Programming & Events

2017/2018 Events

Dismantling Islamophobia in Higher Education

This forum aims to provide a space to discuss and unpack Islamophobia, its manifestation and impact, particularly in the post-secondary context. It will aim to identify the root causes of Islamophobia and in what manner it operates within communities and institutions. The panelists will speak about how Islamophobia takes up different forms for people of various intersectional identities, as well as for those perceived to be Muslim. They will also address Anti-Islamophobia work being organized, the tension points and challenges it poses as well as some promising practices institutions can undertake to confront the denial of islamophobia, address backlash and find solutions to address its impact.

Gilary Masa, Advocacy Coordinator for the National Council of Canadian Muslim
Remi Warner, Manager, Strategic Initiatives for the Anti-Racism Directorate
Jasmine Zine, Sociology Professor at Wilfred Laurier University

Dalia Hashim, Community Organizer

Monday October 30th
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
7 Hart House Circle
Music Room
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New College Alumni Speaker Series

Social Justice (for Jeantel, Trayvon et al.): Fighting Dialect Prejudice in Courtrooms and Beyond

Thursday, October 12th , 2017
6:00 – 8:00 pm
William Do Auditorium (45 Wilcocks Street)

Guest Speaker: Dr. John R. Rickford

The lecture flows directly from Dr. Rickford’s long-standing focus on sociolinguistics, especially his exploration of the relation between language, ethnicity, class and social structure. Demonstrating how language is inextricably woven into all domains of social life, including structures of justice and policing, he makes clear that we ignore the critical role of language in the everyday at our own peril. He has taken a strong professional interest in the 2012 shooting death of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman (which sparked the Black Lives Matter movement), and the treatment of Rachel Jeantel who was on the phone with Martin until moments before he died. Her African American Vernacular English during the shooter’s trial was pilloried on social and news media and, given dialect prejudice, contributed to the jury’s disregard of her testimony.



Black Students Association


A movie screening
Clear your schedules for Friday October the 13th! We will be holding a movie screening for "Get Out", a Jordan Peele film. For those who don't know the film is about a young black male named Chris, who goes to meet his white girlfriend, Rose's family for a weekend away in their remote estate in the woods. But things take a chilling turn when he starts to uncover that this family is not what it seems. With many symbolic nods to slavery, colonialism, and race relations, "Get Out" eloquently crafts an entertaining, thought provoking piece. The location and date of the event is to be announced soon!


Minding Our Minds Annual Conference

The Victoria University Office of the Dean of Students will be hosting their annual conference on Mental Health.

Thursday, October 26th, 2017
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
The conference will bring together students, staff, faculty and special guests to discuss current issues surrounding mental health and wellness on campus. Should you have any questions please contact the Office of the Dean of Students: 416-585-4528, or Event Registration and Conference Schedule COMING SOON!



Multi Faith Centre Brown Girls Yoga

2017 – 2018 Every Thursday
5:10 pm – 6:00 pm
Multi-Faith Centre (569 Spadina Avenue)

For Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour, who currently or formerly identify as woman/girl
Queer-and trans-positive space.
All bodies, and sizes and levels welcome
Bring your own yoga mats. (Some yoga mats available on site.)




Working for Change: Exploring Meaningful Opportunities in the Social Justice Field

Friday, October 27th 2017
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
William Doo Auditorium, New College, 45 Wilcocks Street

Join us for an afternoon of networking, learning and dialogue in sessions on what it takes to work for social justice in the non-profit sector.

Registration and event info: