June Restore Program: Wellness, Healing and Hope

The Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office (ARCDO) at the University of Toronto is pleased to offer a new series of restorative sessions centered around wellness, healing and hope.

Throughout this year, ARCDO has offered community spaces of wellness and critical dialogue to address the impacts of racial discrimination through restorative activities. These sessions are designed to establish spaces that supports the intersectional racialized identities of students, staff., librarians and faculty at the University of Toronto.

As we bring the academic year to a close, we continue to navigate the challenges of the ongoing global health pandemic and the impacts of the ongoing pandemic of race-based and faith-based hate and discrimination in all its forms, based here in Canada and around the world.

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We commence the series by offering sessions that are open to members of University’s Jewish community and to members of University’s Muslim community throughout the month of June. We conclude our series with a full day of sessions at the end of the month, for all members of the University community.

Details for these sessions can be found below:

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Community Vigil: Centering Love Through Times of Trauma and Grief

Keynote Facilitator: Imam Yasin Dwyer 

Open to: Students, staff, faculty and external members who identify as member of the Muslim community and allies

The Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office (ARCDO) joins the University of Toronto in denouncing Islamophobia, hate and violence in all its forms. There is no denying the pain and anger that many are feeling in light of the tragedy in London, ON. As we navigate grief and pain during these difficult times, ARCDO invites the U of T community to join us on Wednesday June 16, 2021, for a space of restoration and critical dialogue while building community with one another during these challenging times.

This space will center a discussion with Imam Yasin Dwyer on the topic, Coping with Trauma: Centering Community Healing During Grief and Loss. This conversation will explore the impacts of Islamophobia and center tools of advocacy, allyship and activism.

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Friday, June 18, 2021 - 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

From Pain to Hope: Restoration and Healing for Jewish Community

Facilitator: Rabbi Ariella Rosen 

Open To: students, staff, librarians and faculty of the University of Toronto who identify as member of the Jewish community

Join us as we engage in restorative practice and conversation to navigate experiences of antisemitism

Monday, June 21, 2021 - 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST

Healing through Dialogue and Restorative Practices

Facilitator: Representative from Khalil Center: A Psychological and Spiritual Wellness Center

Open To: students, staff, librarians and faculty of the University of Toronto who identify as member of the Muslim community

Friday, June 25, 2021 - 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM EST

Centering Wellness and Joy through Community Sharing

Open To: students, staff, librarians and faculty of the University of Toronto who identify as member of the Jewish community

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM EST
We are Here: A Journey of Wellness, Healing and Hope

Facilitator: Aina-Nia Ayodele Grant

Open To: students, staff, librarians, faculty and external community members

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Prioritizing Wellness: Grounding Strategies to Recharge Ourselves

Facilitator: Hill Studios

Open To: students, staff, librarians, faculty and external community members

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EST
Healing through Art

Facilitator: Phuong Nguyen

Open To: students, staff, librarians, faculty and external community members

Statement on the Muslim Family Killed in London

We are shocked and devastated by news of the horrific attack against a Muslim family in London, Ontario earlier this week. Our thoughts are with the family and the surviving victim, a nine-year-old boy who is currently recovering in hospital.

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