Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging


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About Sport & Recreation's EDIB team

We are a group of undergraduate and graduate students from across campus who plan, motivate and implement positive student-led initiatives that promote equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging (EDIB), and physical/mental health. The team develops and implements events and projects related to sport and physical activity through student-staff partnerships. 


Upcoming Events

Mark your Calendars and Join Us! News & Announcements

Queers on Ice Promotional Poster

Join U of T Sport & Rec and The Sexual and Gender Diversity Office (SGDO) for a 2SLGBTQ+ skate night!

Never been on skates? No worries! We'll have a skating instructor (and a first aid person) on the ice to show you the ropes in a piloned-off area for beginners.

We also have FREE skate rentals on a first-come, first-serve basis, some hot chocolate, a killer playlist, and cool prizes to be given away! Register at uoft.me/queersonice for first entry (7:00 - 7:30pm), first pick of skate rentals, and to be entered in a prize raffle! Drop-ins welcome after 7:30pm. 

Must have a valid TCard to enter.

If you have any questions or accessibility needs, please contact edib.sportandrec@utoronto.ca to make appropriate arrangements. 

Pow wow hip hop workshop promotional poster in black and red

Hart House Hip Hop Education and Move with Culture present a cultural mash-up centering on the foundations of traditional Pow Wow dancing.

The workshop will empower, educate and engage participants in movement and culture by incorporating various techniques from all styles of Pow Wow dance set to the beats of hip-hop music. Gain a greater appreciation for Indigenous cultures, learn about their ceremonies and traditions with this unique delivery of Pow Wow dance.

Instructor Nichole Leveck is a Wyandot artist from Toronto. She has been a fancy shawl and jingle dress dancer for more than 13 years and has been teaching for more than eleven years at various organizations throughout the Greater Toronto Area. She's been featured dancing in music videos and performed at the 2019 Polaris Music Prize Gala. Nichole strives to be a positive role model within the Indigenous community of Toronto.

Register at uoft.me/movewithculture

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day will be commemorated on September 30 across U of T’s three campuses.

Hart House will host a university-wide event open to all students, librarians, faculty librarians and staff across the three campuses, featuring remarks from Kelly Hannah-Moffat, vice-president of people strategy, equity and culture, and Alexandra Gillespie, U of T vice-president and principal of U of T Mississauga

Date: September 30

Time: 10:00 to 11:00am 

Location: This event can be attended in-person (at Hart House in the Great Hall; registration required) or via livestream (on YouTube or view at Varsity Centre)

On the St George Campus, Varsity Stadium will livestream the event under the concourse. Members of the U of T community will be asked to present their T-card at the doors.

On Scarborough Campus, there are several events planned for the lead-up to September 30, including a Sept. 26 workshop called “Walking the Talk” that will use an Indigenous framework to unpack short examples around answering the Calls to Action on campus and a Sept. 29 screening of Rumble: the Indians Who Rocked the World, which is co-presented by the department of arts, culture and media and the Indigenous Outreach Program.

At Mississauga Campus, the Indigenous Centre has a limited number of tickets for a public virtual tour of the Mohawk Institute Residential School in Brantford, Ont. The centre has also compiled a list of resources to help the U of T Mississauga community prepare for Orange Shirt Day.

For more information on this event or to register to attend in-person, please visit: https://harthouse.ca/events/orange-shirt-day-2022

The event is organized and supported by the Office of Indigenous Initiatives, Hart House, the Faculty of Arts & Science, the Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical Education, Woodsworth College, U of T Mississauga Indigenous Centre and First Nations House. 

A fun all-levels Afro-Caribbean dance workshop that incorporates the high energy and intoxicating dance movements from Caribbean culture to dancehall and soca music. This workshop will focus on learning the fundamentals through drills, breathing, and choreography that will feed your mind, body, and soul.

Register at uoft.me/movewithculture


About our Events, Workshops & Programs

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Trans-Positive Swim 

Thursdays from 5:35 to 6:50 p.m.
Location: Benson 25yd Pool

 

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.

 

Free for U of T students & Sport & Rec members!

 

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Drop-in Vogue

October 5 - November 23
Wednesdays* from 5:00p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Goldring Fitness Studio

 

Tell your story through the legendary movement of vogueing. In these beginner friendly drop-in sessions with Vogue dancer Snoopy, you will learn and practice the 5 elements of vogue dance - cat walk, duck-walk, hand performance, floor performance, and spins and dips. Feel the beat, werq the runway, and drop with ferocity - 10's! 10's! 10's! across the board!  

 

Classes are free for U of T students & Sport & Rec members!

 

*There will be no drop-in vogue on Wednesday, October 19. 

 

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Vent and Sweat: Mental Health Focused Fitness

October 4 - November 15
Tuesdays from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Goldring Fitness Studio

 

Vent & Sweat is a mental health-focused group fitness class that encourages you to bring your feelings to the gym floor rather than leaving them at the door. Life is stressful, and you have a lot on your plate that you can’t always talk about openly. In these 75-minute classes, the first 15 minutes are a safe space for participants to openly express and discuss any and all feelings that are present for them. Feel like you just failed that last midterm? Same. No idea what you’re doing with your life? We don’t either. Going through a hard time and just need some empathy? We’ve got you. The remaining hour is a bodyweight strength and conditioning workout where you are encouraged to listen to your own needs, challenge yourself to match your feelings that day, and leave feeling sweaty and supported.

 

Registration Required. Please register at uoft.me/ventandsweat.

 

Check our our Past Event Videos & Highlights!

See video highlights from our past yearly events such as the 2018 and 2019 Diversity & Equity Conferences, and the 2019 and 2020 Black Excellence Kiki Balls at our NEW YouTube Page. 

VISIT THE DIVERSITY & EQUITY TEAM's YOUTUBE 

Funding Student-Led Diversity & Equity Initiatives Since 2021

Equity Ideas Fund Poster

The EDIB team also oversees the Equity Ideas Fund. Student groups can apply for up to $500 in funding for initiatives related to equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging, which are then considered within the scope and parameters of the Faculty’s Equity Ideas Fund approval process. 

Apply here for the 2022/23 school year!  Any questions can be directed to equityideasfund.kpe@utoronto.ca

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. 

 


Contact Us

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Questions? Contact edib.sportandrec@utoronto.ca