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Orientation 2024: Connection, Community, & Consent with Luna Matatas

Join us for an orientation keynote presentation on care, consent, rejection, and boundaries. See your 2024 orientation schedule for campus-specific date and time info. Are you ready to dive into the world of healthy relationships, communication, and consent? You might be feeling both excited and nervous about exploring new connections and understanding boundaries. Not to mention, figuring out how to approach or deepen relationships can be very confusing. We know that whether it’s friends, family, colleagues, or intimate partners, having healthy relationships takes practice and requires its own set of skills. You are not alone if you feel unsure or awkward! With new environments,…
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June 27: Pinning Pride Button-Making

Decorate some flair for Pride Weekend! Join us and the Sexual and Gender Diversity Office at the Gerstein Library to make some custom buttons before a weekend filled with Pride events. You can use our templates our decorate your own pins so that you’re all set for the Dyke Rally, March & Pride, the Trans Rally, March & Pride, Family Pride, and the Toronto Pride Parade. Drop-by between 12 pm. and 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 27. No registration is required but you can use the form below if you would like an email reminder. Update: We’ll be meeting in…
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June 25 – July 16: Summer Crafternoon Tea at UTM

Crafternoon Tea is back at UTM this summer! Crafternoon Tea is an opportunity to disconnect in a safe, welcoming environment with snacks, tea or coffee, and (of course) crafts. These sessions are free and open to students, staff, and faculty at U of T. Register in advance to get reminders and suggest future crafts, limited drop-in space is available. We’ll meet in-person once a month from 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. ET in the Davis Building, Room 3138. Join us on:
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Valuable Community Feedback Incorporated to New Student-Focused Online Module  

The new online training module for students from the Sexual Violence Prevention & Support Centre (SVPS Centre) is now reflective of feedback received from more than 270 University of Toronto (U of T) community members, following extensive consultation and the completion of the module’s pilot phase.   The module, Building a Culture of Consent at the University of Toronto, launched as a pilot project in August 2023 with the goal of teaching students about consent, building better boundaries, and healthy communication skills. This version of the module was informed by input received at an open student consultation and grounded in evidence-based…
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May 29 – July 9, 2024: Summer Sessions of Crafternoon Tea at UTSG

Crafternoon Tea will continue over the summer at UTSG! Crafternoon Tea is an opportunity to disconnect in a safe, welcoming environment with snacks, tea or coffee, and (of course) crafts. These sessions are free and open to students, staff, and faculty at U of T. Register in advance to get reminders and suggest future crafts, limited drop-in space is available. We’ll meet in-person once a month from 12:30 p.m. 2 p.m. ET in the Gerstein Library, Suite B139.
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Comprehensive, Supportive Safety Planning Now Offered by SVPS Centre   

Safety planning services for sexual violence survivors have now moved from the Community Safety Office (CSO) to the Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre (SVPS Centre). This move aligns with the office’s goal of providing confidential, non-judgmental, client-centred services that reduce the number of times a survivor needs to tell their stories to staff at the University.    The CSO will continue to support safety planning for survivors of other forms of violence and will collaborate with the SVPS Centre on complex or high-risk cases. Community members with safety concerns are welcome to contact either service for support, and the offices…
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March 8: International Women’s Day: Inspiring Inclusion

We’re joining the Multi-Faith Centre for their annual International Women’s Day event! Join us for a celebration of International Women’s Day with Indigenous Elder and Storyteller Ma-Nee Chacaby who will be joining us via zoom for storytelling while students paint what comes to mind and of heart while listening. We will also have light snacks and refreshments. This event is in collaboration with the Multi-Faith Centre and the Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre. Ma-Nee Chacaby is a two-spirit Ojibwa-Cree Elder. Ma-Nee identifies as two-spirit and has been an advocate and inspiration for Two-Spirit communities across Canada. She is a storyteller, artist, community…
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Feb. 16: Master Date: Success and Safety with Online Dating Apps at UTSC

If you’ve spent time on Hinge, Grindr, Bumble, Her, or Tinder, this session is for you! Online dating can be tough – in this workshop with Rae Szereszewski, we’ll dig into profile creation, mindful swiping, handling rejection, and sending nudes. Register to join us in Harmony Commons at UTSC, 3300 Ellesmere Road (East of Military Trail) from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. ET. About Rae Szereszewski Rae Szereszewski is a certified sex educator and Options for Sexual Health SHEC graduate, and has a Bachelor of Design in Fashion and Apparel Design from Ryerson University. In addition to her experience as…
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Jan. 30 – Apr. 2, 2024: Crafternoon Tea at UTSG

We’re excited to share that Crafternoon Tea will be back at UTSG in 2024! Crafternoon Tea is an opportunity to disconnect in a safe, welcoming environment with snacks, tea or coffee, and (of course) crafts. These sessions are free and open to students, staff, and faculty at U of T. Register in advance to get reminders and suggest future crafts, limited drop-in space is available. We’ll meet in-person once a month from 12:30 p.m. 2 p.m. ET in the Gerstein Library, Suite B139.
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Jan. 22 – Jan. 26: 3 Ways to Take Action for Consent Action Week 2024

How are you building-up a culture of consent in your community? Consent Action Week is an educational initiative held during the last week of January at universities across Ontario. 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 both on and off-campus services. The Ontario University Sexual Violence Network created Consent Action Week.  Here are 3 ways you can take action for Consent Action Week – and keep the conversation going throughout the Winter 2024 semester: Create Consensual Connections with Crafternoon Tea…
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Feb. 27: Breaking the Cycle: Intergenerational Trauma and the Journey to Healing with Healing Hearts

Join us on Tuesday, February 27, from 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. for this exciting special edition of Healing Hearts with facilitator Vera Cheng. Intergenerational trauma, also known as generational or transgenerational trauma, is a cycle of trauma that passes through families. Similar to how tradition and heirlooms may be handed-down, people can inherit trauma too. In this interactive discussion, you will learn and reflect on: This session is intended as a closed space for survivors of sexual violence, and is being hosted as a part of the SVPS Centre’s Healing Hearts Survivor Group. About Vera Cheng Vera Cheng is a…
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Jan. 25, 2024: Consent Action Week: Restorative Reading Author Chat

How are you building-up a culture of consent in your community? Take action by registering to join this free, virtual Consent Action Week event. Author and educator Kai Cheng Thom will be joining us on Thursday, January 25, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. ET for a poetic reading and author chat. This evening will be a chance for students, staff, and faculty across all of the organizing institutions to discuss care, pleasure, joy, and consent on our campuses and beyond. AND when you join the session and fill-out our evaluation form, you’ll be entered into a draw to win…
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