Student groups at OCAD University create an atmosphere of diversity, excitement and support. An important part of student life is getting involved in student groups and interacting with other students who share similar interests.
Start a Group! Renew a Group!
Download the 2012/2013 Student Group Handbook (PDF) which contains helpful information for student groups, the OCAD U Student Organization Recognition Policy and Application for Registered/Recognized Group Status. Printed copies are available in the Student Centre, Level 1, 51 McCaul Street.
New in 2012: Group leaders are required to complete the online learning module for AODA (Accessibility for Ontarions with Disabilities Act) before group renewal or registration will be considered. Find more information here.
By following outlined procedures and becoming recognized by OCAD U and the Student Union, student groups are entitled to a variety of benefits. Review the requirements and sign up your friends and classmates. Five members is the minimum requirement. There are no fees involved in registering your group.
Has your student group signed up and started a free OOHLALA account yet!? What is OOHLALA?
OOHLALA is the official app for Student Life and a sustainable and eco-friendly means to help communicate student life and student group activities electronically. You want a portable way to see what’s happening at OCAD U. You want to post your group events and meetings. You want real-time analytics. See how many people are attending your events, which is the most popular etc.
Find out more with OOHLALA 101 (PDF)!
STUDENT GROUPS 2012/2013
Descriptions and contact information for registered/recognized student groups at OCAD U are listed below. Printed group flyers can also be picked up in the Student Centre (51 McCaul Street) and main lobby (100 McCaul St.), October through August.
Art and Design Experiment Club
A.N.D. Experimental Club acts as a platform for students interested in participating in art and design experiments. Regardless of your major or year-level, as long as you have a heart for adventure (and perhaps love watching Adventure Time), you are in! We will have mini-workshops, gatherings, volunteer at events, work on art/design projects to spice up our campus life! We'd LOVE to HEAR your proposals for experiments, projects or even thesis! All are welcome.
Email A.N.D. Experiment Club
Gaming, Anime and Manga Association (GAMA)
GAMA 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 OCAD U GAMA
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.
Greening the Grange (GTG)
Greening the Grange is a group of students, faculty and staff that come together to promote sustainable practices in the Village by the Grange. Through research, advocacy, and creative initiatives, GTG aims to transform the practices of both community members and vendors. All are welcome.
A group of students, faculty and staff who are working together to integrate plant life into our everyday experience by cultivating areas in and around OCAD U’s campus. grOCAD’s aim is to increase healthy food accessibility, encourage discourse about how plants improve quality of life, and heighten awareness of urgan agricultural practices.
HKS - OCAD U
Formerly Hong Kong Club, HKS is a student organization run by Hong Kong students. It does not matter if you are not from Hong Kong (HK), or if you are a first-year or a Grad-student, you can still join HKS for a completely different experience! Fall in love with HK culture as the group hosts friendly gatherings and events from time to time, as well as events co-hosted with other OCAD U student groups, or even students from other universities. Ley Ho Mah!! We can all be friends!!!
Indigenous and Allies Student Association (IASA)
The Indigenous & Allies Student Association (IASA) is a group of students from OCAD University who wish to create a positive, nurturing, and inclusive community. The IASA 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.
Korean Art Students Association (KASA)
The Korean Art Student Association (KASA) exists to promote a sense of community, enrich students’ lives, and create a comfortable campus for Korean students at OCAD U. All OCAD U students are eligible to become members of KASA, provided they are interested in learning more about Korean culture and traditions.
Latin American Student Association (LASA)
Hola! We are LASA, the new hub for OCAD U’s Latino community. Through various activities such as group art shows, potlucks (with a little Latin flavour, of course!) and other culturally inspired events, we will promote Latin culture to the rest of the school. We’re also planning to get involved in our own community as a group, so let's hear your suggestions and proposals.
All are welcome to join!
Leave the Pack Behind (LTPB)
LTPB is a student-run smoking cessation program affiliated with Brock University and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. There are student teams on 44 campuses across Ontario. We offer peer-to-peer support and provide students with a connection to OCAD U’s Health & Wellness Centre, where students can access resources such as free Nicotine Replacement Therapies. LTPB runs an Ontario-wide competition each year called wouldurather... open to all students—including non-smokers; inclusion of everyone on campus is important to LTPB to help spread the word and provide resources for friends of smokers and non-smokers alike.
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
Created for OCAD U’s student body and community, Mindfulness is a student-run support group which functions directly through peer-to-peer interaction. Weekly meetings will serve as a safe environment for enabling others to share indiscriminately and participate in learning about the benefits of life/workplace balance and meditation. Speakers will be introduced periodically to share their knowledge in meditation, naturopathic health, personal development and techniques for dealing with stress-like situations. Each week, the group will emphasize the importance of taking an hour for decompressing the mind, calming of the spirit, and gaining self-confidence.
OCAD Jewish Club
The OCAD Jewish Club is the “address” for Jewish student life on campus. Through exciting and creative programming, the OCAD U Jewish Club promotes Jewish identity, student leadership, and religious and political diversity in a dynamic and inclusive environment for all OCAD U students.
Email OCAD U Jewish Club
OCAD's Got Other Talent!
A group of students who work together to organize the annual talent show. This show offers a place for students to show off their other talents, as well as share their diverse cultures with the OCAD U community. Scheduled early in the winter semester, “OCAD’s Got Other Talent!” is an evening for students to relax with their OCAD U buds, enjoy free refreshments and some great entertainment! Performances include singing, poetry, performance artists and more!
Email OCAD's Got Other Talent!
OCAD U Christian Fellowship (OCF)
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 community of believers are welcome.
OCAD U Comic Book Club
The OCAD U Comic Book Club brings together students who enjoy reading and creating comics. It also promotes discussions around themes and issues within the realm of comic books, looking at both mainstream and independent publishers.
OCAD U Music
A group for OCAD U musicians to share their interests and make music.
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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 on e 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 2011/2012, 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
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!
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ONYX Society at OCAD U
Rooted in the culture of the African Diaspora, the Onyx Society at OCAD U (OSO) aims to promote a sense of community within the larger OCAD U environment, as well as creating a resource where students may network with those in other disciplines at the university. The OSO welcomes all students, providing they are open to explore the depths of black culture.
Performance Art Collective
Performance Art Collective is a group of individuals who share an interest in the medium of bodies, spaces, and time. Our discussions and exercises relate to our own experiences in performance. We question the expressive and conceptual possibilities of performance. We look into one another's practice for inspiration and critique, developing our work with the goal of exhibiting as a collective.
Email OCAD U Performance Art Collective
PROUD at OCAD U
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Transgendered/Transsexual, Intersexed, Gender-queer, 2-Spirited, and Questioning. We are here. We are Students. We are Faculty. We are Staff. We are Alumni. We are PROUD at OCAD U.
Supported by Campus Life, Diversity & Equity and OCADSU, "PROUD at OCAD U" is a safe, inclusive and positive space within which to socialize, network, share and receive peer support, create, have fun, and celebrate our diverse identities.
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Affiliated with TEDx, TEDxOCADU is a program of local, self-organized events that will highlight the fresh, innovative ideas worth sharing within the OCAD U community of students, faculty, staff and alumni. In TEDx-style, video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection.
Simplexity is the theme for 2013 TEDxOCADU. In the delicate tango between simplicity and complexity, simplexity represents the vulnerabilities and strengths born from increasingly diverse circumstances; simplexity marks the relationships emerging from both expected and unexpected patterns.
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.
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Together is a social group, forum and information network formed around issues of accessibility and disability and how they relate to diversity, equity and inclusiveness. Together is an activist initiative to create positive change at OCAD University.
Water Rights & Advocacy
A group that seeks to reduce the use of plastic water bottles, de-stigmatize Toronto tap water, and find creative solutions for conserving water at OCAD U.
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