Welcome back to another semester and welcome to another turn around the Sun with us. We’re hoping your solstice, your holidays, and your ringing in of the Gregorian New Year was lovely and warm and filled with precisely the amount of company that you were hoping for. 

Here at OOC? We’re jumping in to a new semester and new year with both feet. We’ll be a stop on the Orientation tours today, welcoming new SFU students and planting ideas about safer space and inclusivity to a new cohort. And we’ve got a busy January ahead of us with Burnaby Clubs Days, outreach, events, workshops, Collective, and our volunteer program kicking off for the semester. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Read on to see what’s up!

Today’s Contents:
Out on Campus Events & Happenings
Volunteer with OOC! – New and Returning volunteers
Collective Meetings for Spring 2015
Open House! – Thursday January 22nd
Positive Space Network upcoming workshops
SFU Queer Graduate, Faculty, and Staff Network (QGFSN)
Rotunda, SFSS, and SFU Happenings
‘Sex with Neighbours: Canada and Canadians in the “U.S.” Homophile Press’ – Jan 8th
SFSS SFU Student Governance Workshops
SFSS Special General Meeting – Jan 21st
Protecting Indigenous Cultural Heritage – Free Public Lectures Spring 2015
CJSF Job Opportunities
Greater Community Happenings
Two-Spirit People: Then and Now – Jan 8th
Out in Harmony Presents: Perchance to Dream – Jan 24th
Queer-friendly Housing available


Out on Campus Events & Happenings

Wanna get involved at OOC this semester? Join our volunteer program! Surf on over to http://ooc.sfss.ca/how-to-volunteer to check out the details (especially about our Volunteer Teams). We’ve got New Volunteer Orientations and All Volunteer Training Day coming up – be sure to RSVP!

Are you a returning volunteer? Please check your email and send in your availability and team interest to the Volunteer Coordinator ASAP if you haven’t already. And keep your eyes peeled this week for more info on Lounge Care Hours, co-facilitating New Volunteer Orientations, and registering for All Volunteer Training Day.


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.

The regular day and time changes semester to semester to accommodate changing class schedules. Sign up for your preferred time at the beginning of the semester by dropping by the lounge or our table at Clubs Days. Regular Collective meeting times will likely be set by the third week of classes.

Returning Collective members, please check your email and submit your availability for our interim Collective meeting. 



Drop in to the space – no RSVP required! Come by to check out our space in a new semester and new year! Free food and old and new faces, too 🙂

We’re located on the North side of the Rotunda, above the first bus loop (Transportation Centre), between Convo Mall and the WMC. 


Are you interested in learning about how to make the spaces you move through more inclusive and more safe for everyone? Want a better understanding of issues of gender and sex, but don’t know where to start? Do you work with members of the public, students, staff, or faculty? 

The PSN is an education program dedicated to promoting and maintaining a campus environment embracing of gender and sexual diversity and their various intersections. This program for students, faculty, and staff, aims to reduce homophobia and transphobia, increase individual and organizational knowledge, and create safer spaces across campus. By offering a multi-level, modular program, the PSN is able to reach those with less knowledge on the topics covered, as well as those who have more experience with them.

This semester we’re holding THREE PSN workshops – one each of Module 1, 2, and 3. The Introduction Module is just two and a half weeks away! Did you take Module 2 or 3 last semester but haven’t taken our Intro yet? Have you been interested in checking out the PSN but haven’t gotten around to it? Just heard about us and want to see what we’re about? Now’s the time!

Module 1 – Introduction
Friday January 23rd, 2015 – 10:30am-1:30pm
RSVP: Email positivespace@sfss.ca
This intro module introduces the PSN, and includes topics such as privilege, oppression, and stigma. Activities in this workshop address gender, heteronormativity, and allyship. This workshop is good for people of all experience levels. 

Module 2 – Gender/Sex
Wednesday February 25th, 2015 – 9:30am-12:30pm
RSVP: Email positivespace@sfss.ca
This module is part of level one of the Positive Space Network. It’s an introduction to concepts of gender and sex. Topics included in this workshop include systems of gender, the transgender umbrella, as well as transphobia and cisnormativity. Activities in this workshop address less-common pronouns, gracefully making mistakes, and self-identity. This workshop is good for people of various experiences with the topics it covers.

Module 3 – Sexuality & Sexual Orientation
Monday March 16th, 2015 – 10:30am-1:30pm
RSVP: Email positivespace@sfss.ca
This module is an introduction to the concepts of sexual orientation and sexuality. Topics included in this workshop include: identity (including those outside of gay and lesbian), heteronormativity, and homophobia. This workshop is good for people of all experience levels.


An LGBT network for graduate students, faculty and staff at SFU has been created in collaboration with Out on Campus and the Graduate Student Society. The goal is to create a safe and friendly space for SFU queer graduates, faculty and staff to get in touch, meet, socialise and explore opportunities to get involved in the queer community.
If you want to join the network or get updates, please subscribe to the mailing list:queer-grad-fac-staff@sfu.ca. All privacy will be respected and people who are not out can feel safe to subscribe and join.
Click here for instructions on how to join the mailing list. For questions, please e-mail: queer-gfs-contact@sfu.ca


Rotunda, SFSS, and SFU Happenings

SFU Burnaby: AQ6229
Historian Marc Stein presents new work from a SSHRC-funded project that examines the history of U.S. perspectives on Canadian sexual politics. This paper focuses on representations of Canada and content generated by Canadians in U.S. gay and lesbian periodicals from the 1950s and 1960s. In particular, the paper explores the question of whether U.S. homophile magazines—and the many Canadians who contributed to them–presented Canada as more sexually conservative or more sexually liberal than the United States in the pre-Trudeau era.

Sponsored by the Departments of History, English, and Gender, Sexuality & Women’s Studies.


Aimed at encouraging students to participate in university and student society governance, this workshop is designed to help interested students explore their volunteer potential as student leaders and advocates.

Session 1
Date: January 16, 2015
Time: 11:00am to 12:30pm
Location: MBC 2290-2292

Session 2
Date: February 11, 2015
Time: 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Location: MBC 2290-2292
REGISTER HERE: http://websurvey.sfu.ca/survey/193718476


The SFSS has set the date for the Special General Meeting! Registration starts12:30pm and the meeting begins at 1:30pm in the West Gym.

Why have an SGM? In the words of the SFSS President Chardaye Bueckert:
“After thorough investigation, we have found that some interested members were unable to be present for certain business conducted at the AGM [Annual General Meeting] because of… capacity issues. This business includes granting the SFSS the authority to enter into a debenture (mortgage) for the Build SFU Student Union Building and Stadium project. The SFSS is committed to ensuring that all members have the opportunity to exercise their democratic rights to participate and vote in SFSS business and takes this matter very seriously. Therefore, we will be holding a Special General Meeting at which the resolutions in respect of the debenture and the bylaw amendment will be presented for approval and affirmation.” 



One of Canada’s greatest challenges, both today and for the future, concerns the protection of the tangible and intangible heritage. Questions about the recognition, respect, and protection of cultural heritage are often a source of conflict, with substantial social, political, and economic consequences. The six dynamic and exciting speakers in this interdisciplinary lecture series will explore these important issues.
Lectures begin January 8th and run through March 25th. Please click the link for specific lectures and for more details!



Member Experience Coordinator

Application Deadline: January 9, 2015

The Member Experience Coordinator as part of the Member Experience Project will help CJSF Radio create an improved system and procedures for recruiting, integrating, supporting and managing the station’s volunteers. Particular attention will be given to establishing practices that support new volunteers with information, training, and opportunities to become involved with various activities and areas of the station.

The Memeber Experience Coordinator is a part-time position (15 hours per week).

See the posting for full details.

Please review the job description and submit a cover letter and resume to apply.


Public Relations Coordinator

Application Deadline: January 12, 2015

The Public Relations (PR) Department is responsible for coordinating the promotion of CJSF in an effort to broaden the station’s audience and increase visibility on and off campus.  The PR Department Coordinator is responsible for coordinating all of CJSF’s promotion plans and is the principle contact person for the department.  The department is volunteer run.  The coordinator reports to the Station Manager and Board of Directors.  This is a volunteer position. However, the coordinator will receive a monthly honorarium of $290 while the active coordinator.

Full Posting:

Public Relations Posting (pdf)

Please review the job description and submit a cover letter and resume to apply.


Community Announcements/Happenings

Sex, Gender and Sexuality in Historical and Contemporary Native America
UBC Campus – Irving K. Barber Learning Centre – Room 261
Contact: prideubc@gmail.com

The Pride Collective UBC invites you to a Two-Spirit Presenation and Q&A with Harlan Pruden (First Nations Cree), who lives in NYC, is a co-founder of the NorthEast Two-Spirit Society and a recent appointee by President Obama to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. Harlan will examine the rich history of the Two-Spirit people and share how this community is working to restore health, wellness and balance to our people.


Unitarian Church of Vancouver
949 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver

The time has come to dream beyond your wildest dreams! Join Out in Harmony as we explore reveries, aspirations, and flights of fancy. From the powerful words of Langston Hughes’ Dreamkeeper, to the whimsy of Clara’s toys-come-to-life in Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, to the impossibly upbeat world of the Lego Movie’s Everything Is Awesome, we will discover that Anything Is Possible! 

Venue is wheelchair accessible. The doors will open at 7pm, and tickets are available at the door, from Little Sister’s Book Emporium, or through choir members.

There will be a raffle during the concert and a reception afterwards.

As always, keeping our concerts accessible in all ways is a priority for us, so our ticket prices remain only $15. $10 concession tickets are available, and nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. Children 12 and under are admitted free. 

We are always looking for volunteers! If you would like to volunteer at the concert, please contact denise.garzon@gov.bc.ca by Tuesday January 13, 2015.


“Better than average shared home close to SFU and New West Douglas College!

Townhouse with room available best suited for non-smoking, quiet, tidy, foreign students. LGBQ + LGBQ allies are very welcome here. Unfurnished for $500, min 7 month lease (up to $600 if less than 7 month lease). References, damage deposit & 1st month deposit are required.

Text between 9:30am and 7pm at 1-250-470-1449 & please indicate if you have a pet, if you smoke, details about yourself, & your LGBQ/friendly status.”


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

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