Do you hate me just a little bit for the Edition name of this newsletter? It’s okay if you do. I understand and I still care about you!

While things are in a quiet(er) breathing space at OOC given that we’re in the middle of Reading Week, we’ve got plenty in our rear-view mirror since our last newsletter (a great showing at All Volunteer Training Day, a pizza-filled “Valentine’s” Social, the semester’s first meeting of Queer History Project volunteers) and more on the horizon (Organizational Values planning, Peer Support training, and our end-of-March Queer Awareness Week programming soon to be announced).

We’ve got a full newsletter for you today, full of tons of upcoming events on and off the hill. Do the thing where you keep reading.


Contents

Out on Campus Happenings

1. OOC Values Session – Tue Feb 18th, 11:30am-1:30pm in the OOC Lounge (TC314N)

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

3. Peer Support Training – Sat March 1st, 10am-3:30pm at SFU Burnaby

4. OOC Library: Callout for Book Buy suggestions

5. SFU Queer Graduate Student, Faculty, & Staff Network

SFSS & Rotunda Happenings 

6. Wanted: Passionate Student Leaders! SFSS Annual General Elections – Nominations open Mon Feb 17th

7. SFU Women's Centre presents: Weekly Knit and Stitch – Tuesdays, 5:30pm

8. Sustainable SFU Community Kitchen Night – Tue Feb 18th, 5-9pm

9. FNSA Criminology Series: Jodie-Lynn Waddilove on Aboriginal Women in Law – Thu Feb 20th, 7pm at SFU Harbour Centre

10. SFPIRG Annual General Meeting – Mon Feb 24th, 12:30pm

11. SFSS Presents: SFU Student Governance 101 – Tue Feb 25th, 4:30-6pm at SFU Burnaby

12. Creating a Living Wage University – Thu Feb 27th, 12:30-1:30pm at Halpern Centre 126, SFU Burnaby

Community Callouts

13. “Fair Elections Act” & Suppression of Student Voters

14. Racialized Students Resistance! 2014 Conference – Call for Abstracts – Submission Deadline Wed Feb 19th 

15. Film and Petition on the persecution of lesbian and gay people in the Canadian Forces

16. Volunteers needed for study on homophobic and transphobic bullying experiences in high school

Community Events

17. Annual Women’s Memorial March in the DTES – Fri Feb 14th,11am

18. Building Intergenerational Gay and Bi Communities – Mon Feb 17th and Sat Feb 22nd

19. Employment Workshop for Trans* Folks – Wed Feb 19th, 6:30pm in downtown Vancouver

20. Born This Way and Beyond Gay Screenings – Sat Feb 22nd, 7pm at SFU Woodwards

21. "A GP For Me": A LGBTQ dialogue on barriers to accessing family doctors – Wed Feb 26th, 6:30pm in downtown Vancouver

22. Rainbow Concert Band Fundraiser: Agent C and Top Secret Presents Blues for the Band – Thu Feb 27th, 7pm in downtown Vancouver

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1. OOC Values Session – Tue Feb 18th, 11:30am-1:30pm in the OOC Lounge (TC314N)

We will be holding a facilitated Values session next Tuesday to continue developing and solidifying our OOC organizational values. All of our OOC community is welcome to join us. We hope to see you there!

 

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

Out on Campus is hosting a drop-in weekly Mindfulness hour facilitated by SFU Health & Counselling Services. It is 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.

 

3. Peer Support Training – Sat March 1st, 10am-3:30pm at SFU Burnaby

REGISTRATION REQUIRED by Tue Feb 25th: http://websurvey.sfu.ca/survey/158995912 
Out on Campus and SFU Health and Counselling Services welcomes all to participate in a basic Peer Support training session at SFU Burnaby. Lunch will be provided (though is dependent on people registering, and by Tue Feb 25th)!
We plan to cover topics such as:
Mindfulness 
Communication skills
– Mindful listening, empathetic responding
– The helping relationship
– Preparing yourself to listen
– Empathy
– Advanced Empathy
– Common mistakes in listening
– Scenarios, practice
– Debrief
Crisis and crisis intervention
– What is a crisis
– Needs of a person in crisis
– Intervention and helping model
– Referrals
Boundaries
Issues of Mental Health and Suicidality
– Intervention
– Referrals
Scenarios: Practice and Debrief
Unique situations
Self-care

 

4. OOC Library: Callout for Book Buy suggestions

It’s that time of year again! OOC Library Committee is preparing for our Book/Resource Buy, and we desperately need and want your suggestions <3 There’s at least 3 different ways you can let us know about items you think we should have:

1) If you’ve registered for a Rotunda Library account (OOC, the Women’s Centre, or SFPIRG), please log in at http://rotunda.kohalibrary.com/ at go to “my purchase suggestions”
2) Write your suggestions down on the clipboard that will be floating around the lounge for the next few weeks.
3) If neither of the above options for you, please email the Admin Assistant at ooc2@sfss.ca with the subject line “Book Buy suggestions”

Meanwhile, we’re also working on creating criteria for the resources in our library. It’s really important to us to hear what our communities think the purpose and priorities of our library should be! So keep your eyes peeled for a survey that will be coming to an inbox near you… (Psst, that inbox will be yours.)

 

5. SFU Queer Graduate Student, Faculty, & Staff Network

Exciting! A small group of grad students, with support from Out on Campus, the SFSS and the GSS, has created an LGBT email network for graduate students, faculty and staff at SFU.

Their goal is to create opportunities for SFU queer graduate student, faculty and staff to be in touch, meet one another and socialize in a friendly and safe environment over food and beers. 

Currently, the QGFS network is meeting weekly on Tuesday evenings. If you want to join the network or get updates, please subscribe to the mailing list. For more information and directions on how to do that, click here: http://www.sfu.ca/dean-gradstudies/blog/year/2013/12/LGBT-network.html

 

6. Wanted: Passionate Student Leaders! SFSS Annual General Elections – Nominations open Mon Feb 17th

Get involved in SFSS student politics! Nominations for the 2014 General Election open next week. For more info, see here: http://sfss.ca/news/sfss/notice-of-2014-general-election

 

7. SFU Women's Centre presents: Weekly Knit and Stitch – Tuesdays, 5:30pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/729454073738952

"The gang of all genders situated at the Women's Centre Office and Library (TC3014) clicking sticks, darning, yarning and generally having a pretty awesome creative moment with conversation.

All skill levels welcome! Snacks! Free yarn and needles so you just need to come! 
We have books, supplies and solid lead folks to help you make that wooly scarf or sock in time for the cold or for present making!"

 

8. Sustainable SFU Community Kitchen Night – Tue Feb 18th, 5-9pm

Join us for the next Sustainable SFU Community Kitchen! 

Community Kitchens =  a place for people of common interests to gather and prepare a meal together. It is an open space for people of all skill levels, whether you are a beginner or sous-chef, all are welcome to come and participate.

Where: Madge Hogarth Building (on the far side of WMC, in the residence area beside the old tennis courts)

RSVP: There is limited space in the kitchen so be sure to RSVP in advance!

Find out more here: http://sustainablesfu.org/actionareas/food/community-kitchen/

 

9. FNSA Criminology Series: Jodie-Lynn Waddilove on Aboriginal Women in Law – Thu Feb 20th, 7pm at SFU Harbour Centre

https://www.facebook.com/events/596152790455571

Please join our wonderful Rotunda neighbours, the First Nations Student Association at their event on Thursday February 20th. See their Facebook event for more details.

 

10. SFPIRG Annual General Meeting – Mon Feb 24th, 12:30pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/585477168190790

Come and join us for our AGM to review our work and financial statements from 2012-13.
We will also be using the opportunity to check in with you about SFPIRG's work:
– what you see as the organization's strengths & weaknesses
– where you think we should be heading
– what you would like to see us focus on and more
Your feedback will help to inform our future planning.
Everyone welcome. ASL translation will be provided. There will be snacks!

 

11. SFSS Presents: SFU Student Governance 101 – Tue Feb 25th, 4:30-6pm at SFU Burnaby

Find out how to have your say, gain valuable experience and connections, and change things that matter to you! SFU Student Governance is aimed at encouraging students to participate in the university and student society governance.  

The workshop is designed to help interested students explore volunteer potential as student leaders and advocates.  The various opportunities for involvement through the SFSS, SFU Senate, and SFU Board of Governors are explained in an accessible and convenient way. There will be FREE FOOD!! 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 – 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Please RSVP: http://websurvey.sfu.ca/survey/159568359

Can't make the time? Need more information?
Contact Antonio Daling at organiser@sfss.ca or Chardaye Bueckert at ero@sfss.ca

 

12. Creating a Living Wage University – Thu Feb 27th, 12:30-1:30pm at Halpern Centre 126, SFU Burnaby

Register Here
“Join us for a lunch time talk about SFU’s unique opportunity to become the first Living Wage University in Canada. Many universities around the world have passed a ‘Living Wage Policy’ ensuring that all staff (directly employed & subcontracted) receive a Living Wage; that is a wage that ensures a family can cover its basic needs. By taking on this leadership role, they have demonstrated how universities can lead by example in a very practical, inspiring way to tackle issues of growing inequality and rising levels of child poverty in our communities. This aim of this talk is to stimulate discussion and debate at SFU and other Canadian universities about adopting a Living Wage policy.

Hosted by Professor Marjorie Griffin Cohen, the event will feature a panel of speakers including Professor Jane Willis (University of Queen Mary, London, England) and Ellen Pekeles (Senior VP of Operations for Vancity). Both speakers will share their experiences of becoming Living Wage employers and how it has affected their organizations.
This event is hosted by SFU Public Square with the support of the Living Wage SFU Committee and the Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies Department. Visit www.livingwagesfu.wordpress.com to learn more.”

The OOC Collective endorses the SFU Living Wage campaign.

 

13. “Fair Elections Act” & Suppression of Student Voters

“As you may already know, a bill called the "Fair Elections Act" is currently before Parliament. This bill would change provisions under the Canada Elections Act that currently allow ''vouching'' during federal elections, enabling those without government issued photo ID with an address in the riding to cast a ballot. This means that a student from out of province living in another province for school would not be able to cast a ballot in the riding they have lived in for years. It would also prevent Elections Canada from delivering non-partisan get out and vote messages. 

This bill is of extreme concern given that many students study away from home. It will hamper voter mobilization and student's participation in the electoral process at a time when youth voter turnouts are at an all time low. The SFSS recently spoke out publicly against the Fair Elections Act:  http://vancouver.24hrs.ca/2014/02/11/new-canadian-election-rules-will-shut-out-students-says-group.

There is currently a petition that has over 35 000 signatures opposing the bill (http://you.leadnow.ca/petitions/stop-us-style-voter-suppression-from-becoming-law-in-canada). If you feel this bill is an affront to the ability of ALL Canadians to participate in our democracy, please add your name.“

 

14. Racialized Students Resistance! 2014 Conference – Call for Abstracts – Submission Deadline Wed Feb 19th 

May 05, 2014 | Liu Institute for Global Issues
Musqueam Territory | University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

call for abstracts

We are pleased to announce our call for abstracts for Racialized Students Resistance! 2014 Conference organized by the Centre for Race Autobiography Gender and Age (RAGA) Graduate and Undergraduate Student Networks. We welcome post-secondary students from the RAGA Networks to submit abstracts (to join one of the networks, please see information below) for either an oral or poster presentation.

This conference welcomes presentations which centre on critical approaches to Indigenous, critical race and feminist scholarships, including Indigenous Feminisms, Post/Colonial, Anti-Racism, Mestiza, Black Feminist Thought and LGBTQIA scholarship. The one day conference focuses on enacting processes of unmasking; de/reconstructing; in/visibilizing; reclaiming; and creating. The Racialized Students Resistance! 2014 Conference will offer a critically informed platform to address subtle and explicit institutionalized systems of violence and oppression – often experienced by racialized individuals and their various communities.

We encourage the widest possible range of presentation topics that embrace intersectional critical approaches. We challenge ourselves to include multiple and alternative knowledges that disrupt dominant academic frameworks. We purposefully seek diverse presentation formats including art talks,  oral presentations, spoken word, and short films/documentaries. We also support non-traditional poster presentation submissions (i.e. collages, photographic vignettes, and all forms of visual art).

For more information about the submission process, please visit RAGA Network
blog http://ragastudentnetwork.wordpress.com/.

Submission deadline: February 19, 2014
ragacentre@gmail.com

 

15. Film and Petition on the persecution of lesbian and gay people in the Canadian Forces

Local filmmakers have written and produced the dramatic film, Citizen Jane, as a means of spreading awareness of a petition calling upon the Harper Government and current Minister of Defence Rob Nicholson, to acknowledge the history of discrimination against all lesbian and gay soldiers by issuing a formal apology. The petition also demands the restoration of benefits to the many soldiers who were removed from military service because of their sexual orientation.

https://secure.avaaz.org/en/petition/Apologize_for_LGBT_persecution_in_the_Canadian_Forces/

 

16. Volunteers needed for study on homophobic and transphobic bullying experiences in high school

Are you…

·       a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, two-spirited, or queer (GLBTTQ) individual who feels that you were bullied because of your sexual orientation or gender identity?

·       19 years of age or older?

·       interested in discussing your experiences with this type of bullying?

If you answered yes to all of the above questions, you are invited to participate in a discussion exploring experiences with homophobic or transphobic bullying. This confidential research is being conducted by a SFU Graduate Student in order to gain a deeper understanding of homophobia and transphobia and coping methods used to combat this form of bullying.

For more information, or to volunteer, please contract Kyle at dksuther@sfu.ca

 

17. Annual Women’s Memorial March in the DTES – Fri Feb 14th,11am

March starts at noon from Carnegie (Main and Hastings)

The first women’s memorial march was held in 1991 in response to the murder of a Coast Salish woman on Powell Street in Vancouver. Her name is not spoken today out of respect for the wishes of her family. Out of this sense of hopelessness and anger came an annual march on Valentine’s Day to express compassion, community, and caring for all women in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Unceded Coast Salish Territories. Twenty three years later, the women’s memorial march continues to honour the lives of missing and murdered women.

More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/649903748374268/

 

18. Building Intergenerational Gay and Bi Communities – Mon Feb 17th and Sat Feb 22nd

Hosted by the Community-Based Research Centre for Gay Men's Health

"We've been talking about it for years. Younger and older men want it. It is time to connect generations of gay and bi men together.  Boomers, Xs, Millenials and beyond, come join us for an all ages discussion on the topics of life course, age/aging, generations, and improving intergenerational relationships and understanding.

You are warmly invited to come along to a World CafĂ© where we will be exploring and connecting the histories of gay and bi men.  The event is hosted by the Community-Based Research Centre for Gay Men's Health and the Investigaytors, in collaboration with the Health Initiative for Men.  Light refreshments will be provided.

There are two opportunities to participate:
VANCOUVER Monday February 17th from 6:00 – 8:00pm at Heaven's Door – 1216 Bute Street, Vancouver
NEW WESTMINSTER Saturday February 22nd from 1:00 – 3:00pm at Douglas College – 700 Royal Avenue (Room 1717), New Westminster

This event is completely free, but we would kindly ask that everyone RSVP in advance to David at david@cbrc.net. Please let us know which location you will be joining us at and if there are any accessibility accommodations we can arrange for you. Note that Heaven's Door is not wheelchair accessible.

We will be taking handwritten notes during the event to help with future research and programs. No names are taken. The privacy and confidentiality of all participants will be respected."

 

19. Employment Workshop for Trans* Folks – Wed Feb 19th, 6:30pm in downtown Vancouver

A free workshop, hosted by QMUNITY and facilitated by peers and service providers, addressing systemic barriers to employment for trans* folk, including:

  • What to do in case of discrimination
  • How to navigate interviews and new workplaces
  • Knowing your legal rights
  • Coming out/Transitioning at work
  • Question and answers 

When: 6:30-9:30pm, 19 February 2014

Where: #610-1033 Davie St, Vancouver (Buzz 610 for entry)

Cost: Free

Registration required: Click here to register. Please note that while spaces are filling fast, there is a wait-list available.

Light refreshments provided     

Accessibility:

The workshop will be held in a wheelchair accessible location. Please consider avoiding use of scents.

For more information, contact education@qmunity.ca /604 684 5307 x 112

 

20. Born This Way and Beyond Gay Screenings – Sat Feb 22nd, 7pm at SFU Woodwards

http://sfuwoodwards.ca/index.php/events/details/beyond-gay-the-politics-of-pride

http://sfuwoodwards.ca/index.php/events/details/the-human-rights-watch-travellin-film-festival

https://www.facebook.com/events/563231843770897/

Both screenings are free.

The 7 PM screening is Born This Way a doc about LGBT life in Cameroon Africa and is being presented as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival.

The 9 PM screening is the documentary Beyond Gay that has won several best documentary awards and played in 15 countries around the world. It had its Vancouver premiere during the 2010 Winter Olympics at "Pride House." This year’s screening coincides with the closing weekend of the Sochi games where Pride House has been banned.

 

21. "A GP For Me": A LGBTQ dialogue on barriers to accessing family doctors – Wed Feb 26th, 6:30pm in downtown Vancouver

Presented by Qmunity and the Vancouver Division of Family Practice

MANY PEOPLE DON’T HAVE ACCESS TO A FAMILY DOCTOR IN VANCOUVER

1 IN 6 AND 24,000 OF US ARE ACTIVELY LOOKING 

Have you faced challenges in finding or maintaining a relationship with a primary care practitioner? Do you have ideas about how to improve access to primary healthcare and the quality of services that you receive? If so, we want to hear from you! 

Family doctors are working hard to make things better, but we can’t do it without your voice. We invite you to tell us what you think, what you have experienced and what you want to see changed. Join us at the next community dialogue session being held at: 

QMUNITY Generations 

#610-1033 Davie St (Buzz 610 for Entry / Wheelchair accessible) 

26 Feb 2014, 6:30-8:30 PM 

Refreshments and light snacks will be served. Please RSVP by emailing Mauree.aki@gmail.com

 

22. Rainbow Concert Band Fundraiser: Agent C and Top Secret Presents Blues for the Band – Thu Feb 27th, 7pm in downtown Vancouver

Location: Vancouver FanClub, 1050 Granville Street, Vancouver, V6Z 1L5

Date: Thursday, February 27, 2014
Time: 7:00pm
Type of Event: Music, community band
Age Range: Any
Cost: $20 
Contact Information: info@rainbowband.ca
Ticket Web Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/217585081765533/ 
Website Link: http://rainbowband.ca
Notes: A blues fund-raising event for the Rainbow Concert Band

This year Agent C and Top Secret are on a roll with a second fundraising concert. This time, raising funds for the Vancouver Rainbow Concert Band – The whole article can be found here: http://www.thornleycreative.com/blog/201401/blues-for-the-band-a-new-fundraiser

 

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.