Was anyone else having that problem last week, where, because the snow is melting off all the roofs and trees etc, you were more likely to get soaked when walking underneath something that would normally provide cover and keep you dry if it was raining? …Just me? …Okay.

So it’s newsletter time again, and there’s lots of things ahead of us that I’d love for you to pay some attention to. For instance! Library Committee has some callouts that they’d love for you to hear, and our Queer Awareness Week programming has been solidified for the last week of March. Please do the reading thing!

And take a look at this beautifully OOC-volunteer-organized safer sex supplies in our space 🙂 (and also some usb thumb drives – I’m pretty sure you can’t obviously use those for safer sex)

Contents

Out on Campus related Happenings

1. Library updates: Fill out our Survey! Give us book suggestions! PLZKTHX!

2. SFSS Office Holiday for IWD – Fri Mar 7th

3. Queer Graduate & Faculty Network presents an "Identity Labels" discussion – Tue Mar 4th, 7pm

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

5. Queer Awareness Week Programming! – Mon Mar 24th – Fri Mar 28th

SFU Happenings 

6. Spring Cleaning, 2014 Swap Event – drop-off until Mar 11th & Swap on Wed Mar 12th

7. ***Fat Matters: film, embodiment, social change series – begins Mon Mar 3rd

8. Surrey Transit Safety – evening of Fri Mar 14th 

9. Sustainable SFU Movie Night: "FLOW: For the Love of Water" – Thu Mar 20th, 5:30pm at SFU Harbour Centre

Community Events

10. Queer Yoga – weekly starting Thu Mar 6th, 6:00-7:30pm

11. International Women's Day Rally & March – Sat March 8th, 1pm at the Vancouver Art Gallery

12. Queer Songwriters of a New Generation – Songwriting workshops for queer youth and their allies

13. Gay & Grey Forum on aging and the LGBT community – Wed March 12th, 6:30pm in downtown Vancouver

14. Sister Spit 2014! – Wed March 26th, 7pm

15. Surviving to Thriving: LBT*2SQ Women's Support Group – Apr 2nd to Jun 4th

Community Callouts

16. Briarpatch Magazine seeking submissions – queries due March 6th

17. Quick Survey re: LGTB2SQ in Abusive Relationships

19. Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver Volunteer opportunities 

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1. Library updates: Fill out our Survey! Give us book suggestions! PLZKTHX!

The OOC Library Committee really and truly wants to know how we can make our libraries and resources better for you, our dear community members! We have lovingly and painstakingly prepared this survey to gather your opinions and feedback. Please, regardless of your library use in the past, we really want your input! It would be a huge help to us as we move forward and try to figure out how best our resources can serve everyone in our community. We invite you to take a few minutes to help us out today. http://websurvey.sfu.ca/survey/157987607

So you’re filling out our survey, and maybe you want a reminder about what kinds of resources we already have? Visit our online catalogue and search around: http://rotunda.kohalibrary.com/

And hey, while you’re at our online catalogue (and if you’ve already signed up for a library account with us), why don’t you go ahead and log-in with your SFU ID, click over to “my purchase suggestions” on the lower left side of the page, and give us some book or resource suggestions that you have for our upcoming Book/Resource Buy? (If you can’t remember your password, please email Susan at ooc2@sfss.ca to have it reset!)

 

2. SFSS Office Holiday for IWD – Fri Mar 7th

Heads up OOCers!: SFSS offices will be closed and SFSS staff will not be working on Fri Mar 7th for International Women’s Day (actual date: Sat March 8th!). While staff will not be around the OOC lounge may still be open depending on volunteer availability.

 

3. Queer Graduate & Faculty Network presents an "Identity Labels" discussion – Tue Mar 4th, 7pm

SFU Queer Graduate and Faculty Network invites you to our

MONTHLY DISCUSSION

NEXT EVENT:

4th MARCH 2014, Tuesday, 7pm

GSS LOUNGE

Whether it is Bi-phobia, sexual abuse and safety, career development in the LGBTQ community or any other topics, we would like to hear your voices. It’s a great opportunity to open our minds to issues that concern us in our community. Every session, we have a new topic, food and drinks; so come prepared with an open mind. This dialogue can spur a change!

This month we’ll talk about "identity labels" (queer, gay, bi, trans, etc): what do they mean to us? are they important? do they help us in defining ourselves or do they constrain us into rigid boxes? why do some of us identify as queer vs gay (or the other way around) – or as queer vs bi, etc?

Email queer-gfs-contact@sfu.ca for more information about this event and joining our mailing list.

This event sponsored by OOC. 

 

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

Mindfulness continues in the OOC Lounge through until the end of the semester. Come wind down from the midterm stress, assignment stress, paper stress…

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. Queer Awareness Week Programming! – Mon Mar 24th – Fri Mar 28th

We’ve finalized our programming for this year’s Queer Awareness Week! Here’s a teaser of our schedule (keep your eyes open on your inboxes, our Facebook, and our website for more info soon):

QAW Kickoff Discussion – Why Does Raising Awareness Matter to Us?
Mon Mar 24, 12:30pm

Reading Rainbow: Dinner, Drama, and the Dewey-Decimal System
Mon Mar 24, 5:30pm

Queer Graduate and Faculty Network Social
Tue Mar 25, 7pm

Queer/Trans People in Advertising
Wed Mar 26, 1:30pm

Positive Space Network Module 1 – Introduction
Thu Mar 27, 1:30pm

Oral Queer Histories on Campus
Fri Mar 28, 12pm

Surrey Spring Social
Fri Mar 28, 5:30pm

 

6. Spring Cleaning, 2014 Swap Event – drop-off Feb 28th-Mar 11th & Swap on Wed Mar 12th

"DO SOME SPRING CLEANING BY SWAPPING INSTEAD OF SHOPPING. FreeList@SFU and the GSS presents the Spring Cleaning, 2014 Swap Event. Got extra items at home and don’t know what to do with them? Bring them to SFU Burnaby and place them in our drop-off stations around campus or simply bring them with you to the event. When you drop off or bring an item, you are qualified to pick a voucher which allows you exclusive access to the Swap Event and a chance to grab some really cool stuff! Join us in the Saywell Atrium on Mar. 12 between 2PM-6PM and look out for the drop-off stations during Feb. 28 – Mar. 11. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to learn more!" 

We’ve got a drop-off station outside of the OOC lounge (TC314N)!

 

7. ***Fat Matters: film, embodiment, social change series – begins Mon Mar 3rd

The Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Department is sponsoring a series of film screenings and lectures relating to Fat Studies.

The first in the series –

Screening of
My Big Fat Diet

7 PM – Monday, March 3
SFU Harbour Centre, Room 7000
(Earl and Jennie Lohn Policy Room, 7th Floor)

This CBC documentary follows the Namgis First Nation on a town-wide diet.
Come hear from one of the filmmakers as well as experts in First Nations film and fat studies.

Commentators include:
Dr. Jay Wortman, Filmmaker
Dr. Charles Menzies, Anthropology, UBC
Dr. Carmen Ellison, Early Childhood Development Mapping, University of Alberta)

See more here: http://www.sfu.ca/gsws/community-outreach/newsworthy/FatMatters.html

 

8. Surrey Transit Safety – evening of Fri Mar 14th 

"The Women’s Centre is partnering with an SFU project that has received huge local and national attention, making it accessible to our local campus community and neighbours. Evening event for Surrey students and Surrey community members to talk about gender and transit safety, racial profiling, and community perception of transit police. Open to all genders."

 

9. Sustainable SFU Movie Night: "FLOW: For the Love of Water" – Thu Mar 20th, 5:30pm at SFU Harbour Centre

Sustainable SFU Waste Team is pleased to present the award winning documentary "FLOW: For the Love of Water" on Thursday, March 20th, 5:30-7:30PM at Harbour Centre Rm 1520.  Did you know that only 1% of the earth's water is drinkable? It's true. Fresh water is a human need, and is a resource that is becoming privatized all around the world. But CAN ANYONE REALLY OWN WATER? Join us in anticipation of World Waters Day to celebrate H20.

If you are passionate about the environment, global politics, or just plain love water, come out and bring your friends for a FREE MOVIE NIGHT. Popcorn, juice, snacks and a big screen provided.

 

10. Queer Yoga – weekly starting Thu Mar 6th, 6:00-7:30pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/519995638118843/

Queer yoga is designed to offer a safe space for queer and trans* folks and their allies to build community and practice together without judgement or fear. This class will be a unique mix of vinyasa, yin and meditation suitable for all levels of experience. Flexibility is a result of the practice, not a requirement. 

$5 to $25 sliding scale – no one turned away for lack of funds.

Please see the Facebook Event for more info!

 

11. International Women's Day Rally & March – Sat March 8th, 1pm at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/593549404053424/

"On International Women’s Day we raise our fists in solidarity with women struggling for emancipation. We stand united in defense of women’s rights, for genuine liberation for all women. We rally and march as a demonstration of our collective resistance against colonization, imperialist plunder, and the violence, oppression and exploitation of patriarchy and capitalism.

Women around the world are at the forefront of struggles for emancipation that ultimately seek to end capitalism, patriarchy, exploitation, and greed. We struggle to build a society based on collaboration, cooperation, self-determination, and the survival of our planet. Join us as we raise our voices for liberation and justice for all women!"

 

12. Queer Songwriters of a New Generation – Songwriting workshops for queer youth and their allies

The Vancouver Queer Arts Festival (QAF) and QMUNITY Gab Youth are teaming up to present a songwriting workshop for queer youth and their allies. It starts with monthly drop ins the last Wednesday of Feb, March and April at the Gordon Neighbourhood house then moving on to more intensive sessions with a committed group.

It's called QSONG or Queer Songwriters of a New Generation, a new program from the highly successful SONG series through Access2Music (MusicBC's charitable foundation). If you have any singer songwriters or other musicians who would like to join please spread the word!  

Current Facebook Events: https://www.facebook.com/events/618503038240601/

 

13. Gay & Grey Forum on aging and the LGBT community – Wed March 12th, 6:30pm in downtown Vancouver

CBC Radio One presents a special forum at the Fountainhead Pub (1025 Davie St.), moderated by Stephen Quinn.

Forum panelists include: 

  • Gloria Gutman – Professor Emerita in the SFU Department of Gerontology.
  • Dara Parker – the Executive Director of Qmunity, a queer resource centre.
  • Wayne Robert – the Executive Director of the Health Initiative for Men.

Claire Robson – the Co-organizer of BOLDFest, an annual festival for older lesbians that happens here in Vancouver. She's also the lead artist for Quirk-e, the "Queer Imaging and Riting Kollective for Elders."
 

14. Sister Spit 2014! – Wed March 26th, 7pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/695275763837097/

BUY TICKETS HERE: http://sisterspit2014.eventbrite.ca/

SISTER SPIT is setting off on their 2014 spring fling, spreading queer and feminist literature and performance all across North America, and they're coming to Vancouver! This event is happening on the unceded and occupied Coast Salish territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh people.

The tradition of taking a vanload of edgy, intellectual provocateurs on the road, begun with Michelle Tea in 1997, continues with a lineup featuring brand new voices, audience favorites and the latest publications from Sister Spit Books, an imprint of iconic City Lights Books.

The legendary, raucous, rowdy performance gang, Sister Spit, will hit your town with a pack of multimedia, queer-centric brilliance, a must-see multimedia explosion of taste-makers, novelists, luminaries, playwrights, performance artists, and performers.

 

15. Surviving to Thriving: LBT*2SQ Women's Support Group – Apr 2nd to Jun 4th

Local filmmakers have written and produced the dramatic filmhttp://www.bwss.org/surviving-to-thriving-lbt2sq-womens-10-week-support-group/

This group will support participants to:

• gain a greater understanding of their lives and relationships as LBT*2SQ women
• explore myths and realities about abuse and their impacts on LBT*2SQ women
• recognize the dynamics of intimate partner violence and explore skills to build the relationships they desire
• reduce isolation, make new connections, and share their voice in a supportive environment

Topics will include: forms of abuse, impacts of abuse, personal values, relationships, sex and sexuality, emotions, community, and more.

Wednesdays 5:30 to 7:30 PM
10 weeks Apr 2 to Jun 4, 2014

This is a support group for self-identified Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans*, Two Spirit and Queer Women who have experienced or are experiencing the impacts of violence and abuse, including intimate partner violence
and childhood sexual abuse.

Before registering for this group, all interested participants will be invited to an initial meet-up with the facilitators to assess safety concerns and how we can best ensure safety, support, and confidentiality.

Location: Battered Women’s Support Services in Vancouver (for confidentiality purposes please call us to obtain the address)
Assistance with bus tickets is available.

For more information and/or to join the group, please call Emma 604.687.1868 ext:317 or email intake@bwss.org

 

16. Briarpatch Magazine seeking submissions – queries due March 6th

Briarpatch is seeking submissions for our July/August 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 March 6, 2014. If your query is accepted, first drafts will be due by April 11. 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.

http://briarpatchmagazine.com/announcements/view/call-for-submissions9

 

17. Quick Survey re: LGTB2SQ in Abusive Relationships

The Ending Violence Assocation of BC's Safe Choices Program is doing a quick survey.  We do in service training re: tools for working with LGTB2SQ clients experiencing intimate relationship violence.

We would really appreciate you taking a few minutes to click on the link below and take our survey!  It only takes 5-10 minutes and will make a real difference.

Here is the link to the Safe Choices survey:

http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e8ymdh8mhrv6dexr/start

 

18. 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 orBig 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.