5 Days of Action 2019 Program

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Schedule of Events

The event descriptions are listed below. If you see something missing, want to share your personal story with us, have any questions or accommodation needs please contact eqhr02@uvic.ca.

Monday, November 4, 2019 | Tuesday, November 5, 2019 | Wednesday, November 6, 2019 | Thursday, November 7, 2019 | Friday, November 8, 2019 | Other Events This Week

Monday, November 4, 2019: Listen

More than a tick in the box- why protocol is vital to working together (9:00 am - 10:00 am)

Norman Garry Sam is one of the Songhees Council men for the Songhees First Nation. Garry is serving his first term as Council, and is following the footsteps of the Selwyn in his family. Garry will take the time to share with you the value of Territory acknowledgements. Garry is also going to take the time to share with you some of the history of the Lekwungen people.

9:00 am  - 10:00 am 
First Peoples House Ceremonial Hall 

Awareness: Anti-Racism Workshop (9:00 am - 11:00 am)

University members should embed practices of equity, diversity, dialogue and inclusion in ways that make other members of the community feel welcomed, valued, and supported to achieve their highest potential. In this workshop we will unpack and work to understand Anti-Racism as a key UVic value.  Accept and acknowledge personal responsibility, with reference to UVic policies, to create an inclusive and welcoming learning and working environment free of racism and discrimination.


Facilitators: Moussa Magassa, Human Rights Education Advisor & Ashley McKay, Equity and Human Rights
9:00 am - 11:00 am
Michael Williams Building, room 120

Optional: 

Participate in a research opportunity in tandem with the Awareness: Anti-Racism Training during the 5 Days of Action! Help to test if the Anti-Racism Training Program is successful in achieving it's learning outcomes and more!

Contact akmckay@uvic.ca for more information and to register. 

Hey, that’s not fair! A dialogue about fairness and the development of tools to navigate life on and off campus (9:00 am - 11:00 am)

This workshop will explore concepts of fairness and how does unfairness intersect with our everyday lives when we are confronted with it. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and develop tools to work through situations of unfairness.

Facilitator: Annette Fraser, Ombudsperson
9:00 am - 11:00 am 
Upper Lounge, Student Union Building

*please note that there will be a photographer present at this event. Please let the organizers know if you would like to opt-out of being photographed*

Starting the Conversation: How to prevent and respond to sexualized violence on campus (1:00 - 3:00 pm)

This workshop will focus on unpacking what is sexualized violence, and how prevention work begins by addressing the attitudes and beliefs that give rise to various forms of sexualized violence. This will include a discussion of consent and how to meaningfully practice consent. We will also discuss ways to have those difficult conversations with people who engage in harmful attitudes, beliefs, and behaviours and help prevent sexualized violence.

Facilitator: Leah Shumka, Sexualized Violence Education and Prevention Coordinator
1:00 - 3:00 pm 
Upper Lounge, Student Union Building

*please note that there will be a photographer present at this event. Please let the organizers know if you would like to opt-out of being photographed*

Workshop: Blanket Exercise (12:00 pm - 1:15 pm)

The Blanket exercise is a unique participatory history lesson, developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers and educators. The exercise was first created in 1997 in response to the TRC. Participants are given an opportunity to walk on blankets that represent the land and explore the experiences of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples of Canada. Facilitated by faculty volunteers the exercise concludes with a talking circle that enables sense making and allows individuals to make sense of their feelings, insights and learnings.  

Facilitator: Faculty of Education
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
MacLaurin D201, Learning Commons, 2nd floor.

Tips for Navigating Gender Diversity (1:30 pm - 2:45 pm)

This student-led workshop introduces participants to gender diversity, exploring the concepts of gender identity and expression, assigned sex, trans identities, pronouns, and more in an accessible fashion that encourages discussion and reflection. This workshop will provide participants with tools and techniques for more inclusive, respectful interactions and offer gender-friendly strategies to use in your own life and relationships.

Facilitators: UVSS Gender Empowerment Centre
1:30 pm - 2:45 pm
Michale Williams Building, room 120

Tuesday, November 5, 2019: Reflect

Living in the Margins of Post-secondary Education Event (9:00 am - 12:00 pm)

To understand inequality and inequity, it is crucial to engage in conversations about the oppressive role of social class. “Living in the Margins of Post-Secondary Education” facilitates space to reflect on the experiences of students who are living or have lived in poverty. Join in an interactive exhibit expressing the lived experiences of students whose lives are shaped by poverty. Through the engagement with everyday objects and experiences, shed ignorance and build empathy. Participate actively or reflectively. Take this opportunity to learn about students who invisibly continue to exist, grow, and create their own space within the margins of Canadian universities.

Hosted by: The Shoestrong Initiative
Welcome Centre, University Centre
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
No registration required

Starting the Conversation: How to prevent and respond to sexualized violence on campus (10:00 am - 12:00 p.m)

This workshop will focus on unpacking what is sexualized violence, and how prevention work begins by addressing the attitudes and beliefs that give rise to various forms of sexualized violence. This will include a discussion of consent and how to meaningfully practice consent. We will also discuss ways to have those difficult conversations with people who engage in harmful attitudes, beliefs, and behaviours and help prevent sexualized violence.

Facilitator: Leah Shumka, Sexualized Violence Education and Prevention Coordinator
10:00 am - 12:00 p.m
Upper Lounge, Student Union Building

The Transgender Archives: Past, Present, and Future (1:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

University of Victoria Libraries is home to the world’s largest Transgender Archives (TGA). We are exceptional in our focus, size, and scope when compared to other archives in that our collections are explicitly dedicated to the preservation of the original documents recording the history of pioneering activists, community leaders, and researchers who have contributed to the betterment of trans, non-binary, and Two-Spirit people. In this presentation, Michael Radmacher (MA, MLIS) will discuss the past, present, and future of the Transgender Archives. The presentation will answer questions such as: How did the TGA start at UVic? What unique and one-of-a-kind materials are housed at the TGA? What new collections have been recently donated? What are the TGA's current and future projects related to community outreach, accessibility, and digitization? Lastly, this presentation will offer a hands-on experience with a selection of the TGA’s rare materials. Come put your hands on hirstory.

Facilitator: Michael Radmacher (MA, MLIS), Transgender Archives; Administrative Officer, Chair in Transgender Studies.
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm 
McPherson Library, Room A003

Please note that there will be a photographer present at this event. Please let the organizers know if you would like to opt-out of being photographed

*Please do not bring food or drink into the Archives*

The Major Problem of Microaggressions: Taking Action in Challenging Moments (1:30 pm - 3:30 pm)

This workshop is designed to support participants in exploring some of the ways they can intervene when violence, oppression, and micro-aggressions are perpetuated in every day life and in our work places. In this workshop participants will: learn about the history of bystander intervention; discuss a framework for identifying why and how bystander intervention is an effective tool for interrupting violence; and practice both intervening and receiving an intervention non-defensively.

Facilitator: Kingsley Strudwick, Ambit Gender Diversity Consulting
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Michael Williams Building, room 120

Awareness: Anti-Racism Workshop (1:30 pm - 3:30 pm)

University members should embed practices of equity, diversity, dialogue and inclusion in ways that make other members of the community feel welcomed, valued, and supported to achieve their highest potential. In this workshop we will unpack and work to understand Anti-Racism as a key UVic value.  Accept and acknowledge personal responsibility, with reference to UVic policies, to create an inclusive and welcoming learning and working environment free of racism and discrimination.

Facillitators: Moussa Magassa, Human Rights Education Advisor & Ashley McKay, Equity and Human Rights
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Upper Lounge, Student Union Building

Optional: 

Participate in a research opportunity in tandem with the Awareness: Anti-Racism Training during the 5 Days of Action! Help to test if the Anti-Racism Training Program is successful in achieving it's learning outcomes and more!

Contact akmckay@uvic.ca for more information and to register. 

How Many Ways Can You Say Hello? A Speed Friendship Making Event (5:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

At the end of this event, we hope you will walk away with

  •  A big smile on your face, still savouring the great fun you had tonight
  • Feeling of having made more friends than you ever had in one single day
  • The realization that you just learned amazing things about inclusion, acceptance of other cultures and people, and human rights respect
  • The confidence that you want to be more involved from now on with campus groups
  • The reassurance that UVic Human Rights Education Volunteer Program is one group you are always welcome to

Facilitators: Human Rights Volunteers
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Upper Lounge, Student Union Building 

*please note that there will be a photographer present at this event. Please let the organizers know if you would like to opt-out of being photographed*

Movie: PUSH (7:00 pm - 8:35 pm) and (9:00 pm - 10:35 pm)

Fredrik Gertten, 2019, Sweden/Canada, 92 minutes
7:00 pm & 9:00 pm
CINECENTA      
**Registration is not required for this event**

Push is a new documentary from award-winning director Fredrik Gertten, investigating why we can’t afford to live in our own cities anymore. Housing is a fundamental human right, a precondition to a safe and healthy life. But in cities all around the world, having a place to live is becoming more and more difficult. Who are the players and what are the factors that make housing one of today’s most pressing world issues?  The film follows Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, as she’s travelling the globe, trying to understand who’s being pushed out of the city and why. “I believe there’s a huge difference between housing as a commodity and gold as a commodity. Gold is not a human right, housing is,” says Leilani.

 “A lively, approachable documentary on the global housing crisis that should leave audiences feeling engaged, enraged and with plenty to discuss afterwards.”— Screen Daily.

“Fredrik Gertten’s rousing investigation into the global housing crisis plays like a real-world conspiracy thriller, with an inspiring hero at its heart.”– Little White Lies.

For Students: Bringing in the Bystander

Offered by the Office of Student Life, the "Bringing in the Bystander” workshop teaches students how to overcome resistance to checking in and intervening when they observe the potential for sexualized violence to occur. By empowering students to become active bystanders, we hope to create a compassionate community response to preventing sexualized violence and fostering a safer environment on campus. https://www.uvic.ca/services/studentlife/initiatives/bystander-intervention/index.php 

Registration is sperate for this event. 

Register here

Wednesday, November 6, 2019: Dialogue

Increasing Awareness of Disability Issues in Our Daily Lives (9:00 am - 11:00 am)

How do the issues that people with disabilities face impact us as a community? How can we be more proactively inclusive of persons with disabilities in our society? Join Kelby Mullin as we discuss how we can make changes to our language and perceptions in order to fight unconscious biases against those with disabilities.

Facilitator: Kelby Mullin, Disability Awareness Trainer, Victoria Disability Resource Centre 
9:00 am - 11:00 am 
Michael Williams Building, room 120

Living Room Conversations (9:00 am  - 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

Join in on Courageous Conversations with campus community members from both on and off campus. Enjoy free hot chocolate and engage in ways to make a difference on campus

Facilitators: Various
9:00 am  - 12:00 pm & 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mystic Market Living Room 

Living Cultural Diversity (10:00 am  - 11:30 am)

Story is powerful. Story allows us to connect with each other. Story gives us an opportunity to learn from another’s experience, to glimpse a view of the world that may be different from our own. Story gives us a chance to better understand our culturally diverse community. Performed as woven stories and still images, a group of UVic students share snapshots of their personal journeys, highlighting unforgettable memories, insights and visions for the future.

Facilitators: Anne Cirillo, Manager, International Exchange and Student Programs, International Student Services & Erynne Gilpin, Indigenous Learning Specialist, Division of Learning and Teaching Support and Innovation
10:00 am  - 11:30 am 
Michele Pujol Room, Student Union Building 

Human Library (1:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

Join us for a Human Library. This event is a way for people to reach out and connect with individuals in their community that they might not normally engage with. Visitors to a library have an opportunity during a planned event to borrow Human Books and to engage in conversation with the books. Participate in one-on-one or small-group conversations with Human Books to ask questions and to learn about other’s life experiences or special interests in a safe and interactive environment.

Facilitators: Cara Jones, Kamilla Milligan & Ashley McKay Office of Equity and Human Rights
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Michele Pujol Room, Student Union Building

Increasing Awareness of Disability Issues in Our Daily Lives (2:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

How do the issues that people with disabilities face impact us as a community? How can we be more proactively inclusive of persons with disabilities in our society? Join Kelby Mullin as we discuss how we can make changes to our language and perceptions in order to fight unconscious biases against those with disabilities.

Facilitator: Kelby Mullin, Disability Awareness Trainer, Victoria Disability Resource Centre 
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Michael Williams Building, room 120

Critical-Self Location Workshop (2:30 pm - 4:00 pm)

Critical-Self Location Workshop will examine the concepts of critical reflection of Self in relation to course content, individual research and other relations within your place of learning; situated on Indigenous Lands.

Through an Indigenous approach to learning and teaching, we will explore questions such as: “Who am I? Where do I come from? Who am I accountable to? How does my research take or create space for Indigenous communities? How am I, or am I, implicated in working, living and learning on Indigenous Lands?”.

Facilitator: Erynne Gilpin - Indigenous Learning Specialist 
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Business and Economics Building (BEC), room 402

Performance: Inclusion and belonging - Finding a sense of identity and place at work(5:00 pm - 6:30 pm)

Is diversity enough? How can we foster a sense of belonging in a diverse workplace?

This session will explore themes around finding space and a sense of belonging while respecting diverse, multifaceted identities.
Several short skits will be performed in preparation for a panel discussion around the challenges and benefits of diverse workplace and hiring practices. Panelists will explore minority groups’ experiences and engage the audience in frank conversations covering hiring processes, work expectations, work etiquette and other relevant related topics.

Performance and Panel by: Immigrant Employee Support Network
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Medical Sciences Building, room 160

Understanding Consent Culture

This workshop by the Anti-Violence Project is intended to provide folks with the education, skills, and opportunity to understand and practice consent in a supportive and sex positive space. Through activities and discussion, we will bust myths about sexualized violence and gender, explore the concept of rape culture and learn about consent (what it is, why it’s required, how to practice it). This consent workshop offers a chance for us to talk about how we can build consent into our everyday lives and into our relationships with the people we care about in safe, fun, and sexy ways. This workshop is free and open to students and community members, for more info and registration please visit www.antiviolenceproject.org/workshops 

Registration is seperate for this event

Register here

Thursday, November 7, 2019: Engage

Creating Spaces (9:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Do you ever wonder if your actions and language are as inclusive as they could be? Do you feel frustrated about so much talk about “diversity” without enough action to support it? Do you want to build better connections with other people and groups working and studying on campus? The Creating Spaces workshop is part of a campus-wide campaign that promote anti-oppressive practices, respect for human rights, awareness of power, powerlessness and our own multiple social locations. You will be encouraged to deconstruct “normal” and to focus on building connections and equitable relationships.

Facilitator: Moussa Magassa, Human Rights Education Advisor, Equity and Human Rights
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Michael Williams Building, room 120

Myths and Misconceptions: Religious Intolerance in Canada Today (11:30 am - 1:00 pm)

A moderated student panel followed by opportunity an for conversation with the audience. At this interactive panel discussion student leaders will reflect upon their personal experience and understanding of religious intolerance. 

Please bring your brown bag lunch to this event. Some beverages will be provided. 

Host: Multifaith Services
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Interfaith Chapel

Cancelled: Spoken Word "Identity" (10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

This event has been cancelled.

Thank you for your interest and we apologize for any inconvenience

Succeeding in Your Canadian Job Search (10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Open to anyone including international students and newcomers to Canada

10:00 AM to 11:20 AM
BEC 402
Host: Co-operative Education Program and Career Services

Register here: https://learninginmotion.uvic.ca/myAccount/trash/openEvents.htm?eventId=3758

Building Inclusive Workspaces (1:30 pm - 3:30 pm)

Everyone deserves a place of work where they are appreciated, welcomed and valued for who they are. Inclusive workplaces create connections among people which makes possible sharing, integration and synthesis of diverse perspectives. Inclusiveness builds resilience in relationships by enabling open dialogue, collaboration and enhanced creativity, all of which help work flow. Inclusive workspaces are foundational to people experiencing positive, healthy and high functioning team work. Let’s explore some ways we can all enhance inclusion in our workspaces.

Facilitators: Cara Jones & Kamilla Milligan, Equity and Human Rights
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm 
Michael Williams Building, room 120

Tools for Change: Preventing Sexualized Violence at UVic (4:30 pm - 7:30 pm)

This workshop is for students who want to be a part of a culture shift at UVic. It is especially important and useful for those who have not taken sexualized violence prevention training in the past and/or those with want to learn more about UVic’s work to prevent sexualized violence.

If you are interested in taking one of our regularly scheduled workshops you can register here. If you would like to book a special session for a group of 20 students or more, please email svptraining@uvic.ca 

4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
CLE A211

Register here

Simple Tools for Skillful Boundaries Workshop (7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

In this free workshop facilitated by Hannah Harris-Sutro, participants will learn a simple, practical, body-centred process for figuring out their boundaries, articulating those boundaries to those who need to know about them, and maintaining those boundaries. Developing our skills around setting boundaries allows us to take better care of ourselves, have more mutually nurturing relationships, and ride the up & down ferris wheel of life more smoothly. This workshop is dissociation-friendly & trauma informed. Participation is a spectrum & nothing is obligatory.  Snacks and water/tea provided.

Anti-Violence Project
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
UVic (location provided upon registration)

Register at www.antiviolenceproject.org/workshops

Friday, November 8, 2019: Show solidarity

Living in the Margins of Post-secondary Education Event (9:00 am - 12:00 pm)

To understand inequality and inequity, it is crucial to engage in conversations about the oppressive role of social class. “Living in the Margins of Post-Secondary Education” facilitates space to reflect on the experiences of students who are living or have lived in poverty. Join in an interactive exhibit expressing the lived experiences of students whose lives are shaped by poverty. Through the engagement with everyday objects and experiences, shed ignorance and build empathy. Participate actively or reflectively. Take this opportunity to learn about students who invisibly continue to exist, grow, and create their own space within the margins of Canadian universities.

Hosted by: The Shoestrong Initiative
Welcome Centre, University Centre
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
No registration required

Indigenous Cultural Acumen Training (ICAT) (9:30 am - 11:30 am)

The first module of the Indigenous Cultural Acumen Training (ICAT) is designed to offer foundational information about the colonial context (historical and current) of Indigenous people in Canada to all members of the university community (students, student leaders, staff, faculty, and executive). It is delivered as an 80-minute, face-to-face presentation and discussion, along with a CourseSpaces site with pre- and post-workshop resources and activities.

Facilitator: Rob Hancock
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Register at: UVic Learning Calendar 

Open to all Staff and Faculty at UVic

Let's get included! How to actively include yourself in the workplace/classroom/community (10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Open to anyone including international students and newcomers to Canada

10:00 AM to 11:20 AM
BEC 402
Host: Co-operative Education Program and Career Services

Register here: https://learninginmotion.uvic.ca/myAccount/trash/openEvents.htm?eventId=3760

Art Display for Social and Climate Justice México/Canada (10:00 am - 2:00 pm)

Organización pax la paz, University of Victoria, social justice studies & Human rights education volunteers present:

The International Pax Collective of Women Artists on Climate Action and Social Change

10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Library Lobby/Entrance
No registration required

Building Inclusive Workspaces (1:30 pm - 3:30 pm)

Everyone deserves a place of work where they are appreciated, welcomed and valued for who they are. Inclusive workplaces create connections among people which makes possible sharing, integration and synthesis of diverse perspectives. Inclusiveness builds resilience in relationships by enabling open dialogue, collaboration and enhanced creativity, all of which help work flow. Inclusive workspaces are foundational to people experiencing positive, healthy and high functioning team work. Let’s explore some ways we can all enhance inclusion in our workspaces.

Facilitators: Cara Jones & Kamilla Milligan, Equity and Human Rights
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm 
Michael Williams Building, room 120

Hey, that’s not fair! A dialogue about fairness and the development of tools to navigate life on and off campus (1:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

This workshop will explore concepts of fairness and how does unfairness intersect with our everyday lives when we are confronted with it. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and develop tools to work through situations of unfairness.

Facilitator: Annette Fraser, Ombudsperson
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Business and Economics Building, room 402

Other Events This Week

Online Material

Step in, Speak up (online for students):

Offered by the Office of Student Life, the "Step in, Speak out” is a 45-minute online bystander intervention training program that introduces students to the concepts of pro-social bystander intervention and community expectations.

If you are interested or have a group of students who are interested in taking the Step in, Speak up online bystander training program please contact the Office of Student Life at 

 

Calls to Action:

Check out the daily Calls to Action during the 5 Days of Action and commit to making a difference at UVic and in our community. 

5 Days of Action Art Exhibition

November 4 – November 8
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Audain Gallery (A120)

The Visual Arts Department is pleased to announce that we will be hosting an exhibition in conjunction with the programming of 5 Days of Action: 365 Days of Commitment. This exhibition will feature selected works from 9 artists from the undergraduate and graduate programs. The artworks included in the exhibition will be addressing the programs themes of Listening, Reflecting, Dialogue, Engagement and Solidarity.

This exhibit brings together the works of 9 artists from the Visual Arts program. Using mixed medias such as photography, video art, sculpture, painting and textiles, the students are confronting forms of systemic violence and oppression. The exhibition is meant to promote dialogue by engaging the viewer to listen to the artists and reflect on their work in order to come to a place of solidarity.

The building is wheelchair accessible and is located outside ring road near parking lot 10 and 6. The Visual Arts Building acknowledges with respect the Lekwungen peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

Succeeding in Canadian Job Search and Preparing for Canadian Workplace

Two workshop presented by Co-operative Education Program and Career Services for International Students. 

Succeeding in Canadian Job Search
November 7
10:00 am – 11:20 am
BEC 402

Preparing for Canadian Workplace
November 8
10:00 am – 11:20 am
BEC 402

To register contact: mschout@uvic.ca