Newsletter Archives — January 2018

Happening this January 2018

We wish to acknowledge this land on which the University of Toronto operates. For thousands of years it has been the traditional land of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and most recently, the Mississaugas of the Credit River. Today, this meeting place is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to work on this land. 

The Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and extend a warm welcome to new and returning students this Winter Term.

2018 IDERD Campaign banner detailing nominations deadlines

The deadline for nominations for the IDERD (International Day for the End of Racial Discrimination) Recognition Awards is fast approaching!


The IDERD Recognition Award and the joint IDERD Conference are a tri-campus campaign that recognizes the continued contribution of U of T students, staff and faculty in the fight against racism on campus and in their communities. The events are a central part of the University’s annual IDERD campaign.

The call for abstracts for the 2018 IDERD Conference is now open! Please submit your abstracts by February 17, 2018

This year’s theme, “Anti-Racism Change in Postsecondary Institutions: Resistance, Assessment, Measurement, and Accountability” will explore the role of post-secondary institutions as transformative spaces integral to Anti-Racism work. Join us at Hart House on March 19 & 20, 2018. For more information, connect with us at  


Unfiltered Truth Talk: Beyond Boundaries, Beyond Labels banner

 Wednesday January 17th, 6-8 pm at 246 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON Room 320

Unfiltered Truth Talks is a drop-in program that gives students the opportunity discuss issues related to race, racism, anti-racism and intersections among other identities (such as faith, gender, sexuality, and others). We are hosting this dialogue in collaboration with the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work.

At this dialogue event, we will be discussing the various obstacles that communities of colour face in navigating mental illness and accessing mental health services. Some themes to be explored include intra-community stigma, intergenerational trauma, cultural competency, gender performativity/gendered expectations, and community resilience.

Campus Events

St. George Campus

Hancock Lecture 2018
January 23, 2018

Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle

In this Hancock Lecture Chizoba Imoka will share her experiences navigating the Canadian higher education system as a Nigerian woman. She will also discuss how she overcame numerous challenges along the way and her reflections from her research on de-colonial educational change in Nigeria and her journey toward creating inclusive spaces and disrupting mainstream narratives associated with being Black and “Educated.”


Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Indigenous Students
Friday January 19, 2018 at 12:00pm-2:30pm

First Nations House Lounge, 563 Spadina Avenue, on the 3rd floor. Accessible entrance is located on Bancroft Avenue

Join Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA), First Nations House and the Centre for Indigenous Studies for a student-led orientation for disabled students and student advocates. Topics covered at the orientation:

  • Know Your Rights as a disabled student – presentation by ARCH Disability Law Centre
  • self-advocacy and navigating academic accommodations
  • introduction to campus resources and services for disabled students
  • introduction to Students for Barrier-Free Access’ resources and services


Spirit Singers: Celebrating Diversity and Our Common Humanity
Monday, January 8, 2018 – March 26, 2018

Centre for International Experience (CIE), 33 St. George St

Join a non-auditioned choral ensemble of U of T students to celebrate diversity and foster interfaith intercultural understanding. The ensemble rehearses from 6 – 8 pm on Monday evenings at the Centre for International Centre (CIE), 33 St. George St. The Spirit Singers affirms our common humanity in the quest for peace and justice. Come make a new friend along the way! The repertoire of the Spirit Singers reflects a wide variety of world views.

Please register via: with your U of T student number


Mississauga Campus

Get Hired: Summer and Fulltime Job Fair

Speak with representatives from dozens of organizations and learn about a wide range of summer, part-time, and full-time opportunities!

This fair is exclusively for current U of T students and recent graduates (within two years of graduation) and open to faculty and staff. Valid TCards required for entry.

Please contact for more details.


Scarborough Campus

Outside the Box: Queer Representation in Media
Wednesday January 10, 2018 and every other Wednesday from 1pm to 2:30pm

The Lab at Rex’s Den

Join Robin Fraser, Program Coordinator for the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office at the University of Toronto, for this discussion and group and activities on queer representation in the media. This event is hosted by the UTSC Department of Student Life, the Scarborough Campus Students’ Union, and the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office


Policing Bodies and Borders

Thursday January 18th, 2018

Ralph Campbell Lounge (BV-380) from 5pm to 8pm

The Students of Sociology, the Scarborough Campus Students’ Union, and the Caribbean Solidarity Network present Policing Bodies and Borders, a panel event that will delve into past and present forms of policing, pinpoint similarities, and present alternatives.


Community Events

Pundit: Stand-Up for Social Justice – Comedy Night
Friday, January 19, 2018 at 9 PM – 11 PM

The Cat’s Eye Student Pub & Lounge, 150 Charles Street W, Toronto, ON  M5S 1K9

This January, OPIRG Toronto and VicPride are putting the spotlight on marginalized comedians—and off the ones that crack jokes at their expense. It’s PUNDIT: a radical night of comedy celebrating local comics and their identities! Entry is PWYC at the door, but nobody will be turned away for lack of funds! All proceeds will go towards LGBTOUT and their federal court case for LGBTQ2SIAA rights in post-secondary institutions.


The Mural of the Story – Mini-Symposium, Artists Panel on Indigenous Murals in Tkaronto
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 6:30 – 8:30

205 Richmond St. W Room 301, OCAD University,Toronto, ON

The Mural of the Story brings together a panel of artists including Tannis Nielson, Philip Cote, Tia Cavanagh and Jason Baerg, who will introduce and discuss their recent mural projects and how they activate community and insert Indigeneity within the urban landscape.