Five Days of Action

A graphic with the words: 5 days of action, 365 days of commitment
This year, the Centre for Youth and Society joins the University of Victoria in UVic's fourth annual Five Days of Action: 365 Days of Commitment.

This year, the Centre for Youth and Society joins the University of Victoria in UVic's fourth annual Five Days of Action: 365 Days of Commitment. From November 15-19th, 2021, UVic will be working with the campus community to highlight those committed to building a more diverse, inclusive, and safe campus throughout the year to put on a series of events and workshops. Pre-registration is required for many events; for more information, please visit uvic.ca/equity/education/5-days-action/schedule.

The Centre for Youth & Society remains committed to contributing to a diverse and inclusive campus and encourages everyone who is able to participate in events this week.

Resources

For equity and diversity resources in Greater Victoria, including resources for Indigenous people, BIPOCs, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ individuals, please visit the CFYS community resource hub

The University of Victoria has curated resources that you can read, watch, and do to address discrimination, harassment, and sexualized violence on campus. Each day corresponds to one of five Calls to Action: Listen, Reflect, Dialogue, Engage, and Solidarity. Find resources related to each Call to Action at uvic.ca/equity/education/5-days-action/calls-to-action

Events

The University of Victoria is putting on a variety of workshops and events designed to spotlight groups, organizations, and others working to make campus a more inclusive place for everyone. Each day's events are related to a specific Call to Action. All events are online unless otherwise specified. Pre-registration is required for many events. For more details and to register for events, please visit uvic.ca/equity/education/5-days-action/schedule.

November 15, 2021: Listen

UVic Pride: Courageous Conversations (all week)

Join our Discord server where you can connect with a community of queer and questioning students, faculty, and staff on topics of gender, sexuality, campus life and so much more! 

Killjoys: Art Show (9:00 am - 4:00 pm)

An art show using various mediums to confront forms of systemic violence and oppression. This art show will run November 15-19, 2021 in the Visual Arts Building, Room A120. No Registration required. 

Embedding Anti-Racism into Classroom, Courses and Curricula (Harnessing Anti-Racism Initiative Grant) (1:00-2:00 pm)

This session will highlight the innovative ways UVic faculty and administrators are reworking instruction and administration processes to embed anti-racism, decolonization and other social justice principles. Includes recipients of LTSI's anti-racism grants and administrators with responsibility for embedding equity into UVic's processes.

Panelist(s): Jane Butterfield, Associate Teaching Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, and Arif Babul, Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Facilitator(s): Evanthia Baboula, Associate Dean of Fine Arts and LTSI affiliate

The Respect Factor: Part 1 (2:00-4:00 pm)

Everyone seeks respect; it is at the core of our human rights. This workshop deconstructs the concept of respect before reconstructing it in the context of workplace relationships. This is Part 1 of a two-part series for staff; registration for both workshops is required. 

Facilitator: Nooreen Shah-Preusser

Introduction to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for newcomers to Canada (3:00-4:30 pm)

Are you relatively new to Canada? If yes, this interactive session is for you to gain a better understanding of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in Canada. The session will answer such questions as "what is the difference between equity and equality?", "what are 'equity-deserving groups'?", and "what does it mean to be inclusive?".

5 Days of Action workshop by Mami Schouten, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Research Officer.

Colour Theory: Anti-Racism Art Exhibit Discussion (4:30-6:00 pm)

Join anti-racism facilitator Angelique Bulosan in an online, interactive, discussion to hear from the artists of the "Colour Theory: Anti-Racism Art Exhibit" as they share about their experiences with the anti-racism discussions and the process of making their art and personal written pieces. The event will take place virtually. Advance registration is required. 

From November 15-28, 2021 experience all the artist's works in person at: A. Wilfrid Johns Art Gallery, University of Victoria, MacLaurin Building, Wing A, Ring Rd, Victoria, BC V8W 2Y2. Admission is free. 

Bringing in the Bystander Intervention (6:00-7:30 pm)

Bringing in the Bystander is a free, 90-minute workshop, that teaches students how to overcome resistance to checking in and intervening when they observe the potential for sexualized violence to occur. Participants will:

  • Learn how to identify situations where bystander intervention is appropriate and how to overcome barriers to successful intervention
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the impacts of sexualized violence for survivors and communities
  • Learn how to identify a continuum of inappropriate sexual behaviours
  • Build increased empathy for survivors of sexualized violence and understand the importance of supportive responses to those who disclose

November 16, 2021: Reflect

UVic Pride: Courageous Conversations (all week)

Join our Discord server where you can connect with a community of queer and questioning students, faculty, and staff on topics of gender, sexuality, campus life and so much more! 

Killjoys: Art Show (9:00 am - 4:00 pm)

An art show using various mediums to confront forms of systemic violence and oppression. This art show will run November 15-19, 2021 in the Visual Arts Building, Room A120. No Registration required. 

Decolonial Equity Work: Transforming from Theory to Practice (10:00-11:00 am)

This workshop is targeted towards staff, faculty, leaders, managers and alumni. We will review the history, processes, and outcomes of our decolonial equity work over the last two years, in which we transformed these theories into many practices.

5 Days of Action workshop offered by Jacquie Green (she/her) and Ryan Khungay (he/him), School of Social Work.

Amplifying voices: Integrating underrepresented identities into music (12:00-1:20 pm)

Starting with the 5 Days of Action, UVic’s Music Student Association (MSA) presents the first in a series of events highlighting marginalized voices and bringing awareness to EDI-related challenges that musicians and musical institutions are facing. School of Music student performers and composers will present a recital featuring underrepresented identities in music. Later, a panel of guests will discuss the issue of programming diverse music in curriculum and concert halls.

Admission is free. This event will also be live-streamed. RSVP is only required to attend in person - Phillip Y. Young Recital Hall, MacLaurin Building, B-Wing, Univesity of Victoria. Compliance with indoor mask mandates and proof of vaccination will be required for in-person attendance. 

Bringing Anti-Racism and Indigenization to the classroom: K-12 and beyond (1:00-2:30 pm)

We will converse about the ways in which racism manifests and how we can counteract it. Promising practices for Indigenization will also be discussed. This workshop is open to all. 

5 Days of Action workshop offered by Carmen Rodriguez de France, Karine Ng and Thais Cabrera. Department of Indigenous Education and the Anti-oppression Educators Collective.

Teaching Roundtable from the Department of Psychology (1:30-2:30)

This is an opportunity for psychology instructors to share ideas about ways in which they have tried to incorporate EDI into course content, assignments, structure, etc., and for students to share ideas of ways they would like to see EDI content incorporated into their psychology courses. 

This event will be hosted on Zoom.
Meeting ID: 899 6775 3172; Password: 303554

The Transgender Archives: Celebrating 10 Years (2:00-3:30 pm)

The Transgender Archives is 10 years old! This special event will tell the story of how the Transgender Archives started, including an overview of our journey over the past decade, we’ll tell you about some of our recent projects, our favourite treasures, and our newest collections. Location: McPherson Library 025.

 

Brain Injury Support and Accessibility (3:00-4:00 pm)

An introduction to brain injury, including information about best practices for workplace and classroom inclusion, accessible communication strategies, and supports available in the community. This presentation is open to all. 

5 Days of Action presentation offered by Kirby Way (he/him), Victoria Brain Injury Society. 

Five Days of Action Interactive Workshop from UVic Psi Chi (5:30-6:30)

The event is open to students and faculty from all departments and will focus on activities engaging the themes of sexualized violence, discrimination and harassment. The activities will include some group games and discussions, and a craft. Refreshments will be provided! Location: Cornett A125.

November 17, 2021: Dialogue

UVic Pride: Courageous Conversations (all week)

Join our Discord server where you can connect with a community of queer and questioning students, faculty, and staff on topics of gender, sexuality, campus life and so much more! 

Killjoys: Art Show (9:00 am - 4:00 pm)

An art show using various mediums to confront forms of systemic violence and oppression. This art show will run November 15-19, 2021 in the Visual Arts Building, Room A120. No Registration required. 

Difficult Conversations: Fostering Intercultural Safety and Inclusive Engagement in the Classroom (11:00 am - 12:30 pm)

Participants will explore critical incidents that might unexpectedly unfold in diverse classrooms. This panel is recommended for faculty. 

5 Days of Action panel offered by Viviana Pitton, Imen Bourguiba, Ricardo Flores, Brian Leacock, CindyAnn Rose-Redwood and Monika Smith.

Music we love: Appreciating a wider spectrum of flute repertoire (12:30-1:30 pm)

School of Music flute students from the studio of Suzanne Snizek highlight the music of composers underrepresented in the classical music milieu. Hear works by diverse musical voices including Chinese, Malaysian, Japanese, Korean, Venezuelan, Jewish and other composers, performed by graduate and undergraduate students.

Admission is free. This event will also be live-streamed. RSVP is only required to attend in person - Phillip Y. Young Recital Hall, MacLaurin Building, B-Wing, Univesity of Victoria. Compliance with indoor mask mandates and proof of vaccination will be required for in-person attendance. 

Indigenous Cultural Acumen Training (1:00-3:00 pm)

Broaden your understanding of Indigenous peoples and issues, colonialism, and education; and consider how to move forward. This workshop is open to all. 

Facilitator: Rob Hancock 

Increasing Awareness of Disability Issues in our Daily Lives (1:30-3:30 pm)

How do the issues that people with disabilities face impact us as a community? How can we be more proactively inclusive of disabled people in our society? This workshop is open to all. 

5 Days of Action workshop offered by Kelby Mullin, Victoria Disability Resource Centre.

Understanding Consent Culture (5:30-7:30 pm)

At the Anti-Violence Project, we believe in striving to create a culture of consent and care where everyone is free from violence. Be part of the conversation about how we can build this world together!

This online workshop is intended to provide folks with the information, skills, and opportunity to understand and practice consent. 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).

November 18, 2021: Engage

UVic Pride: Courageous Conversations (all week)

Join our Discord server where you can connect with a community of queer and questioning students, faculty, and staff on topics of gender, sexuality, campus life and so much more! 

Killjoys: Art Show (9:00 am - 4:00 pm)

An art show using various mediums to confront forms of systemic violence and oppression. This art show will run November 15-19, 2021 in the Visual Arts Building, Room A120. No Registration required. 

Racism in Greater Victoria: Results and Lessons for the University (10:00-11:30 am)

In 2020, the Greater Victoria Local Immigration Partnership (GVLIP) conducted a community survey on racism in Greater Victoria. Everyone is invited to join us to learn some of the main findings of that survey, and discuss what these findings mean in the context of the university as a place of work and learning. 

5 Days of Action presentation and discussion offered by Florentien Verhage, Greater Victoria Local Immigration Partnership (GVLIP) / Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA)

Every timbre and tone: Honouring diversity through song (12:00-12:50 pm)

In this School of Music faculty concert, soprano and piano duo Sharon and Harald Krebs, perform two songs by Florence Price, the first African-American woman to be recognized as a symphonic composer, and the first to have a composition played by a major orchestra. Pianist Bruce Vogt accompanies soprano Anne Grimm in the performance of songs by Poldowski, a pseudonym of marginalized Belgian-born British composer and pianist Régine Wieniawski. Singer-songwriter Colleen Eccleston will close the concert with a set of original music including a healing song composed especially for this event.

Admission is free. This event will also be live-streamed. RSVP is only required to attend in person - Phillip Y. Young Recital Hall, MacLaurin Building, B-Wing, Univesity of Victoria. Compliance with indoor mask mandates and proof of vaccination will be required for in-person attendance. 

Racism within the faith and spiritual communities (4:30-5:30 pm)

Four undergraduates and alum from different faith backgrounds at UVic come together to host a panel about racism and reparations in the faith community. Boston, Sky, Fune and Asiyah will be discussing the complicated relationship the church has with First Peoples, the role white privilege plays in varied faith communities, the contemporary whitewashing of wellness in spirituality communities, and the intersections of racism and Islamophobia. This panel is open to all. 

5 Days of Action panel offered by Multifaith Services.

November 19, 2021: Solidarity

UVic Pride: Courageous Conversations (all week)

Join our Discord server where you can connect with a community of queer and questioning students, faculty, and staff on topics of gender, sexuality, campus life and so much more! 

Killjoys: Art Show (9:00 am - 4:00 pm)

An art show using various mediums to confront forms of systemic violence and oppression. This art show will run November 15-19, 2021 in the Visual Arts Building, Room A120. No Registration required. 

Student Life and Anti-Racism Grant Workshop (10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Are you a student interested in receiving up to $1500 in funding to make a difference on our campus? Learn about the Student Life Grant + Anti-Racism Supplement, including grant writing tips and a step-by-step walk-through of the application and funding process in this hands-on workshop.

5 Days of Action presentation and discussion offered by Emily Huynh and Lily Han, Office of Student Life.

Say it like it is: Poster making workshop (10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

Language is a powerful tool and text-based art uses language to challenge ideas of power, identity, injustice and sexuality.

Join us for a text-based poster making workshop where we will be inspired by artists who use text for political activism, subversion of advertising and clever word-play. Participants will learn silkscreen printing and monoprinting techniques to create posters with their own unique messages. This is for folks looking to explore the process of screen printing and using art as a mode of expression.

5 Days of Action workshop offered by Megan Dickie, Hollis Roberts, Kirsten Downs + VA Graduate students.

Kil Daagwiiyaay - "Strong Voice": Understanding Intersectionality

Intersectionality touches on all realms of life although it is greatly overlooked - especially within institutions. We will review components of intersectionality, its theory, vast understandings, and situate ourselves within this knowledge realm.

5 Days of Action workshop offered by Yahlnaaw, Indigenous Rights and Anti-Racism Officer, Equity and Human Rights.

Reflecting on Responsibility and Relationship: Exploring the Meanings of Solidarity in Our Writing (1:00-3:00 pm)

Solidarity is about relationship: It is about our responsibilities to each other, to our communities, and to the world we live in. What does this mean for us as writers? What stories do we tell and what are our goals in telling them? In this workshop, Robin will talk about how she engages with these questions in her own work and will guide participants in writing exercises and discussion on these themes.

5 Days of Action workshop offered by Libraries, Equity and Human Rights and Robin Stevenson, award-winning author:  https://robinstevenson.com.

Upcoming events for 365 Days of Commitment

Staged Reading of Kamloopa: An Indigenous Matriarch Story (November 20th, 8:00 pm)

The Governor General award-winning play Kamloopa: An Indigenous Matriarch Story explores the fearless love and passion of two Indigenous women reconnecting with their homelands, ancestors, and stories. Created by Kim Senklip Harvey (Syilx, Tsilhqot’in) with the Fire Company (Cris Derksen, Yolanda Bonnell, Daniela Masellis, Lindsay Lachance, Jessica Schacht, Michelle Chabassol, Samantha Brown, Emily Soussana, Madison Henry, Kaitlyn Yott, and Samantha McCue), Kamloopa is an artistic ceremony that “give[s] voice and illuminate[s] the power of Indigenous women and femmes” (Harvey). This reading will be directed by Kim Senklip Harvey (UVic MFA Writing 2021; UVic Law PhD, current) with a talkback following the performance.

Location: UVic, Chief Dan George Theatre. Advance registration for this event is mandatory. Please email  with your name and the number of seats required.

The Major Problem of Microagressions (November 22nd, 1:00-3:00 pm)

This workshop for faculty and staff focuses on understanding systemic barriers, microaggressions, and their relationship to one another.

Faciliatator: Kingsley Strudwick