Newsletter Archives — October 2014

What’s New for October 2014


Let us collectively celebrate this important milestone for the campus and for U of T as a whole.  UTSC’s growth from 191 students when it welcomed its first full-time student body in 1965 to today where it boasts over 11,000 undergraduate students (of which, 10,521 students are enrolled as full-time equivalents) is just one example of  how  UTSC has evolved in the  past five decades. Read more…

UNFILTERED: Truth talks at UTSG, UTM & UTSC!Unfiltered: Truth Talks

UNFILTERED — the ARCDO drop-in program — returns this month with discussions happening at both UTSG and UTM! UNFILTERED is a space for students, facilitated by students, to openly discuss race, culture, creed and their intersections. Now in its second year, UNFILTERED is expanding to include tri-campus discussions. Discussions will take place monthly on the St. George campus (October to February) and once per term at UTM (October & January) and UTSC (November & February).

Come through, connect and build community!

Refreshments will be provided.

UTSG — in partnership with Woodsworth College
Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 – 3pm to 4:30pm
Waters Lounge, Woodsworth College Residence
321 Bloor St. West, First Floor
Facebook Event Page

UTM — in partnership with the Equity & Diversity Office
Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 – 4pm to 5:30pm
Davis Building, Room 3138
Facebook Event Page

UTSC — November 2014
Look out for more information on our Facebook page!

Ulead Anti-Racism Training Open to All Students!

Difficult Conversations: Opening Minds and Spaces 
Presenter: Nataleah Hunter-Young, Program Coordinator, Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office

What is anti-racism? How can you, as a student leader, help advance anti-racism through your club and events? Participants in this session will build on basic understandings of race and racism and discuss key strategies for creating safer and more inclusive spaces for dialogue. How do we work through and across differences? How can we challenge each other in constructive ways that support a common goal? How do we anticipate and recognize the signs of exclusion? Join us as we explore these questions and more.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Identify some of the challenges from current and past semesters that have led to conflict and exclusion within the group.
  2. Review individual and club goals, as it pertains to advancing anti-racism and creating more inclusive spaces going forward.
  3. Explore anti-racist strategies for inclusion.


Thursday October 9, 2014 2–3:30 PM
Wednesday November 12, 2014 3:30–5 PM
Koffler Student Centre, Room 313
Register Here (at the bottom of the page)

More Events

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October 1, 4 pm – 5 pm, Multi-Faith Centre (UTSG): Muffin Madness. Build community with no agenda! Come join the fun! Each academic term the Multi-Faith Centre facilitates Muffin Madness, an event where all students are welcome to escape their academic commitments to chat with amazing people and eat delicious muffins. We encourage all students to come out and bring a friend for great conversation and snacks!

October 1, 5 pm – 7 pm, TBA (UTSC): Screening “La Classe de neige” by Claude Miller. The French Student Association and the Centre for French and Linguistics are pleased to announce the free viewing of French movie: La Classe de neige by Claude Miller. For room information, please contact

October 2, 8 pm, TPASC (UTSC): U of T Varsity Blues Basketball at TPASC. The U of T Varsity Blues will play a home game at the brand new Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre (TPASC) at UTSC. On Thursday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m. the U of T Varsity Blues will take on Laval Rouge. Admission is free. A free t-shirt will be given to the first 1,000 fans in attendance. A former Toronto Raptor will also be in attendance. The game is open to the public and we invite you to join us for an exciting game while enjoying the incredible new TPASC facility. Come out and support the Varsity Blues!

October 3, 9:00am-10:15am, Multi-Faith Centre (UTSG): Free Breakfast. Breakfast parfait with the taste of fall (think apples)! Vegan (organic where possible). Brought to you by the UTSU Blue Crew and the Multi-Faith Centre
More fall dates: October 31, November 28.

October 3, Multi-Faith Centre (UTSG): Jewish-Muslim Visual Art Exhibit Call for submission Deadline Oct 3rd! Beyond Calligraphy: Jewish and Muslim Artists Explore Texts and Contexts. Artists are asked to explore the relationship between art and the textual tradition of their faith or beliefs. $150 1st Prize, $75 2nd Prize, $50 3rd Prize.

October 6, 11:30 am – 3 pm, UTSC: It’s a celebration! UTSC turns 50. Please join us in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the University of Toronto Scarborough! We have a fun filled day planned to help celebrate 50 years of excellence in education. There will be live music, games, dance performances, buskers, food trucks, DJ booth, Yoga on the lawn, special guests and more. Free souvenirs and cupcakes.

October 6, 4 pm – 7 pm, Davis 3130 (UTM): Inter-Faith Dialogue Training. Interested in facilitating inter-faith dialogue? Learn techniques that will help you become a more efficient mediator in navigating issues of religious diversity. If you wish, you will also have the opportunity to work toward a Certificate in Religious Diversity Dialogue from the Multi-Faith Centre at U of T, which includes participation in two community service events and reflection sessions of your experiences.

October 7, 11 am – 2 pm, The Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport (UTSG): Goldring Sneak Peak. The Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport and Back Campus Fields are opening their doors to the entire University of Toronto community. On October 7, you are invited to stop by for a sneak peek of our new spaces. Activities*, food, prizes and giveaways will be available at both locations and from Bloor to Harbord along Devonshire. Come see the facilities that are making history!

October 7, 5:30 pm – 7 pm, Harvest Noon (UTSG): 1000DinnersTO. 1000 Dinners TO is part of a wider initiative happening across the city. The aim is to engage “Torontonians” in non-partisan discussions about how we can make our city a better place to grow and thrive. What if Toronto gathered and held  “1000Dinners” while having these engaging discussions! The goal of participating in #1000DinnersTO is to talk about social issues in the city of Toronto, and focus on solutions that we can actively engage in to address these issues. This is a chance for everyone to be heard! We will be recording and taking notes of the dialogue and sending it to the organizers, where they will compile ALL the conversations that happened that evening in a “city report”. Regardless of familiarity with social issues in the city, we are here to cultivate an environment of learning and sharing in community!

October 9, 3 pm – 4:30 pm, 21 Sussex (UTSG): Q21 Conversation Café. Q21: A Conversation Café is your weekly opportunity to connect with students and guest facilitators about the topics on our mind. Whether you’re in first year or are a returning student, it can often be difficult to find new places to hang out, opportunities to discuss the things your questioning, and make connections with new students—especially with school, work, family, and additional commitments!

October 15, 6 pm – 7 pm, U of T Art Centre (UTSG): Screening of “The New Black”. A screening of The New Black (2013, 30 mins), a documentary by Yoruba Richen, the 2011–2012 Robert Giard Foundation Fellowship recipient. The New Black explores the intersections of gay rights and civil rights in the recent political landscape of the United States.

October 16, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm, Multi-Faith Centre (UTSG): Street Walk with the Homeless. Explore Toronto’s streets from a perspective that is not mentioned in any travel guide! Our guide, a former homeless person, will take us downtown Toronto which involves walking through the downtown core and visiting key sites.

October 25, 9 am – 5 pm, Multi-Faith Centre (UTSG): The Elements Experiment Conference: Religion, the Secular, and Public Spaces. The purpose of the conference is to help create a shared intellectual space where diversity of knowledge styles and communication methods, including the arts, come together in discussion of religion, the secular, and public spaces in Canada. The conference will provide an opportunity to engage the perspectives of young people on religion, the secular, and public spaces. Please share this notice widely with young adults 18–30. The conference is facilitated by graduate students in the Department for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto.

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