Q21: A Conversation Café

Q21 event

Be part of the discussion.
Eat the snacks.

EVERY THURSDAY from 3:00 – 4:30 pm
In the 21 Sussex Lounge, rm. 421 (Lounge)

What is Q21?

Check out our Q21 Frequently Asked Questions!

Q21 is a weekly conversation café to discuss the questions you want to talk about. Connect with students and guest facilitators as we share our thoughts, experiences and the questions that keep running through our minds. Each week will have a theme, though everyone is welcome to share their ideas and bring questions.

Join us for our next session!

Each week will feature a new theme and guest facilitator! Visit the SGDO events calendar to see our upcoming sessions.

Frequently Asked Questions

How did Q21 begin?

Q21 started in October 2012 and emerged from discussions with students at the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office who were looking for a regular drop-in and social space to build connections around experiences and to engage with questions that have no easy answers.  We hosted an initial get-together to find out what the series should look like and came up with an initial set of themes and facilitators from the University and Toronto’s LGBTQ communities.  We knew there had to be food, so we always make sure to have a good selection of snacks, coffee and tea to go along with our conversation.

Who comes to Q21?

Anyone.  The people who attend Q21 change each week.  Some students will come regularly, and some only come during the week where the theme and conversation are of personal interest.  We usually bring together between 10 and 30 people.  Most attendees are undergrad students from their first year to final years with a wide range of identities, experiences and academic interests, though grad students, mature students and staff do also attend and join in the conversation.

Do I just show up?

Yes!  This is an open drop-in conversation café for anyone interested in attending.  We encourage everyone to show up at 3:00 pm, if you can. At that time, the facilitator will introduce themselves and encourage everyone to share their name.  After that, the facilitator will guide us in a conversation, though the direction really depends on the people present.   The conversation wraps up at 4:30, but students are encouraged to remain in the lounge to hang out, chat informally and enjoy the remaining snacks.

Are there any rules?

We don’t have rules for the group, but we do have guidelines we like to follow.  We encourage people to speak from their own experiences and understanding, and try to avoid generalizing about the experiences of others.  Some people will share personal information, so we ask that everyone respect what is being shared and keep it confidential.  We expect that all participants work together to build a space of mutual respect, safety, trust and learning for everyone.

What if I want to speak with someone one-on-one about a topic being discussed?

If you want to talk about what is being discussed, but do not feel comfortable sharing in the group, or there was something shared in the group you would like to discuss further, you can contact the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office.

What if I have a theme I would like to suggest for Q21?

If you have an idea for a Q21 discussion, you are encouraged to attend a session and chat with the host or one of the student staff or volunteers after the session.  If you are unable to attend, you can email us.