Reflect. Restore. Action.

Join us as we engage in discussion and activities to restore, organize and take action as we navigate these challenging times.

Restore at U of T

by ARCDO & Hill Studio

The Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office is excited to announce the launch of Restore @ U of T – a Restoration Program for Black, Indigenous and Racialized Community in partnership with Hill Studio by Allison Hill. Restore @ U of T will provide a series of Community Activations custom designed for the U of T community to address the impacts of racism through restorative activities. The Restore program is designed to establish a community-based space that support the intersectional racialized identities of students, staff and faculty at the University of Toronto.

“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”
– Lilla Watson

Community Clinics and Activations

Clinics and Activation will be led by BIPOC culturally sensitive counsellors, therapists and trauma informed yoga instructors and are designed to create community spaces to activate agency, strength and restoration through dialogue, movement and meditation.

 

December Clinic  Staff, Faculty and Librarians Only  Virtual Session

Taking Care of You: Release, Recenter & Rebuild through Meditation and Movement for BIPOC Staff, Faculty and Librarians

This month’s clinic and activation is creating intentional community spaces for Black, Indigenous and Racialized staff, faculty and librarians, to be filled with community connection, dialogue and a reprioritization of care and compassion for the self. We invite you to join us as we recharge and prepare for the Winter holidays.

Black Staff, Faculty and Librarians

December 4, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Register online

Indigenous and Racialized Staff, Faculty and Librarians

December 8, 2020
1:00 p.m – 2:00 p.m.
Register online

January Clinic  1hr virtual sessions

Setting the Stage: Allyship as a Daily Practice

Facilitated discussion  Meditation and movement

Let us join in community (open to students, staff, faculty and librarians who identify as allies) as we advance our understanding of the “Collective Responsibility” in fighting racism in all its forms.

Staff, Faculty and Librarians

January 26, 2021
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Register online

Students

January 27, 2021
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Register online

February – Program Closing

Restore Celebrates – Black History Month

Date & Registration TBA

 

Past Events:

November Clinic – Students Only  1hr virtual sessions

BIPOC Recharge: Grounding Strategies to Release and Prepare for the End of Semester

These sessions are for BIPOC students in need of a space to recharge and reconnect with community before engaging in final exams and assignments. Self-care is a revolutionary and necessary act in the restoration process. Open to Black and Racialized and Indigenous students.

Black Students only

November 17, 2020
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Register online

Indigenous and Racialized Students only

November 18, 2020
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Register online

October Clinic  1hr virtual sessions

The Collective Responsibility of Eliminating Racism: Approaching Allyship with Mindfulness

Open to students, staff, faculty and librarians who identify as allies or want to learn more about being an ally to racialized community

Staff, Faculty and Librarians

October 20, 2020
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Register online

Students

October 27, 2020
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Register online

October Program Opening  October 1, 2020  Virtual Session

Taking Up Space: Fortifying Racialized Community Through Movement and Dialogue

Addressing racial violence and the impacts of daily experiences of racism requires a multifaceted collective approach including action planning and education. The Restore Program @ U of T is an invitation to community to center and prioritize self-care, restoration and healing throughout the navigation of the lived realities of being Black, Indigenous and racialized during such uncertain and traumatic times.

We invite you to join us for the opening of the Restore Program, as we boldly answer the calls for liberation and justice through the channels of care and compassion of one’s self.

Tune into your Inner Voice

Conversation with Yami Msosa / Allison Hill
11:00 – 11:30 a.m.

Access your Inner Calm

Meditation with Jhanelle Peters
11:30 – 12:00 p.m.

Register online for the program opening

Community Corner – Shared Healing. Shared Resilience.

Thursday, June 4 1:00pm – 2:30pm
Racialized voices will be prioritized. Allies are welcome to attend.
Open to students, staff, faculty, librarians, chaplains, community

The Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office joins the University of Toronto in denouncing Anti-Black racism in all its forms. There is no denying the pain, sadness and anger that many are feeling given recent events of racialized violence. As we navigate, strategize and action-plan during these difficult times, the Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office invite the U of T community to join on Thursday, June 4th for a space of restoration and critical dialogue while building community with colleagues during these challenging times.

This space will center a discussion with Black community leaders on the topic, “Tools for Speaking Up for Yourself”. This conversation will explore anti-black experiences and the impact it has on our physical and mental health. We will discuss tools for advocacy, courage and activism.

 

Race & Healing: Black lives. Black Grief. Black Healing.

Friday, June 5 10:00am – 12:00pm
This session will include dialogue and yoga
Open to persons who identify as being members of the Black community only

Navigating and Healing through Anti-Black Trauma
Caring for myself is not self-indulgence. It is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare – Audre Lorde

Join us as we engage in conversation and body movement as we give space to our emotions and fortify our resolve to ending anti-Black racism. This session is open to all persons who identify as being members of the Black community.

The Hill Insider Restoration team will facilitate a 2h hour program of conversation/activity for healing, strength and empowerment:

  • This session will begin with a guided discussion around honouring black lives, navigating through trauma and impacting change, led by Randi-Mae Stanford-Leibold;
  • We will flow into a meditation practice while sharing breathing techniques to manage anxiety, fear and stress; and
  • We will end with a restorative yoga flow. This gentle movement practice is designed to teach participants to hold loving space for themselves and their community. Facilitated by Yamikani Msosa.

 

Let’s Talk Allyship and Solidarity

Tuesday, June 9 10:00am – 11:30am
Open to students, staff, faculty, librarians, chaplains, community

What exactly do the words solidarity and allyship mean? What tools are needed to be an effective ally? Can allyship be a form of identity? Join us as we critically discuss, reflect and learn more about what it means to be an ally and to stand in solidarity in the fight to end anti-Black racism. This session is open to all persons.

Event Recording

 

Talking about Racism at Home

Thursday, June 11 10:00am – 11:30am
Open to students, staff, faculty, librarians, chaplains, community

As conversations about racism impacting Black, Indigenous, Asian and many racialized communities increase in mainstream media, how are we translating this discussion into our personal lives particularly with children? Join us as we discuss different techniques and strategies parents can engage in to discuss current events and overall conversations about the reality of race and racism with their children.

Event Recording