Greetings and salutations, dear OOCers!

Here we sit in the second week of classes, where everything still seems possible! All classes will be attended, all readings will be read, and all assignments will absolutely be handed in on time. Bring that enthusiasm with you as you read on into our newsletter, to find out what kinds of fantastic things are happening in and around our communities.
 

Contents
1. All-Gender Swing Dance Classes starting this Friday! Jan 18th, 25th and Feb 1st
2. Open House, Tuesday January 22nd 11:30am – 2:00pm

3. Collective meetings set for the semester, Wednesdays 12:30pm
4. Volunteer Training: New Volunteers
5. Current Volunteers: Sign-ups, Trainings, and Co-Facilitation (oh my)
6. Build SFU Think Tank Grand Opening, Friday January 18th 11:15am – 12pm
7. Oppression: We Can End It! Anti-Oppression Conference, January 26th 10:30am – 4:30pm
8. Romantic Notions: Gay Soldiers, Cops & Spouses, February 19th 4:30pm – 6:00pm
9. Health Initiative for Men’s Totally Outright Program
10. LGBTQ University of Guelph Research Study

1. All-Gender Swing Dance Classes starting this Friday! – Jan 18th, 25th and Feb 1st

Out on Campus Presents: All-Gender Swing Dance! Experience the joy of dance, free from the rigid gender roles that partner dancing often perpetuates. All experience levels, bodies, abilities, orientations & genders are welcome. Drop-in and free!

Classes held Fridays (January 18th, 25th and February 1st)
12:30pm – 2:00pm
SFU Burnaby Campus
Maggie Benson Centre 2296

Classes also to be held in Vancouver! Details TBA.

From our facilitator, Monica Weitzer:
“Come learn the Charleston and Lindy Hop basics!! No experience necessary and No partner necessary. Come experience the thrill of partner dancing in a safe space!

Swing dancing grew out of Harlem in the 1920’s and 30’s and includes the charleston and the lindy hop, which are dances that use both partnered and unpartnered moves. These dances naturally evolved as swing music became popular and expressed all aspects of life including segregation and racism and the incredible challenges of life during the depression. Because of this the dance has a fierceness and a raw tension which is not seen in other partnered dances. This also makes the dance incredibly cathartic and great for relieving stress, it is an up beat, physical, and often comical dance.

Swing dancing was also created during a time of highly regimented gender roles and to this day it has a tendency to perpetuate these roles and unfortunate power dynamics unnecessarily. I feel that it is important to bring this aspect of the dance up to date. I aim to create a safe space to learn to swing dance in which there are no expectations about what role you will fill based on perceived gender, and in which both partners will be taught to physically communicate in a respectful manner – through dance!”

About our facilitator:
Monica Weitzer started swing dancing at 16 and has studied it extensively since, along with many other forms of dance, including modern dance at SFU. She has choreographed and led multiple performance groups, and has been organizing and teaching queer swing classes since 2010. Monica is a passionate, inclusive, and enthusiastic teacher.

2. Open House, Tuesday January 22nd 11:30am – 2:00pm in the OOC Lounge (TC314N)

Wandered by OOC but never managed to make your way in? Curious as to what goes on behind our doors? Or maybe you’re just hungry? Whatever the rhyme or reason, come by OOC’s Open House to check out the space, find out more about OOC, meet people, and nosh on some free food. You (probably) won’t regret it!

3. Collective meetings set for the semester, Wednesdays 12:30pm in the OOC Lounge (excepting Jan 23rd & Feb 6th)

Collective has officially been set for 12:30pm on Wednesdays.

Please note that while Collective usually takes place in the OOC Lounge, we will be meeting in the SFPIRG meeting room for the January 23rd and February 6th Collective meetings.

4. Volunteer Training: New Volunteers

Would you like to volunteer with Out on Campus? It’s as easy as 1-2-optionally 3!

Step 1: Attend an Orientation
Step 2: Attend All Volunteer Training
Step 3: Attend Office/Library Training (required for volunteers who want to help keep the space open)

Orientation Dates (you need only attend one):
Wednesday, January 23rd 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Monday, January 28th 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Thursday, January 31st 11:30am – 12:30pm

All Volunteer Training Date:
Saturday, February 2nd 1:30pm – 5:30pm

Office/Library Training Dates (you need only attend one):
Monday, February 4th 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Wednesday, February 6th 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Thursday, February 7th 11:30am – 12:30pm

Please use this handy dandy form to sign up for upcoming volunteer trainings. Can’t sign up for everything right now? No problem. Submit what you can now and use the form again later to fill in any blanks.

If you have questions about volunteering, trainings, or would like to see whether you can make alternate arrangements, please email ooc@sfss.ca

5. Current Volunteers: Sign-ups, Trainings, and Co-Facilitation (oh my)

Please come on by the lounge to sign up for Office Hours. If you can’t make it to the lounge to do this, please send Samonte an email at ooc@sfss.ca.

We would also love your help bringing new volunteers into the fold. If you’re interested in co-facilitating an upcoming Orientation or Office/Library Training, fill out this form! Need an Office/Library training refresher, yourself? You can sign up using the same form.

We are also strongly encouraging our returning volunteers to participate in All Volunteer Training Day on Saturday, February 2nd 1:30pm – 5:30pm. Please use that same form to sign up.

 

6. Build SFU Think Tank Grand Opening, Friday January 18th 11:15am – 12pm in MBC 2270

The Think Tank will be a welcoming space for undergraduate students to engage and collaborate as the Build SFU (student union building and stadium) project progresses.

The Think Tank will be an important avenue through which our communities can give their input about the Build SFU project.

7. Oppression: We Can End It! Anti-Oppression Conference, Saturday January 26th 10:30am – 4:30pm in MBC 2290

“Take part in a day of facilitated discussion, art, theatre, poetry, and more to gain a better understanding of oppression and ways to stand up for yourself & others when you see it playing out in your daily life.”
 

Free lunch! Button making! Slam poetry! All are welcome. Registration is required. http://sfpirg.wufoo.com/forms/registration-for-oppression-we-can-end-it/

Childcare, Transportation & Accessibility subsidies are available for this event. Contact info@sfpirg.ca or 778-782-4360 for info.

8. Romantic Notions: Gay Soldiers, Cops & Spouses – Tuesday February 19th 4:30pm – 6:00pm in Halpern Centre 126 (SFU Burnaby)

Out on Campus, SFPIRG, SFU Women’s Centre, and the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies present: an interactive Skype event with author, activist & Seattle University Law Professor, Dean Spade, and local respondents.

The last forty years of queer and trans politics has seen a drastic shift. Much of 1960’s and 70’s queer and trans activism had complex and explicit ties to anti-war and anti-police movements, as well as to feminist disruptions of traditional gender roles including militarized masculinities. Today, a highly visible, corporate-funded gay and lesbian rights agenda declares that the key demands of queer and trans politics are to be offered entry into legal marriage and the military. Anti-colonial, feminist and anti-racist queer and trans activists and scholars contest this, and argue that the alignment of this pro-military, pro-marriage gay and lesbian rights politics with the global war on terror and the explosive growth of racialized criminalization and imprisonment are no coincidence. In this talk, Dean Spade will discuss the complex terrain of contemporary queer and trans politics, examining the racialized-gendered roles of soldier and spouse being offered in the name of “equality” and “human rights.”

http://sfpirg.ca/event/romantic-notions

Childcare, Transportation & Accessibility subsidies are available for this event. Contact info@sfpirg.ca or 778-782-4360 for info.

 

 

9. Health Initiative for Men’s Totally Outright Program

Totally Outright is a four day leadership workshop for young gay guys interested in being healthy, sex-savvy trendsetters. Over two weekends you and twenty other young gay men will participate in interactive, thought provoking presentations from community leaders and experts in gay men’s health. Topics range from coming out to gay sex, drug related harm reduction to relationships, and a whole lot in-between.

 

Totally Outright will be on the weekends of March 2nd/3rd and 16th/17th 2013, hosted in the penthouse conference room atop the Blue Horizon Hotel in downtown Vancouver, home to one of the city’s most inspiring views. Food and supplies are provided and there are no costs for participating. We encourage guys from outside of Vancouver to apply, as arrangements can be made for transportation and accommodation. If you have any questions, you can e-mail us at totallyoutright@checkhimout.ca”

http://checkhimout.ca/totallyoutright/

 

 

 

10. LGBTQ University of Guelph Research Study

 

 

 

 

Understanding factors involved in self-injury among LGBTQ individuals.
Interested in helping with some important research?

 

“We are looking for LGBTQ individuals between 18 and 25 years of age to participate in a research project looking at self-injury. You do not need to have a history of self-injury to participate. The study will take approximately one hour to complete and can be done ONLINE, from your own computer, on your own time. 

Participants will be eligible to win one of two $100 gift cards for Amazon.com. The draw will occur in Spring, 2013. Chances of winning will depend on the number of those who participate.

If interested please go to http://www.westresearch.ca/lgbtqstudy/ or email the graduate coordinator of this project, Jill St. Denis (jschoond@uoguelph.ca).

This project has been reviewed and received clearance from the Research Ethics Board at the University of Guelph (REB#12FE001).”

That’s all for now, lovelies! See you around OOC!