Newsletter Archives — January 2014

What’s New for January 2014

IDERD 2014 Campaign: Call for Nominees!
Deadline fast approaching!

IDERD 2014

The U of T IDERD Communication Campaign will run for its third consecutive year to highlight the ongoing efforts to eliminate racial discrimination and advance anti-racism, by staff, students, and faculty throughout the University community. The Campaign provides a unique platform for the University to recognize and profile this excellent work while contributing to the University’s commitment to create diverse, equitable and inclusive teaching, learning and working environments.

Know any faculty, staff or students actively working to eliminate racial discrimination and advance anti-racism?
Recognize their efforts by nominating them! The nomination deadline is January 27, 2014.

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). The elimination of racial discrimination and racism is an essential part of U of T’s efforts to cultivate an equitable and inclusive working and learning environment. This is noted in the University’s Statement on Equity, Diversity and Excellence.

See memo from Professor Angela Hildyard, Vice-President, Human Resources & Equity.

The Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office, First Nations House, the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education, and Hart House present:


Join us on Wednesday January 22 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm at Hart House for a panel discussion on the intersections between sports, post-secondary education, race and indigeneity! This will be the first in a series of panel discussions on this topic leading up to the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

Refreshments will be provided.

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Unfiltered: Truth TalksUNFILTERED: TRUTH TALKS

This Monday, January 13 the ARCDO drop-in program “Unfiltered: Truth Talks” returns! This is a space for students, facilitated by students, to openly discuss issues about race, culture, creed and their intersections. Come through, connect and create community!

When: Mon. Jan 13th from 4pm to 6pm
Where: OISE Room 2296

Refreshments will be provided.

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Happy New Year!

Jack Frost has welcomed us all back to campus in true a Canadian fashion… But fret not! We have a list of events that are sure to keep your brain warm this month. There is also a lot planned for February and March so be sure to save the dates listed below!

Save the Date!

Wounds into WisdomWednesday Feb 5th – The Forgiveness Project: Reconciling Historical Injustices and the Role of the Public Apology and Forgiveness. Following a successful first term of events in the Wounds into Wisdom series that allowed for a deeper investigation around the complexities of forgiveness and reconciliation, Hart House and its presenting partners continue their explorations into contested histories, social conflicts and a way forward that addresses injustices in meaningful ways. The practice of forgiveness including its connection to restorative justice, public apology, redress and reparations plays a significant role in efforts to reconcile historic wrongs, resolve conflicts and to attain justice, whether committed at the individual or institutional level.

When: Wed., Feb. 5, 2014, 6:30–8:30 pm
Where: East Common Room, Hart House

MLK was hereWednesday Feb 12th – Black History Month Opening Ceremony: MLK Was Here! Readings and Reflections on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1967 Lost Massey Lectures. In honour of Black History Month, Hart House, the Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office, Multi Faith Centre and Massey College are pleased to present this important event reflecting and exploring the words and life of one of North America’s most preeminent speakers, thinkers, activists and social leaders of the 20th century: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The evening will be moderated by Prof. Melanie Newton and speakers include: Prof. Meric Gertler, President of the University of Toronto, Prof. Angela Hildyard, Vice-President Human Resources & Equity, Marilyn Legge, Bob Rae, Sheldon Taylor, Vanessa Jev, and Modele Kuforiji.

When: Wed., Feb. 12, 2014, 6:30 pm
Where: Great Hall, Hart House


(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.)

Jan 15, 12-1pm, Health Sciences Building (UTSG): 2013-2014 Master of Public Health (MPH) Global Health Roundtable Series on Addressing the Social Determinants in Practice Dr. Gary Bloch. The objective of the Roundtable Series is to: a) generate thought provoking discussion on major challenges in global health; and b) provide a forum for which students can become exposed to different career paths in global health.

Jan 16, 8:30-10pm, Hart House (UTSG): UofT idol at Hart House. Tired of singing in the shower? Want to take Karaoke to the next level? Not afraid to flex your vocal muscles? Why not consider becoming a U of T Idol contestant? Idol Hart House Music Committee is proud to host a series of vocal competitions that will determine: who is the U of T Idol? Taking a cue from the popular reality show, U of T Idol is a night of drama, suspense, fun and most of all good music. Hart House Music Committee is searching for the person with the best vocal chops and winning personality to crown this year’s U of T Idol. Great prizes, constructive advice and the musical support of Dave Clark and his Woodshed Orchestra round out the night.

Jan 20, 2-4pm, Student Centre Rm 208 (UTM)UTM PRIDE 2014 – Queer Students of Colour Discussion & Social. What makes you feel safe as a queer person of colour? What are your experiences & hopes within queer communities? How does the diversity of our similarities and differences shape our communities? This discussion and social is organized to invite LGBTQ students of colour and students questioning their gender and sexual orientation together to build community, share stories and new ideas. Join us as we talk about our experiences and thoughts on building inclusive positive spaces in this interactive, confidential discussion. Snacks will be provided. This event will be held in collaboration with the SGDO (U of T Sexual and Gender Diversity Office) and the ARCDO (U of T Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office) and co-facilitated by Kathy Mac and Amanda Wong.

Jan 24, 1-7:30pm, U of T Athletic Centre (UTSG): LGBTQ Day of Movement. On Friday January 24, the U of T Athletic Centre will be full of amazing activities for LGBTQ students and friends! Join in this new Initiative bringing students together and connecting around our experiences with exercise and sports.

Jan 28, 7-9pm, Innis Town Hall (UTSG): Three Voices – Film Screen and Panel Discussion. Three Voices is a documentary that invites the viewer into a powerful and intimate dialogue with three young adults who talk about the experience of living with mental illness.  Join us for a free screening of this important documentary, followed by a panel discussion, including Asante Haughton, one of the “voices” in the film, along with Alicia Raimundo and Rachel Cooper, two additional courageous and inspiring voices.

Jan 29, 5-9pm, The Meeting Place (UTSC): 5th Annual Rainbow Tie Gala – Ribbons and Rainbows: Celebrating our Legacy!  Last year, the Gala attracted about 500 Students, Staff, Faculty Members, and Community Members. The event is based on joining together as one large community to celebrate all of the differences between us, with a focus on sexuality and gender.   All are welcomed and the Gala is at no cost to attend- please just show up! As for what to wear, you are welcomed to come as you are, or dress as you would for a Gala event. We do suggest wearing some colour- rainbow ties are encouraged! For those of you coming from UTM or St George Campus, Allison and Scott will be meeting anyone who is interested in travelling together at the SGDO (21 Sussex). TTC tokens will be provided.  Contact Mike Plumton (Positive Space Faculty/Staff Chair) for more information:

UTSG Students: Leave the Pack Behind – Wouldurather Contest. Have you entered for a chance to win up to $2,500 cash yet? Everyone can sign up for Leave The Pack Behind’s wouldurather…contest. Just choose what you want to do – quit smoking, reduce how much you smoke, stop smoking when you drink, or just pledge to stay smoke-free if you’re a non-smoker. Perfect timing for a post-exam or New Year’s resolution goal! The contest starts January 27th. Registration for the contest opens Dec 1st! It’s easy, just follow the link:

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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.