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The Vice-President Campus Life works to improve the social lives of all students. They oversee Orientation and Frost Week, and host smaller events throughout the year. They also provide support to student clubs. Stuart Norton, Vice-President Campus Life can be reached at: vpcampuslife@utsu.ca.
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Come by the Socialist Fightback table at the U of T Clubs Carnival and get active with the Marxists on campus! The capitalist system is at an impasse. It has not been able to recover from the financial collapse of 2008 or solve any of the world's most fundemental problems. This has resulted in increasing polarization of society to the left and right as people search for solutions to the crisis. While we have seen a rise of racism, xenophobia and discrimination toward LGBTQ communities along with the development of white supremacist and embryonic fascist formations emboldened by the election of Trump, these reactionary layers are outnumbered by the hundreds of thousands and millions of workers and youth around the world who are reaching revolutionary conclusions. The pressing task now is to get organized! Socialist Fightback at U of T fights for socialism as the only alternative to capitalist crisis and reaction. We seek to educate students in the ideas of Marxism, organize on campus for free education and for democratic student and worker control of our campuses, and to intervene in various social movements. If you agree with the need for revolutionary socialist change or you want to learn more, come pick up some of our literature and talk to us about how to get involved! When: Wednesday, September 6th Time: 3-7pm Where: Kings College Circle, U of T St George Campus Contact: Jessica @ 647-378-1385
Sep
06
club event

Socialist Fightback at U of T Clubs Carnival

Hosted by University of Toronto Socialist Fightback Students
What are you capable of? That question is what activists must use to find a way forward; the current global context of urgency calls for more than conventional tactics, what is needed is a vision for winning and transferring power to the people. This series of events invites activists, organizers, and artists to organize around a new tactic to build a viable progressive alternative for the world. Imagine a movement that moves from country to country winning power and transferring sovereignty to the People directly by carrying out a unified agenda of radical democracy and environmental sustainability. The seeds of such a movement have already begun sowing themselves; with a number of movement-parties springing up across the globe and now even winning power, such as Podemos in Spain, Pirate Party in Iceland, the Aam Aadmi Party in India, and the pan-European movement DiEM25. These examples provide a new model for us to build upon as activists to realize the social change we aspire to. We propose to build a global movement-party with a unified agenda. On Oct 14th we're calling on activists to hold 'REBEL ELECTIONS' in every major city to vote on a Unified Citizen's Agenda and start a campaign to gain ballot access globally by gathering a million signatures in every country. Then, let's create a map of wherever the nearest elections are taking place across the world and organize to win power as a global Alliance of the People. In the same way that a big splash doesn’t make a tsunami, scattered actions don't make a movement. It's time we united to unleash the creative spirit of humanity by becoming the founders of a planetary People’s takeover. We’re in the midst of the greatest change humanity has ever experienced. What’s your part? *We will be hosting these organizing events for these upcoming dates: September 7th, 13th, 20th, 27th Wanna vibe with us? Find us on our social media where you can sign up with our movement here: Open letter to activists: https://medium.com/@whatisprojectalter/activists-were-building-a-global-party-6cc9a0d522c8 Facebook - @WhatisProjectAlter Twitter - @ProjectALTERCAN http://thealternativealliance.weebly.com/
Sep
07
club event

Activist Strategy Circle #2 - The Alliance

Hosted by Leap UofT
Interested in technology or consulting? Heading off to PEY? Want to network with representatives from Accenture? Come to the WISE Meet & Greet with Accenture on September 14th from 6-8pm in GB202! Accenture representatives who work in both technology and consulting will be coming to UofT to share their experiences with the company. Find out more about opportunities at Accenture and network with company representatives! The event will start with a presentation from Accenture, then there will be 4 networking rotations. There will be 5 tables that students will rotate between, each with 2 company representatives and 10-15 students. During each rotation, the representatives will introduce themselves, discuss a specific topic (e.g. their career journeys, resume tips, etc.), and answer questions. There will also be a freestyle networking session at the end. This is a free event (however, a $15 fee will be charged on eventbrite and reimbursed when you sign in at the event). Please note that spots are limited and the deadline to sign up on eventbrite is September 13th at 11pm. Feel free to bring your resume to the event, or send it to vp.profdev@wiseuoft.org and we will pass it on to Accenture. Schedule: 6:00-6:15: Registration and refreshments 6:15-6:30: Presentation on opportunities at Accenture 6:30-6:45: Rotation 1 6:45-7:00: Rotation 2 7:00-7:15: Rotation 3 7:15-7:30: Rotation 4 7:30-8:00: Freestyle networking
Sep
14
club event

WISE Meet & Greet with Accenture

Hosted by Women in Science and Engineering
DisOrientation Week is an annual alternative orientation week hosted by Opirg Toronto in conjunction and collaboration with other campus groups and collectives. This years DisOrientation Week is presented in partnership with the Arts and Science Students' Union, Leap Chapter UofT, Sba Centre, University of Toronto, Graduate Students' Union - UTGSU, and the Fight for $15 & Fairness - UofT. All DisO events are free and open to both students and the community. We strive to hold all events in barrier free spaces and specific access info is included with each event. Please note that as part of this we ask that attendees not wear cologne, perfume, body sprays or aftershave in order to make the space accessible to those with chemical sensitivities. If you have any questions, comments or concerns around accessibility please contact racheleopirgto(at)gmail.com. Please note that if you require ASL Interpretation for a session you must let us know no later than September 1st. You may reach out to us to request ASL by emailing opirg.toronto(at)gmail.com or racheleopirgto(at)gmail.com. This year’s Disorientation Week focuses on the solidarity work and organizing that comes forth from bodies that refuse to remain idle. Our friends and family, our colleagues and comrades, and most importantly. Our own. When we begin experimenting, great things can materialize. The act of making our lived experiences physical breathes life into what would otherwise be just theory. But whats trickier is doing the same with our solidarity work. How do we communicate about each others struggle using art? This years DisO blends the worlds of art, social justice, DIY, and interactive planning to bring to life our collective struggles against transphobia, racism, classism, and other intersecting oppressions. Making the routine into something radical, utilizing the material to tell stories and convey our community’s struggles. The resistance will be televised, zined, painted, written, published and more! Solidarity work can take many forms. For some of us, the best way to express a commitment to one another, what we believe in and what we are passionate about is through our art and the material. Yet we regularly frame solidarity work as a matter of opinion, loudspeaker rants and theory. We need to take a better look at how and where the arts and DIY culture fits into the larger mosaic of solidarity work, whether we are talking about students and workers rights or Indigenous sovereignty work. We will explore, how art and the act of building, writing, drawing, and making things can both maintain and help dismantle oppressive systems that works against the interests of larger communities with which we fight alongside. Note: This years DisOrientation Week will be structured and focused on hands on, arts, DIY, skillsharing and participatory workshops from September 18th - 22nd. Tokens and light snacks will be provided and all workshops are free and open to all and are aheld in fully accessible spaces. If you have any questions, concerns or require American Sign Language Interpretation, childcare or any other access related services not listed please contact our Volunteer and Programming Coordinator Rachele at racheleopirgto@gmail.com //////////////////////////////////GET INVOLVED\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ Callout for Volunteers for Disorientation 2017 Organizing Committee OPIRG Toronto is looking for Volunteers to help coordinate Disorientation 2017! DisOrientation Week: DisOrientation is an alternative orientation week that educates students about social and environmental justice issues while fostering student activism and connecting campus and community issues. The full event lasts for a week and includes panels, workshops, performances and other events intended to expose students and community members to critical analysis, insight and research about a range of social and environmental justice campaigns. OPIRG Toronto is looking for volunteers and like minded ​campus organizations ​interested in collaborating ​ to help make the next DisO week our best one yet. Are you passionate about social and environmental justice? Are you interested in learning more about political campaigns happening here in Toronto and around the province? Are you involved with a student service or campus group thats looking to host social or environmental justice themed programming for the new school year? Looking to develop your organizing skills while getting involved in campus politics and/or community organizing? We want you! Here are some specific roles for interested volunteers: • Event Logistics - Set-up and clean up at events - Moderating and/or liaising with facilitators about workshop needs • Outreach & Promotion - Tabling at clubs day and outreach at campus events - Distributing flyers at community events - Postering on and off campus - Assisting with publicizing Disorientation through online social media and listservs - Assisting with coordinating class talks promoting Disorientation • Media - Liasing with any media interested in recording or writing about events - Video or audio recording our events - Photographing events for the Disorientation archives. To get involved in organizing Disorientation 2017, please fill out the volunteer form here. https://goo.gl/forms/FdpohlMwkul0Baio2 Events Schedule: Monday 11am - 1pm Telling Stories of Resistance: Writing as Decolonial Practice A Writing Workshop by UofT Divest 1pm - 3pm Break + Social 4pm - 6:30pm Indigenous Art as Resistance (w/ Arts and Science Students' Union and Indigenous Studies Students' Union - University of Toronto https://www.facebook.com/events/1541398269232031/ Tuesday 10:30am - 12:30pm Resisting Ableism in Activism; Working Towards Inclusive Community Organizing w/ Sba Centre https://www.facebook.com/events/326132991130979/ 1pm - 3pm Break + Social 5pm - 7pm Productive Slacktivism: Social Media as the New Political Space w/ Muslim Students' Association @ University of Toronto Wednesday 11am - 1pm Get On Your Soap Box w/ Fight for $15 & Fairness - UofT https://www.facebook.com/events/329622250833971/ 1pm - 3pm Taking the LEAP w/ Leap Chapter UofT https://www.facebook.com/events/2075632362657900/ 3pm - 5pm Break + Social 5pm - 7pm Upping the Anti and Opirg Toronto Present DIY Publishing! https://www.facebook.com/events/1819092325070525/ Thursday 11am - 1pm How to Make Your Own Radio Documentary (w/ Asad Ismi and Kristin) https://www.facebook.com/events/809152429262331/ 1pm - 3pm Break + Social 3pm - 5pm Collaging and Zine making for Women of Colour w/ Opirg Toronto 5pm - 7pm Top Five Myths - Education, Access, International Students, and Mental Health w/ University of Toronto, Graduate Students' Union - UTGSU Friday 2pm - 6pm Collaborative Arts Social w/ Opirg Toronto, Sba Centre, Arts and Science Students' Union, University of Toronto, Graduate Students' Union - UTGSU, Leap Chapter UofT, and Fight for $15 & Fairness - UofT https://www.facebook.com/events/343015852806657/
Sep
18
club event

DisO 2017 Art of Solidarity

Hosted by Leap UofT
***Room 5170*** The past year has been a terrifying political moment. In a world in which the world’s largest greenhouse-gas emitting nation is led by a climate change denier, and our own prime minister is determined to work with him on forcing through the Keystone XL pipeline; in which words like “fascism” have re-entered mainstream political discourse and words like “reconciliation” don’t quite seem sufficient to cover them up; in which Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday while the government fails to respect the most basic requirements of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and our own university continues to invest in the fossil fuel corporations that extract on stolen land, it may seem that those who would stand up to destruction and oppression are losing ground on every front. But this is also a moment for hope--hope that we can seize this moment of crisis and the burgeoning spirit of resistance, imagine a different way forward, and make that vision a reality. Before the last federal election, representatives from Canadian labour groups, environmental organizations, Indigenous activists, and other social movements came together to create a consensus document, the Leap Manifesto: a plan for a just transition to a sustainable economy, that takes direct aim at the intertwined, roots of the climate crisis and the economic, racial, and colonial injustices that our profit-driven system continues to perpetuate. Leap UofT is the Leap’s local campus chapter. We’re relaunching UofT’s fossil fuel divestment campaign in September, but we also understand that saying “no” to what we don’t want--to dirty investments, to an extractive, exploitative economy--is not enough. So we’re using the opportunity provided by DisOrientation as a platform to create a vision of the university, and the world, that we do want. This year’s DisO theme is “The Art of Solidarity,” and the art we will be exploring here is that of narrative. In the face of the austerity logic that allows educational institutions to be run like corporations, how can we build a different story? On Wednesday, September 20, from 1-3pm, we will be holding a collaborative gathering to localize the Leap. After an introduction to climate justice organizing, and using the fifteen demands of the original Manifesto for inspiration, we will work together to draw up a similar list that is specific to the UofT campus, a shared set of values that would facilitate solidarity organizing and putting pressure on the university administration. The draft “UofT Leap Manifesto” will be sent to all participants for a round of editing, and ratified at a later meeting. At any point after that, any group can endorse the manifesto by sending us an email (see below). We want to ensure that existing campus organizations that want to be involved have time to discuss what demands they would want to see in the manifesto and/or prepare to send representatives to the workshop. If you want to participate as a campus group or send us demands that should be included, please get in touch! Questions? Want to get involved? Email leapuoft@gmail.com or find us on Facebook, www.facebook.com/leapuoft/ ! More information on the Leap: www.leapmanifesto.org; https://take.theleap.org DisOrientation and DisO event schedule: http://www.opirgtoronto.org/ ***ACCESSIBILITY INFO*** Live note-taking will be provided; please contact us with any other accessibility questions or concerns
Sep
20
club event

Taking the LEAP at UofT

Hosted by Leap UofT
Come learn how to make stencils, cards, murals, and DJ with Opirg Toronto, Arts and Science Students' Union, Sba Centre, UofT Divest, University of Toronto, Graduate Students' Union - UTGSU, Leap Chapter UofT, and Fight for $15 & Fairness - UofT We will be hosting an open session where folks can come and learn, experiment and play with various arts techniques! Hosted in rooms 5230 and 5240, we will also be hosting a community fair with community and student service groups where attendees can connect and find out about whats happening in and around campus! All events FREE and open to both students and the general public If you would like to table for a group at this event please contact Rachele at opirg.toronto@gmail.com with email heading [ATTN Rachele DisO Social] Full information on activities and tabling orgs is forth coming Main DisOrientation Week event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/338645426568944/ All DisO events are free and open to both students and the community. We strive to hold all events in barrier free spaces and specific access info is included with each event. Please note that as part of this we ask that attendees not wear cologne, perfume, body sprays or aftershave in order to make the space accessible to those with chemical sensitivities. This event will strive to maintain an anti-oppressive space and so anyone behaving in racist, transphobic, homophobic, sexist, Islamophobic or otherwise oppressive ways will be asked to leave. If you have any questions, comments or concerns around accessibility please contact racheleopirgto(at)gmail.com. Please note that if you require ASL Interpretation for a session you must let us know no later than September 1st. You may reach out to us to request ASL by emailing opirg.toronto(at)gmail.com or racheleopirgto(at)gmail.com.
Sep
22
club event

Collaborative Arts Social

Hosted by Leap UofT
The University of Toronto Aviation Club (UTAC) is taking part in the 2017 Toronto Pearson Runway Run event and would like to extend this invitation to all our members to be part of our team. Participants will have a unique experience running on Runway 06R-24L and in the meantime enjoying a spectacular view of airplanes landing and taking off just right next to you. Have your cameras ready, get set and join UTAC in this unforgettable event! ---Event details--- Date: Saturday September 23, 2017 Time: 8:30am meeting at the GTAA facility (race starts 9am) NOTE: There is a technical glitch with Facebook which doesn't let to change the time. Therefore, the time on the page is incorrect. The correct time is 9am. Venue: 3045 Electra Ct, Mississauga, ON L5P1B2 (GTAA Airside Maintenance Facility) Price: $40 The price includes $5 UTAC membership for 2017-18. ---Important note--- Please fill out the google form (link below) as soon as possible and no later than September 8th 2017, 11:59 pm EDT https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdiOu__Y-45HvMjDcyIQ66lX5bW3ySJl66s7mxEPz_5i2FkRw/viewform Spaces are first-come first-served, so fill out the form as early as possible to reserve a spot and get the early-bird price. Pay the fee by visiting our stand at clubs fair on September 6, street festival on September 12 or booth hours (dates, times and locations TBA). All the information that we collect on the form is required by the event to register you. It will be kept strictly confidential.
Sep
23
club event

Toronto Pearson Runway Run 2017

Hosted by University of Toronto Aviation Club
Love146 is having its first general meeting of the year! Come out and meet the exec team and other general members. You can find out more about the club's mission, upcoming events, how you can get involved and help out, and CCR opportunities. There will be pizza and drinks and an opportunity to mingle and ask questions. See you guys there! Love146 is an international human rights organization that is dedicated to abolishing child trafficking and exploitation. We are a group of students at the University of Toronto who are dedicated to spread awareness about current issues regarding human trafficking and the various implications it has on society. Our aim is to target this issue both locally as well as internationally with the help of our parent organization, Love146. Founded in 2015, the University of Toronto chapter will be the second post-secondary Love146 extension in Canada. Our central task is to raise awareness surrounding the issue of child trafficking, fundraise and liaise with other student organizations at the University of Toronto. We believe that it is important to bring together students of different academic backgrounds to address this issue on multiple dimensions. Sign up to be a General Member for E-mail Updates at: https://goo.gl/forms/Hn8AQdCp0U2fyC6D3 For more information, you can us on the following: Website: http://www.ut146.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Love146UT/ Twitter: UT146 Snapchat: ut146 Email: https://www.facebook.com/Love146UT/
Sep
26
club event

Love146 First General Meeting

Hosted by Love146 University of Toronto Chapter
** This event is FREE and open to everyone ** "The Gaia satellite: Mapping the Milky Way in 3D ", with Professor Jo Bovy Location: Lash Miller Chemical Laboratories (LM), Room 159 Telescope observing: 8 PM on 14th floor of MP (weather permitting) --you will be guided to the telescopes. Abstract: For hundreds of years, astronomers have been working to map the structure of the Universe and of the Milky Way, but this endeavor is hampered by the difficulty of measuring distances to celestial objects. Prof. Bovy will tell the story of how we have determined our place in the cosmos, from measuring the size of the solar system and the distance to nearby stars, to figuring out how far other galaxies are. He will then take us to the present day, giving an overview of the new Gaia satellite mission which is making us see the Milky Way with new eyes by measuring the distances to a billion stars in the Milky Way. ---- About the speaker: Professor Jo Bovy is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto. He graduated with a PhD in physics from New York University and went on to become a Bahcall fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. He currently holds the Canada Research Char in Galactic Astrophysics at UofT, and is a member of the APOGEE-2 survey, which maps the dynamical and chemical patterns of Milky Way stars using near-infrared spectroscopy.
Sep
27
club event

Star Talk: "The Gaia satellite: Mapping the Milky Way in 3D"

Hosted by Astronomy and Space Exploration Society
Are you an Alumni of a Canadian University and of Macedonian descent? Are you an Alumni from a College or a Macedonian professional? Are you a Student looking for opportunities or mentorships? This event is for you! Come out to reconnect with your fellow classmates and help promote the future of the Macedonian youth. Grab a drink, meet up with your friends, catch up, and listen to some great live Macedonian music! As a University organization, it is one of our goals to connect with our Alumni and follow in their footsteps. We will be having two distinguished speakers (TBA) at our event who are also Alumni who have reached great heights in their lives in both their careers and as Macedonian advocates. This event will give Macedonian students the opportunity to network with Macedonian professionals, a FIRST in our Canadian Macedonian community! This event is a way for us to give back to our Alumni/Professionals and for the Alumni/Professionals to give back to the community as well. Begins at 6 PM Location: Hart House (7 Hart House Cir, Toronto, ON M5S 3H3), Room 2034 Parking available on King's College Circle or in the multiple parking garages around U of T ($10 evenings) Subway: Closest station is Museum Station on the University Line Tickets: Alumni/Professionals: $30 Students (With Valid Student ID): $20 Contact: Vele Tosevski (President): 647-787-5696, vele.tosevski@mail.utoronto.ca Christian Rostankovski (Vice President): 416-712-3839, christian.rostankovski@mail.utoronto.ca
Sep
29
club event

AMSUT Wine and Cheese

Hosted by Association of Macedonian Students at the University of Toronto