Newsletter Archives — September 2017

What’s New for September 2017

We would like to welcome all of the students commencing and returning to their studies this Fall!

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. 

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) Recognition Award –
Call for Nominations Open September 15!

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.

Positions Available: ARCDO Work Study Students for Fall 2017

ARCDO is currently accepting applications for Work Study Students for the position of program assistant. If you’re passionate about anti-racism and equity work, public education, and event planning, then you may be a fit for this position. Deadline for applications are Sept 15th, 2017. For more information visit,

Moving Forward Together: Task Force on Race and Indigeneity

The Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education is presently accepting applications for the Task Force on Race and Indigeneity. Participation is open to undergraduates, graduates, alumni, staff, faculty, and community members. This task force will focus on enhancing opportunities in academic curriculum, sport and recreation programming, hiring practices for faculty, staff and students, and allocation of resources. The deadline for applications isSeptember 22nd, 2017.


This September, OPIRG Toronto will be offering informative and critical events connecting the campus to community issues.

Dis-Orientation Week

This week long event of workshops, talks, and presentations offers students an orientation towards social issues, social justice, and various mediums for activism. For more information please visit,

What’s Left? Coalition Building and Countering the Alt-Right, September 30th to October 1st 10 AM – 8 PM at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, 252 Bloor Street

OPIRG Toronto and the Toronto Research and Action Community Exchange will be hosting a symposium to discuss contemporary and local social issues and ways to utilize university resources in their social justice work. Students will have a chance to learn about the many groups doing work on campus and in their communities, as well as how to get involved.

ASL-Interpretation, Captioning and Lunch Provided. For more information please visit the event page at


#Team88 will be on display at the U of T Scarborough Campus at the Dorothy McCarthy Gallery. The display calls to attention to the role sports can play in Truth and Reconciliation efforts as well as the social and health benefits of sports to Indigenous communities. This display is up until September 17th, 2017.

External Community Events

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Sept 20th to Sept 24th 2017, Toronto, Toronto Palestine Film Festival
The Toronto Palestine Film Festival explores the various cultural aspects of Palestinian culture through media. For more information about tickets and film submissions, please visit

Sept 28th to Sept 30th 2017, Toronto, Creative Times Summit: Of Homelands and Revolution
The 10th annual Creative Summit is coming to Toronto! Exploring the intersections of art and politics, the Creative Summit is a great opportunity for artists, activists, and those passionate about social change to share ideas and engage with critical issues. Special guests have included Alicia Garza. For more information please visit,

Sept 19th, 2017 6:30 pm, Toronto, Olive and Palmyra: Resistance, Art, & the Archive in Sri Lanka & Palestine
Presented by: Sri Lanka Series
Join Rohini Mohan, author of The Seasons of Trouble: Life Amid the Ruins of Sri Lanka’s Civil War and moderator May El-Abdallah for an intimate dialogue about contemporary social issues in Sri Lanka and tackling social justice in a transnational context. Exploring questions, like a writer’s role in documenting resistance and conflict, this event will address the ethics and the responsibilities of journalism.

Sept 2nd to Sept 3rd , Woodbine Mall and Fantasy Fair, Toronto Jamaica Day Food and Music Festival
Two full days of festivities and fun, the Jamaica Day Food and Music Festival is a celebration of Jamaican food, music, dance, and culture. For more information about the event and tickets, please visit

Sept 1st to Sept 4th, Mel Lastman SquareToronto Hispanic Fiesta
The Fiesta is a free 4 day event celebrating Latin American and Spanish culture. Celebrating their 36th anniversary, the event boasts over 300 performers from 20 different Latin American countries. Come and enjoys displays of Latin American heritage, food, and music.

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