Newsletter Archives — January 2015

What’s New for January 2015

Happy New Year from the ARCDO! 
We wish you all the best for 2015 and the winter term.

The2015 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).

We Belong! Equity, Diversity & Inclusion in Toronto’s Municipal Election

Please join us for a panel discussion on the hateful incidents and discriminatory climate in the last Toronto municipal election. The panelists will share their experiences of racism, homophobia, Islamophobia, and sexism and discuss why they ran, how the climate in our city allowed these incidents to happen, and their vision for a more diverse, equitable and inclusive city. This will be followed by small reflective group discussions.

Panel discussion with: Olivia Chow, former Mayoral candidate; Ausma Malik, TDSB Trustee, Trinity-Spadina; Munira Abukar, former City Council candidate; Krystin Wong-Tam, Ward 27 City Councillor
Moderated by Alejandra Bravo, Maytree

Monday, January 19
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Main Activity Hall, 2nd Floor
Koffler House, 569 Spadina Ave

All are welcome. No registration is required.

For more information, please see attached poster and visit:

Presented by: Centre for Community Partnerships
Supported by: Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office, Equity Studies Students’ Union, Maytree, Multi-Faith Centre, Sexual & Gender Diversity Office, University of Toronto Students’ Union

For more information contact:

Rebecca Wolfe
Coordinator, Community Development
Centre for Community Partnerships, University of Toronto
569 Spadina Ave, Suite 315B
Tel: 416.946.3758

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:

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.)

January 13, 4 – 5 pm, Hart House (UTSG): Stories of Advocacy: Racialized Borders and Racialized Barriers to Education. With Sandra Carnegie Douglas, U of T Anti-Racism Officer and Kim Uyede-Kai, Intercultural Relations the United Church of Canada. There are four lectures in this People of Faith and Conscience working for Social Justice series. All welcome. Refreshments.

January 14, 6 – 7:30 pm, Faculty Club (UTM): Let’s Talk Culture Shock. Whether you’re new to Canada or new to UTM, leaving home and starting university is a major transition. Join us on Wednesday 14 January, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm in the Faculty Club for an interactive session on adjusting to a new culture, understanding the ups and downs, and identifying strategies for success. Register now at Brought to you in collaboration with UTM Residence Council.

January 20, 4 – 5:30 pm, Hart House (UTSG): Stories of Advocacy: Water — A Right or a Commodity? Join a conversation exploring how individuals and communities are making a difference for good in the world. There are four lectures in this People of Faith and Conscience working for Social Justice series. All welcome. Refreshments.

January 21, 3 – 4:30 pm, Student Centre 250 (UTM): EDO Conversation Café — Gender and Sexuality. The EDO Convo Café, a monthly conversation space that welcomes all students, staff, and faculty to discuss equity and human rights issues on campus, in Canada, and around the world. Each month, this casual dialogue will be centered on a different topic, discussed through an intersectional lens. This will be a safer space on an open drop-in basis where different voices are welcomed to engage with important topics. The theme for January is gender and sexuality and Scott Clarke and Kathy Mac will be co-facilitating our conversation. *NOTE: If you are attending and require accommodation(s), please e-mail edo.utm@utoronto.cadirectly to make appropriate arrangements.*

January 26 to 31, various times, (UTM): UTMSU Presents Multicultural Week! UTMSU is proud to give you Multicultural Week 2015!! This is going to be a week filled of fun and lots of memories. UTM is a very diverse campus and this whole week will be dedicated to honouring the different places around that world that our students come from! All the events for this week are FREE, except for the Cultural show and Global Gala!!

January 27, 4 – 5:30 pm, Hart House (UTSG): Stories of Advocacy: The Feminist Movement. With Cheri Denova, Member of Provincial Parliament for Parkdale-High Park and Alia Hogben, Executive Director, Canadian Council of Muslim Women. There are four lectures in this People of Faith and Conscience working for Social Justice series. All welcome. Refreshments.

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