Announcements & Events

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Crafternoon Tea (Jan. 31- Apr. 25)

A Monthly Drop-In Program with Art, Snacks, and Community Crafternoon Tea is an opportunity to disconnect in a safe, welcoming environment with snacks, tea or coffee, and (of course) crafts! These sessions are open to students, staff, and faculty at U of T and will take place in-person at our downtown office (located in the Gerstein Library, Suite B139).  Join this monthly drop-in program where we’ll explore our creativity, build community, and expand our understanding of grounding strategies through art and tactile activities. Register in advance to get reminders and suggest future crafts, limited drop-in space is available. We’ll meet in-person […]
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January 20: Pleasure, Arousal, and Consent with Karen B.K. Chan

Join us before the start of Consent Action Week for this free, virtual workshop with incredible facilitator B.K. Chan. Pleasure, Arousal, and Consent: A workshop to get to know yourself January 20, 2023 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET Pleasure, arousal, consent… and desire! These words are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same thing!  Come to this workshop to get to know a little more about what makes you feel good (pleasure) and what your body does when it is activated (arousal). Then consider your relationship to how you practice consent — with honesty and compassion! There will […]
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Stories Spark Change: An Evening with adrienne maree brown

Join internationally renowned writer, activist, musician, and facilitator adrienne maree brown for an in-depth conversation on joy, pleasure, and healing. This virtual event will feature student poetry and artwork, and the conversation will be moderated by Keneisha Charles.  adrienne maree brown grows healing ideas in public through her multi-genre writing, her music and her podcasts. Informed by 25 years of movement facilitation, somatics, Octavia E Butler scholarship and her work as a doula, adrienne has nurtured Emergent Strategy, Pleasure Activism, Radical Imagination and Transformative Justice as ideas and practices for transformation. She is the author/editor of seven published texts and the founder of the […]
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Update: U of T’s Winter Closure

Please note that our Centre is closed during the University holiday closure from December 21, 2022 until January 1, 2023 (inclusive). We will re-open on Monday, January 2, 2023, at 9 a.m. For emergencies during this closure, please call Campus Safety at 416-978-2222, or access one of these 24/7 community resources: For general information on how to make an appointment, or for additional resources, check-out our Contact page. Thanks, and happy holidays! The SVPS Centre Team
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Healing Hearts: A Virtual Group for Survivors of All Genders (Jan. 23 to Apr. 3)

Healing Hearts is a support group for people of all genders who have had an experience of sexual violence or harassment. Join us to talk consent and pleasure, healthy boundaries, intimacy after trauma, and more at these free monthly drop-in meetings. You can register at any time prior to the meeting! It’s free to join, and we’ll be sharing care-packages with registrants later in the term. Each meeting is held via Zoom from 2 – 3:30 p.m. ET. Attendance at every meeting is welcome but not required! Join us when you’re able for a group discussion, wellness-focused activity, and connections. […]
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Today and Every Day, We Remember Those We’ve Lost to Gender-Based Violence

On the night of December 6, 1989, at about 5:10 pm, a gunman entered l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. Armed with a rifle and a hunting knife, he first entered a mechanical engineering classroom where a student presentation was being given. He ordered the women and the men to stand at different sides of the classroom. Ushering out the men, he then said, “You’re women, you’re going to be engineers. You’re all a bunch of feminists. I hate feminists.” He opened fire. Six women were killed in that classroom, three more were shot. He then moved through the corridors, the cafeteria […]
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December 6, 2022

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women Meaningful Global Action to End Gender-Based Violence On December 6, U of T joins communities across Canada in remembering the 14 women killed in a devastating act of misogyny at the engineering school at Montreal’s École Polytechnique in 1989.  Please note: The in-person event will include live ASL interpretation, and the virtual event will include closed captioning. If you require other accessibility accommodations, let us know via email or by calling 416-659-0982. The Agenda Join us on Dec. 6 from 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET in-person at the Great Hall, Hart House, or from 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET […]
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December 9: Radical Self-Care & The Power of Poetry with Lydia Collins

All UofT students are welcome to join us for this virtual de-stress session on December 9 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Author, Educator, and Creator Lydia Collins will explore the concept of radical self-care, and how we can incorporate it into our everyday lives. This session will also include an interactive poetry writing activity! About Lydia Collins Lydia Collins (she/her) is an Author, Educator, and Content Creator who brings an accessible, anti-racist and intersectional approach to sexual health education. Through her work, Lydia aims to equip individuals with the necessary tools to make informed decisions about their bodies. Lydia […]
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November 22: Monstrous Love with Kai Cheng Thom

Join us on November 22 from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. for this workshop with Kai Cheng Thom (MSW, MSc). Monstrous Love: Transformative Justice,  Mental Health, and Relationship Abuse is a workshop developed by Kai Cheng Thom and Kota Harbron that was originally a part of the Monster Academy Mental Health workshop series for queer and trans youth in Montreal. In this trauma-informed workshop, we will explore the complex intersection between mental health and abuse in relationships. We will also explore Transformative Justice as a framework for understanding and responding to potential relationship abuse in community settings. Participants will leave with a set of tools and questions […]
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6 Ways to Take Action for Consent Awareness Week (Sept. 19 – 23)

Consent Awareness Week is an educational initiative held at universities across the country. The week is an opportunity for campus communities to create a dialogue about consent, pleasure, relationships and increase understanding of sexual violence. It’s also an opportunity to raise awareness of on- and off-campus services. This year we are excited to be taking the lead of student advocates, including #HighSchoolToo, and members of the Ontario University Sexual Violence Network by marking this week in September in order to align with the increased risk of sexual violence and harassment that accompanies the start of the new academic year. As […]
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Restorative Reading: A Book Club for Joyful, Healing, and Radical Reads  

Join the SVPS Centre’s tri-campus reading community and get a free copy of our chosen book to read together! We’ll be exploring 2 books together a semester:   1 non-fiction book that digs into issues related to sexual violence prevention, healing, intersectional feminism, decolonization, and anti-racism work.   +  1 fiction book that is fun and light – this book might touch on more complex themes, but won’t be directly related to our work at The Centre. We’re open to graphic novels, queer romance, sci-fi, and other books for all-ages that explore joy, healing, and humour.  We know it can be tough […]
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Healing Hearts: A Virtual Group for Survivors of All Genders (Sept. 28 to Nov. 30)

Healing Hearts is a support group for people of all genders who have had an experience of sexual violence or harassment. Join us to talk consent and pleasure, healthy boundaries, intimacy after trauma, and more at these free monthly drop-in meetings. You can register at any time prior to the meeting! It’s free to join, and we’ll be sharing care-packages with registrants later in the term. Each meeting is held via Zoom from 2 – 3:30 p.m. ET. Attendance at every meeting is welcome but not required! Join us when you’re able for a group discussion, wellness-focused activity, and connections. […]
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