Greetings and salutations, dear OOCers!

Hope you’re resting as easy as you can be during this Reading Week. We’ve been busy the last few weeks (surprise, surprise), training up new amazing volunteers. So we’re taking the briefest of breaths before diving into next week. There is a LOT going on! But you’ll see. Take special note of our Self-Care Workshop coming up on Wednesday and our Everyday Anti-Racism for White Folks: Allyship and Liberation coming up in early March.

Contents
OOC Events
1. Romantic Notions: Gay Soldiers, Cops & Spouses, February 19th 4:30pm – 6:00pm
2. After Hours Film Screening of Outrage: a documentary, February 19th 6:30pm – 8:30pm
3. Self-Care Workshop, February 20th 3:30pm – 4:30pm
4. Kick Out Prejudice – OOC Visits P2C, Feb 22nd (Surrey) and Feb 26th (Burnaby)
5. Burnaby All-Gender Swing Dance Classes continue! Feb 22nd and Mar 1st
6. Suicide Awareness Workshop, February 27th 3:30pm – 4:30pm
7. Everyday Anti-Racism for White Folks: Allyship and Liberation – Sat March 2nd, 10:30am – 5:30pm
Volunteer
8. Volunteer call-out! CUQSC & Queer Awareness Week committees
9. Collective Meeting time adjustment, Wednesday February 20th 12pm – 1:30pm
Community Events and Happenings
10. SFU Living Wage Campaign, February 20th 12:30pm – 1:30pm
11. Fat Happiness Day: Where Fat Happiness meets Disability Justice, Feb 20th 11am – 12:30pm
12. Critical Masculinities Series: Movember & Men’s Health, Feb 21st 12:30pm – 2pm
13. SFPIRG Board Nominations (Feb 25 – Mar 11) and Annual General Meeting, Feb 26th 2:30pm
14. Women’s Centre Survey 2013
15. Intersecting Identities: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Islamic Faith; Feb 21st 4:00pm – 6:00pm


1. 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.

2. After Hours Film Screening of Outrage: a documentary, February 19th 6:30pm – 8:30pm in the OOC Lounge (TC314N)

Almost all people in the Queer community have felt the harsh reality of harmful policies that affect us professionally and personally. But what happens when these laws are put in place by those who are a part of the population that these policies affect? Do we have the right to know who they are? Do we have the right to label them as hypocritical if they are known, if we are the ones who out them?

‘Outrage’, directed by Kirby Dick, discusses controversial issues surrounding homophobia in American policies perpetuated by people who have engaged in same-sex sexual relations, or identify as gay; as well as the topic of the acceptability of ‘outing’ these individuals.

Content Warnings:
Homophobic content and possible use of slurs
Discussion of ‘outing’
Potentially stigmatizing discussion of sex work

IMDB for ‘Outrage’:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1049400/

Trailer for ‘Outrage’:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaTsmXaw5NQ

Recognizing that students are busy and broke, we’ll be offering nutritious foods of substance, accommodating vegetarian, lactose-intolerant, and gluten-free needs.

http://www.facebook.com/events/329379667168641/

3. Self-Care Workshop, February 20th 3:30pm – 4:30pm in the OOC Lounge (TC314N)
Self Care: A workshop to assist in preventing outreach burn-out in which issues like self-compassion and resilience are explored as they relate to social and cultural context. Comprehensive self-care strategies will be discussed and practiced.

4. Kick Out Prejudice – OOC Visits P2C, Feb 22nd (Surrey) and Feb 26th (Burnaby)
Co-hosted by OOC and Power to Change (P2C), Kick Out Prejudice events have been planned with the hope to reduce the perpetuation of prejudice and discrimination between LGBTQA+ and Christian students.  We hope to build and humanize relationships between LGBTQA+ and Christian students, and promote mutual respect and appreciation for our common humanity, and mutual respect and appreciation for our diversity and differences.

LGBTQA+ students will visit Christian students for two moderated panel Q&A’s:
February 22nd (Friday) ➤ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm ➤ at Surrey Campus (meet at SFSS Office)
February 26th (Tuesday) ➤ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm ➤ at Burnaby Campus (meet at Out on Campus)

We hope this will help Christian students learn about the lives of LGBTQA+ students, and the issues they face. We are looking for volunteers who are willing be panelists, to share their stories and experiences with Christian students.  The audience may have little or no contact with LGBTQA+ people; this is an opportunity to raise awareness of LGBTQ people’s issues.

If you are interested in joining us, please email Jason (jasonw@sfu.ca) by Thursday, February 21st.

http://www.facebook.com/events/235868976547226/

5. Burnaby All-Gender Swing Dance Classes extended! – Feb 22nd and Mar 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 (February 22nd and March 1st)
12:30pm – 2:00pm
SFU Burnaby Campus
February 22nd: Forum Chambers
March 1st: Maggie Benson Centre 2296

6. Suicide Awareness Workshop, February 27th 3:30pm – 4:30pm in MBC 2296
Suicide Awareness: This workshop will cover the basics of assessing for mental health risks related to self-harm and suicide, as well as a discussion of steps to take to help someone at risk.

7. Everyday Anti-Racism for White Folks: Allyship and Liberation – Sat Mar 2nd, 10:30am – 5:30pm at SFU Harbour Centre Rm 1430, 515 West Hastings St
Using adapted Theater of the Oppressed (TO) techniques, this workshop explores the impact of racism on us both as individuals with white privilege and as active parts of a multi-issue movement for social justice in a complex world. Working with our bodies, we’ll examine power, build connection, and create interventions that deepen our activist work both personally and institutionally. This is a participatory theater workshop for non-actors.

We’ll be offering snacks in the morning, as well as lunch. Please refrain from wearing scented products, as we are striving to be a scent-reduced space.

Please register via this link: http://websurvey.sfu.ca/survey/131898070
We will do our best to accommodate accessibility needs. Please contact Samonte Cruz at ooc@sfss.ca or 778-782-8140 ASAP with accessibility needs/concerns.

ABOUT THE FACILITATOR:
Colin Kennedy Donovan is an anti-racist “white” physically (dis)abled trans activist, educator, performer and writer. He has performed and facilitated workshops and trainings across the U.S. and Canada on issues of race, disability, gender, sexuality, and class for over 10 years. Using Theater of the Oppressed techniques, Colin approaches organizing with an intersectional lens and bridges intellectual discussion with embodied practice. This approach leaves participants empowered on both a personal and practical level, enabling them to deepen their understanding as organizers, activists, and community members and apply this knowledge to concrete situations in everyday life.

ABOUT THEATER OF THE OPPRESSED/THEATER OF THE OPPRESSOR
Theater of the Oppressed is a body of theater exercises developed by Brazilian activist Augusto Boal to promote political change and social justice. Designed for non-actors and community members, it enables participants to explore the impact of oppression and privilege on our bodies and minds, as well as find concrete ways to interrupt and transform our lives for the better through action. Image Theater, one of the main techniques I use, allows participants to “show” oppression and privilege, in addition to discussing it verbally. The exercises are generally non-verbal, and encourage a different level of understanding of anti-oppression and organizing work that deepens the impact and outcomes of that
work.

Forum Theater provides a concrete way for participants to practice intervention in everyday situations of oppression or privilege through the development of skits based on lived experiences in the group. The group works together to enact different “solutions” to each situation, getting a chance to determine and practice effective approaches. It is a particularly effective anti-racist organizing/learning model.

Theater of the Oppressed is in continual change and development, and is practiced all over the world. One of the current innovations is what has been called “Theater of the Oppressor,” which is an adaption on some of the original techniques to include discussion of privilege as well as oppression, and work with groups of folks specifically privileged by a social category as an educational method. In this context, Forum Theater provides a concrete way for participants to practice intervention in everyday situations of oppression or privilege through the development of skits based on lived experiences in the group. The group works together to enact a number of “solutions” to each situation, getting a chance to determine and practice differing approaches. It is a particularly effective anti-racist organizing/learning tool.

The Rainbow of Desire techniques are particularly designed to explore internalized oppression and also share some overlap with Forum theater techniques. Participants embody and act out different aspects of what may be blocking them from moving through situations or oppression. They are a particularly powerful set of techniques when working around the issues of disability and sexuality.

8. Volunteer call-out! Queer Awareness Week & CUQSC committees
Want to get involved in planning and organizing our fantastic Queer Awareness Week programming coming up in mid-March? There’s a committee meeting happening 10am on Friday (tomorrow!) in the OOC lounge. Can’t make it but want to get involved? Email ooc2@sfss.ca and I can add you to the committee mailing list.

We’ve also struck a committee to get OOC to the Canadian University Queer Services Conference, which brings together services providers and community leaders from across Canada who are engaged in queer and trans activism. The conference is in May, but there’s LOTS to do if we want an OOC presence there for the first time ever! If you’d like to join the CUQSC committee, email ooc2@sfss.ca to be added to the mailing list.

9. Collective Meeting time adjustment, Wednesday February 20th 12pm – 1:30pm
We’ll be trying out something different for our next Collective meeting. Please join us in our consensus decision-making process from 12pm on Wednesday in the OOC Lounge.

10. SFU Living Wage Campaign, February 20th 12:30pm – 1:30pm in the West Mall Complex Atrium (SFU Burnaby)
The SFU Living Wage Campaign invites you to the release of the report, ‘Simon Fraser University: Becoming the First Living Wage University in Canada’. Hosted by SFU Alumni, Mae Burrows. This community-based collaborative research report assesses the extent and nature of low wage poverty experienced by people working in Simon Fraser University (SFU) and explores the options open to SFU to address this issue. This event will be the first of a series of dialogues with all members of the SFU community around this issue and provide an opportunity to explore how SFU can ensure that everybody in SFU earns a Living Wage. For more information, click here.

11. Fat Happiness Day: Where Fat Happiness meets Disability Justice, Feb 20th 11am – 12:30pm at SFPIRG (TC326 in the Rotunda)
Join the founder of Fat Panic! Vancouver, Kalamity Hildebrandt, for a lively discussion to explore the politics of fat and body size diversity. Fat Happiness Day is a chance for members of the SFU community to gather together and explore the politics of fat and body size diversity. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies and Fat Panic! Vancouver (an alliance of people of all sizes who are committed to ending the oppression of fat people, and to working towards a society in which no one is taught to hate their own or anyone else’s body, for any reason). No registration is required. Just drop in and join us! There will be cupcakes! For more information, click here.
   

12. Critical Masculinities Series: Movember & Men’s Health, Feb 21st 12:30pm – 2pm at SFIPRG (TC326 in the Rotunda)
Join SFPIRG’s previous Board Member and a senior Psychology undergraduate, Issac Louie, for a passionate discussion. The Critical Masculinities discussion series seeks to explore the social constructions and expressions of manhood in day-to-day life – including on campus – through media references in pop culture. All genders are invited to take part in discussion. How does this series involve you? Come and find out. For more information, click here.
   

13. SFPIRG Board Nominations (Feb 25 – Mar 11) and Annual General Meeting, Feb 26th 2:30pm – 4:30pm at SFPIRG (TC326 in the Rotunda)
NOMINATIONS PERIOD: Feb 25 – Mar 11, 2013
INFO SESSION: Wed. Feb 27th, 2:30 – 4:30pm @ SFPIRG, TC326 in the Rotunda
Get active in social and environmental justice! Gain valuable experience in running a non-profit organization. Learn about governance, finances, HR, visioning and more. Help support a vibrant student organization.
Interested? Want to learn more? Attend our info session and have all your questions answered by our Independent Electoral Officer, Victoria Chen. Or, email her at eo@sfpirg.ca.
   
Also! Be sure to join SFPIRG’s AGM, reviewing their work and financial statements from 2011-12.
They really want to make some by-law changes and need quorum to do this, so please support them by attending! There will be snacks.

14. Women’s Centre Survey 2013
Please FILL OUT the Women’s Centre SURVEY 2013!
“It’s open to ALL genders to let us know what the Women’s Centre about who we’re serving SFU campus. If you have any questions please come see us in TC3014 which is our Office open to all genders! Yes, that means you too! (whoever asked “Me?” in their mind)”

15. Intersecting Identities: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Islamic Faith; Feb 21st 4:00pm – 6:00pm at 1090 West Georgia Street, Suite 1200 (7th Floor Community Room)
The Adler Institute presents: a panel discussion on the Quran’s teachings of what it means to be a sexual orientation and/or gender identity minority.  We will further discuss the impact of those teachings, and what efforts are being made to help those who are excluded or in physical danger from these teachings.  Panelists will share how they have reconciled their faith and identity. Finally, the specific needs of LGBT refugees and asylum seekers will also be addressed.

The Panelists are:

  • Maher Alhaj: Born in Jordan and creator of www.homosexualityishalal.com
  • Dalia Fridi: Born in Algeria and Chair of Equality Illinois Education Project
  • Daniel Weyl: Heartland Alliance International and Rainbow Welcome Initiative Coordinator

Event to take place at Chicago Campus, to be telebroadcast to Vancouver Campus. Vancouver attendees will be able to participate in the discussion.

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