Special-interest student groups allow interaction among students, support faith and culture, and create an atmosphere of diversity while encouraging self-development, social responsibility and environmental awareness.
Start a group! Renew a group!
By following outlined procedures and becoming recognized by OCAD University and the OCAD U Student Union, student groups are entitled to a variety of benefits. Review the requirements and sign up your friends and classmates.
Download the 2016/2017 Student Group Handbook (PDF), which contains helpful information for student groups, the OCAD University Student Organization Recognition Policy and Application for Registered/Recognized Group Status and NEW student group leadership transfer form. (Updated as of November 7, 2016 to highlight "Booking rooms & space on campus", pg 5).
Printed copies are available at Campus Life (Level 5) and Student Union (Level 6), 230 Richmond St. West.
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
Group leaders are required to complete the online learning modules for Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) before group renewal or registration will be considered. Find more information here.
Student Group Leader Award
The NEW Student Group Leader Award will be presented annually to a student group leader who excels, above and beyond in their leadership role! Through facilitation and involvement, the leader demonstrates outstanding contributions, commitment and support to their group members and the OCAD University community.
All student group leaders are invited to our annual Student Leadership dinner (March 14, 2017) where the successful Student Group Leader Award candidate will be announced and receive a unique engraved award, made possible by support from OCAD U’s Imagination Catalyst.
Currently enrolled OCAD U undergraduate and graduate student group leaders of OCAD U’s recognized student-run groups for the 2016/2017 academic year are eligible to be nominated.
AWARDS & RECOGNITION:
Student leadership awards and recognition at OCAD U are coordinated annually through the Campus Life office in collaboration with First Generation Programs; OCAD Student Union; Office of Vice-Provost, Students & International; and Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives. Find out more about student leadership awards and recognition at OCAD U.
Student groups 2016/2017
Updated February 16, 2017.
ART & SOCIAL CHANGE STUDENT COMMITTEE
The Art & Social Change Student Committee is a group of OCAD U students and alumni whose goal is to unify social justice and its integration into artistic practice. We put into the forefront urgent matters affecting the student body, staff and faculty on campus. Some of these issues include (but are not limited to) environmental justice, sexual violence, student poverty and housing, combating racism, as well as decolonizing the curriculum. Through various student-led initiatives, we aim to raise awareness of equity and accessibility issues, and build a strong social justice community on campus. Email ASCSC
ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN SOCIETY (EDS)
The Environmental Design Society (EDS) is a student group that strives to develop in-field resources and opportunities for students of the Environmental Design program; however, all interested students are welcome. EDS is a creative hub, serving to fulfill individual design concepts and/or a wider range of problem solving within the context of improving the OCAD U environment. Through group meetings and social events, the society aims to realize its objective by inspiring students to collaborate, interact and ultimately make design ideas come to life. In turn, EDS gives a student voice to communicate with faculty and professionals within school and real-world boundaries. Email EDS
GAMA (Gaming, Anime and Manga Association is comprised of like-minded individuals with an interest in the culture surrounding video games, Japanese anime and manga. The group meets weekly to discuss these interests, and holds events in support of an annual trip to Anime North or other related events. Email GAMA / Find GAMA on facebook / Follow GAMA on twitter
Affiliated with Youth with a Mission, Genesis is a Korean Christian group affiliated with Youth with a Mission (YWAM) Toronto, which exists to become a bridge that connects spiritually and artistic practice within the context of Jesus Christ's teaching. Through spiritual and practical activities, such as daily meditation, summer short-term mission, presentations and exhibitions, believers at OCAD U are encouraged to rise up for the truth and express it with passion. All are welcome. Email Genesis
grOCAD is an open group of students, faculty and staff collaborating to develop urban agriculture on and off campus, exploring themes of biophillia, food security and community building through plant life. We believe that the natural world and the human world are one and the same, and work to bridge this constructed divide in daily life. grOCAD is involved in on-campus installations, research, promotion of student and community work, gallery shows and publications relating to sustainable urbanism. Email grOCAD
I.B. Scene is determined to keep Hip-Hop culture active within the OCAD U and Toronto community. As a group, we intend to participate in social Hip-Hop events in the school and around the city. Our goal is to facilitate the spread of Hip-Hop through graffiti, DJing, MCing, and Breakdancing events and workshops. Email I.B. Scene
INDIGENOUS STUDENT ASSOCIATION (ISA)
The Indigenous Student Association (ISA) is a group of students from OCAD U who wish to create a positive, nurturing, and inclusive community. The ISA strives to collaborate and unify perspectives and thoughts, through our artworks, community involvement, and exhibitions. We are active within our communities individually, but by coming together in the IASA, we can contribute collectively and work towards a common goal. Email ISA / Find ISA on Facebook / Find ISA on Instagram
INTERNATIONALEYES AT OCAD U
InternationalEyes at OCAD U facilitates an anchor for the University's new and returning international students, exchange students, and alumni — and any other OCAD U students who wish to network, share experiences, meet new friends, and make meaningful "global" connections. The group is comprised of diverse and enthusiastic members who wish to make the most of their learning experience at OCAD U, in Toronto and in Canada. Email InternationalEyes
LINK ONLINE MAGAZINE
Link Magazine is an online, student-run magazine, written, produced and edited for OCAD U students. Its aim is to give insight related to art, design and new urban trends, with all articles written in both Korean and English. All students are welcome to join the club! Email LINK Magazine
MAAD Teatime is a civilized oasis in an ocean of work. Once a week, we drag ourselves away from our homework and get together to have tea and cookies in the Material Art & Design department (what better place to have a mad tea party?). All are welcome, just bring a cup! Email MAAD Teatime
MIXED STEPS DANCE CLUB (MxD)
If you like music and smiles, then join us in MxD, where no matter how good you are (or not) at dancing, you are guaranteed to have some fun. So join us! You won’t only become more confident, but you will have a new skill that is calming and entertaining! Email Mixed Steps
MUSLIM STUDENT ASSOCIATION AT OCAD U (MSA)
The OCAD U MSA is here to provide and facilitate for Muslims on campus. We’re here to raise awareness about Islam and maintain a peaceful prayer space for Muslims. All Muslim and non-Muslim students, faculty and staff are welcome. Email OCAD U MSA / Official Facebook page / Facebook Social Group / MSA Twitter / MSA Instagram
OCAD GAME DESIGN CLUB (OGDC)
At OGDC, we hope to create a supportive community of people that share one thing in common—video games! From talks to presentations, to chill, round-table chats and game-making, we welcome anybody and everybody, from all skill levels. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or completely new to game design, you belong here! Find us on facebook / Email OGDC
OCAD MANDARIN CHRISTIAN CAMPUS FELLOWSHIP (MCCF)
OCAD MCCF is a group of Mandarin-speaking Christians who gather on campus weekly. We are dedicated to foster the spiritual life of the OCAD University community through bible studies, prayer, workshops, and other social and community outreach events using Mandarin as the primary language. We are here to experience and express God’s love. Through bible study and building genuine friendship within and beyond our weekly meetings, we want to live out God’s love in word and deed.
Email OCAD MCCF
OCAD U BLXCK ASSOCIATION
OCAD U Blxck Association is aimed at accommodating OCAD University’s Black community through the facilitation of conferences, events and workshops. Our initiatives are meant to instil a sense of community, raise awareness, celebrate and uplift Black lives in our institution. Our association is currently working on the programming for the upcoming Black History Month where we look forward to student and faculty engagement on topics surrounding being Black in Canada. Email OBA
OCAD U CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP (OCF)
Affiliated with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, the OCF cultivates spiritual growth and fosters community through prayer meetings, community meals, and art discussion groups. An affiliation with the Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship of Canada allows members to participate in events such as retreats, seminars and conferences. Christian and non-Christian students, faculty and staff interested in participating amongst an OCAD U community of believers are welcome. Email OCF
OCAD U FITNESS CLUB (OFC)
Welcome athletes of all skill sets! OCAD U Fitness is a student-run group for anyone at OCAD U who wants to work out! We provide a variety of fitness opportunities—running, body weight training, yoga and more—so everyone can find something they like. With meetings twice a week, we aim to improve mental and physical health by keeping active! Come by, make friends and get fit! Email OFC
OCAD U JEWISH CLUB (OJC)
Affiliated with Hillel of Greater Toronto, OCAD Jewish Club (OJC) is the “address” for Jewish student life on campus. Through exciting and creative programming, the OJC promotes Jewish identity, student leadership, and religious and political diversity in a dynamic and inclusive environment for all OCAD University students. Email OJC
OCAD U MATURE STUDENT ASSOCIATION
Coordinated and supported by OCAD Student Union in collaboration with OCAD U’s Campus Life office and First Generation Programs, the OCAD U Mature Student Association (OMATSA) is a network and meeting place to support our 25+ older than average, mature and part-time students. OMATSA is a collaborative forum for exchange of information on a variety of academic, career and social topics, in addition to promoting connection, networking, support, resources and community interaction. We are open to suggestions. Join us on Facebook or send an email to be kept informed and get involved.
OCAD U STUDENT PRESS
The OCAD U Student Press serves as a platform for idea sharing, research, and communication among the OCAD U community. We publish a major book every year, showcasing ground-breaking academic research and projects done by our most promising students in the fields of art and design. In 2013/2014, the Press will expand its services by introducing a series of educational workshops, additional publications and events, offering students new opportunities to get involved. Email OCAD U Student Press / www.ocadustudentpress.com
OCAD U ZINE COLLECTIVE
The Zine Collective is made up of students who are interested in self-publishing through the medium of zines. Together we create zines, learn about zine distribution and promotion, and help sustain the OCAD U Zine Library. We also help plan the annual OCAD U Zine Fair and attend activities like workshops and field trips to other zine events. Come and join us if you’re interested in promoting and distributing your artwork in a way that is easy, cheap, and fun! Email Zine Collective
OCAD UNIVERSITY CHINESE STUDENT ASSOCIATION (OCSA)
OCSA is a Chinese-student based organization dedicated towards improving cultural awareness on campus, providing academic information and support for students coming from a common background. OCSA also strives to promote culture through innovative and educational activities while developing leadership and fostering friendship within the association and other OCAD U student communities. Email OCSA
OCAD UNIVERSITY ETSY TEAM
The OCAD University Etsy Team is a group that provides support and encouragement to students, alumni, faculty and staff who sell, or want to start selling, their art or other creations in their own Etsy shops. The team runs workshops, meet ups and in person craft markets. Although some events relate specifically to Etsy, others may be helpful or enjoyable to anyone selling their work online or in craft markets. Knowledge sharing is heavily encouraged! Email OCAD U Etsy Team
PROUD AT OCAD U
PROUD at OCAD U is an LGBTQ+ student organization dedicated to fostering a safe, inclusive and positive community at OCAD University. We are committed to an intersectional, diverse approach and strive to provide LGBTQ+ students on campus with support and resources, ways to create art and design, and celebrate our identities through meetings, events, and other initiatives. In addition, PROUD at OCAD U is a resource for students, staff and faculty who are not part of the LGBTQ+ community to learn how to better support and accommodate their students and colleagues; however, emphasis will always be placed on the LGBTQ+ student population. Email PROUD
The Grind is an incubator for students who want to start their own small business. The group aims to connect students interested in business/entrepreneurship, encourage collaboration and provide guest speakers, workshops and resources to assist participants in networking, learning new skills and portfolio building. Email The Grind
Want to learn how to make ceramic pots on a wheel? This is your chance! Throwing Club will be doing weekly sessions where we teach anyone with Ceramic studio access how to throw — just because we think throwing is fabulous and everyone should give it a try! Students from all departments welcome. Email Throwing Club
Vernacular is a creative writing and publishing collective dedicated to poetry and other experimental approaches to language. We meet to share prompts and new works, and to develop our language-based practices. Curated works will be distributed through periodic publications, podcasts and events. By fostering a community of writers, speakers and signers, Vernacular provides a platform for creative linguistic agency and innovation. Email Vernacular / Find Vernacular on Facebook