Newsletter Archives — November 2017

Happening This November 2017

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. 

This November the ARCDO would like to acknowledge Trans Day of Remembrance on November 20 and the
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25.


The Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) Recognition Award –
Nominations Now Open!

The ARCDO wants to know about outstanding students, staff, or faculty promoting anti-racism on campus or in their communities for the 2018 IDERD Recognition Award! The IDERD Recognition Award and the joint IDERD Conference are a tri-campus campaign which 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.

Please stay tuned for information about the upcoming IDERD Conference in March 2018.

Please download and submit nomination forms.

The ARCDO’s drop in dialogue session, Unfiltered: Truth Talks, will be returning this November. The peer facilitated discussion group allows students to intimately and critically engage in conversations about race and its intersections. The sessions are held in the evening from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.

Scarborough Campus: Race and Gendered Violence November 15th, 2017
St. George Campus: Developing Literacy Around Privilege and Oppression November 22nd, 2017
Mississauga CampusInternalized Oppressions November 29th, 2017

For more information visit:

Campus Events


2017 Indigenous Education Week

Monday October 30 to Friday November 3, 2017

Commemorating First Nations House’s 25th anniversary, this educational series features activities, workshops and discussions about Indigenous art, culture, history and thought. This event is free and open to the public.

For information about event locations visit:

OISE/UT Enhancing Social Justice Education Project
Truth vs Post Truth, Fact vs Alt-Fact

Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 4:00 PM Registration; Program: 4:30 to 6:00
OISE Peace Lounge, 7th floor 252 Bloor Street West, Toronto

This event will engage with issues around propaganda, and the distortion of the facts concurrent with the rise of anti-semitism, Islamophobia, white supremacy, and the Holocaust denial. Greetings will be brought by Ministry of Education by Patrick Case, and Assistant Deputy Minister for the New Equity Education Secretariat and the panel will feature Prof. Bonnie Burstow (OISE), Bernie Farber (Former Executive Director, Mosaic Institute; former CEO, Canadian Jewish Congress), Azeezah Kanji (Director of Programming, Noor Cultural Centre, columnist Toronto Star) & Prof. Wesley Crichlow (School of Social & Humanities, U. of Ontario Institute of Technology). The event will also be moderated by Dr. Karen Mock – Former CEO Canadian Race Relations Foundation

For registration information visit:

Gender Talk: Remember Our Past. Supporting Our Future.

Friday, November 3, 2017 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
21 Sussex Avenue, Room 421

Gender Talk is a monthly conversation café for trans+ students at U of T. In honour of Trans Day of Remembrance, they will be covering ways to provide support within trans and non binary communities. This event is open to all members of the University who identify as trans, transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, non-binary, or questioning.

The “Men” in Mental Health? Implications of the Gender Epidemic in Social Work Research and Practice

Thursday November 9, 2017 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, 246 Bloor Street W., Room 548

Daphne C. Watkins, PhD, Associate Professor at the University of Michigan will be speaking on her research which explores the influence of gender role socialization on health and the application of these conversations to mental health and social work.

10th Annual Dalla Lana School of Public Health Student-led Conference
The Next 150: Resisting colonialism and (re) claiming Health on Turtle Island

Friday November 10 to Saturday November 11, 2017
155 College Street

Featuring a Mashikikii;aki’ing Learning Event and talks by Dr. Suzanne Stewart and Dr. Janet Smylie, the conference is focused on addressing topics of community resistance, land and food sovereignty, and the use of critical research to address issues of importance to Indigenous communities.

Tickets are available at:

2017 CIARS Workshop Symposium
150 for Whom, Canada? Colonialism and Indigeneity Across Canada

Saturday November 11, 2017 9:00 am to 8:30 pm
OISE, 252 Bloor Street West

The Centre for Integrative Anti-Racism Studies (CIARS) in collaboration with Equity Studies, and New College will be hosting an interactive workshop series geared toward critical dialogues, arts, and activism. These workshops will bring together academics, educators, activists, artists, and community organizers, foregrounding the themes of race, anti-racism, Indigeneity, and decolonization.

Tickets are available at:


UTMSU’s Annual eXpression Against Oppression (XAO)

Tuesday October 31 to Friday November 3, 2017

A critical and educational workshop series, XAO aims to raise awareness around the lived experience of oppression. Featuring Dennis Edney as this year’s keynote speaker, the event covers a range of issues through various mediums including workshops, discussions, and the arts.

Tickets are available at:


Trans is Beautiful: Justice, Survival, and Hearing

Thursday November 16 , 2017 3:30 to 5:30 pm

Hosted by Leon Tsai, External Coordinator of the UTSC Women’s and Trans Centre, and a proud Asian-Immigrant Transgender Woman, this workshop hopes to educate and bring awareness to the survival and healing of Transgender Women. Participants are invited to come with an open-mind, and be ready to learn about the current Trans Social Issues.

This event is free and accessible for all, and will include a Q&A following after.

External Community 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.)


Wednesday November 8, 2017 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm

A collaboration between the MUFF Society and Black Women Film!, the event encourages critical analysis through conversation by comparing and contrasting portrayals in the film with the experiences of women in the audience.

Tickets are available at:


November 10, 2017 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
20 Victoria St. 4th Floor, Board Room

Exploring the experiences of young black males and their navigation of mental health experiences and supports, Daphne C. Watkins, PhD, will unpack her research on these topics. Associate Professor at the University of Michigan Dr. Watkins has extensively researched the intersections of blackness, gender, and ability and will offer her insights on how to support young men with attention to these identities.


Wednesday November 15 to Saturday November 18
585 Dundas Street East

A free and open event, the film festival seeks to break down stereotypes by highlighting the experiences of people from diverse backgrounds, while creating a space for specific dialogues around poverty and public housing.


Sunday, November 19 at 12 PM – 5 PM
292 Brunswick Avenue

The first of its kind in Toronto, this zine fair aims to provide a space for Asian artists to showcase their work. In addition to artwork and zines, there will be live performances by local singers and stand-up comedians. This event is hosted by WAYF (Where Are You From Collective).
For more information about WAYF please visit:

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