There’s a lot to be excited about here at OOC*. In the last two weeks we oriented a whole mess of potential volunteers, and have trained up new and old volunteers alike in a successful and massive All Volunteer Training Day. Not only that, we had great turnouts for our Trans* and Gender Diversity Advisory Committee Meet & Greets, and have our very first pilot intro module for our Positive Space Network coming up on Monday. And hey, know what else? It’s October, and October is Queer History month!

 

Of course, you’ll not only read more about our OOC projects and events if you keep scrolling down this page, but you’ll also hear about our community neighbours and an opportunity for conference funding.

 

*And we would be bouncing around with glee, but we heard the rumours that it’s “cooler” to be aloof. –Actually, y’know what, forget being “coolly disinterested”, because earnestness is totally rad.

Contents

Out on Campus Happenings
1. OOC Collective meets Wednesdays at 1:30pm
2. Positive Space Network – Intro Modules: Mon Oct 7th 4:15pm-6:15pm & Tue Nov 19th 11am-1pm
3. Queer History Project – Queer History Panel/Roundtable: Wed Oct 16th 1:30pm-3pm
4. Trans* and Gender Diversity Project
5. Weekly Mindfulness Stress-Reduction Hour – begins Oct 10th, runs on Thursdays at 2:30pm
Rotunda & SFU Community Events/Happenings 
6. SFPIRG No-Blame, No-Shame Anti-Oppression Workshop: this Sat Oct 5th 10:30am-5:30pm, SFU Burnaby
7. Women's Centre Events – Knit & Stitch, Cooking with Colin, and FANCY TEA

8. FNSA presents “Empowerment Mindset: Motivating Indigenous Self-Reliance” – Thu Oct 24th 7:30pm, SFU Harbour Centre
9. Living Wage SFU Campaign Needs Your Help!
10. Sexuality Studies and Indigenous Studies intersections conference funding

Greater Community Events/Happenings 
11. Spirit Day Candlelight Vigil: Thu Oct 17th 7:00pm-8:30pm at Emery Barnes Park
12. LGBT Adoption Info Night: Tue Nov 12th 7:15pm-9:15pm at Roundhouse Community Centre

 

1. OOC Collective meets Wednesdays at 1:30pm

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.

 

2. Positive Space Network – Intro Modules: Mon Oct 7th 4:15pm-6:15pm & Tue Nov 19th 11am-1pm

The Positive Space Network launches next week! 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 November 19, 11:00AM-1:00PM (the Oct 23rd workshop has been rescheduled). 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. Some spaces are still available. Please register!

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.

 

3. Queer History Project – Queer History Panel/Roundtable: Wed Oct 16th 1:30pm-3pm

October is Queer History Month! This month we have some things happening under the umbrella of the SFU Queer History Project – on the 1st we tabled outside the Space, on the 22nd we'll be tabling in Convo Mall, over the course of the month banners will be popping up around campus, and on the 16th we'll be hosting a Queer History Panel/Roundtable Discussion, from 1:30-3:00pm. Several members of the SFU community will participate in a discussion about queer history. Location to be confirmed, but it will be on Burnaby Campus. This event is catered. Please RSVP to queerhistory@sfss.ca, and include any food allergies/sensitivities even if you don't plan to eat.

 

4. Trans* and Gender Diversity Project

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. We hosted two very successful Advisory Committee Meet & Greets on September 25th. Thank you so much to those who attended!

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

 

5. Weekly Mindfulness Stress-Reduction Hour – begins Oct 10th, runs 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.

 

6. SFPIRG No-Blame, No-Shame Anti-Oppression Workshop: this Sat Oct 5th 10:30am-5:30pm, SFU Burnaby

Take part in a day of facilitated discussion and practical skills building to gain a better understanding of oppression and ways to stand up for yourself & others when you see it playing out in daily life. This workshop will take a “no blame, no shame” approach to the issues. People of all levels of familiarity with anti-oppression work are welcome. Facilitated by Kalamity Hildebrandt and Sophia Salem. More info here. Register here.

This event proudly supported by Out on Campus.

 

7. Women's Centre Events – Knit & Stitch, Cooking with Colin, and FANCY TEA

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

Oct 9th: Cooking with Colin happens again in our kitchen- expect tasty cooked food! 

Oct 10th: International Day of the Girl is on the 11th so we are having a FANCY FANCY tea party!  Stay tuned for details. Expect to be dazzled by the cake designs! 

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

 

8. FNSA presents “Empowerment Mindset: Motivating Indigenous Self-Reliance” – Thu Oct 24th 7:30pm, SFU Harbour Centre

Fletcher Challenge Centre
Room 1900
SFU Harbour Center
October 24th
7:30pm – 9pm
Free and open to public

Calvin Helin is a best-selling author, motivational speaker, lawyer and businessperson. Helin is a member of the Tsimshian Nation from the Northern B.C Communiy of Lax Kw’alaams.

His book dances with Dependency: Out of Poverty through Self-Reliance has been called courageous and Ground breaking. His second book, Breaking Free from Economic Dependency: Hope and Empowerment Though Self-Sufficiency, was a finalist for the U.S 2011 Best Books Awards.

His Third book The Empowerment Mindset follows up on the first two books of the author which provided a high-level survey of problems and barriers people face in often trying circumstances. This lecture discusses Helin’s “final” handbook for anyone looking for a blueprint on how to empower themselves to greater success and happiness as well as opens dialogue regarding the obstacles Indigenous people face in today's society. Calvin Helin will provide the knowledge for anyone to take their power so they can live life to their greatest potential.

To register for this event
http://websurvey.sfu.ca/survey/149557369

 

9. Living Wage SFU Campaign Needs Your Help!

The Living Wage SFU campaign needs your help to convince the University administration to make SFU the first Living Wage University in Canada. Becoming a certified Living Wage employer would mean that the lowest paid staff (both directly contracted and subcontracted) would earn enough to live on and not a poverty wage. Right now 73% of the workers we surveyed earn less than a LivingWage. This includes cleaning staff, child care workers, food service staff and research assistants. SFU has estimated that it would cost them less than 0.5% of their annual operating budget to become a Living Wage employer. This is not a big ask but would mean a lot to the workers who help make this University function. Please support the campaign by signing the petition here. You can learn more about the campaign and download our research here. We can't do it without you!

The Out on Campus Collective endorses the Living Wage SFU campaign.

 

10. Sexuality Studies and Indigenous Studies intersections conference funding

"I am writing to let you know that as Chair of the Sexuality Studies Association, a group that is committed to foregrounding issues related to colonization and indigeneity, I plan to apply for an SFU conference grant and would like to fund SFU scholars and grad students whose interests lie at this intersection. If you are interested in participating please get in touch with me. If you know someone who might be, please forward them this email and urge them to contact me [Elise Chenier, Associate Professor, Department of History echenier@gmail.com]."

 

Paper, panel and performance proposals are due October 23rd. Here is the CFP: http://sexualitystudiesassociation.wordpress.com/call-for-papers/

 

11. Spirit Day Candlelight Vigil: Thu Oct 17th 7:00pm-8:30pm at Emery Barnes Park

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/220507374780608/

Join Gab Youth and Trans Youth Drop-in on October 17 for a candlelight vigil to observe Spirit Day 2013. Wear purple to show solidarity for queer and trans* youth everywhere and help create a world in which queer and trans* youth are celebrated and accepted for who they are.

Spirit Day was started by Brittany McMillan from Surrey in 2010 as a response to the young people who had taken their own lives. Observed annually, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, media professionals and celebrities wear purple, which symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag.

 

12. LGBT Adoption Info Night: Tue Nov 12th 7:15pm-9:15pm at Roundhouse Community Centre

when: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 – 7:15 – 9:15PM 

what: AFABC and QMUNITY invite people from the GLBT community to a free adoption information session. 

where: Roundhouse Community Centre (Room B), 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver (wheelchair accessible, close to Yaletown Canada Line station) 

register/rsvp: https://www.eventbrite.com/event/8291603409 

cost: Free! 

who: For more information contact Randy Simpson, Adoption Support Coordinator – Vancouver, at rsimpson@bcadoption.com, 604-320-7330 ext 105, toll free 1-866-900-7330 ext 105

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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.