SGDO End-of-Term Update and Invitation

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The Sexual & Gender Diversity Office will be hosting their annual End-of-Term Social on December 5th from 3:00 – 5:00 pm recognizing the work of U of T’s vibrant LGBTQ communities.

All University of Toronto students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend the social to gather before the end of term, decorate sugar cookies and reflect on the term. Below are some of the project highlights that the SGDO has been involved in organizing this term with the support of countless students, staff and faculty, and some programs to look forward to this winter.

FALL 2013 HIGHLIGHTS

    New Website: A new SGDO website was launched in September 2013 featuring an updated design, events calendar and expanded information on U of T’s equity and diversity policies and resources.
    Rainbow Cupcakes: This SGDO hosted a new Orientation Week event with KickStart that brought 50 first year students to the office to discuss LGBTQ student opportunities at U of T and decorate delicious cupcakes with upper-year students, staff and faculty.
    Queer Orientation: The SGDO was proud to collaborate with 21 organizations across all three U of T campuses to bring back annual highlights and showcase new events and partnerships throughout the 39 unique Queer Orientation events that ran from September 20 – 30th, 2013.
    Q21: A Conversation Café: Q21 returned this October bringing students together each Thursday from 3:00 – 4:30 to discuss questions in a welcoming and open space. This term, new facilitators joined Q21 to engage students in conversations around themes including: Coming Out, Stress & Anxiety, Sex Education, Healing & Hope and more.
    SGDO Field Trip to “Killjoy’s Kastle: A Lesbian Feminist Haunted House”: Halloween in Toronto will never be the same after Allison Mitchell launched this unique interactive art installation bringing to life the ghosts of lesbian feminist history. The SGDO arranged for a private tour with Mitchell on October 27 attended by 40 students, staff and faculty.
    HIV-Positive Student Discussion Group: Responding to the request of students and the Positive Youth Outreach Program at the AIDS Committee of Toronto, the SGDO organized a focus group in October for HIV-Positive students, and those affected by HIV to come together and discuss their experiences. The group will continue monthly starting in January.
    Queer Students of Colour Discussion: During Queer Orientation, a discussion for queer students of colour was attended by 22 engaged students who requested an ongoing series on campus to discuss connections between their racial, cultural, sexual and gender identities. Thanks to the work of Jeff, Kayla, Kathy and the Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office for their work in bringing this project together.

LOOKING AHEAD

    LGBTQ Day of Movement (January 22): Get your move on this winter during a full day of amazing activities for LGBTQ students to take part in at the U of T Athletic Centre. This day is being organized by a team of engaged students and the SGDO, Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education and Move U. Find all the details on the event page as they are released.
    Lead with Pride (January 31 & February 1): The annual LGBTQ student leadership conference returns, organized by VicPride!, the SGDO and a student committee. More information and student applications will be available before the break (limited spots available). If you are interested in facilitating a workshop this year, fill out an application before December 16.
    Washroom Inclusivity Project (February & March): The SGDO has established this equity partnership offering over 100 volunteer positions for students to work together on an inventory of St. George campus washrooms looking for single-user facilities, accessibility features, footbaths for Muslim students who pray and baby change stations to update an online map. We’ll have more information and the volunteer application form available soon.
    Q21 Continues: Starting January 9, Q21 will be back to with weekly conversations! Join us for the first session discussing experiences and hopes around the theme of “Families.” Themes for this winter are being selected now; please contact the SGDO if you have a suggestion.
    Queer Students of Colour & HIV-Positive Student Discussion Group Continues: Stay tuned for the next Queer Students of Colour Discussions and HIV-Positive Student Discussion Groups in January. If you would like to be updated about these groups, or have any questions, please contact the Sexual & Gender Diversity Office.

THANK YOU

The SGDO would like to recognize the endless work of student groups, Positive Space Committees and engaged students, staff and faculty across all three campuses that collaborate with the office and ensure that equity programming is happening across the University. Join the SGDO this this Thursday in recognition of the work that has been done, and discussions that build towards new opportunities.