Calendar at-a-glance

Building Cultures of Care/ SEPTEMBER 26-30, 2022/ DisOrienation Week is an alternative to/ Frosh Week promoting campus-based activism and political action./ Join OPIRG York and our community partners for a series of in-person and online events. A pink background with bold flowers in three of the corners. There is a heading in bold black font that states: Disorientation Week 2022/ with OPIRG York. To the right of that is the text: Building Cultures of Care/ This SEPTEMBER, join OPIRG York and other campus organizations to learn how to build cultures of care!/ DisOrienation Week is an alternative to Frosh Week promoting campus-based activism and political action. In white blocks there are five sections: Monday 26/ 3:30 - 5pm Orienting yourself to Allyship with the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion (REDI) Location: First Student Centre (room 313; and on Zoom) Monday 26, 5:30 - 7pm Abolition of the Death penalty with Amnesty International at York Location: First Student Centre (room 313; and on Zoom) Tuesday 27, 3:30 - 5pm The Ecology of allyship with the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion (REDI) Location: First Student Centre (room 313; and on Zoom). Tuesday 27, 5:30 - 7pm Panel Discussion "On the Housing Crisis, Disparieties, and Beyond" with OPIRG York, moderated by John Clarke Location: First Student Centre, Grad Lounge, rm. 430. Wednesday 28, 1 - 2pm Dismantling ableism with the YFS Access Centre Location: First Student Centre, YFS Access Centre, Room 321; Wednesday 28, 7pm - 9:30pm Film screening of Sgaawaay K’uuna [Edge of the Knife] with Nat Taylor Films (Cinema Politica) Location: Nat Taylor Cinema, N102 Ross Building. Thursday 29, 3pm - 4:30pm Accessible Digital Design with Victoria Barnett of the Design Justice Collective Location: First Student Centre (room 307; and on Zoom). Thurs 29/ 6pm - 9:30pm Velcro Hearts Chapbook Launch & Social with the Centre for Women and Trans People (CWTP) and OPIRG York Location: the Ross Building Podium/ Rain plan: First Student Centre, Rm 430) Friday 30 3pm - 5:30pm /Transforming Masculinity & Moving Towards Collective Healing/ (on Zoom)/ with Ikake Rising/ **an online workshop space for men and masculine people; register for Zoom link

DisOrientation Week : September 26- 30, 2022

Monday 26/ 3:30 - 5pm Orienting yourself to Allyship with the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion (REDI) Location: First Student Centre (room 313; and on Zoom) / Black text on white block with yellow border. Pink flowers in the corners.

Orienting Yourself to Allyship (part I)

Monday 26/ 3:30 – 5pm

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This introductory session on what it means to be an ally offers a series of engaging activities and reflection exercises that challenge participants to:

– Contextualize their social location based on their identity;

– Deepen their understanding of allyship in a personal and institutional setting;

Presented by: the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion (REDI)and Student Community & Leadership Development (SCLD).

Location: First Student Centre (room 313; and on Zoom).

Monday 26, 5:30 - 7pm  Abolition of the  Death penalty   with Amnesty International at York   Location: First Student Centre (room 313; and on Zoom)  Black text on white block with yellow border. Pink flowers in the corners.

Abolition of the Death Penalty

Monday 26, 5:30 – 7pm

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This workshop will discuss Amnesty International’s campaign to abolish the death penalty. We will engage in petitions and learn about the urgent actions of this capaign.

We wish to encourage York students to engage in critical dialogue and take the opportunity to learn, as well as strengthen skills for community building and care. Together we will learn about abolitionist, anti-oppressive and anti-racist movements. Together we can work to abolish the death penalty across the world.

Presented by: Amnesty International at York

Location: First Student Centre (room 313; and on Zoom).

Tuesday 27, 3:30 - 5pm  The Ecology of allyship  with the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion (REDI)  Location: First Student Centre (room 313; and on Zoom).  Black text on white block with yellow border. Pink flowers in the corners.

The Ecology of Allyship (part II)

Tuesday 27, 3:30 – 5pm

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In this interactive workshop, we deepen our exploration of concepts of allyship and solidarity.

In this follow up to our session Orienting Yourself to Allyship, this workshop explores the multiple roles people can play in building solidarity across lines of difference, examples of solidarity movements, and personal reflections on how to find your own stake in movements.

Please note, this is not an introductory or beginners’ workshop. To join this one, you must have attended an Orienting Yourself to Allyship or have previous organizing experience across lines of shared identities.

Presented by: the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion (REDI)and Student Community & Leadership Development (SCLD).

Location: First Student Centre (room 313; and on Zoom).

[[Image description: a light blue background with white/ grey clouds. On the bottom is a small village set onto hills. Houses in orange and blue have small triangle flags, and grid windows. There are trees and tidy roadways. The black and blue text reads: In-person and over Zoom!/ JOIN OPIRG YORK FOR A PANEL DISCUSSION ON THE HOUSING CRISIS, DISPARITIES, AND BEYOND/ Moderated by John Clarke/ with panelists from HOUSE, / York South-Weston Tentant Union, and more!/ TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 5:30-7PM/ Keele campus, First Student Centre, room 430 + on Zoom Accessibility notes: *We require everyone to wear masks. Free masks are available. *Free childcare available on-site (registration required). *Transcription available over Zoom”]]

Panel Discussion: “On the Housing Crisis, Disparieties, and Beyond”

Tuesday 27, 5:30 – 7pm

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This panel will create a space for voices in campus and community housing justice activism to share their insights, and reflect together. We will hear from panelists from HOUSE, York South-Weston Tentant Union, and more! Moderated by John Clarke, Packer Visitor in Social Justice at York University.

We seek to encourage folks to get involved in housing activism, and this panel will launch a new action group with OPIRG York addressing anti-poverty; this is an opportunity to build collective capacity for working toward tangible justice.

Presented by: OPIRG York.

Location: First Student Centre, Grad Lounge, rm. 430

Wednesday 28, 1 - 2pm   Dismantling Ableism  with the YFS Access Centre   Location: First Student Centre, YFS Access Centre, Room 321; Postponed! Yellow background with pink flowers in the corners.

Dismantling Ableism

 

POSTPONED

Join YFS Access for a workshop on breaking down ableism—both on and off campus. Together, we will learn about disability positive and disability justice movements. The facilitator will highlight disability principles and tools that participants can practice in their daily lives.

Presented by: the YFS Access Centre

Location: First Student Centre, YFS Access Centre, Room 321.

Wednesday 28, 7pm - 9:30pm  Film screening of Sgaawaay K’uuna [Edge of the Knife]  with Nat Taylor Films (Cinema Politica)  Location: Nat Taylor Cinema, N102 Ross Building. Black text on white block with yellow border. To the rights is the movie poster in black for Edge of the Knife.

Film screening of Sgaawaay K’uuna [Edge of the Knife]

Wednesday 28, 7pm – 9:30pm

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**The director will be in attendance for a Q&A following the screening.

Come out for a screening of Sgaawaay K’uuna [Edge of the Knife] the first feature film produced entirely in the Haida language. This film represents cultures of care through the powerful example of Indigenous sovereignty.

This screening honours the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th, and will encourage discussion for anti-colonial struggles. The film was lauded by TIFF’s “top ten” as one of Canada’s most important films of the last year.

Presented by:  Nat Taylor Films (Cinema Politica)

Location: Nat Taylor Cinema, N102 Ross Building.

Thursday 29, 3pm - 4:30pm  Accessible Digital Design   with Victoria Barnett of the Design Justice Collective  Location: First Student Centre (room 307; and on Zoom).  Black text on white block with yellow border. Pink flowers in the corners.

Accessible Digital Design

Thursday 29, 3pm – 4:30pm

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**participants are encouraged to bring a laptop/ device for this workshop, if possible, for some hands-on practice!

COVID has pushed many to consider the nuances of accessibility both in the real world and online. With the onset of COVID the move to an almost exclusively digital existence for gatherings and events became more needed. Disability justice advocates and folks with lived experience have always fought for and designed the caring worlds we need; worlds where people with different access needs are seen, heard, and acknowledged.

This workshop will continue to envision this more just world, and ask us, “How do we ensure our designs can be seen/read and accessed by all?” and “How can we go beyond compliance with normalized ableism?” Through this interactive session, participants will walk away with tricks and tools they can use to make their digital media and designs more accessible, alongside frameworks and resources to continue to expand their learning.

Presented by: Victoria Barnett of the Design Justice Collective

Location: First Student Centre (room 307; and on Zoom).

Thurs 29/ 6pm - 9:30pm  Velcro Hearts Chapbook Launch & Social  with the Centre for Women and Trans People (CWTP) and OPIRG York   Location: the Ross Building Podium/ Rain plan: First Student Centre, Rm 402); maroon background with white torn paper text box. On the left is the book cover for Velcro Hearts by Jaimie Quinn Mader.

Velcro Heart Chapbook Launch and Social

Thurs 29, 6pm – 9:30pm

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At this gathering we will celebrate our week of building cultures of care by reading, eating, dancing, and having fun! We will listen to a chapbook reading, hear some live music by Victor Xu (vixu), and eat free food together.

In February of 2022 Jamie Quinn Mader self-published a hybrid chapbook of essays and poems called Velcro Heart about their experience of over a decade of healing from trauma. Through this collection they highlight the importance of healing, hope, gratitude, joy and how those things are important to moving forward not just personally but societally too! At this event Jamie will read excerpts from their chapbook and engage in discussions around hope and its place in activism.

Chapbook Synopsis: 

Jamie Quinn has been through their share of trauma, but that’s not really what this psuedo memoir is about! It’s actually about healing and hope and unlearning toxic love. Through a series of essays and poetry Jamie walks the reader through memories and a candid approach to healing from trauma. They don’t claim to be an expert in any way, they just hope their words help and resonate with folks. Hopefully these words will help you savour some joy and be more gentle to yourself while healing.

Presented by:  with the Centre for Women and Trans People (CWTP) and OPIRG York

Location: the Ross Building Podium/ Rain plan: First Student Centre, Rm 430)

Friday 30 3pm - 5:30pm /Transforming Masculinity & Moving Towards Collective Healing/ (on Zoom)/ with Ikake Rising/ **an online workshop space for men and masculine people;  On the left there are green palm branches on a beige background. In the top right corner are the logos for Ikake Rising and OPIRG at York. / FREE ONLINE WORKSHOP/ FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 30th/ 3-5pm EST/ With Ben Reid Howells and Natali Euale Montilla. At the bottom right is a photo of Ben—a white man smiling, arms crossed, red hair and beard. On the bottom right is a photo of Natali—a brown woman with long brown hair, a blue shirt.

Transforming Masculinity & Moving Towards Collective Healing

Friday 30, 3pm – 5:30pm

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This online workshop is a space for men and masculine people. It will explore the roots and character of toxic masculinity as a way toward re-imagining the endless possibilities of masculinity outside of colonialism, patriarchy, and capitalism. This workshop is capped at 15 participants, and will be interactive.

Presented by Ikake Rising: Natali Euale Montilla (Rosa Amarilla) (She/Her), and Ben Reid-Howells (Beinn Raoite) (He/Him).

 

Location: this workshop will run over Zoom.

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Tell us how we did! We would love to hear your praises and critical feedback from the DisO events you attended. Please tell us all about it in our feedback form here.

Building Cultures of Care/ Disorienation Week with OPIRG York/ Join us this September 26-30!
What is DisOrientation? Dis-O is an alternative schedule of events to foster student activism in the face of neoliberal control of campus. / While Frosh Week may support students in finding their way around campus our DisOrientation guides students to political engagement. / Get to know the political hauntings of YorkU!/ Join us this September!
We are looking for volunteers for DisO week (Sept 26-30): ❤ put up posters (Mon/ Tues) ❤ welcome people to an event ❤ hand out flyers to students ❤ help set-up snacks and water ❤ tell a class about the events ❤ set-up the Zoom room/ monitor the chat (remote task!)

About "Building Cultures of Care"

DisOrientation Week Building Cultures of Care

Join OPIRG York and other campus organizations for a week of events that will support us to build a society in which everyone’s needs are met collaboratively, and cultures of care thrive!

This series will work toward creating cultures of care at York by encouraging students and community members to learn the skills that will nurture us all to show-up better together. Drawing on disability justice, feminist, abolitionist, anti-racist, and anti-colonial movements—we invite you into this culture-building process! While we envision a more just world we also need to survive the world that we are in. Some of this series will include skill-building for reducing harm and keeping ourselves and each other safe.

After more than two years of pandemic and economic changes students are experiencing new pressures: the rising cost of living impacting housing and food security, which increases precarity and poverty; a swiftly intensifying climate crisis that broken political systems seem unable to adequately address; and mental health concerns as all of these struggles compound. Societally, from health care to child care to elder care, our systems are straining under the weight of a generation of social service defunding and government negligence.

There is a vital need for dynamic, irresistible movements for social justice made up of dedicated, caring people. Students have often greatly contributed to social movements, but our on-campus communities have been fractured by campus closures and distanced learning. Now how do we come back together to build these movements while taking care of each other?

As we gather again, we have a chance to reflect on the kinds of communities we want to (re)build at York. When our communities are threatened by oppression what does it look like to build a culture of care? How do we create a culture grounded in radical solidarity that fosters wellbeing and creates collective capacity to transform the world? 

DisOrientation 2022 invites all who are new or returning to campus to come together to explore these questions and to learn ways to plug into radical, politically engaged communities at York.