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At OCAD U, we attract curious and creative students who expect something more from their education and are willing to challenge themselves to achieve it.

OCADSU Flag Painting @ Butterfield Park Monday, JUNE 10, 2 p.m. Kick off Pride Month with a community PRIDE flag painting; finished piece will be installed in the OCAD Main Building (100 McCaul)! Meet some lovely OCADIANS, spread the love... and paint! 

Group OCAD U Pride Photo Wednesday, June 12, 3 p.m., Grange Park Join your fellow OCADians for a group Pride celebration photo in the Grange Park field! Dress in your best Pride Month garb. Rain or shine – bring your fabulous umbrellas, if needed! We’ll share these photos on social media as part of #DisplayYourPride on June 13. 

#DisplayYourPride Challenge Thursday, June 13, 2019 Show off your creativity and decorate your office, a student space, a door, create an artwork, paint your face, coordinate your outfits – whatever works for you and your area. On Thursday, June 13, take photos and share them on your social channels using the #DisplayYourPride hashtag. 

OCAD U thrilled to be participating in this event alongside Ryerson U, York U, UofT and Humber College! Let’s celebrate our collective Pride, build awareness and create safer, more LGBTQ2SIA-affirming spaces on all our campuses. And in friendly, competitive spirit, let’s show our Toronto PSE peers how OCAD U celebrates Pride! 

Pride Month Zine Display & Button Making The OCAD U Zine Library in the Learning Zone celebrates Pride Month with a display of new and popular favourites curated by the LGBTQ+ and supporting staff members. Each week we will feature a review relating to why a title was selected from the Pride zine display.

On Thursday June 13, 2 to 4 p.m.,the Learning Zone will host a #DisplayYourPride button making celebration. All welcome.

OCADSU Pride Beach Day at Cherry Beach Friday, June 14, 2 to 6 p.m. Join the OCAD Student Union under the sun at Cherry Beach for the most body positive beach day ever! A joint event by OCAD Student Union and RyePride Ryerson Student Union! (Dry event BYOBubbles) Meet-up: 12:30pm at Butterfield Park or join us at Cherry Beach from 1:00pm - 6:00pm  Please contact the OCAD Student Union for any questions, concerns and/or accessibility needs at:

Late Night Queer Social & Movie Night Wednesday, June 26, 5 to 8 p.m. OCAD Student Union Lounge, 230 Richmond St. W., Level 6 Movie night at the Student Union Space, comfy couches, popcorn and a whole lot amazing people! 

Pronoun Bracelet Making Workshop: June 25, 1 to 3 p.m. Health & Wellness Centre, 6thfloor, 230 Richmond St. W.  Join the Health & Wellness Centre’s Peer Wellness Educators and OCADSU for a workshop with beads and friendship bracelets during Journaling Club.

OCAD SU Pride BBQ June 28, 12 to 10 p.m. Butterfield Park All the Pride festivities got you beat?  Join us in Butterfield Park for a community BBQ filled with music, Queer History, re-energizing beverages, Ask The Universe Popsicles, Drag Karaoke by Lunch Break Linda, BBQ Pineapples and Hot Dogs (Veggie, Halal, Kosher), Pronoun bracelets making with OCAD HWC and a whole lot more!  This will be a dry event (no alcohol), please contact us for any accessibility needs at or

DIY LOVE: Queer Knowledge & History Then, Now, and Forever Main Lobby, 100 McCaul St. Created by Kaythi, Seiji, Will Carpenter, Natalie Mark, John Wigle, Maya Wilson-Sanchez, and Lex B, DIY LOVE was created to exhibit and celebrate LGBTQ2S+ activism, knowledge, history, experiences, and bodies.  In partnership with Recruitment and Admissions and OCADSU’s Xpace Cultural Centre, the Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives (ODESI) supported students to create a public art installation and community engagement initiative at the 2017 Pride Toronto Street Fair. The DIY Love Installation featured a wheat-pasting workshop in celebration of LGBTQ2S+ activist knowledge and sought to involve BIPOC, transgender, and disability activism in Pride celebrations and to highlight the LGBTQ2S+ community’s collective endurance and resilience, its diversity of life experience, and revitalizing role as creators and listeners!

Drop by the Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives (ODESI) to pick up your own copy of a poster! Located on the ODESI table at 230 Richmond St. W., Level 6. Learn more about the project and the artists:

Handbook: Supporting Queer and Trans Students in Art and Design Education In March 2018, OCAD U’s Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives (ODESI) released Handbook: Supporting Queer and Trans Students in Art and Design Education. The guide draws from anti-oppressive education models to enable educators to unlearn and critically address oppression on the basis of race, gender and sexuality, and transform their understanding of how to support queer and transgender students in the studio, classroom, and beyond. Handbookwas created by the Queer Publishing Project, an active research group of over 100 students, former students, alumni, staff and faculty at OCAD U. ODESI provided mentoring and project support to produce the publication, alongside faculty member Anthea Black and printmaking technician Nick Schick. Copies of the Handbook are available through faculty offices and OCADSU.


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