Reflect. Restore. Action.

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.

Quote by Lilla Watson: If you have come to help me you are wasting your time. But if you recognize that your liberation and mine are bound up together, we can walk together

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.

If you require accommodation, please email s.baig@utoronto.ca and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.

Past Sessions

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

Community Vigil: Centering Love Through Times of Trauma and Grief

Imam Yasin Dwyer

Imam Yasin Dwyer

Keynote Facilitator
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Nouman Ashraf

Nouman Ashraf

Guest Speaker
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Zarfishan Qureshi

Zarfishan Qureshi

Guest Speaker
Chair, Anti-Islamophobia Community Working Group

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.

Open to students, staff, faculty, and external members who identify as members of the Muslim community and allies.

Registration Closed

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

From Pain to Hope: Restoration and Healing for Jewish Community

Rabbi Ariella Rosen

Rabbi Ariella Rosen

Keynote Facilitator
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Miriam Borden

Miriam Borden

Guest Speaker
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Join us as we engage in restorative practice and conversation to navigate experiences of Anti-Semitism.

Open to students, staff, librarians and faculty at the University of Toronto who identify as members of the Jewish community.

Registration Closed

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

Stories through Dialogue: Journeys of Wellness and Hope

Munsif Mubarak

Munsif Mubarak

Facilitator
Khalil Center

Join us for a facilitated dialogue and reflections informed by teachings from the Muslim faith.

Open to students, staff, librarians and faculty at the University of Toronto who identify as members of the Muslim community.

Registration Closed

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

The Healing of Rest and Joy: A Shabbat practice in Song and Silence

Aviva Chernick

Facilitator
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Join us for a circle of fellow explorers as we engage in the tools of Shabbat, sitting together in meditation and singing together in song.

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

Registration closed

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 - 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM EST

Shared Strength: A Day for Wellness, Healing and Hope

Aina-Nia Ayodele Grant

Aina-Nia Ayo’dele Grant

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

As we navigate and reflect amid ongoing race-based and faith-based hate and discrimination in all its forms, join us for a community dialogue centering healing and hope.

Open to students, staff, librarians, faculty and external community members.

Hill Studio

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

Self-care is a revolutionary and necessary act in the restoration process. Join us as we recharge and find shared strength from one another, through movement, dialogue and meditation.

Recommended materials: comfortable clothing, chair or floor space for movement, a notebook.

Open to students, staff, librarians, faculty and external community members.

Phuong Nguyen

Phuong Nguyen

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

Join us for art-based virtual activities as we navigate and reflect on the feelings, thoughts and emotions during these challenging times.

Recommended materials: paper, pencils, crayons, markers, or paints. No art experience necessary.

NOTE: Only 20 spaces are available for this session.

Open to students, staff, librarians, faculty and external community members.

Registration Closed

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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Restore Program Feedback

The Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office is continuously seeking constructive and critical feedback on the overall program and the sessions offered. Your feedback will be taken into consideration and incorporated in future program development for Restore initiatives.

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Restore at U of T

Past Restore Programming

Past discussion and activities to restore, organize and take action as we navigate challenging times.

See past programs