Hello everyone, welcome to the start of a new semester for those of you that are taking classes and welcome to whatever else it is you are up to this summer if you are not taking classes! I hope you are well whatever the circumstances of your planned activities for these next few months. Here is the first Out on Campus newsletter for the summer semester. 

Table of Contents:
Out on Campus Related Happenings 
1. Out on Campus Retreat 2014
2. Summer Volunteering
3. Collective
4. Clubs Days
5. Workshop Design & Facilitation Course Co-Sponsorship with SFPIRG
SFSS/SFU Happenings
6. SFSS Standard First Aid Workshop
7. Build SFU Community Update
Community Events & Callouts
8. LGBTQ2SQQ and allies conference at Naramata Centre
9. Volunteer with Vancouver Pride
10. Narrative Therapy Conference May 28-31
11. Peace Building & Intercultural Dialogue 
12. Queer Constellations 
13. Canadian Cancer Society Job Opportunity
14. Queer Arts Festival Operations Assistant Job Opportunity
15. Moving in a Liveable Region Survey

Out on Campus Related Happenings

1. Out on Campus Retreat 2014
Last week Out on Campus volunteers and staff went on an organizational retreat where we reviewed the year that passed and did planning and visioning for the next year. Our vision statement has been put on our website (ooc.sfss.ca) and is:
This year, we are building solidarity, connections and community within Out on Campus and with our campus neighbours. We are also clarifying organizational processes and refocusing our volunteer program to improve sustainability, accessibility, and inclusivity.
Keep an eye out on our website for more information from retreat.

2. Summer Volunteering with Out on Campus
Returning volunteers who are interested in volunteering with Out on Campus should have received an email with information about volunteering, if you haven’t please contact the volunteer coordinator at ooc@sfss.ca. If you are interested in volunteering and have never volunteered before please get in contact with the volunteer coordinator at the above e-mail. 

3. Collective
Collective is the decision making body of Out on Campus, we run on a consensus based decision making model that seeks everyone’s input who wants to give it before reaching a decision. Collective meets once a week for an hour and a half. Meeting times for the summer semester will be set soon so keep your eyes open for announcements.

4. Clubs Days
Keep your eyes open for Out on Campus at clubs days next week, May 13 and14. Come by our table and say hello, sign up to volunteer, or find out more about Out on Campus.

5. Workshop Design & Facilitation Course Co-Sponsorship with SFPIRG
This summer Out on Campus is co-sponsoring SFPIRG’s workshop design and facilitation training for social and environmental change makers. The course is 12-5 Wednesday’s and Friday’s from May 14 to June 13. You can find more information and sign up here, sign up ends May 7th. 

SFSS/SFU Related Happenings

6. SFSS Standard First Aid Workshop
This is a comprehensive two-day (16-hour) course offering first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) skills. Participants will become skilled in wound care, splinting, and even administration of Epi pens. Includes the latest first aid and CPR guidelines and meets federal and a variety of provincial/territorial regulations for Standard First Aid and CPR. Red Cross First Aid & CPR Manual, certification card and certificate included. Certification valid for 3 years. The cost is $75 and is running May 10th-May 11th starting at 9:30. More information and registration can be found here.

7. BUILD SFU Community Update
On May 21st Build SFU is giving a community update on the project. They will be updating folks on the floor plan and exterior design with architects. More information can be found here. 

Community Events & Callouts

8. LGBTQ2SQQ and allies conference at Naramata Centre
The annual conference is an opportunity for all ages to gather, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, from across Canada for worship, learning, and community.
To find out more click here
To find a brochure for the conference click here (trigger warning for use of transmisogynist slur)
After the conference, there is a retreat for LGBTQ youth and adults: 
Imagine: LGBTQ Retreat & Conference 
13 July 2014 – 15 July 2014 
Imagine Retreat Leaders: Eric Hamlyn and Anna White 
Imagine is an event that has continually evolved over the years ~ this year’s event will follow immediately after the Affirm UNITED conference. The event welcomes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, and queer people for anyone 15 years or older. Friends, family, and allies are invited to sign up for a personal retreat. Imagine a space for sharing stories with new or old friends and delighting in simple quality time together through music, worship, workshops, and conversations. 

For more information about Affirm United, go to http://affirmunited.ause.ca/ 

9. Volunteer with Vancouver Pride
Volunteers are an integral part of making the magic of Pride happen, and are the backbone of the Vancouver Pride Society. VPS has a range of volunteer opportunities that are appropriate for a range of abilities, as well as some opportunities for groups to sign up together and work in a team during events.

This year, Pride is bringing back its roster of classic events, and a few new exciting events that can only happen because of the work of dedicated volunteers, including:

East Side Pride, June 28th at Grandview Park

Gay Day @ Playland, July 19th at the PNE
Picnic in the Park, July 26th at Brockton Oval, Stanley Park
Davie Street Dance Party, August 1nd on Davie St. between Burrard and Jervis
Pride Parade, August 3th in Downtown Vancouver
Pride Festival, August 3th at Sunset Beach

In addition to volunteers for these events, we are also looking for volunteers to help with Office Administration, Graphic Design, Writing/Copy edition, and Photography. 

Since Pride has such a large requirement for volunteers with a range of abilities and interest, our volunteer program is the perfect opportunity for members of the LGBTQ community to become more involved, meet more people, and give back to their community. 

Signing up to Volunteer:
Create a Volunteer Profile on the Volunteer Portal to find a list of volunteer opportunities with Pride. Volunteer opportunities are posted on an ongoing bases as needs arise. 

10. Narrative Therapy Conference May 28-31

Vancouver School of Narrative Therapy is hosting the Therapeutic Conversations Conference TC11. Please find attached the full event program for the conference featuring presenters such as Lorraine Hedke: Grief & Loss, Jeff Zimmerman: Narrative & Neuroscience, Jill Freedman: Narrative Practice, Bill Madsen & Beth Root: Narrative Family Therapy and David Nylund: Therapeutic Letter Writing and more

More information can be found here

11. Peace building & Intercultural Dialogue

You are invited to the coming International Summer Academy on Peacebuilding & Intercultural Dialogue organising by Institute for Peace and Dialogue, IPD. SA will take place in Baar, Switzerland during the 17-27 August, 2014.

This event will be useful to get academic knowledge by involved experienced experts and spend fruitful summer time in Switzerland.

To register SA you need to fill the application form and send us by email with your passport page (only photo page) to fhuseynli@ipdinstitute.ch till the 30 June, 2014.

Participants from all over world countries who working in State Organs, INGOs, IOs, Companies, Universities or Individual Researchers andwho are interested on peacebuilding, conflict transformation, intercultural-interfaith dialogue, mediation, negotiation etc. related topics are welcome to join our coming summer academy.

12. Queer Constellations

An interplanetary cabaret by the members of the queer imaging & riting collective for elders. Join your host Mercury for an immersive arts experience of life on planet Quirck-e. Enjoy music, video, images, performance and spoken word from your old queer community. Alien attire optional. May 30 2014 at Astorino’s (1739 Venables Street Vancouver). Doors at 6:30PM $5-$15 sliding scale. This event is co-sponsored by the City of Vancouver, Britannia Service Centre and Qmunity’s Generations Program 

13. Canadian Cancer Society Job Opportunity

The Canadian Cancer Society is hiring an LGBT Health Promotions Assistant which is a student position for the summer, applicants are required to be 15-30 years old and must return to full-time studies in the fall. The position leads outreach to the LGBT community and organizes a team of 80 volunteers, they also are responsible for putting together the annual Pride Parade entry for the Vancouver Pride Parade. Full details can be found here. Applications are due May 9th 

14. Queer Arts Festival Operations Assistant Job Opportunity
The Queer Arts Festival is hiring an Operations Assistant through Canada Summer Jobs, this is a 14 week position for an interested student who is excited about being involved in Vancouver’s premiere Festival of LGBTQ fine arts. 

More information: http://queerartsfestival.com/job-opportunities

15. Moving in A liveable Region Survey
Moving in a Livable Region is a consortium of business, local government, organizations, and transportation leaders working together for sustainable funding for Metro Vancouver’s transportation system. The SFU Centre for Dialogue is convening the consortium and we aim to provide fact-based information on transportation and the upcoming referendum to Metro Vancouver residents.
Moving in a Livable Region is pushing out a major regional survey on transportation which can be found here. Fill out the survey and you could win an iPad Mini. 

That’s all for now folks! Have a wonderful week.

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