability arts and community at large

• The viability of the proposed project and budget

• Accessibility of the project to audiences with wide-ranging disabilities, Deaf and Mad

communities.

Applications will be accepted between March 8 and May 5, 2017.

Only submissions from Deaf, Mad and disability-identified artists will be considered. We will accept written applications, as well as ASL video responses. We can also provide assistance for filling out the written application form or, as needed, applicants can respond to the questions in person.

http://tangledarts.org/programs/call-for- submissions/

Completed applications can be sent by mail to:

Tangled Art + Disability
Attn: Call For Submissions
Suite S-122, 401 Richmond Street West
Toronto M5V 3A8

Or by email to: submissions@tangledarts.org

Contact Sean Lee at (647) 725-5064 to schedule an in person application or to book application writing assistance.