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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Callout for Volunteers for Disorientation 2017 Organizing Committee
OPIRG Toronto is looking for Volunteers to help coordinate Disorientation 2017!
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
- 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.
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
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
11am - 1pm Get On Your Soap Box w/ Fight for $15 & Fairness - UofT
1pm - 3pm Taking the LEAP w/ Leap Chapter UofT
3pm - 5pm Break + Social
5pm - 7pm Upping the Anti and Opirg Toronto Present DIY Publishing!
11am - 1pm How to Make Your Own Radio Documentary (w/ Asad Ismi and Kristin)
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
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