Happy Halloween! We had a great showing at our Halloween Scream event on Tuesday. Staff (minus our beloved Queer History Project Coordinator) worked hard to maintain the adorableness levels in the Space.

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We’ve been busy-excited with ALL OF THE MEETINGS here at OOC. We’ve got lots of volunteers working on the Positive Space Network, Trans* and Gender Diversity Project, our Library, and as always, Collective. There's plenty of upcoming events for you to know about, so please read on.

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Out on Campus Happenings

1. OOC Discussion Groups – Wed Nov 6th & Wed Nov 20th, 5:30-6:30pm in the OOC Lounge (TC314N)

2. Positive Space Network – Intro Module: Tue Nov 19th 11am-1pm at SFU Burnaby

3. Trans* and Gender Diversity Project – Transgender Day of Remembrance programming, Nov 18th-20th

4. Weekly Mindfulness Stress-Reduction Hour – Thursdays at 2:30pm in the OOC Lounge (TC314N)

5. OOC Library Updates

6. OOC does Surrey Campus! 

7.  OOC Office Volunteer Training – Fri Nov 8th & Wed Nov 13th in the OOC Lounge (TC314N)

8. SFU Work Study Program – Apply Between Nov 4 – 22

Rotunda, SFSS, & SFU Community Events/Happenings 

9. Body Size Diversity Workshop – Sat Nov 3rd, 10:30am at SFU Burnaby

10. Women in Canadian Politics – Wed Nov 6th, 6:30pm at SFU Burnaby

11. Student Governance 101 – Fri Nov 8th, 11:30am at SFU Burnaby 7:30pm, SFU Harbour Centre

12. SFSS Advocacy & LeadNow’s Student Choice Project

13. Freecycle@SFU

Greater Community Events/Happenings 

14. 9th BC Gay Men's Health Summit: Life Course and Gay Men's Health – Thu Nov 7th at SFU Harbour Centre

15. From "no promo homo" to Social Justice 12: Constructing official ignorance/knowledge about gender & sexuality in North American schools – Thu Nov 14th at SFU Harbour Centre

16. Call for Submissions for Briarpatch magazine

17. HIM's Resonance Project

 

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1. OOC Discussion Groups – Wed Nov 6th & Wed Nov 20th, 5:30-6:30pm in the OOC Lounge (TC314N)

OOC's Discussion Groups are starting next week. Come to listen to each other's LGBTQ+ related experiences and share your own!  This will be a facilitated discussion to help promote members of our community getting to know each other's individual experiences.

Wed Nov 6th:

Personal Truths and Self Discovery: How do we experience, learn about, and know our genders and romantic and sexual orientations?

Discussion topic for Wed Nov 20th to be announced!

 

2. Positive Space Network – Intro Module: Tue Nov 19th 11am-1pm at SFU Burnaby

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 is hosting an Intro Module workshop on November 19, 11:00AM-1:00PM. The workshop will have limited seating, and require RSVP (email positivespace@sfss.ca). It is open to staff, faculty, and students of SFU at no cost.

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. Trans* and Gender Diversity Project – Transgender Day of Remembrance programming, Nov 18th-20th

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is a day to remember and honour all those who have been killed due to anti-trans* prejudice. It was begun in 1999 as a candlelight vigil in honour of the death of Rita Hester, who was murdered on November 28th, 1998.

The Out on Campus Trans* & Gender Diversity Advisory Committee is holding a number of events to commemorate these individuals who have lost their lives. There will be a memorial display from November 18th-20th in the Convocation Mall at SFU Burnaby. On November 20th there will be a Dialogue held in MBC 2290 from 3:30pm-5:30pm. Food will be provided.

 

4. Weekly Mindfulness Stress-Reduction Hour – Thursdays at 2:30pm in the OOC Lounge (TC314N)

This semester, Out on Campus is 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.

 

5. OOC Library Updates

We’re revamping our library program! This term, the library committee will be reviewing our criteria for including materials, our category system, and the ways we display all that joyful jazz. We’ll also take a look at our donations backlog. The first change, though, is to our library signout system. Collective has approved a switch to a self-sign-out system like SFPIRG’s. Once you’re a registered library user, you’ll be able to sign out books with your ID number, the barcode, and your email address. If you don’t know what ID number we’re talking about, drop us a line! Email ooc2@sfss.ca.

 

6. OOC does Surrey Campus!

We are VERY EXCITED to inform you that there will be an OOC Surrey Social event happening at the end of November. Details are TBA – keep your eyes and ears out!

 

7. OOC Office Volunteer Training – Fri Nov 8th & Wed Nov 13th in the OOC Lounge (TC314N)

Attention volunteers! OOC will be holding Office Trainings for volunteers on Friday, November 8th & Wednesday, November 13th in the OOC Lounge, TC314N.

We encourage you to attend a training regardless if you are able to hold office hours this semester, because this training will qualify you for future semesters. In order to accommodate everyone's schedules, we will be holding the same training at four different times. 

Friday, November 8th, 10:30am-12:15pm

Friday, November 8th, 3:30pm-5:15pm

Wednesday, November, 13th, 9:30am-11:15am

Wednesday, November, 13th, 3:30pm-5:15pm

Please follow the link and RSVP by Nov. 7th: 

 http://websurvey.sfu.ca/survey/154561304

Please email ooc@sfss.ca if you have any questions or concerns.

 

8. SFU Work Study Program – Apply Between Nov 4 – 22
Interested in paid positions with Out on Campus, the Women's Centre, or SFPIRG? Apply to the work study program between November 4th to 22nd. If approved, full-time students who demonstrate a financial need may earn up to $1,610 per term. For more information, visit www.sfu.ca/students/financialaid

 

9. Body Size Diversity Workshop – Sat Nov 3rd, 10:30am at SFU Burnaby

OOC volunteers should note that this workshop can count as one of your Supplementary Trainings this semester.

Join SFPIRG and Fat Panic! Vancouver for a day of fat politics and body positivity! Body size and weight are big topics these days – not to mention big business.
In this full-day workshop we will use facilitated discussion, writing exercises and just a little bit of (optional) theatre to explore what fatness has come to mean in our society, and how fat oppression, in conjunction with many other patterns of injustice, works to shape our day to day lives, including our relationships with other people and our own bodies. We will consider some of the abundant myths about fat health and take a tour through some of the research relating to fatness and mortality/longevity, all while turning a critical eye on the role that healthism plays in shaping these discussions.
Fat oppression targets those of us who are considered ‘too fat.’ But every one of us, no matter what our body size, is impacted by this form of injustice, and each of us can play a role in tearing it down. Let’s work together to create a world in which no one is taught to hate their own or anyone else’s body. Everyone welcome, but advance registration is required.  Facebook Event

Accessibility Info for this event is here

 

10. Women in Canadian Politics – Wed Nov 6th, 6:30pm at SFU Burnaby

Join us on November 6 from 6 30 pm to 8 30 pm for "Women in Canadian Politics". This free event is a panel and discussion about the unique challenges women face in entering the political arena. Its purpose is to encourage women to participate in governance at all levels by preparing them for the challenges they will face and introducing them to like-minded individuals. 

The panel and question period is scheduled to take an hour and a half, and is to be followed by a half an hour networking session. All ages and genders are encouraged to attend. Child care will be available and we will strive to meet any accessibility needs identified to us. A light dinner will be served.

Currently, we have to panelists confirmed: Selina Robinson, current NDP MLA for Coquitlam Maillardville and former Coquitlam City Councillor and Amina Rai, former UBC Alma Matter Society President. 

Registration is available here.

This event is presented by SFSS Advocacy, the Graduate Student Society, SFU Women's Centre, and the Political Science Student Union.

 

11. Student Governance 101 – Fri Nov 8th, 11:30am at SFU Burnaby

OOC volunteers should note that this workshop can count as one of your Supplementary Trainings this semester.

"Come out to Student Governance 101 to find out how to get involved in governance and leadership at SFU. You'll learn about the various opportunities to make positive changes at our university, gain valuable experience, have your say on important issues, boost your resume, and make great connections. 

We'll explain opportunities to be a student leader in the Simon Fraser Student Society, the SFU Senate, the SFU Board of Governors, and in clubs and departmental student unions. We'll explain how all these things work, and the many benefits of getting involved in them. 

Our next workshop is on November 8 from 11 30 am to 1 30 on. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is not required but will help us out in order catering. It is available at https://websurvey.sfu.ca/cgi-bin/WebObjects/WebSurvey.woa/wa/survey?148041181

Can't make it out? Send us an email to organiser@sfss.ca or ero@sfss.ca and we will send information your way. Also, look out for more sessions of Student Governance 101 next term."

 

12. SFSS Advocacy & LeadNow’s Student Choice Project

Want to see the issues that matter to YOU be addressed by the Canadian government? In 2015, we face another federal election and, in order to make progress on many issues that are important to Canadians, youth need to be at the polls. 

The SFSS has partnered with 10 other Canadian student associations and the non-profit, grassroots organization Leadnow to find out what matters to students. Our coalition is coming together to make our voices heard. Our first step is to survey students around the country to discover which issues we collectively care about. Next, we'll share the results and launch a diverse movement to fix our futures. The movement will focus on the issues that matter the most to us, while also explicitly recognizing the concerns of people whose voices have been marginalized within our society.

Fill out the Student Choice Survey at www.leadnow.ca/studentchoiceproject. If you fill it out by November 25, 2013, you'll be entered to win a $50 gift certificate to SFSS Food and Beverage (includes the Highland Pub, the Ladle, and Higher Grounds Coffee).

Please share this survey with your friends and classmates. We want to hear from as many students as possible!

13. Freecycle@SFU

Have items you’d like to give away? Looking for a free alternative to shopping? Then freecycling is for you! Freecycling is an easy way for you to give away and receive items that are no longer needed or being used for free. In other words, start recycling through people!

Join Freecycle@SFU: freecycle.sustainablesfu.org

Freecycle@SFU is a new student-led initiative that aims to promote waste reduction in our community. By providing a virtual platform through which individuals can give away or ‘freecycle’ unneeded items at no cost, we hope to raise awareness of the importance of extending an item’s lifespan and facilitate opportunities for students, staff and faculty to freecycle on campus. 

 

14. 9th BC Gay Men's Health Summit: Life Course and Gay Men's Health – Thu Nov 7th at SFU Harbour Centre

http://cbrc.net/summit
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/739977846029000/

Started in 2005, the Summit project provides a forum for identifying and addressing issues in HIV prevention and gay men’s health in BC. It gives the region an opportunity to strengthen the network of those working and volunteering in gay men’s health through capacity building, training and education initiatives. Not only is the Summit a forum for highlighting local research, we have presented experts from across Canada and internationally to discuss the latest trends in gay men’s health, sexual health, population health and the determinants of health.

The Summit is a great opportunity for networking, listening to informative presentations on gay men's health, engaging workshops and lively discussions!

 

15. From "no promo homo" to Social Justice 12: Constructing official ignorance/knowledge about gender & sexuality in North American schools – Thu Nov 14th at SFU Harbour Centre

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Faculty of Education at SFU are pleased to co-sponsor this special lecture by Dr. Elizabeth Meyer, Assistant Professor at the School of Education at California Polytechnic State University.

Thursday, November 14
3:30 – 5pm
Harbour Centre, Room 1700

 

16. Call for Submissions for Briarpatch magazine

Briarpatch is seeking submissions for our March/April 2014 issue. We are looking for feature articles, provocative essays, investigative reportage, interviews, profiles, reviews, humour, and photography rooted in an anti-colonial and anti-capitalist analysis. If you’ve got a story in mind, we want to hear your pitch!
Queries are due November 5, 2013. If your query is accepted, first drafts will be due by December 5. Your query should outline what ground your contribution will cover, give an estimated word count, and indicate your relevant experience or background in writing about the issue. If you haven’t written for Briarpatch before, please provide a brief writing sample.
Please review our submission guidelines before sending your query to editor AT briarpatchmagazine DOT com.
Our standard rates of pay are as follows:

·  $50 – Profiles, short essays, parting shots (generally <1000 words)

·  $100 – Feature stories, photo essays

·  $150 – Research-based articles and investigative reportage (generally 1500-2500 words)

We reserve the right to edit your work (with your active involvement), and cannot guarantee publication.

 

17. HIM's Resonance Project

"Hello everyone! We would like to tell you about a new study that will be taking place at HIM.
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.
If you volunteer to participate in this study, you will be asked to:
o    Fill in a brief survey that collects background information about you
o    Participate in a group discussion with other gay men for up to three hours
o    In that group, we’ll ask you to give your opinions and thoughts about HIV risk and how new HIV information could affect gay men’s decisions about sex
You will receive an honorarium of $40 to thank you for your participation.
The information provided during these discussion groups will help those working in HIV prevention to identify how they can integrate new HIV information into prevention programs, resources and policies for gay men in Canada.
If you’re interested in participating in the discussion group, you can call our research moderator at 1-855-590-9541 (it's a toll free number don't you worry) from Monday to Friday, 9am-6pm. He will ask you a few questions to see if you are eligible to participate. If you’re eligible and still interested, he will let you know when and where the discussion group will take place.
For more information you can e-mail resonancebuzz@gmail.com or check out their website at http://www.catie.ca/en/resonance."

 

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

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