Newsletter Archives — January 2016

What’s New for January 2016

Welcome back everyone! It’s a new year and the world is filled with possibility. Make anti-racism part of your new year’s intentions by participating in one of the ARCDO’s many events this term. Students are welcome to participate in our Unfiltered Dialogue or the Race and Faith discussions taking place at all three campuses. All staff, students and faculty are encouraged to submit nomination for the U of T International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) Award.

Submit a Nomination for IDERD 2016!

The University of Toronto would like to recognize students, faculty and staff doing anti-racism work. Do you know someone on campus who’s doing anti-racism work? Then this call is for you. Submit a nomination to recognize a member of the University of Toronto community doing anti-racism work. The deadline for nominations is February 12, 2016.

Winter Unfiltered Truth Talks

The Unfiltered Truth Talks are an opportunity for students to explore questions they have about racism, oppression and social justice, which occur in and outside of the classroom. These drop-in groups are peer facilitated, informal and offer free flowing discussions. Each session has a theme and is flexible enough for students to bring in whatever interests them. The sessions take place across all three campuses and light refreshments will be served.

  • Scarborough Campus – “Solidarity/Allyship”, February 1st in the Ralph Campbell Lounge, 5 pm to 6 pm
  • Mississauga Campus – “Internalized Racism,” January 20th in CCT 3000, 5:30 pm to 7 pm
  • St. George Campus – “Lateral Violence,” February 10th in Senior Commons Room in W.E., 5 pm to 6:30

Winter Race and Faith Dialogs

The ARCDO hosts a series of dialogues for students to discuss and explore issues of race and faith, how these issues intersect to impact their lives on and off campus. These sessions take place on all three campuses and are peer facilitated. The theme for this term’s sessions are “Navigating Faith, Race and Sexuality.” Come out to the Race and Faith Dialogues for a lively and meaningful conversation and some light refreshments.

  • Scarborough Campus – February 8th in the Ralph Campbell Lounge, 5 pm to 6:30 pm
  • Mississauga Campus – February 3rd in CCT 3000, from 5:30 pm to – 7 pm
  • St. George Campus – February 11th in Senior Commons Room in W.E., 5pm to 6:30 pm

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 11 to May 6, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm, Centre for International Experience, 33 St. George St: Vegan Lunch! 6 BUCKS FOR A HUGE MOUNTAIN OF DELICIOUS. Starting January 2016, we will come with 50 take-out containers in themo-delivery bags to 33 St. George and distribute them to the first 50 UofT students/staff daily MON-FRI between 11:30-1:30PM & it’s with love from the Bhakti Yoga Club!

January 14, 7 pm – 9 pm, Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street EastThe Spirit of Social Change: Documentary Screening & Discussion. Join us for the screening of our short documentary “The Spirit of Social Change,” followed by a panel discussion with the director Tendisai Cromwell and two activists featured in the film, Simon Black and Nayani Thiyagarajah. The discussion will be moderated by CBC journalist Pacinthe Mattar, producer at The Current.

January 18, 12 pm – 1:30 pm, Life Management Series: Stuck in the Middle – Juggling School and Family Life. “Stuck in the Middle” is a self-discovery session on dealing with constant challenges of having family responsibilities, working and being a student. Please register early, space is limited! All University of Toronto students are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

Wednesday, Jan 20, 4 pm – 6 pm, Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, 1 Devonshire Place
Public Issues Forum: Resource Development and Indigenous Peoples. The panelists are Douglas Sanderson, Faculty of Law, U of T; Rauna Kuokkanen, Departments of Aboriginal Studies and Political Science, U of T; David Parker, CIRDI Vancouver; and The Hon. Bob Rae, Lawyer, Political Leader, and Advisor to the Matawa Chiefs Tribal Council. The event will be moderated by Stephen Toope, Director, Munk School of Global Affairs and Peggy Kohn, Acting Director, Centre for Ethics.

January 22, 10 am – 11 am, Varsity Arena, 299 Bloor Street West: Family Skate (PA Day). Join us for some winter fun on ice! Bring your own skates (some adult skates will be available to borrow), helmets and good spirits. CSA approved helmets are mandatory for children and one adult wearing skates must be on the ice at all times with their child. Free hot chocolate will be provided. Please register by email: up to January 19 and include your name, U of T status and ages of all participating family members.

January 29 – 30, Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle: Equity Summit 2016. This year’s Equity Summit will consist of a series of workshops designed to promote equity and intersectionality. It will provide an opportunity for participants to learn about, and engage in issues of equity and anti-oppression within the University campus and the community at large. This event is FREE! FREE LUNCH & DINNER will also be served on Friday and Saturday! If you require accessibility services or accommodations, please do not hesitate to email us at

February 19 – 20, Ryerson University, 350 Victoria Street (POD 250): Anti-Black Racism: Criminalization, Community and Resistance Conference. The Anti-Black Racism Network is pleased to announce its two day conference at Ryerson University to advance the scholarship on social issues facing Black Canadians. The conference will foster meaningful and sustainable ways of addressing these problems by bringing together leading academics, community members and organizers, students, human services providers, policy makers, and artists across Canada. Register early to Secure space.

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