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SBA Newsletter – November 20, 2017

** WEEKLY NEWSLETTER [November 13th- November 17th]
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Announcement
1) Today is Trans Day of Resilience!
2) Change in office hours for November
3) SBA University-Mandated Leave of Absence Policy Petition Update

Upcoming SBA Events
4) SBA Trans day of Resilience
5) Colour Between the Lines: BIPOC Book Group
6) SBA Advocacy Committee Meeting
7) Hot Chocolate and Chill! A QT2SBIPOC Social

Upcoming Community  Events
8) TRANS MATTERS: Interdisciplinary Trans Studies Conference -call for papers- DEADLINE EXTENDED NOVEMBER 24TH
9) Indigenous Studies for Lunchtime Film Screenings
10) First in the Family Peer – Mentor Program, Career Exploration & Education, and Community of Support Program, MD Program, Faculty of Medicine invite you to “Finding Research & Internship Opportunities"
11) Annual Tri-campus First Generation Trailblazers Conference: The Journey
12) JOB POSTING: Graduate Student Research Assistant (GRA): Episodic Disability & Arts Intervention in the Ontario Workplace- DEADLINE DECEMBER 1ST

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1) Today is Trans Day of Resilience!

When taking part in celebrating/ grieving Trans day of resilience/ remembrance today, we urge the cis community to reflect on how you can/have supported trans/non-binary/ Two-Spirited communities members in your lives.

Here are some ** resources (http://cwtpyork.ca/cisnormativity/)
for the Cis community to check out.
We are sending lots of love to all our wonderful Trans, Two-Spirit, Intersex, Non-Binary, Agender, Demigender, Gender Non-conforming, and Gender-Questioning community members.

[Image description: Poster with a Turqiouse background, with a large image of two black trans women holding each. The bottom background includes four images of police vehicles. The top reads, "Remeber Trans Power. Fight for Trans Lives."]

Poster artist/ source: ** Micah Bazant (https://www.micahbazant.com/remember-trans-power/)

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2) Change in Office Hours for November
Please note the change in SBA office hours for November:
Monday-Thursday 1-5 p.m.
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3) Petition Update: Regarding the Mandated Leave of Absence Policy

Thank you to all of our members and to our wider community! We have now received over 425 signatures on our petition! The statement has also been endorsed by the Association of Part-Time Undergraduate Students and the University of Toronto Graduate Student Union.

The University has now decided to engage in further consultations with the U of T community before bringing the policy forward for recommendation. They are not, however, revoking the proposed policy.

Our work resisting this policy must continue! To find out more and how you can get involved please email Nadia at ** sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com (mailto:sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com)

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4) SBA Trans Day of Resilience

Join Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) for Trans day of Resilience event series

** Workshop 1: Astrology 101 (https://www.facebook.com/events/370456603407159/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1510078617088434)

Date: Tuesday November 21, 2017
Time: 12:30pm-3:00 p.m.
Location: 252 Bloor Street West (OISE) room 5230, 5th floor

Come join other BIPOC Trans, Two-Spirit, Intersex, Non-Binary, Agender, Demigender, Gender Non-conforming, and Gender-Questioning people to socialize, eat delicious food and learn about astrology!

Facilitated by: Rain Chan

This astrology workshop will provide a brief history of astrology, an introduction to the meaning of the twelve signs, as well as the 9 planets of our solar system and how they affect the different aspects of our personality and lives. This workshop is intended to allow participants to be able to understand and read the planets in their own charts.

Participants who want to use their own charts for reference during the workshop can have their charts calculated and downloaded from this ** link (https://www.astro.com/cgi/chart.cgi?btyp=w2gw;rs=3;usechpref=1 )
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* You can access free printing service at SBA (215 Huron street room 924) Monday-Thursday 1-5 p.m.
* If you have access to eduoram you can bring an electronic device to access your chart or have your chart downloaded on your electronic device prior to the workshop
* You can also email your chart information to Siva to have it printed in time for the workshop at siva.t.sivarajah@gmail.com


Closed Event for BIPOC [Black, Indigenous, people of colour] Trans, Two Spirit, Intersex, Non Binary, Agender, Demigender, Gender Non-conforming, and Gender-Questioning folks including other ways in which you may choose to identify your gender.

We ask white and/or cisgendered people to respect this closed space and not come. You can show your support by sharing this with your networks.

Lunch provided! Vegan, gluten-free options available.
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** Workshop 2: Cisnormativity, Accountability and Safer Spaces in Organizing (https://www.facebook.com/events/297516724079298/)

[Workshop Description to follow]

[POSTPONED UNTIL WINTER TERM]

Facilitated by: Makai Livingstone

This workshop is open to all! Registration is required. To register please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com

This event is open to all!

Light refreshment provided! Vegan, gluten-free options available.

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Wheelchair accessible. Accessible and all-gender washroom located on the same floor as the event room. If you require ASL interpretation to attend this workshop please contact us by November 14th.

Please note that this will be a scent-free space.

Please access needs please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com
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5) Colour Between the Lines: BIPOC Book Group

Hosted by Students for Barrier-free Access Centre and the Community Action Centre

Join us for an engaging and thought-provoking discussion of
"Dirty River: A Queer Femme of Color Dreaming Her Way Home" by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha

A limited number of free copies of the book is available for pick up at either the Community Action Centre (CAC) or Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA).

** Facebook Event Page (https://www.facebook.com/events/1911379695793859/)

Date: December, 2017
Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm

LOCATION:
Community Action Centre, 165B (St. James Campus)
George Brown College
** 200 King Street East, Toronto, ON (https://maps.google.com/?q=200+King+Street+East,+Toronto,+ON&entry=gmail&source=g)

Questions/Accommodations: ** International@sagbc.ca (mailto:International@sagbc.ca)

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Colour Between the Lines is a BIPOC Book Group centering readings by authors of colour. We enter the discussions from an intersectional, decolonial anti-oppressive framework. We will read from a diverse range of genres including fiction, non-fiction, graphic novels, memoirs, etc. Authors we've read in the past include: bell hooks, Marjane Sartrapi, Audre Lorde. Upcoming authors we will be reading include: Zainab Amadahy, Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Vivek Shraya, and more.

Like & follow ** https://www.facebook.com/communityactioncentre/ (https://www.facebook.com/communityactioncentre/)
for event updates +
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6) SBA Advocacy Committee Meeting

Join Students for Barrier-free Access for our next Advocacy Committee Meeting. Learn more about SBA's campaigns (including our campaign against the University-Mandated Leave Policy) and find out how you can get involved! New members are always welcome!

Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Location: SBA Centre, 215 Huron Street, Room 924 on the 9th floor

Accessible all-gender washroom located on the same floor as the meeting room.

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

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

Contact Nadia at ** sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com (mailto:sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com)
if you have any questions or concerns.
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7) Hot Chocolate and Chill! A QT2SBIPOC Social

Join Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) for an end of term social for Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (QT2SBIPOC).

There will hot chocolate! And snacks (including vegan and gluten free options). We will also have activities, including games and colouring.

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

Date: Friday December 8
Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm
Location: SBA Centre, located at 215 Huron Street in room 924 on the 9th floor

Please arrive to the event fragrance fee.

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.**
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8) TRANS MATTERS: Interdisciplinary Trans Studies Conference -call for papers- - DEADLINE EXTENDED NOVEMBER 24TH

Trans Matters: An Interdisciplinary Trans Studies Graduate Student Conference- April 26-27, 2018

Hosted by the Centre for Feminist Research at York University
April 26-27, 2018 – Toronto, Canada
Website: ** http://cfr.info.yorku.ca/trans-studies-conference-2018/ (http://cfr.info.yorku.ca/trans-studies-conference-2018/)


Keynote Speakers: Professor Jin Haritaworn (York University) and TBA

The Transgender Rights Bill (C-16), which amends the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code by adding “gender identity or expression” under “prohibited grounds of discrimination,” will soon become law.  As a historic undertaking in Canadian legislation, the passing of Bill C-16 indexes how trans matters are becoming increasingly significant in civil discourse and the public imaginary. Yet queer and trans activists and scholars have noted that legal recognition alone does not always guarantee the protection of queer and trans life, particularly for trans black, Indigenous, and people of colour (BIPOC), trans immigrants and refugees, poor and working class trans people, and disabled trans people (Spade 2011; Rodriguez 2014; Haritaworn 2015). For Two-Spirit and Indigenous trans people this is especially true considering the ongoing legacy of the Indian Act, which continues to constrain the rights of Indigenous peoples. Despite the increasing visibility of trans matters –
from transrights to trans celebrity – trans visibility remains only partial, often privileging white trans subjects while further marginalizing the most vulnerable members of the transpopulation.

The inaugural Interdisciplinary Trans Studies Graduate Student Conference seeks to examine, interrogate, and take stock of the status of trans matters today in Canada – a settler colonial state that continues to displace indigenous peoples and occupy indigenous lands – and elsewhere. From political and social visibility to questions of embodiment, identity, and expression, as well as notions of survivability and disposability, we are interested in exploring trans “matters” from multiple perspectives:

First, we consider the matter of trans lives as significant, as lives that should and do matter. Trans lives continue to be debated in the public arena, often in the absence of trans people. While the passing of Bill C-16 is heralded as a victory, the bill was opposed with a great deal of hostility. Dr. Jordan Peterson (U of T), who became the face of opposition to Bill C-16, declared the bill a threat to “free speech.” As he and others who oppose the bill speak of “gender ideology,” trans people continue to fight for basic survival. Those whose very lives are on the line are too often discounted or discredited, or held up as tokens of social progress, diversity, and inclusion without any meaningful change. Thus, we must ask, which trans lives “matter” and which lives remain unaccounted for, unrecognized, and unprotected? Who counts and who is left behind?

Second, we consider trans matters as political, social, and cultural issues that trans people are grappling with in Canada and abroad. Trans people, particularly transwomen of colour, continue to face disproportionately high rates of violence and discrimination, making access to medical care, adequate housing, employment, and schooling pressing issues (Spade 2011). Through framing trans people as productive citizens that are “worthy” of equal rights, access to healthcare, and economic citizenship (Irving 2012, 2013), certain trans people (namely, white, affluent and non-disabled) are now being folded in to the state apparatus. However, we must be wary of appealing to this logic as it works to further the neoliberal project and growing social and economic inequalities that continue to marginalize BIPOC trans people, disabled trans people, undocumented trans people, and poor and working class trans people. Holding these tensions together, what are the most pertinent issues that trans people
face today? How can we address growing disparities within the trans community and trans activism and organizing? How are trans rights intertwined with processes of capitalism, (settler) colonialism, and imperialism?

Third, we consider trans materialities: trans embodiment, corporeality, and objectivity. Recent trans scholarship has continued to productively think about transwith/against/through notions of embodiment across questions of disability, animality, and objectivity, turning away from the human (Hayward 2008; Chen 2012; Hayward and Weinstein 2015). Yet notions of queer and trans inhumanisms (the monstrous, the abject, the nonhuman) also warrant critical questions given the dangers of romancing abjection. For a number of trans people – separate from and/or written out of the academy – monstrosity, abjection, and death may not be a theoretical fantasy. Thus, we consider, what are new ways of understanding trans embodiment and corporeality? How can we theorize monstrosity, inhumanisms, and death without romanticizing conditions of abjection, or what Giorgio Agamben calls “bare life” (1995)?

We welcome a range of topics that connect to contemporary trans matters and decentre whiteness including, but not limited to:
• race and racialization
• indigeneity and decolonization
• (settler) colonialism, imperialism
• nationalisms, governance, citizenship
• critical politics
• rights and the law
• state violence, police brutality, prison-industrial complex
• corporeality, animalities, inhumanisms
• disability, autisticness, Deafness, madness
• medicalization and healthcare
• sex work
• Black Lives Matters, activism, organizing
• theory and scholarship
• arts and culture production

We are particularly interested in hearing from: trans people of colour, Two Spirit and Indigenous trans people, disabled trans people, trans sex workers, those along the trans feminine spectrum, nonbinary people, and others who are un(der)represented and marginalized within the trans community.

We invite proposals for 15-20-minute academic paper presentations. We also welcome alternative submission formats, such as visual art, poster presentations, videos, and other modes of cultural production. Please email proposals as Word attachments, including a title, 250-word abstract, a brief bio, and any support/technology requirements to ** transgradconference@gmail.com (mailto:transgradconference@gmail.com)
. For those interested in proposing a pre-constituted panel or roundtable (3-4 members), please email a panel description and individual abstracts and bios along with any other information in a single document.

ASL interpretation will be provided for the keynote presentations. TTC tokens will be available upon request. Limited travel subsidies will also be available by application (see our ** website (http://cfr.info.yorku.ca/interdisciplinary-trans-studies-conference-2018/)
for details

Proposals are due by Friday, November 24th, 2017. Accepted applicants will be notified by January 2018.

We would like to acknowledge that the land on which York University resides is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, the Métis, and most recently, the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit River. The territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. This territory is also covered by the Upper Canada Treaties. Today, the meeting place of Toronto (from the Haudenosaunee word Tkaronto) is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work in the community, on this territory.

Conference organizers: Evan Vipond (York University) and Bridget Liang (York University)
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9)  Indigenous Studies for Lunchtime Film Screenings

Please join the Centre for Indigenous Studies for lunchtime film screenings, beginning with “Reel Injun” on Friday November 17^th, 12-2pm.  Bring your lunch! We will provide the popcorn! Hope to see you there.

[Image Description: Event poster with turquoise background, with an image of a turtle on the right. Top right reads, "Centre for Indigenous Studies. Turtle Lounge, 2nd Floor, North Borden Building". Bottom centre reads, "Lunchtime Film screenings, November 17th, 12-2 pm, Reel Injun, December 1st 12-2 pm, Six Miles Deep, December 15th, 12-2 pm, Highway of Tears.]

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10) First in the Family Peer – Mentor Program, Career Exploration & Education, and Community of Support Program, MD Program, Faculty of Medicine invite you to “Finding Research & Internship Opportunities"

Friday, November 24, 4:00 - 6:00pm., Koffler Student Success Centre, ** 214 College St (https://maps.google.com/?q=214+College+St&entry=gmail&source=g)
. (at College, use St. George entrance, accessible)
Free food & beverages provided

Students will benefit from attending:
Learn about the "Research Opportunity Program" and working hands-on for course credit. Career Exploration & Education rolls out the co-curricular "Research Catalogue" and other resources. Community of Support Program, MD Program will talk about supports they provide including paid summer research roles.

•             discover research and internship opportunities offered by different departments, all streams;
•             network with research faculty, staff, and students;
•             learn about application processes and recruitment criteria;

Registration will open soon at: ** http://uoft.me/firstfamilyfridays (http://uoft.me/firstfamilyfridays)
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11) Annual Tri-campus First Generation Trailblazers Conference: The Journey

Saturday, January 27, 1:00 – 7:00pm., Hart House, ** 7 Hart House Circle (https://maps.google.com/?q=7+Hart+House+Circle&entry=gmail&source=g)

Trailblazers is an annual tri-campus conference for all first generation students (first in the family to attend post-secondary in Canada) at the University of Toronto.  This year participants will have a chance to navigate the plethora of options available to them after graduation which involve career exploration and mapping out their ‘plan B’. More information will be available in the coming weeks at uoft.me@trailblazers.
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12) JOB POSTING: Graduate Student Research Assistant (GRA): Episodic Disability & Arts Intervention in the Ontario Workplace- DEADLINE DECEMBER 1ST

We are seeking a PhD or an advanced MA student to join our team part-time to support our research on the SSHRC funded Insight Grant, From InVisibility to Inclusion: Developing and Evaluating Policies and Practices to Facilitate the Inclusion of Workers with Episodic Disabilities in Ontario Workplaces. This project is co-directed by Dr. Carla Rice and Dr. Donna Lero through Re•Vision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences at the University of Guelph. Students from outside the University of Guelph are welcome to apply.

Job Posting can be found ** here (https://projectrevision.ca/newsandevents)
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SBA Newsletter [July 27th, 2017]

SBA Programming and Events

  • Office Closures
  • Computer Lab Closure and Upgrade
  • Monthly Lunch
  • QT2SBIPOC Summer Social (with Ice Cream!)
  • What’s Left? Countering the Alt Right
  • Disorientation – Call for Volunteers

Community Events and Resources

  • The Black Artist Market
  • Resilience 150
  • CWTP York is looking for Collective Members!
  • 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
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing BIPOC Space

Job Opportunities

  • Volleyball Coordinator
  • Photographer

SBA Programming and Events

Office Closures

Please note that the following closure dates and times for the SBA Centre:

  • July 28th, 2017 – SBA will be closed
  • August 7th, 2017 – University is closed; SBA is closed
  • August 28th, 2017 – SBA is closed

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Computer Lab Closure and Upgrade

The SBA Computer Lab will be closed from August 1st to September 4th in order to completely upgrade our computers, adaptive and assistive softwares, and furnishings. During this period, members have access to both library services throughout the University of Toronto as well as the Toronto Public Library. The TPL offers CCTVs, print magnifiers, braille writers, Kurzweil, JAWS, Daisy Players, ZoomText, TTY telephone, and wheelchair accessible furniture. Please note that you will require a library card to access the library and its technology. For more information on specific libraries and their equipment, please visit: www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/accessibility/branch-equipment

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Monthly Lunch

Join Students for Barrier-Free Access for another monthly lunch this Monday July 31st, 2017 from 12:30 to 2:30pm! There will be vegan and gluten-free options available! We are located at 215 Huron Street, Room 924.

Please note that there is a all gender accessible washroom on the same floor and that this is a scent free event and space.

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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

The Black Artist Market
The Black Artist Market was born out of a frustration with the anti-black racism in art spaces in Toronto. It was born out of a being exhausted by the struggle of trying to survive as a Black artist in Toronto. The Black Artist Market was born out of a yearning to see Black Artist in Toronto come together. Finally, it was born out a need to honour the brilliance of the Black Artist.

#BAMTO is a series of Black Artist Markets taking place in Toronto. The Black Artist Market is dedicated to Black Art in Toronto. Artists markets in Toronto rarely, if ever, prioritize the voices and art of those who, despite being the most marginalized contribute the most to culture. It can also be an extremely lonely and isolating as a Black Artist to be in spaces that allow us to participate, but do not prioritize or understand the Black Artist experience.

This event is the first of it’s kind! It will take a whole new spin on what artist markets can be. There will be a DJ spinning live at the event, the space is wheelchair accessible and a diverse set of vendors! This market will be interactive and specifically curated. It will be so much more than some folding tables and chairs.

The black artists that are part of this event blow me away with their gift of imagining and creating the world in brilliant ways.
In the upcoming weeks there will be a feature on each of the brilliant artist. So stay tuned! on Come out to support local Black Artists in our community!

Date: August 5th

Time: 7pm – 10pm

Location: D-Beatstro, 1292 Bloor Street West

*Cover: This market is Pay What You Can $ 5 – $15 and no one turned away due to lack of funds.

*The venue is wheelchair and mobility device accessible/

* You do not have to buy food at the cafe in order to come to the market.

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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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CWTP is Looking for New 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: Open until all positions are filled

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/

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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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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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Job Opportunities

Volleyball Coordinator – UTGSU


We are looking to hire a friendly, energetic, and experienced Volleyball Coordinator to run our volleyball league for the upcoming academic year. Interested in being considered for the position? We will be accepting applications (resume and cover letter) until Monday, July 31, 2017. For a full list of duties, qualifications, pay and additional information, view the: UTGSU Volleyball Coordinator Job Description.

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Photographer – UTGSU


Do you have experience taking professional photographs with natural light? We’re hiring a photographer to take photos at our Fall Orientation. If you’re interested in applying, please refer to the job posting: Hiring Photographer for UTGSU Fall Orientation. The deadline to apply is Thursday, August 10, 2017.

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SBA Newsletter

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
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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.

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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.