This week’s newsletter comes to you from our tired yet satisfied positions atop Burnaby Mountain, as we think about all the amazing outreach we’ve done the last couple of weeks at Week of Welcome, Burnaby Clubs Days, and Surrey Clubs Days. We just wrapped our first two Orientations of the semester today, and boy howdy, lemme tell you, so far we’ve got a pretty great looking group of folk who are interested in getting involved here (and hey, do you think you want to be one of those people? There’s more info in the newsletter below).

So, we’ve got announcements and volunteer info and events we’re taking part of and hosting… And of course the good word from other Rotunda groups, and SFSS events, and community events, and – y’know, truly, the mind boggles from all the awesome that’s about to be delivered from this email into your brain.

Contents

Out on Campus Announcements
1. Staff hours for Fall semester
2. OOC Lost and Found
Out on Campus Volunteering
3. Volunteering at OOC
4. OOC Collective meets Wednesdays this semester!
Out on Campus Events
5. Walk for Reconciliation – Sun, Sept 22nd 8:15am
6. Trans* and Gender Diversity Project – Advisory Committee Info sessions – Wed Sept 25th at 12:30pm and 4:00pm
7. Positive Space Network – Intro Modules: Mon Oct 7th 4:15pm-6:15pm & Wed Oct 23rd 11:15am-1:15pm
8. Weekly Mindfulness Stress-Reduction Hour – beginning Oct 10th, runs on Thursdays at 2:30pm
9. Mia Mingus Events – Oct 19th & 20th 
  a. Community Building Workshop
  b. Disability Justice Talk
  c. Writing From the Ugly

Rotunda & SFSS Events/Happenings 
10. SFU Women's Centre Events – Knit & Stitch, Women's Self defense, Pancake Breakfast, and Winter Gardening workshop!
11. SFPIRG House Party – Tue Sept 24th 2:30pm
12. Identity Theft and Theft Prevention workshop – Tue, Sept 24th 1:30pm

13. SFSS Advocacy Presents: Financial Literacy Workshop Series

Greater Community Events/Happenings 
14. LOUD Scholarships – Applications due Mon Sept 23rd
15. Mpowerment's Back to School Party – Sat, Sept 21st 8pm

16. Qmunity's Celebrate Bisexuality Day Potluck Picnic – Sun, Sept 22nd 1pm
17. Rising UP! Celebrating Indigenous Youth Arts and Performance – Thu Sept 26th 6pm
18. Powershift BC – Register and Volunteer! Oct 4th – Oct 7th
19. HIM's Resonance Project on HIV risk and prevention

 

1. Staff hours for Fall semester

This semester, the Office and Volunteer Coordinator is scheduled to be on-site Mondays through Thursdays, from 11:00am – 3:30pm.

The Administrative Assistant is scheduled to be on-site from 10:00am – 4:00pm Mondays through Wednesdays, and from 10:00am – 5:00pm on Thursdays.

The space will be further open based on volunteer availability.

 

2. OOC Lost and Found

Our Lost and Found box (currently located near the windows, beside the shelf with the boom box) has been overflowing for some time now. Here's a picture of the kind of thing we've got happening in here:

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Recognize anything? Think you may have left something behind? Please come by and take a look. Anything that hasn't been picked up by Thursday September 26th will be placed on the Shelf of Reciprocity outside of SFPIRG. We'll be clearing out the Lost and Found box at the end of each semester from now on.

 

3. Volunteering at OOC

Would you like to volunteer with Out on Campus? It's as easy as 1-2-3 (and 4)! 
Step 1: Attend an Orientation 
Step 2: Attend All Volunteer Training 
Step 3: Choose a Project
Step 4: Complete a Supplementary Training (Info/offerings available with inquiry)

Use this handy dandy form to sign up for upcoming volunteer orientation/training. Can't sign up for everything right now? No problem. Submit what you can now, and use the form again later to fill in the blanks. 

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

Projects:
Library & Office
Queer History Project
Positive Space Network
Trans* & Gender-Diversity Project

 

4. OOC Collective meets Wednesdays this semester!

Collective is the decision-making body of Out on Campus, and meets every week to discuss budget and plan events. Collective is run by a consensus decision making process, which values discussion before seeking a majority decision. Anyone can join Collective.

This semester’s regular Collective meeting time will be Wednesdays from 1:30pm – 2:30pm.

 

5. Walk for Reconciliation – Sun, Sept 22nd 8:15am

Join us for the Walk for Reconciliation, an important event put on by Reconciliation Canada to demonstrate and nourish healing between Aboriginal peoples and all Canadians, in the context of our country's colonial history (including our history of residential schools). The event is projected to have over 50,000 marchers.

The OOC Collective recognizes that the keynote speaker for the Walk for Reconciliation, Dr. Bernice A. King, has made anti-marriage equality statements in the past. As a Collective, we stand in support of the TRC and respect that conflicting viewpoints between participants will occur at an event such as this. We believe it is all the more important for the OOC banner to be represented at the Walk.

Come walk with OOC, SFPIRG, and the FNSA. Check out the Facebook Event here.

 

6. Trans* and Gender Diversity Project – Advisory Committee Info sessions – Wed Sept 25th at 12:30pm and 4:00pm

For the last 4 months Out on Campus has been working on a trans* and gender diversity (T&GD) project. A main goal of this project is creating a guide for T&GD students outlining polices and climate of the university as it relates to T&GD students. One can think of this as a survival guide for T&GD students.

This Fall Out on Campus is looking for people to get involved with the Advisory Committee, which will oversee production of the guide, recommending policy changes to the university, strengthening the T&GD community through education and events, and getting the word out about the project. There are two information sessions on September 25th : one at 12:30pm and one at 4:00pm in the Out on Campus lounge. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend!

To find out more, contact Devyn, the trans and gender diversity project coordinator at transguide@sfss.ca.  

 

7. Positive Space Network – Intro Modules: Mon Oct 7th 4:15pm-6:15pm & Wed Oct 23rd 11:15am-1:15pm

The Positive Space Network will be launching beginning in October! The Positive Space Network aims to create an environment welcoming of sexual and gender diversity by providing educational workshops to staff/faculty/ and students of all backgrounds.

Out on Campus will host two Intro Module workshops, scheduled for October 7, 4:15PM-6:15PM, and October 23, 11:15AM-1:15PM. These workshops will have 20 seats in each, and require RSVP. These two workshops are open to staff, faculty, and students of SFU at no cost.

The October 7th event will be a pilot workshop. Registration is now open.

Additional workshops can be provided for your group at a small cost. We can work with your group to make these workshops fit the needs of the group as best as possible. 

Please contact Markus at positivespace@sfss.ca to join the Positive Space Network mailing list, ask questions, find out about volunteer opportunities and to set up workshops.

 

8. Weekly Mindfulness Stress-Reduction Hour – beginning Oct 10th, runs on Thursdays at 2:30pm

Starting October 10th, Out on Campus will be hosting a drop-in weekly Mindfulness hour facilitated by SFU Health & Counselling Services. It will be held in the lounge (TC314N), which will be otherwise closed for the duration of each session. Please be prompt!

Mindfulness is a form of meditation that quiets the mind. It helps you become focused, rest from constant thinking, and reduces stress. Practice being here, in the present, and let go of worries about the future and the past. This is a drop-in workshop, open to all.

 

9. Mia Mingus Events: Community Building, Disability Justice, Writing from the Ugly – October 19th and 20th

Out on Campus is proud to be partnered with SFPIRG and others to bring these events to Vancouver. Mia is a writer and organizer working for disability justice and transformative justice to end child sexual abuse. Registration is required for these events. There are still spaces open for the Disability Justice Talk, and a waitlist for the Community Building and Writing From the Ugly workshops.

a. Community Building Workshop
Sat. Oct 19th, 10am to 5pm
@ Segal Centre, 500 Granville St., Vancouver

In this day-long workshop, we will figure out how to deal with conflict and difference within   social justice communities. The workshop will equip participants with new skills and tools that will enable us to work together in ways that strengthen us (instead of hurting us) and allow space for growth & healing.

Everyone welcome, but advance registration is required. Spaces are now being waitlisted. ASL translation will be available if requested before October 15th. Register here

b. Disability Justice Talk
Sun. Oct 20th, 10am to 2pm
@ SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver

A Disability Justice analysis deepens & strengthens our work for social justice because ableism undergirds whose bodies are considered desirable or disposable. This workshop will give participants a chance to engage with the Disability Justice framework and understand how it connects with different communities, movements, and access.  

Everyone welcome, but advance registration is required. Communication Access Realtime Translation (live captioning) will be provided at this event. ASL translation will be available if requested before October 15th. Register here.

c. Writing From the Ugly
Sun. Oct 20th, 4pm—7pm 
@ SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver 

In this writing workshop participants will get the chance to explore Moving Towards the Ugly: A Politic Beyond Desirability, a speech given by Mia Mingus two years ago. In her talk, Mia critiques the concept of beauty and our desire for it. She challenges us instead to    embrace our ugly and remember our magnificence.

Everyone welcome, but advance registration is required. Spaces are now being waitlisted. ASL translation will be available if requested before October 15th. Register here.

 

10. SFU Women's Centre Events – Knit & Stitch, Women's Self defense, Pancake Breakfast, and Winter Gardening workshop!

What is but one of our many wonderful Rotunda neighbours up to? Let's see…

Weekly: Knitting and stitching for all genders on Weds 5:30 – 6:30 all welcome! TC3014

Sept 28 + Oct 6th – Women's Self defense class is on. This costs a little but goes to the instructor- $25 – $50 sliding scale. 12 hrs of instruction -you learn your strength without hurting! 

Oct 2nd  PANCAKE BREAKFAST- stay hungry on that Wednesday and let us know if you need wheat or dairy free cakes. We'll do 'em for you. FREE or by Donation- TC3013- Everyone!

Oct 2nd: Summer Sleeps Winter Wakes Gardening workshop: 3 pm – 6 pm with Cease Wyss a Master Gardener and Indigenous Plant Diva. Outdoor – FREE – meet the other green thumbs! 

Contact womenctr@sfss.ca for more info on registering for any of these great events

 

11. SFPIRG House Party – Tue Sept 24th 2:30pm

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/503804093027868/

Join our friends at SFPIRG (across from us at TC326) at their start-of-term house party! There will be food, activities and music. A great way to meet like-minded students on campus and get acquainted with the SFPIRG Community. Everyone welcome! Just drop in. 

 

12. Identity Theft and Theft Prevention workshop – Tue, Sept 24th 1:30pm

It's an online world. Smartphones, tablets, laptops, online shopping, online banking, and social media are fantastic tools and fun to play with, but if you aren't careful you could be creating an easy target for a thief. Did you know that personal item theft is the most common crime reported on all Canadian universities? 

Come on down to the (Identity) Theft Prevention Awareness seminar on Tuesday, Sept 24 in MBC 2296 to learn practical tips from Campus Security on ways to secure your stuff and how to avoid becoming a victim of theft – including identity theft. 

Please register here: http://websurvey.sfu.ca/survey/147205846

 

13. SFSS Advocacy Presents: Financial Literacy Workshop Series

Workshops aimed at helping students better manage their finance. Topics include credit card and student loan debt management, savings, and taxes.

Workshops are free of charge and include refreshment as well as two optional one on one consultations with a financial professional from the Financial Literacy Council.

Find out more here!

 

14. LOUD Scholarships – Applications due Mon Sept 23rd

"The LOUD Foundation invests in future leaders of the Canadian LGBTQ community. We believe that by supporting the development of students who possess drive, vision, compassion and knowledge, we can improve society and increase awareness of our diverse community."

Applications are being accepted until Monday September 23rd. More details here: https://loudbusiness.com/philanthropy?open=23

 

15. Mpowerment's Back to School Party – Sat, Sept 21st 8pm

"Hey SFU, looking for a great back to school party in an inclusive and engaging environment ? Join Mpowement YVR at their Nerdtastic back to school event and sport your best Nerd-tastic outfit. Also receive a 2for1 admissions pass to Oasis Ultra lounge just for attending!”   

Event: Nerdtastic Back to School

Date: September 21st

Time: 8pm-12pm 

Cost: $5 cover

Who: All ages and genders / Liquor 19+ 

Where: 205/568 Seymour St., Vancouver 

Hosted by Mpowerment YVR, building a stronger community by offering new social events for young gay, bi, trans guys and their allies.

 

16. Qmunity's Celebrate Bisexuality Day Potluck Picnic – Sun, Sept 22nd 1pm

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/589282041118629/

A picnic for all Bisexual and Pansexual folk, their allies, partners and families! Join Qmunity at Nelson Park (corners of Bute St & Nelson St) for a day of fun, new friends, and celebrating loving more than one gender! Bring some food to share and BYO chair/rug.

In case of rain, meet at #610 – 1033 Davie St (Buzz 610, wheelchair accessible)

For more information contact reception@qmunity.ca or 604-684-5307

 

17. Rising UP! Celebrating Indigenous Youth Arts and Performance – Thu Sept 26th 6pm

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/601149179923506/

Taking place just one week after the historic Truth and Reconciliation National Event in Vancouver, this concert will showcase some of the best Indigenous music, art, performance, and dance in the lower mainland. Come out and celebrate cultural revitalization, innovation, and resurgence!

This is a FREE + ALL-AGES event. Everyone in the community is welcome to join us for this celebration! Come early to make sure you get a spot!

 

18. Powershift BC – Register and Volunteer! Oct 4th – Oct 7th

PowerShift BC is coming to Victoria, unceded Coast Salish Territories, Oct 4–7.

PowerShiftBC is a gathering organized by youth for youth that focuses on climate justice. Sustainable SFU has joined with others from across BC to bring together 1000 youth from diverse backgrounds to learn, develop their skills and build the movement for climate, environmental and social justice. With dynamic speakers, engaging skills trainings, strategy sessions, and workshops, all looking towards taking collective action, PowerShift BC is a chance to take things to the next level.

Register today! Or become a volunteer or organizer!

 

19. HIM's Resonance Project on HIV risk and prevention

"The Resonance Project is a collaboration of four national HIV organizations, three gay men’s health organizations, and the University of Windsor. 

In the last few years, there has been a lot of new information about HIV risk and prevention. We want to know what gay guys are hearing about what’s new in HIV prevention, how they’re making sense of that information, and how it’s changing the way gay guys are having sex. 

To do this, we will be facilitating discussion groups and interviews with gay men and service providers in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal.

For more information you can e-mail resonancebuzz@gmail.com or check out their website at http://www.catie.ca/en/resonance."

 

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

Please note that mentions of external events in our newsletter does not necessarily imply endorsement.