It’s been an incredible semester at Out on Campus! Thanks to the hard work of all of our amazing volunteers and support of five great staff members, we’ve done so much. Seriously, just indulge me a minute while I spout off on the amazingness of (some of) our accomplishments:

The Positive Space Network launched (!!!), and we facilitated two pilot Intro workshops and are already planning into next semester; our Queer History Project held a really fascinating Queer History Panel/Roundtable discussion; our Trans* and Gender Diversity Project Advisory Committee ran an incredibly thoughtful Trans* Day of Remembrance display and Community Dialogue; our Discussion Groups ran discussions routed in personal experience; our beautiful OOC Library committee is finally in re-launch; and we began Mindfulness Stress-Reduction hours at OOC, which we plan to continue in the Spring semester!

This will be our last newsletter of the semester, and we’re hoping that you’re all breathing through the end-of-semester papers and finals, and taking care of yourselves as best you can (whatever that looks like for you). We’ll see you on the other side, my dears.

Contents

Out on Campus Happenings
1. OOC Lounge Closures: Dec 9th-12th, 16th-18th
Community Events/Happenings 
2. Corporations in Our Heads: Sat Dec 7th, 6:30-9:30pm, SFU Harbour Centre
3. I Heart My Chest: Upper body health care workshop series for trans* folk
4. Transgender Study Participants Needed
Work and Volunteer Opportunities
5. SafeTeen Job Posting for Youth Facilitators
6. Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver Volunteer opportunities 

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1. OOC Lounge Closures: Dec 9th-12th, 16th-18th

OOC staff would like to spend time getting things in the lounge organized during the exam period, so Collective has approved that the lounge will only be open Dec 9-12 and 16-18 if office volunteers are around and choose to keep the space open during that time.

 

2. Corporations in Our Heads: Sat Dec 7th, 6:30-9:30pm, SFU Harbour Centre

Room 1800, SFU Harbour Centre, Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories
RSVP: rsvp@theatreforliving.com or 604.871.0508
Is a corporation a person? The voices of corporations tell us hundreds of times a day, in ways we may not notice anymore, what to buy, how to feel, how to perceive and the kind of person to aspire to be. How do we break deeply ingrained patterns and begin to create healthier selves, communities, province and country? Theatre for Living continues a 32-year legacy of innovative and challenging theatre with a new project about the corporate voices that live within the community consciousness. No actors. No play. No script…just all of us, and the corporate voices in our heads. This event is put on in partnership with Theatre for Living.

 

3. I Heart My Chest: Upper body health care workshop series for trans* folk

QMUNITY is pleased to present ‘I Heart My Chest’ , a resource promoting holistic upper-body health for trans* folk of all genders through an extensive print resource available in English and Mandarin languages, a series of related workshops, and a series of accompanying videos. – See more at: http://www.qmunity.ca/home/eventsgroupsandprograms/iheartmychest/#sthash.sZTaSn40.dpuf. A series of workshops complements the extensive I Heart My Chest print resource, which will be released in December.

All of the 6 workshops are free, and facilitated by both peers and service providers. Workshop topics include:

  • Demystifying Hormones and Chests
  • Nutrition
  • Binding
  • Bras, Pads and Forms
  • Emotional Well-Being
  •  Preparing For and Recovery From Chest Surgeries

For more information or to register for a workshop, please contact education@qmunity.ca or 604 684 5307 x 112.

See here for more information: http://www.qmunity.ca/home/eventsgroupsandprograms/iheartmychest/

 

4. Transgender Study Participants Needed

My name is Cassandra Weir, and I am doing my M.Ed. in Counselling Psychology at the University of Lethbridge.  I am currently looking for participants for a study that I am undertaking for my thesis.  This study will examine transgender people’s experiences of violence and how this impacts their use of resources and supports and I am currently seeking participants.
I am looking for participants who: 1) identify as transgender, 2) are over the age of 18, and 3) have experienced violence related to their gender identity.  Participants will be asked to set up a time to complete a questionnaire and interview.  It is anticipated the questionnaire will take 10 minutes and the interview approximately 30 minutes.
The questionnaire is a series of questions to gain demographic information on participants, transgender specific information, and information on transgender milestones.  The interview focuses on the experiences participants have had, including experiences of violence and views on supports and resources.

If you or someone you know meets the criteria and feels comfortable talking about these experiences, please contact the researcher Cassandra Weir at ch.weir@uleth.ca.

 

5. SafeTeen Job Posting for Youth Facilitators 

We are a successful 35-year old, Vancouver-based company that provides violence prevention programs for youth in B.C., Canada and Internationally. Most of our programs are school based. We offer empowerment training that offers youth an opportunity (in schools) to prevent violence and make wise choices around their own safety in a fun, thought provoking and engaging manner.

Our team of youth facilitators is looking to expand in the Metro Vancouver are currently needing flexible and experienced facilitators to deliver a gender separate program to youth from grade 6-12. We require dynamic, confident public speakers who connect with youth very naturally and can engage them at a very powerful level.

A high level of professionalism, reliability and punctuality is required.

Email admin@safeteen.ca for more details.

 

6. Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver Volunteer opportunities 

Are you looking for volunteer opportunities? Would you like to BOOST your resume and HELP out a child? Become an In-School Mentor or Big Brother with Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver!

Big Brothers matches at-risk children in the community with mentors who serve as role models and teach by example the importance of giving and giving back, of staying in school and having respect for family, peers and community.

The Big Brothers Program is a friendship based mentoring program that matches adult male volunteers with boys aged 7-14 who have limited to no contact with a positive male role model in their life. Big and Little Brothers spend 2-4 hours a week together doing a wide range of activities that they both enjoy.

The In-School Mentoring Program is a flexible mentoring program for both male and female volunteers that match adult volunteers with a child at a nearby elementary school. Big and Little Buddies spend one hour a week together during school hours on school grounds doing fun activities such as playing sports and games, doing arts and crafts or just hanging out together.

Must be 18 years old. No experience necessary.

We encourage you to apply! For more information and to apply please visit our website at : http://www.bigbrothersvancouver.com/getinvolved/volunteer/ Or call Rose Baraty, Event and Volunteer Intake Coordinator, at 604-876-2447 ext. 236.

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.