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.
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- 2019/2020 Student Group Handbook
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- Change of leadership
- Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)
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Student groups 2019/2020
Update: November 1, 2019
OCAD University’s newly renovated Foundry is a fully equipped metal casting facility for bronze and aluminum. The Foundry Club exists to allow students with similar interests, backgrounds and ambitions to share ideas, explore techniques, casting processes, and examine various casting materials. Club members will have access to the Foundry for metal casting projects, both individually and/or group projects. Foundry Club plans to meet on a bi-weekly basis, developing project plans, goals and activities; learning and innovation can happen through collaboration!
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 trips to anime conventions or other related events.
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 welcome.
Ignitograph is a photography club for OCAD U students who are passionate about photography to learn, share their photography knowledge and experiences and connect with each other.
INDIGENOUS STUDENT ASSOCIATION
The Indigenous Student Association (ISA) is a self-governing collective of Indigenous students at OCAD University (OCAD U) who organize to nurture community and to support each other. We run community events and activities, and are the main student group dedicated to bettering Indigenous students’ experiences at OCAD U; autonomous from the Indigenous Visual Culture Program, the Indigenous Student Centre, and the Student Union. Our goals year to year may change, but we remain grounded in our dedication to community and safer spaces for Indigenous students to learn, create and thrive.
INTER-VARSITY AT OCAD U
We want to share love and support the larger OCAD U community as well as the city by fostering a caring community through our actions and events. We hope to welcome and create safe spaces for people to engage and grow in their faith. We also want to encourage others to learn and grow to use their skills and talents to serve the larger community.
A group of motivated faculty members and students aimed towards enhancing environments through the experimentation with urban agriculture. We strive to expand on innate affinities with nature and to strengthen OCADU's community while doing so. Meetings, workshops, talks and projects are held with the goal to connect people, share knowledge and offer learning opportunities and growth.
LATINX, AFRO-LATINX, ABYA YALA STUDENT ASSOCIATION
LAASA fosters a community hub for latinx students on campus, and provides a platform for the broader OCAD U community to interact and learn about Latin American culture through collaboration: food and music, workshops, guest speakers, exhibitions, publications and more.
(Formerly OCAD A Capella) O Cappella is a group for those with vocal talent, who enjoy singing and would like to perform as part of a talented ensemble. We practice and perform without instrumental accompaniments, allowing us to focus on harmony and vocal creativity. Come and be part of this unique group of singers. You’ll have lots of fun, connect with students with similar passion, develop your vocal skills and be inspired by the groups’ collective progress!
OCAD CHINESE STUDENT ASSOCIATION
The OCAD Chinese Student Association (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.
OCAD CINEMA CLUB
NEW! OCAD Cinema Club is a collaborative film making platform dedicated to creation of short films of any genre in 72 hours or less in creative sessions between artists of various backgrounds and experience levels. Besides that, we do monthly screenings of short films.
OCAD MANDARIN CHRISTIAN CAMPUS FELLOWSHIP
OCAD MCCF club is a weekly gathering that will run throughout the school year. The club targets the growing population of Mandarin speakers on the campus who show an interest in Christianity. The weekly gathering contains fun activities that encourage participants to create bonds among each other and with God, such as worship/game section, bible study, movie night, as well as occasional potluck events.
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.
OCAD U JEWISH CLUB
NEW--This group is for Jewish students to be able to come together, socialize, learn, educate, and discuss Jewish current events, happenings within the Jewish community in Toronto, celebrate and commemorate holidays.
OCAD U LIFE PAINTING
OCAD U Life Painting is a group, within the OCAD University community, focused on the betterment of students, through the development of their ability to observe and paint from life. While providing a safe space to practice observational painting skills, we also provide a sense of community within OCAD U for those who see its value.
OCAD U PASS THE POLAROID
NEW! OCAD U Pass the Polaroid is a project-based collective, driving towards the mission of showcasing voices that matter. It would operate under the 'for us, by us' philosophy and would be student-led with the collective goal to collaboratively create a publication of visuals and writing by students. Rooted in the values of a community-building framework, participants/members would collectively share/sign out a camera (disposable -or- polaroid) for a week and would be given a prompt to guide them during their time with the device. Over the course of the semester, we would gather to discuss our place in the arts, collaborate on mini projects and have open discussions about our respective crafts.
OCAD U POETRY CLUB
NEW! The OCAD U Poetry Society is a collective of students from all backgrounds and writing levels who gather to discuss, collaborate and experiment with poetic forms. They facilitate workshops, performances and outings. The Society is also responsible for creating and facilitating the OCAD U Poetry Slam Team which will compete at The College Union Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI), an annual Poetry Slam tournament put on by the Association of College Unions International (ACUI) in which teams of four or five college students from different colleges and universities compete against each other in the United States. The society is mentored by Professors Ian Keteku and Lillian Allen.
OCAD U SIKH STUDENTS ASSOCIATION
The OCAD U Sikh Student's Association—under the umbrella organisation of Experience Sikhi - The Sikh Youth Federation—aims to provide a welcoming environment for all students, regardless of whether they come from a Sikh background or not. Our goal is to educate one another to understand and raise awareness about what Sikhi is. This allows us to break barriers and misunderstandings that may exist about Sikhi and Sikhs. Through various events such as Game Nights, Paint Nites, and exploring Sikh Art History, along with prayer evenings and discussions with guest speakers, we will create a friendly community to experience Sikhi.
OCAD U MUSLIM STUDENT ASSOCIATION
The Muslim Student Association (MSA) is a Muslim community within OCAD University that is run by students. The MSA assists and represents Muslim students in several matters, and works with the Administration, and Campus Security to ensure a safe environment for Muslim students on campus, as well as a maintained safe, peaceful space for prayer. All events are open to Muslim and non-Muslim students, faculty and staff.
Email: email@example.com / Facebook: facebook.com/ocadumsa
Facebook Social Group: facebook.com/groups/ocadumsasocial
Twitter: twitter.com/OCADUMSA / Instagram: instagram.com/ocadumsa
OCAD U STUDENT PRESS
The Student Press is a student-run, award-winning publishing platform that celebrates the work and ideas of the OCAD University community. We produce Broadsheet, host Function, and facilitate Workshop to cultivate research, dialogue, and criticism at the university as well as within a broader creative culture. Student Press publications serve as journals, news sources, and repositories of practice. We embrace collaboration and a hybrid editorial mode.
OCAD U UPCYCLED
NEW! This club is going to be a playground for creatives who want to make a difference for the environment by making sustainable wearable art through reusing, cutting and stitching clothes as well as using other materials to recycle and used to make other wearable art.
OCAD U ZINE COLLECTIVE
The OCAD U Zine Collective is a student group at OCAD U where people in love with self-publishing, zines and DIY culture join forces. We meet up for zine making, zine swaps and help organize the annual OCAD U Zine Fair.
QUEER PRINT CLUB
NEW! Queer Print Club is where print culture meets queer culture. The group is open to OCAD U students, faculty and staff. No printmaking experience is necessary. Members will have access to technical instruction, studio support and equipment in the printmaking studios during monthly drop-in studio times and build networks through community events.
Throwing club is a ceramic mentor-ship club that is student-led and run. Participants will learn the how to throw on the wheel, glaze pieces, and work safely in a ceramics studio. There is a $50 studio fee to join the club.
TROUBLE WITH TABLETOPS
NEW! We meet weekly to play different tabletop role playing games and board games, teach others how different kinds of tabletops work, make new games and play-test them.