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Events and Workshops

Student Life aims to make the campus community a more inclusive and equitable place where every student feels welcome and comfortable being themselves. Student Life runs events and discussion groups where students can share, find community, learn and promote a culture of empathy across the university.

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Let’s Talk Equity

Let's Talk Equity is a series focused on encouraging conversations about equity and inclusion. Join the conversation online through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by following @OTStudentLife and at the following open discussion groups.

Session details can be found on the Student Life Portal.

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Let’s Talk Equity: Racialized Students’ Discussion Group

The Racialized Students’ Discussion Group seeks to provide racialized students the opportunity to discuss issues impacting racialized communities based on their lived experiences.
 

Let’s Talk Equity: Pride Space

Pride Space is a discussion group that provides queer students the opportunity to discuss issues impacting queer identities based on their lived experiences.
 

 

No registration is needed for any discussion group.
For more information on Let's Talk Equity, contact equity@ontariotechu.ca.

RISE: Respecting Individuals and Supporting Equity

The RISE Program is a suite of workshops that provide training and education on bystander intervention skills in order to prevent and respond to discrimination and harassment.

Participants will receive foundational knowledge on how oppression manifests, and what they can do on an individual level to create a safe and inclusive community at the university. In each workshop, bystander intervention skills will be applied through the use of case studies or role-playing activities.

Session details can be found on the Student Life Portal.

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If you have any questions about the RISE Program, contact equity@ontariotechu.ca.


WORKSHOPS

RISE: Let's Talk Equity

Participants will be introduced to bystander intervention skills that they can use to prevent and respond to discrimination and harassment. It is recommended that participants complete this workshop before attending other RISE workshops.

RISE: Anti-Ableism

Participants will identify stereotypes targeting people with disabilities, and discuss known cases of discrimination and harassment that have targeted people with disabilities.

RISE: Anti-Racism

Participants will identify stereotypes targeting racialized people, and discuss known cases of discrimination and harassment that have targeted racialized communities.

RISE: Feminism 

Participants will identify stereotypes targeting women and discuss the importance of feminism as a tool of action to challenge sexism. 

RISE: First Peoples

Participants will be introduced to the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada, and engage in interactive activities addressing the negative impact colonization had and continues to have on Indigenous peoples today.

RISE: Gender Identity

Participants will discuss the oppression of the transgender community focusing and the role that gender stereotypes play in the creation and manifestation of misconceptions about gender.

RISE: Religion and Spirituality

Participants will identify stereotypes stemming from religious and spiritual differences, and discuss known cases of discrimination and harassment that have targeted religious and spiritual communities.

RISE: Sexual Orientation

Participants will identify stereotypes based on sexual orientation (ie. lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, etc), and discuss known cases of discrimination and harassment that have targeted these communities.

RISE: Sexual Violence Prevention

Participants will identify ways that they can prevent, intervene and respond to sexual violence, and discuss topics such as rape culture, consent and the spectrum of sexual violence.


RISE Certificate

As an additional benefit of your participation in the RISE workshops, we offer students the opportunity to earn a RISE Certificate confirming attendance and participation in the RISE programming.

In order to earn the certificate, you must complete the following:

  • Attend the RISE: Let's Talk Equity workshop;
  • Attend four of the other eight workshops; and
  • Complete the mandatory online reflections (short answer reflection questions).

Please note, you are responsible for ensuring that you record your attendance with the session facilitator for certificate requirement verification.

To register for the certificate, please email equity@ontariotechu.ca with your full name, university email and sessions/dates attended.