Happy Lunar New Year everyone! Hoping it’s a prosperous and balanced time for you all. <3

We’re already in week 4 and have just finished running a whole batch of Volunteer Orientations. OOC Project meetings have been starting up and All Volunteer Training Day is quickly approaching!

We’ve got a pretty diverse set of contents in our newsletter: events on campus and in the greater community; employment opportunities; calls for research participants… Oh, and we’ve got a Valentine’s social event happening next week, too! Scroll down to check it all out.



Contents

Out on Campus Happenings

1. Current Volunteers: AVTD Registration & Website

2. Collective Meetings set – Wednesdays 11:45am-1:15pm in the OOC Lounge (TC314N)

3. OOC Staff Hours for Spring semester

4. Mindfulness Stress-Reduction Hour – weekly on Thurs 1:30-2:15pm in the OOC Lounge (TC314N)

5. Valentine’s Social Event – Tue Feb 4th, 5:30pm

SFSS Events 

6. SFSS Presents: Financial Literacy Workshop series – starting Tue Jan 28th

Employment Opportunities

7. SFPIRG seeks Independent Electoral Officer – APPLICATION DEADLINE: Fri Jan 31st at 5pm

8. Transgender Health Info Program Peer Wellness Co-facilitator – Application deadline Wed Jan 29th 

Community Events

9. Qmunity's "I Heart My Chest" Resource and Workshop updates & workshops (Jan 30th)

10. Free Streaming of MY PRAIRIE HOME – Sun Jan 26th & Mon Jan 27th

Community Callouts

11. SFU Surrey Open House Performance Opportunity

12. HIM's Totally Outright Program – Applications open now

13. Call for trans* and gender nonconforming youth research participants

14. Call for transgender participants for study on violence

 

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1. Current Volunteers: AVTD Registration & Website

Attention current OOC volunteers! If you haven’t yet registered for All Volunteer Training Day happening next Saturday, February 1st, please do so by the end of this weekend. If you can’t attend, please email Samonte at ooc@sfss.ca. RSVP here.

Also, please check out the new section on our website for Current Volunteers. You can find Meeting Times for Projects, Collective, and Planning Meetings as well as a current listing of Supplementary Trainings.
 

2. Collective Meetings set – Wednesdays 11:45am-1:15pm in the OOC Lounge (TC314N)

We’ve set regular Collective meeting times for the semester! Please come on out to the OOC lounge on Wednesdays from 11:45am-1:15pm.

Collective is the decision-making body of Out on Campus, and meets weekly to oversee everything from events and budgets to the vision and direction of OOC. Collective is run by a consensus decision making process, which values discussion before seeking a majority decision. Everyone is welcome at Collective.
 

3. OOC Staff Hours for Spring semester

Staffing hours for our whole myriad of staff have been set for the term. Please see below!

Volunteer & Program Coordinator: Samonte Cruz
ooc@sfss.ca
Mondays through Thursdays,
11am – 3:30pm

Administrative Assistant: Susan Chiv
ooc2@sfss.ca
Mondays, 11:30am – 6:30pm
Tuesdays through Thursdays,
10am – 4pm 

Positive Space Network Coordinator: Markus McIntyre
positivespace@sfss.ca
Mondays, 9:30am – 11:30am
Thursdays, 1:30pm-4:30pm 

Queer History Project Coordinator: Katie Gillespie
queerhistory@sfss.ca
Wednesdays, 2pm – 5pm
Fridays, 12pm – 3pm 

Trans* & Gender Diversity Project Coordinator: Devyn Davies
transguide@sfss.ca
Wednesdays, 10am – 5pm
Thursdays, 1pm – 5pm


4. Mindfulness Stress-Reduction Hour – weekly on Thurs 1:30-2:15pm in the OOC Lounge (TC314N) 

https://www.facebook.com/events/604523212936033/
 

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). 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. Valentine’s Social Event – Tue Feb 4th, 5:30pm in the OOC Lounge (TC314N)

https://www.facebook.com/events/1437261589841013/

We'd like everyone to know we are planning a social event to give folks a chance to enjoy the space and have a fun time with a group of people in a pretty chill environment.  We will be screening a movie, either 'But I'm a Cheerleader' or 'Saving Face' (we'll take a vote the day of to make a final decision). This event will be loosely based on Valentine’s Day, and as such we will be providing chocolates and candies (as well as sandwiches for something a little healthier). The event begins at 5:30pm on Tuesday, February 4th, and the movie will start at 6:00. We hope to see you there.
 

6. SFSS Presents: Financial Literacy Workshop series – starting Tue Jan 28th

Do you want to know how to avoid paying bank fees, learn how to manage student loan debt, build a budget, or stretch out your savings? Come to Financial Literacy and learn financial tips banks will never tell you from certified financial planners for free. All attendees are entitled to two free one on one consultations with a financial professional as well. 

There are also FREE tax workshops where certified accountants will teach you how to file taxes – a skill you will need for the rest of your life! 

Find workshop info and registration info here: http://sfss.ca/events/sfss-general-event/finance-workshops

7. SFPIRG seeks Independent Electoral Officer – APPLICATION DEADLINE: Fri Jan 31st at 5pm

Download Job Description

The Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group (SFPIRG) will be putting out a call for nominations for folks interested in sitting on the SFPIRG Board of Directors in late February. To run this process, we are looking for an Independent Electoral Officer who is responsible for overseeing the nomination and electoral process (for the Board of Directors) from late February to April. The position involves 1- 5 hours a week of work in February and March, with more work during the election period (if required) in April. An honorarium of $200 will be given for the nominations period, and in the case of elections, another $300 will be given.

QUALIFICATIONS:

·  Leadership skills

·  Communication skills, able to convey information clearly both orally and in writing

·  Integrity and ability to respect process and confidentiality

·  Highly organized, able to work independently

·  Commitment to social and environmental justice

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: If you are interested, please send your name, contact information, why you are interested in the position and why you would make a good Electoral Officer to admin@sfpirg.ca.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday January 31st at 5pm
 

8. Transgender Health Info Program Peer Wellness Co-facilitator – Application deadline Wed Jan 29th 

The Transgender Health Information Program is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for Peer Wellness Co-facilitators.

The positions will be 6-month contracts. Successful candidates will be instrumental in working alongside THiP staff to design and co-facilitate new information and support service programming based on recent survey results and needs assessments. The deadline for applications is January 29th at 4:00pm.

Please find more information here: http://transhealth.vch.ca/docs/THIP_Peer_Wellness_Co-Facilitator.pdf
 

9. Qmunity's "I Heart My Chest" Resource and Workshop updates & workshop (Jan 30th)

A quick update on the final stages of QMUNITY’s “I Heart My Chest” resource and workshop series on holistic upper body care for trans* folk!

Both English and Mandarin versions of the resource are available for download or in print from our office, and the final free workshop “Preparing for and Recovering from Chest Surgeries” is fast approaching on January 30th respectively. Please click here for details: http://www.qmunity.ca/home/eventsgroupsandprograms/iheartmychest/

10. Free Streaming of MY PRAIRIE HOME – Mon Jan 27th

After enchanting audiences across Canada and at Sundance Film Festival, My Prairie Home, the NFB’s documentary-musical featuring transgender singer/songwriter/author Rae Spoon will be accessible to all Canadians for FREE on January 26th & 27th on nfb.ca.

SYNOPSIS:
A playful journey through transgender indie singer-songwriter Rae Spoon’s queer and musical coming of age.

11. SFU Surrey Open House Performance Opportunity

"We are looking for culturally diverse talent and entertainment to take part in SFU Surrey's Global Community Open House on Thursday, March 6th, 2013. If you're a musician, caricature artist, dance group, or have other talents that fit an evening of worldly celebration during SFU Surrey's upcoming Open House, please contact openhouse-entertainment@sfu.ca with information about your talent (including any links, videos or examples). Compensation to be determined.

For more information on the event visit: http://www.sfu.ca/surrey/engage/visit-us/open-house.html

Or watch last year's recap video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UQDt47M0x-E"
 

12. HIM's Totally Outright Program – Applications open now

"Want to meet other young, fun, smart guys? Want to learn to be a better friend, lover and boyfriend? Then Totally Outright is for you! Totally Outright is a four day leadership workshop for young gay, bisexual, trans, and queer guys interested in being healthy, sex-savvy trendsetters. Over two weekends you and twenty other young men will participate in interactive, thought provoking presentations from community leaders and experts in gay men's health. Topics range from coming out to sex, drug related harm reduction to relationships, and a whole lot in-between.

The workshop will be hosted in the penthouse conference room atop the Blue Horizon Hotel in downtown Vancouver, home to one of the city's most inspiring views. Food and supplies are provided and there are no costs for participating. We encourage guys from outside of Vancouver to apply, as arrangements can be made for transportation and accommodation.

You can apply today at checkhimout.ca/totallyoutright.

If you have any questions, you can e-mail us at totallyoutright@checkhimout.ca"

13. Call for trans* and gender nonconforming youth research participants

“I am looking for volunteers to take part in a study about trans* and gender nonconforming youth.

The purpose of the study is to understand what it means to be trans* or gender nonconforming from the perspective of trans* youth, and to understand the ways young trans* people live in a world marked by transphobia and anti-transgender discrimination. 

I am looking for anyone between 16 and 18 years of age who:

·         identifies as transgender, transsexual, genderqueer, or gender fluid 

·         identifies as having more than one gender identity or expression

·         identifies as gender-neutral

·         does not identify with any gender labels

·         does not conform to normative understandings of gender

·         has changed their bodies to better match their gender identity

For more information about this study, or to volunteer for this study, please email Meagan Simon at mesimon@sfu.ca.

This research is being carried out by Meagan Simon, a graduate student in Sociology at Simon Fraser University, under the supervision of Dr. Ann Travers, a professor at Simon Fraser University.”

14. Call for transgender participants for study on violence

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.

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