Diversity & Equity

 

 

 

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Sport & Recreation's Diversity & Equity team is a group of undergraduate and graduate students from across campus who plan, motivate and implement positive student-led initiatives that promote diversity, equity, inclusivity and physical/mental health. The team develops and implements events and projects related to sport and physical activity through student-staff partnerships.


Programs & Upcoming Events - 2019/2020

NEW* Drop-In Vogue Dance Class - every Wednesday from 7:10 p.m. - 7:55 p.m. - Athletic Centre, Dance Studio 
Vogue Dance Poster

Tell your story through the legendary movement of vogueing. In this all levels dance class you will learn and practice the 5 elements of vogue dance each week - cat walk, duck walk, hand performance, floor performance, and spins and dips! Fell the beat, werq the runway, and drop with ferocity - 10s! 10s! 10s! Across the board! 

This class is led by Toronto's own Legendary House Mother Snoopy of the Kiki House of Disney!  

Picture of Snoopy

 Matthew "Snoopy" Cuff has been voguing for over 7 years, and was part of Canada's first official Ballroom house - House of Monroe. Snoopy helped introduce Vogue internationally by being featured on So You Think You Can Dance Canada, and CBC Arts. Honing his skills in New York City, Snoopy also learned from, and battled some of the world's greatest Voguers! Snoopy graduated from School of Toronto Dance Theatre with a background in Hip Hop, demonstrating Voguing can be influenced and interpreted from any dance style or individual. With numerous grand prizes, Snoopy continues to participate in Toronto's thriving Ballroom scene. Through the art of Vogue, Snoopy hopes to inspire creativity while sharing his passion for dance.  

 

 

Drop-In Trans-Positive Swim - every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Trans positive swim poster

An inclusive swim time for trans, gender non-conforming, non-binary and two-spirit students and members. Anyone willing to participate in creating a positive space for trans folx is welcome.

 

Move With Pride Workshops: 

These workshops are designed specifically to engage members of the LGBTQ2S+ U of T Community in physical activity. In the past, workshops in the Move with Pride series are organized by U of T Sport & Rec's Diversity & Equity Team in partnership with the Sexual and Gender Diversity Office, Hart House, and student groups on campus such as LGBTOUT.

Upcoming workshops include:  

Queers on Ice - September 23, 2019 - 4:30 - 6:30pm @ Varsity Arena
skate with a rainbow coming out of it

Queers on Ice is back this year for Queer Orientation Week

Join U of T Sport & Rec and the Sexual and Gender Diversity Office for a skating session to meet new friends & kick off the school year. No prior skating experience is required. FREE skate and helmet rentals available while supplies last, and a skating instructor will be on site! 

Music will be playing during the skate.

You must have a valid T-Card to enter for FREE.

$5.00 fee for non-students attending with students.

If you have any questions or require accommodation(s) due to disability, please contact diversityandequity.kpe@utoronto.ca to make arrangements 

More upcoming Move with Pride workshops: 

Boxing & Self-defense - October 25, 2019 - 6:00 - 8:00pm @ The Athletic Centre  

Body Positive Yoga & Meditation - January 24, 2020 - 6:00 - 7:30pm @ Hart House 

Queers on Ice - March 26, 2020 - 4:30 -6:30pm @ Varsity Arena 

 

Diversity & Equity Conference - Saturday November 23, 2019 - The 519 Community Centre

Organized in partnership with The 519 Church St Community Centre, and the Toronto SAD Collective. Sport & Rec's Diversity & Equity Conference incorporates workshops, lectures, light physical activity, and interactive panels to educate and engage students in an intellectual and meaningful way around topics of diversity and equity.

Check out highlights from the 2018 conference in the video below! 

 
Black Excellence Ball: Welcome to the Playoffs!  - Friday February 7, 2020 - Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport 

This event celebrates Blackness and the LGBTQ+ Black urban ballroom community! In partnership with the Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance, this event features a beginner vogue dance workshop, followed by the sports themed kiki ball - Welcome to the Playoffs! - This event is an electrifying extravaganza of pageantry, glamour and vogue dance where students and kiki houses compete for cash prizes on the runway! The dance workshop will be led by Toronto's own Legendary House Mother Snoopy of the House of Disney!  

Check out highlights from our last Vogue Dance Class & Kiki Ball (held on February 15, 2019) in the video below! 


Equity Ideas Fund

graphic with text: apply to the equity ideas fund and make equity happen

Funding student-led diversity & equity initiatives since 2012

The Diversity & Equity team also oversees the Equity Ideas Fund. Student groups can apply for up to $500 in funding for diversity and equity initiatives. Members of the Diversity & Equity team have the opportunity to prepare and review proposals, which are then considered within the scope and parameters of the Faculty’s equity fund approval process. 

The Equity Ideas Fund for the 2019/2020 school year is now OPEN!


Apply to the Equity Ideas Fund now


Application Evaluation Process

The rubric used to evaluate and award project funding is available for reference, along with the follow up report all awarded groups must hand in to receive reimbursement for the agreed upon funding total. 

For questions, or more information about the fund, please e-mail equityideasfund.kpe@utoronto.ca

Equity Ideas Fund - Report 

 (PDF)

Please note, all applications must be submitted 65-90 days before the event/initiative. 

 

Stay Connected!

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Questions? Contact diversityandequity.kpe@utoronto.ca