Positive Space Training hosted by UR Pride Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity Saturday January 26th 10am-3:30pmThis training is part lecture, part discussion and part activity. The lecture consists of the foundational knowledge for LGBTQ+ communities and solidarity with these communities. The discussion will mostly revolve around the ways in which gender and sexuality are understood by the participants, along with some discussion about presented case scenarios. The activities range from self-exploration activities to role-play activities which generally allow people to explore their own biases and understandings of gender and sexually diverse communities.
Building Collective Action: Student Tools for Change Hosted by NextUp SaskatchewanSaturday January 26th 10am-3:30pmThis full-day intensive will include TWO parts!
1) Leadership & Activism 101 with Manuela Valle-CastroIn this session we learn and unpack some of basics of organizing and discuss the challenges of activism under neoliberalism. What are some of the different ways of engaging in social justice and change? What are some of the characteristics of effective leadership? How do we build movements for social justice while addressing the presence of sexism, homophobia and white privilege? What are other students doing around the world to resist austerity and corporate influence in university spaces? We will also share some practical skills on how to plan strategies for particular goals, including how to build alliances, make decisions that are democratic and create accountability in our relationships.
2) Messing with the Media with Saima DesaiThis session will examine who the heck is "the media"? And why couldn't it be you? We're yaught to believe that the media has a monopoly on truth and objectivity. People trust the mainstream media--Until they don't. As activists, we're often fighting with the media to try and get our actions and messages to reach the public. But what if you could just...Make your own media?