SBA Newsletter [December 6, 2016]

SBA Programming and Events

  • SBA-CWTP Cookie Exchange and Social
  • QT2SBIPOC Discussion Night
  • Crafternoon
  • Office Closure

Community Events and Resources

  • Indigenous Winter Social
  • The Spice
  • Fearless Heart: Anti-Colonial Mindfulness Workshop
  • UofT Innovation Hub

SBA Programming and Events
SBA-CWTP Cookie Exchange and Social

Join Students for Barrier-free Access and the Centre for Women and Trans People at U of T for a cookie exchange and social. This will be a relaxed and fun evening of cookie decorating, button-making, and socializing.

Cookie exchange guide:

A cookie exchange allows participants to bring in a batch of cookies to share with the group (we suggest 6-12), and to take home cookies brought by other participants.

We ask that, when possible, people bring between 6-12 cookies to share at the cookie exchange. They can be home baked or store bought. Please bring a list of ingredients for the cookies that you bring to share. Please ensure that all cookies are nut-free. If possible, please bring a container to take your cookies home in as well.

Please let us know if you have any allergies.

Free! Everyone welcome! We will have tea, coffee, and a cookie decorating station set up!

Date Monday December 12, 2015
Time: 4:30pm-6:30pm
Location: SBA Centre, 215 Huron Street, Suite 924 on the 9th floor.

This is an anti-racist, anti-ableist, queer and trans positive and family friendly space.

Accessible, single-user all-gender washroom located on the same floor as the event space.

***If you have any food allergies, including nut, coconut, and soy allergies, please let us know by 8pm on Thursday December 8th so that we can plan accordingly. Contact Nadia at with information about allergies, access needs, or any other questions/concerns.***


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

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

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

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

TOPIC: Surviving the holiday season. We will be discussing our complicated relationship with our family of origin and our chosen family, challenges around disclosure of our sexuality and gender, and ways in which madness come up during the holidays.

1. Compile a list of self care strategies to send out for the holidays [keeping in mind difference access to resources and community].
2. Bring in a meaningful item or object to share/show the group.
3. We will be making cards for each other (card making supplies will be provided).

Date: Wednesday December 14, 2016

Time: 6:00pm-8:00pm

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

Please note that the front doors to 215 Huron Street lock at 5:30pm. Event organizers will wait at the entrance to let people in from 5:50pm-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

***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.*** ——————————————————————————-


Join us for another craft session at SBA next Thursday December 8th from 4:30-6:30pm! We will be making cards again for all occasions. Want to try using embossing powders? We’ll have the supplies at hand!

Location: 215 Huron Street, Suite 924

If you arrive after 5:30, please call 416 967 7322 and someone will pop down and let you in. Gender neutral washrooms on the same floor and please note that this is a scent-free space.

——————————————————————————-Office ClosurePlease note that the SBA Centre will be closed from December 19th, 2016 until January 5th, 2017.——————————————————————————-Community Events and ResourcesIndigenous Winter Social Celebrate the season with the Indigenous Education Network, Indigenous Studies Students’ Union and the Transitional Year Program at U of T. Reading by Lee Maracle. Food and refreshments provided. All are welcome!

Thursday December 8th, 2- 4pm
OISE, room 5-210
252 Bloor St. W.
Toronto ONRSVP:——————————————————————————-
The Spice: Community Cooking & Lunch: Every Thursday 12-3pm
The Spice is a social, participatory community cooking program organized through The Centre for Women and Trans People at U of T. Food has always brought communities together, and The Spice aims to continue this tradition! The Spice invites women and trans people on campus and in the larger community to contribute and learn culinary ideas and skills in a fun event that quenches intellectual and social appetites. The Spice encourages participants to initiate discussions on issues that are important to them and to socialize in a supportive and inclusive environment. Discussion topics have ranged from parenting to experiences of racism and sexism over the course of sharing a delicious, nutritious meal. Meal preparation, menu ideas for the following weeks and clean up are shared. Recipes are kept with the goal of compiling of creating a special Spice recipe book. Recipes are chosen that are affordable, healthy, diverse and easy to make. Child-friendly, trans inclusive event. Vegan options always served. Every Thursday (except during noted closures), 12-3pm, at The Centre for Women and Trans People at UofT (563 Spadina Ave, Room 100). Wheelchair ramp access via Bancroft Ave.
——————————————————————————-Fearless Heart: Self Compassion for 2SQTBIPOC folks
FREE Full Moon Anti-colonial Mindfulness Workshop: Tuesday December 13

Cultivating a fearless heart does not mean the heart ceases to feel fear. A fearless heart is one that is unafraid to turn towards fear with kindness, which is the heart of compassion. This mindfulness workshop introduces practices of self-compassion to befriend and attend to fear through the direct experience of thoughts, emotions, and sensations. Mindfulness is offered by centering embodied traditional knowledges for the liberation of ourBlack, Indigenous and POC (BIPOC) Two-Spirit, Queer, Trans, Gender non-conforming and Gender non-binary communities, and all oppressed communities, and all oppressed communities.
 To Register:

1. Read the detailed description below to see if this workshop series meets your needs:

2. Email or call Lu to request a spot. Space is limited. Registration closes December 6. If you have any questions, Lu would be happy to set up brief phone call with you.

Lu:, 416-876-8135

Workshop Date, Location & Access Info:Date: Tuesday, December 13 from 6-8:30pmLocation: Centre for Women and Trans People UofT, 563 Spadina Ave, Room 100, Wheelchair access via Bancroft Ave.

Access Info: Light vegan dinner included. Wheelchair accessible space. Single-user, wheelchair accessible, all-gender washroom. Tokens available upon request.

Facilitator: Lead Facilitator, Lu Lam, M. Ed, CCC, is a trans-identified, Chinese-Taiwanese Counsellor and Mindfulness Consultant. He is trained in mindfulness and critical diversity counselling practices. Lu has 8 years of daily meditation practice and is in continual mindfulness study. ——————————————————————————-
UofT Innovation Hub

Imagine a University of Toronto where every student’s experience is seamless from initial contact to graduation and beyond- a place where students feel a sense of community and connectedness, experience both academic and personal success, and feel well prepared for their futures. The Innovation Hub is a U of T project that aims to create this using human-centered design, and is hoping to interview students, particularly those who identify as disabled, to better understand the barriers many students face. If you would be interested in talking to someone at the Innovation Hub about your experiences at U of T, please email For more information about the Innovation Hub, read more at

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