Newsletter Archives — December 2014

What’s New for December 2014

Wait for it… There it is! Can’t you smell that two-week break in the air?
We wish you all a very safe, happy and warm holiday season.
And to all those studying for exams, we wish you all the best!

The 2015 U of T IDERD Communication Campaign & Award Recognition — Call for Nominees

The U of T IDERD Campaign & Award Recognition was launched in March 2012 in commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. The tri-campus communication campaign is implemented annually as a key part of the University’s ongoing effort to eliminate racial discrimination and advance anti-racism, throughout the University community.

Nomination forms can be submitted for either individuals or groups you feel are doing work that advances anti-racism in the University community and beyond.

Nominees must:

  • Be a current student, staff or faculty member at U of T;

The work and/or project being profiled must:

  • Demonstrate an explicit focus on addressing barriers to racial equity and advancing antiracism, whether as a first time endeavour in antiracism practice or as an advanced initiative.
  • Feature antiracism as the primary focus of the initiative or as a demonstrable component in a broader initiative.
  • Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to advancing anti-racism and eliminating barriers within the University community and / or in contribution to the University’s profile in the broader community;
  • Demonstrate leadership; and,
  • Contribute to enhancing student / staff / faculty experience within the academic, co-curricular, and / or workplace contexts.

Nomination forms available now on the ARCDO website.
The deadline for applications in February 9, 2015.

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) was established by the United Nations in 1966 to commemorate the Sharpeville Massacre of 1960. It is observed every March 21st to bring the world community together to increase its efforts in the elimination of all forms of racial discrimination and racism (United Nations, Resolution 2142, XX1).

Best Study Space on Campus!

Multi-Faith Centre Lounge, 3rd floor

Looking for a cozy chair to write that paper in? Need a small table for group work? The 3rd floor student lounge at the Multi-Faith Centre is just the place to get all your studying done. With plush chairs, natural light, and computer access, the 3rd floor study lounge is a great place to study.

Sneaker Design ContestCall for Submission — Sneaker Design Project

Where will your imagination take you with just a Sharpie and a pair of old sneakers? Hart House and Toronto Loves Kicks want to find out!

Calling all students artists and sneaker lovers—submit your sneaker design by January 25, 2015, for a chance to have your creation displayed, as well as take part in the 1 Sole Exhibit Launch Event at University of Toronto Scarborough’s new Aquatics Facility. Sketches, or photos of completed sneakers, can be submitted!

Download the Registration Form, fill it out, and email the form and your design to, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter to share your design.

For more information visit:

Learning to Lead

Looking for an opportunity to learn more about yourself as a leader? Thinking about taking on bigger leadership roles at Hart House and elsewhere? Join Learning to Lead this winter at Hart House!

Learning to Lead is a series of leadership development workshops meant to help U of T undergraduate students interested in getting more involved in the campus community, and develop their leadership skills. Over a series of five workshops, you will learn to connect with and begin to develop relationships with a community of students that desire to learn more about their own leadership capabilities.

Hart House and the Office of Student Life are co-facilitating a Learning to Lead series this winter. This is a great opportunity for students interested in taking on bigger leadership roles at Hart House and anywhere at U of T, or those who just want to hone their leadership skills and learn more about themselves.

Participation in Learning to Lead is eligible for CCR recognition!

Where: South Sitting Room, Hart House
When: All sessions take place on Wednesdays from 3:00 – 5:00 pm
January 14
January 21
January 28
February 4
February 11

To register, click here!

For more information, contact either Kate Bowers at or Danielle Thibodeau at

More Events

(If you wish to request that your event be included in our monthly newsletter, please submit requests to at least one week prior to the beginning of the new month.)

December 12, 6 – 9 pm, Multi-Faith Centre (UTSG): [REC] LAUNCH PARTY – UTGSU Race & Ethnicity Caucus Launch. We invite you to celebrate the launch of the University of Toronto Graduate Students’ Union’s newly formed Race and Ethnicity Caucus (REC). Please join us for an artist roundtable with Saroja Ponnbambalam, Gita Hashemi, and Sharrae Lyon. Sushi, light appetizers, and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. We will also be giving away raffle prizes!

December 15 to 18, 11:45 am – 2:45 pm, Hart House (UTSG): 2014 Hart House Winter Buffet. Celebrate the season with your friends and colleagues at the Hart House famous Winter Buffet. Treat yourself to a glass of fine white, red or sparkling wine while you indulge in Chef Marco Tucci’s bountiful selection of locally sourced dishes including traditional stuffed turkey, Ontario slow-roasted beef, pasta, sustainable seafood catch of the day, vegan entrées, assorted sides and a decadent selection of desserts. A roaring fire, an elegant atmosphere and smiling service all await you at the Hart House Winter Buffet.

Disclaimer: This newsletter may contain links to non- Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office (ARCDO) websites. These links are provided solely as convenience to you. The ARCDO is not responsible for the content of any non-ARCDO websites and does not endorse the information contained therein.