Reading Week is so close, we can almost taste it! Hoping you’re breathing and keeping your focus through the midterms and assignments that have already passed, and the ones to come really soon…

What’s OOC been up to since last I wrote? We had a whole mess of new volunteer orientations, an awesome turn-out at All Volunteer Training Day, and a lovely food and company filled After Hours social last night. What’s coming up? Well, new volunteers are being sorted into teams, so there will be new events and programming on the horizon. Keep an eye out on the newsletter for those new developments! And don’t forget our upcoming PSN workshops. 

And how should I put this next part? I (Susan, the Admin Assistant) need to say farewell to you all, dear OOCers! After 8 years with OOC, I’m moving on to different pastures. Don’t worry though, I won’t be going far 🙂 Starting next week you can come visit me on the other side of the Rotunda at SFPIRG. So long and thanks for all the fish. <3

 

Today’s Contents:
Out on Campus Events & Happenings
PSN Workshop on Gender and Sex – Wed Feb 22nd
SFU Queer Graduates, Faculty, and Staff Network (QGFSN)
Rotunda, SFSS, and SFU Happenings
SFPIRG Annual General Meeting – Thu Feb 5th
Washroom ‘Shit-In’ to Confront Trans Exclusion – Wed Feb 18th
Lunch Poems at SFU – Wed Feb 18th
SFSS Job Posting: SFSS Independent Electoral Commissioners
SFSS Job Posting: Women’s Centre Coordinator
Greater Community Happenings
Blues for the Band: A Rainbow Concert Band Fundraiser – Wed Feb 18th
New LGBTQ Youth Magazine seeking submissions

 

Out on Campus Events & Happenings

PSN WORKSHOP ON GENDER AND SEX – WED FEB 22ND, 9:30AM-12:30PM
The Positive Space Network 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.
 

Module 2 – Gender & Sex
February 25th, 2015 – 9:30-12:30 in MBC 2290 
RSVP: https://websurvey.sfu.ca/cgi-bin/WebObjects/WebSurvey.woa/wa/survey?182474458

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.

 

SFU QUEER GRADUATE, FACULTY AND STAFF NETWORK (QGFSN)
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

SFPIRG ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – THU FEB 5TH, 11:30AM
Come and join SFPIRG for their AGM to review their work and financial statements from 2013-14. This is a great opportunity to find out more about what’s been happening at SFPIRG, and meet with the Board of Directors!

Everyone welcome! There will be snacks!

Proposed Agenda:
1.    ​Welcome
2.    Presentation & Adoption of Agenda
3.    Approval of 2014 AGM Minutes
4.    Annual Report
5.    Report from Auditor
6.    Appointment of Auditor
7.    Adjournment

 

WASHROOM ‘SHIT-IN’ TO CONFRONT TRANS EXCLUSION – WED FEB 18TH
“On Wednesday February 18th, a group of transgender, genderqueer and allied students will be leading an occupation of on-campus washrooms in an effort to confront students and university officials about the detrimental problem that is the lack gender inclusive washrooms on SFU campuses. Many trans- and queer-identified students seek to answer the call of nature with the help of these washrooms in order to avoid the scrutiny of gender specific spaces, where these students regularly face bullying, harassment, and perusal of their bodies.

The inadequate number of these essential facilities on campus leads to extreme difficulty in the location of these washrooms. Where large areas of campus grounds are without these provisions altogether, trans and queer-identified students are forced into high-risk gender-specific washrooms.

The ‘shit-in’, which will start at 1.00 pm in the men’s washroom across from Room 9001 on the 3000 level of the Academic Quadrangle, will hope to raise awareness and support amongst students, as well as discussion among university officials and LGBTQ+ students about how to flush away these issues.

We welcome all students to join the shit-in and support trans inclusion at SFU!”

 

LUNCH POEMS AT SFU – WED FEB 18TH, 1PM
SFU Public Square presents Alex Leslie and Roy Miki at Lunch Poems at SFU on February 18, 12-1pm in SFU Harbour Centre’s Teck Gallery (515 W Hastings St.). Free admission, no registration required. Lunch Poems hosts well-known and up-and-coming poets on the third Wednesday of every month except July and August. For more information visit www.sfu.ca/publicsquare/lunchpoems.

Alex Leslie is a queer poet and also edited the Queer issue of Poetry Is Dead magazine, bringing together different approaches to Queer poetics from across Canada.

 

SFSS JOB POSTING: SFSS INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL COMMISSIONERS
The Simon Fraser Student Society seeks students for the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC): Four (4) Commissioners 

The IEC is responsible for administering student society elections and referenda. 

Those interested must be able to serve for the duration of the Spring 2015 semester

Please submit your cover letter and resume to Oscar Sanchez – Chief Electoral Officer at ceo@sfss.ca. Application deadline: February 6th 2015 noon (12pm)

 

SFSS JOB POSTING: WOMEN’S CENTRE COORDINATOR
The Simon Fraser Student Society invites applications for the permanent full time position of Women’s Centre Coordinator. The Women’s Centre is a pro-feminist, sex positive, pro-choice, anti-racist, trans and intersex women inclusive department of the Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS).

Click here to read the job posting.

Resumes and cover letters must be received no later than 12:00 pm on February 10th 2015. The starting date for the positions is as soon as possible.

 

Community Announcements/Happenings

BLUES FOR THE BAND: A RAINBOW CONCERT BAND FUNDRAISER – WED FEB 18TH, 7PM
The Blues for the Band will be a live blues benefit concert featuring Agent C and Top Secret at the beautiful FanClub (1050 Granville St.) on Wednesday February 18th at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 and all proceeds go directly to the Rainbow Concert Band, Vancouver’s only LBTQ concert band. After last years success, the fundraiser help the band meet some of the costs of new music, instruments and instrument repairs. Share your love for music, dancing and cocktails by supporting this awesome community! Tickets sold at the door or as “Will Call” from: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1186338, must be 19+ to attend. 

Questions? You can email rkanim@sfu.ca. You can also email if you’re interested in getting involved with the Rainbow Concert band (members of all skill levels welcome) and are curious about the rehearsal schedule.

 

NEW LGBTQ YOUTH MAGAZINE SEEKING SUBMISSIONS
Acts of Greatness is pleased to announce the official launch of Greatness magazine. The first issue will be available online in May 2015.

Greatness will showcase the freshest art and writing by, for, and about LGBTQ – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer – youth. Greatness invites youth from around the world who identify as LGBTQ to write and create art about the world around them: their dreams, their activism, their work, their worries, their interests, and their humour. 

Greatness welcomes all genres of artwork and writing – including but not limited to nonfiction, essays, memoirs, poetry, short stories, travelogues, flash-fiction, advice, interviews or reviews (books, plays, TV shows, and movies), photography, illustrations – either by or about LGBTQ youth. This call for first-issue submissions is open until March 31, 2015.

Readers will be able to access the magazine’s content at http://actsofgreatness.org/ in May 2015. This link will direct them to the new magazine tab on Acts of Greatness’ website. On social media, Acts of Greatness will also use their existing social media accounts to share content and news specific Greatness. 

For more information or interview requests, please contact: Yiorgos Boudouris at  Yiorgos@actsofgreatness.org

 

That’s all for now, lovelies! So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu!