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 AND upcoming Events - 2019/2020
Drop-In Trans-Positive Swim - every Thursday from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
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.
NEW* Drop-In Vogue Dance Class - every Wednesday from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Athletic Centre, Dance Studio
Begins September 11th, 2019
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 (a.k.a, death drops)! 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 House of Disney!
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. Below is a list of upcoming workshops:
1) Queers on Ice - September 23, 2019 - 4:30 - 6:30pm @ Varsity Arena
2) Boxing & Self-defense - October 25, 2019 - 6:00 - 8:00pm @ The Athletic Centre
3) Body Positive Yoga & Meditation - January 24, 2020 - 6:00 - 7:30pm @ Hart House
4) 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 last year's conference (November 17, 2018) 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 last year's Vogue Dance Class & Kiki Ball (February 15, 2019) in the video below!
Equity Ideas Fund - 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 application period for the Equity Ideas Fund for the 2018-19 school year is now CLOSED.
Please check back in September 2019 for the 2019/2020 school year application period to open.
The following forms are the application and rubric we use to evaluate and award project funding for your reference. We have also included the follow up report all awarded groups will need to hand in, in order to receive reimbursement for the agreed upon funding total.
For questions, or more information about the fund, please e-mail email@example.com
Please note, all applications must be submitted 65-90 days before the event/initiative - see forms for details.
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