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.


Drop-In Programs - 2019/2020

NEW* Drop-In Vogue Dance Class - every Wednesday from 7:15 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Athletic Centre, Dance Studio 
 
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CLASSES ARE BACK FOR 2020! 

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!  

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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 6:10 p.m. - 6:55 p.m.

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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.

 


Workshops - 2019/2020

Move With Pride: 

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 Move with Pride workshops: 

 
Move With Pride: LGBTQ2S+ Body Positive Yoga & Meditation - Friday January 24, 2020 - Hart House 
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It’s January and one of the busiest times of the year. Self-care is important among the hustle and Move with Pride is offering a FREE LGBTQ2S+ body-positive focused yoga and meditation class for students to unwind their bodies and minds. 

This class offers a safe, inclusive and educational space for students interested in learning helpful yoga and meditation techniques. 

It will focus on improving and maintaining participant’s physical and mental health. In particular, acknowledging that mental health has a significant impact on the LGBTQ2S+ community. 

Students will leave feeling rejuvenated and refreshed to take on the rest of the Winter term! 

This event is wheelchair accessible, and chair yoga options will be available. We request participants be mindful of wearing scent products.

This event is co-hosted by U of T Sport & Rec and Hart House.

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

 
Queers on Ice - March 26, 2020 - 4:30 -6:30pm @ Varsity Arena  - More info coming soon! 

 


Events - 2020

Black Excellence Ball: Welcome to the Playoffs!  - Friday February 7, 2020 - Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport 
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Line up for the 3 pointer! Drop the puck! And meet you at the 50 yard line! THE GLOVES ARE OFF FOR THIS BALLROOM BATTLE!

Our FREE sports themed kiki ball will be centre court at the luxurious basketball field house of U of T's Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport. The event will feature a special beginner friendly vogue dance workshop before the ball led by non other than THE Legendary House Mother Snoopy of the Kiki House of Disney.

Vogue Workshop: 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Doors: 7:00 p.m.
LSS: 7:30 p.m. SHARP
Kiki Ball: 8:00 p.m.

DJ Black Cat
Commentator - Father Seven Magnifique

CATEGORIES ARE:

Virgin Runway (encouraged for UofT Students):
Must be wearing at least 1 blue article of clothing or have one blue prop.
Prize: $50 Visa Gift Card & Trophy

Virgin Vogue (encouraged for UofT Students):
Must be wearing at least 1 blue article of clothing or have one blue prop.
Prize: $50 Visa Gift Card & Trophy

Face: On the Jumbotron
Your face is up on the big screen above the court for everyone to see! Serve us your best, big and beautiful features. Must be wearing a sports team jersey.
Prize: $150 Visa Gift Card & Trophy

Best Dressed: Best Court-side Look
Jay-Z and Beyoncé are known to be court-side at the ball game – bring your best celebrity “court-side at the playoffs” look!
Prize: $150 Visa Gift Card & Trophy

Runway: Referee
Must be wearing black and white stripes – wear them fierce!
GRAND PRIZE: $250 Visa Gift Card & Trophy

Realness – Sports Fanatic
You’re the home team’s biggest fan in history. Wear a look that
shows everyone just how big of a sports fan you are!
Prize: $150 Visa Gift Card & Trophy

Bizarre – Team Mascot
Design a mascot for your house and serve it on the runway!
Prize: $150 Visa Gift Card & Trophy

Performance – Bring It On!
Serve up your best cheerleader look and vogue the house down. Pompoms are a must!
GRAND PRIZE: $250 Visa Gift Card & Trophy

If you are attending the event and require accommodation(s) due to disability, please e-mail diversityandequity.kpe@utoronto.ca to make appropriate arrangements.

To learn more about The Kiki House of Disney:
https://www.instagram.com/disneykikihouse/

To learn more about the Toronto Kiki Ballroom Alliance:
https://www.facebook.com/TorontoKikiBallroom/

Check out highlights from our 2019 Vogue Dance workshop & Kiki Ball: 

Past Events: 2019

Diversity in Motion Conference - Saturday November 23, 2019 - The 519 Community Centre

 

A big thank you to everyone who came out to the Diversity In Motion conference! We had such an amazing time and appreciate all of the great discussion and input you offered towards better equity in sport and recreation on campus.

Check out highlights & TAKEAWAYS from the conference in the video below:

 

Check out highlights from the 2018 conference 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, which are then considered within the scope and parameters of the Faculty’s Equity Ideas 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 30-90 days before the event/initiative. 

 

Stay Connected!

Stay connected with the Diversity & Equity team on social media!

Find us on: Facebook & Instagram
 
Questions? Contact diversityandequity.kpe@utoronto.ca