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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Navigating Identity in the Asian Diaspora

AZN Artists Collective (AAC) is thrilled to have the opportunity to host our very first exhibition at OCAD U in the Ada Slaight Gallery space. AAC would love for you to join us in the making of our exhibition, and we invite current members of the collective and non-members to apply (with consideration of the qualifications). We ask that participants submit one piece of work or a series that relates to our theme: navigating identity in the Asian diaspora. We would love to know your perspective,  experiences, and your past or present views on what it like to navigate identity as a person belonging to the Asian Diaspora. Existing pieces or proposals for new works are acceptable submissions. Please indicate on your application if your work has specific installation requirements or if you need special accommodations. The artworks will be selected by a jury, and the successful applicants will be contacted.

Note: the AAC is in full compliance with OCAD University’s COVID-19 protocols, gallery capacity is TBD.

Submission deadline: 11:59 p.m., November 30, 2021

How To Apply: Please fill out the form attached to this link
https://bit.ly/3lOwkHa

Requirements:
-Current OCAD Student
-Member of Asian Diaspora
-Headshot and Artist Bio

Compensation: there will unfortunately be no compensation as this is an unpaid opportunity.

Timeline:
November 30: Submission Deadline
December 1 to 6: Assessment Process
December 6: Notification of Results
January 17: Opening Day
January 26: Closing Night

About AZN Artists Collective:
AZN Artists Collective (AAC) is a community to get together to talk about social issues, identity work; Pan-Asian political/social justice oriented while sharing a common passion of the design and fine arts. Although the AAC mainly caters to the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, we are committed to engaging and welcoming those who identify as Black, Indigenous, People(s) of Colour (BIPOC); Two-spirited, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual (2SLGBTQ+); and Deaf Persons, Persons with Disabilities and Persons Living with Mental Illness.

For information about this and other student-run groups at OCAD U, visit https://www.ocadu.ca/services/campus-life/student-groups

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AZN Artists Collective (AAC) is thrilled to have the opportunity to host our very first exhibition at OCAD U in the Ada Slaight Gallery space.

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Thursday, July 15
6 to 8 p.m. ET

Are you a new or returning Indigenous OCAD U student? Interested in meeting other Indigenous students and connecting with potential roommates? Join Dehmin Cleland (Indigenous Student Monitor) and the Indigenous Student Association for a discussion of housing tips, life at OCAD U and more!

Register here for a Zoom link...

About the Indigenous Student Association (ISA):
The 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.   

Email: indigenousstudentgroup@gmail.com

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OCAD University is proud to recognize student leadership and excellence outside the classroom—acknowledging and celebrating our student leaders—whose outstanding commitment to advocacy, equity, social justice, student life and fellowship, help improve the campus community:

  

Peer Mentor Excellence Awards recognize two undergraduate Peer Mentors who have made outstanding contributions, in support of new and first-year students and helping build community, while adhering to the mandate of the Student Mentor Program.  

 

The Diversity & Equity Excellence Award for Students acknowledges an outstanding student whose advocacy and leadership on campus promote and advance human rights, equity, and social justice. 

 

A Student Group Leader Award is presented annually to a group leader who demonstrates outstanding contributions, commitment and support to their group, its members and the OCAD University community.  

 

The Indigenous Student Leadership Award recognizes an outstanding Indigenous student who has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills by actively participating in and contributing to the Indigenous student community at OCAD U in support of its growth and development.  

 

The Excellence in Student Leadership Award recognizes the contributions of student leaders across the university in a variety of contexts, including representing student perspectives in positions on OCAD U committees, working groups, task forces, governance bodies or through publications, advocacy groups or the Student Union.  

 

The Student Employee Excellence Award acknowledges the considerable contributions made by OCAD U student employees (monitors) towards the operations of the University by recognizing student employee excellence, achievement, leadership, and skills development. 

 

Award recipients and nominees will be invited to a special online awards and recognition presentation in March coordinated by the Campus Life office. 

 

ABOUT STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARDS
https://www.ocadu.ca/services/campus-life/student-recognition 

 

NOMINATION DEADLINE
Nominations are due by 11:59 p.m., Monday, February 22, 2021.
(nomination forms can be found through the links above). 

 

THANK YOU
Campus Life extends a huge thank you to our generous contributors for supporting Student Leadership Awards 2021:

  • Alumni Relations 
  • Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers 
  • Indigenous Student Centre 
  • K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation 
  • OCAD Student Union 
  • Office of the President 
  • Office of the Vice-Provost, Students & International 
  • OPSEU 576
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Our first OCAD U Jewish Club (OJC) virtual meet and greet event of the school year. All are welcome!

Monday, October 19, 2020
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST
Delivery Platform: Zoom

To get Zoom meeting information about this event, visit:
https://www.facebook.com/events/265280851438972/

ABOUT OCAD U JEWISH CLUB
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.

Email: jewsatocadu@gmail.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2058319311147496

For more information about this student group and others, visit:
https://www.ocadu.ca/services/campus-life/student-groups

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Our first OCAD U Jewish Club (OJC) virtual meet and greet for this school year!

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OCAD U student group Art in Public Spaces invites you to their speaker series of artists and members of the Toronto public art world who discuss their work, including inspiration, proposals, fabrication, and they will respond to your questions:

Speaker: Charmaine Lurch
Date: Monday, October 19, 2020
Time: 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. EST
Delivery Platform: Microsoft Teams

Charmaine Lurch is an interdisciplinary visual artist whose work draws attention to human-environmental relationalities. Lurch’s paintings and sculptures are conversations on infrastructures and the spaces and places we inhabit. Working with a range of materials and reimagining our surroundings—from bees and taxi cabs to The Tempest and quiet moments of joy, Lurch subtly connects Black life and movement globally.  www.charmainelurch.ca

Sign up to participate: follow this link to the event registration page:
https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/CampusLifeConnect@ocaduniversity.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/s/uGodVnh8mkSXSZfgrDPobA2

Click on the date AND the time. Fill in your name and OCAD U 365 email address and submit!
The event will appear in your Outlook Calendar with a new link to follow on the date/time of the workshop.

UPCOMING SPEAKERS IN THE SERIES
Watch for more details and how to register:
November 2: Hiba Abdullah
November 16: Blue Republic
November 23: Morris Wazney
December 7: Jennifer Marman and Daniel Bornis

ABOUT ART IN PUBLIC SPACES
Art in Public Spaces club is a public art incubator for students and grads at OCAD U, generating a supportive community to critique, advise, and, if desired, collaborate on public art submissions.

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Get involved with the experience of installing public art by joining the Art in Public Spaces club at OCAD U.

A public art incubator for students and grads at OCAD U, Art in Public Spaces club generates a supportive community to critique, advise, and, if desired, collaborate on public art submissions.

Join our online Public Art Speaker series of artists and members of the Toronto public art world who discuss their work, including inspiration, proposals, fabrication, and they will respond to your questions.

We meet virtually on (most) Mondays at 3:00 p.m.:

September 21: David Salazar
October 5: Erika Hennebury, Toronto Arts Council
October 19: Charmaine Lurch
November 2: Hiba Abdullah
November 16: Blue Republic
November 23: Morris Wazney
December 7: Jennifer Marman and Daniel Bornis

Sign up to participate: email artinpublicspacesOCADU@gmail.com

ABOUT ART IN PUBLIC SPACES
Art in Public Spaces club is a public art incubator for students and grads at OCAD U, generating a supportive community to critique, advise, and, if desired, collaborate on public art submissions.

Learn more about this and other #ocadustudentgroups at https://www.ocadu.ca/services/campus-life/student-groups

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Join the OCAD U Muslim Student Association (MSA) for a conversation with Moeen Centre founder, Qaisar Alam on Instagram Live.

Moeen Centre is a non-profit charitable organization established to promote the independence of young adults with physical and developmental disabilities.

ABOUT OCAD U MSA:
The Muslim Student Association (MSA) is a 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 and peaceful space for prayer. The MSA hosts several educational workshops and events to spread knowledge about Islam as well as collaborating with MSAs province-wide. All events are open to Muslim and non-Muslim students, faculty and staff.

MORE ABOUT OCAD U STUDENT GROUPS:
www.ocadu.ca/studentgroups

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Student group OCAD U Muslimi Student Association is hosting a Live Baking event on Instagram with alumni Nora and Detia who will be baking brownies!

New and current OCAD U students should check it out:

Friday, July 3, 2020
2:00 - 3:00 PM

ABOUT OCAD U MSA:
The Muslim Student Association (MSA) is a 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 and peaceful space for prayer. The MSA hosts several educational workshops and events to spread knowledge about Islam as well as collaborating with MSAs province-wide. All events are open to Muslim and non-Muslim students, faculty and staff.

MORE ABOUT STUDENT GROUPS AT OCAD U:
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On Tuesday, March 10, OCAD University’s most outstanding student leaders for the academic year 2019/20 were celebrated at our annual Student Leadership Awards dinner.

Generously hosted in the Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD) on the third floor of the Experiential Learning Centre in the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion and catered by Pow Wow Café with Indigenous inspired cuisine, the dinner honoured the contributions of the university’s peer mentors, student groups and other student leaders for excellence in diversity and equity, as student employees, and Indigenous student leadership.  

OCAD U Peer Mentors recognized for their ongoing commitment.
Left to right: Daniel Lugo Travieso, Andres Navas, Patricia Luk, Liz Sullivan, Francis Ho, Mathisan Paramanathan and Daniel Naraindas. Photo: Christina Gapic.

Emceed by Campus Life Coordinator Brent Everett James, remarks were given by the President, Dr. Sara Diamond and Vice-President, Academic & Provost Caroline Langill. OCAD U’s student representatives on governance bodies, peer mentors, peer wellness educators in the Student Wellness Centre, and student group leaders were all acknowledged for their great work. Peer mentors Patricia Luk and Daniel Naraindas were recognized for serving four years, while Francis Ho, Daniel Lugo Travieso, Mahpara Mobin, Andres Navas, Mathisan Paramanathan, Liz Sullivan andBecky Wu were recognized for three years, all receiving a special commitment pin. 

2020 OCAD U Student Leadership Award Winners
From lett to right: Rahul Bagdai, Patricia Luk, Natia Lemay, Kaya DaCosta, Emma Klassen-Brule and Ahmad El Sarraff. Photo: Christina Gapic. 

Additionally, awards selected through a nominations process were given out in several categories: 

Ahmad El Sarraff - Student Group Leader Award
Roshan Thiruchelvam, Executive Director, OCAD SU and Sarah Mulholland, Manager, Student Communications & Campus Community announced Ahmad as the recipient the Student Group Leader Award, supported by David Holland, for his work leading OCAD U’s Muslim Student Association (MSA). This award is presented to a group leader who, through facilitation and involvement, demonstrates outstanding contributions, commitment and support to their group members and the OCAD University community.

Ahmad is a dedicated, diligent leader who has strived to improve OCAD U Muslim Student Association for the next generation of new, incoming students. Monthly meetings have become bi-weekly and Ahmad has made successful strides to collaborate with other student groups, OCAD U programs and services, and outreach programming with MSAs from across the province that have raised awareness and motivated others to get involved on campus. 

Jihyun (Jessie) Lee and Patricia Luk - Peer Mentor Excellence Awards
The awards were supported by David Holland and presented by David Thomas of OCAD U’s Alumni Association and Brent Everett James, Campus Life Coordinator.

Jessie was recognized for her outstanding patience, timely and inclusive approach, and warm and friendly attitude, helping new students navigate new information, new social relationships and new expectations. Her advocacy, guidance and encouragement truly help make OCAD U a welcoming and supportive community.

Patricia was recognized for her commitment, inclusive and reassuring approach, and the wealth of knowledge and insight she shared with any new students, her assigned mentees, and fellow peer mentors. Patricia’s energy and positive attitude shines through her many roles on campus – from providing enthusiastic support during Peer Mentor recruitment and training, through remarkable leadership at O-DAYS!

Natia Lemay - Diversity & Excellence Student Award
Supported by OCAD Student Union and the Office of the Vice-Provost, Students & International, this award acknowledges an outstanding student whose advocacy and leadership promote and advance human rights, equity and social justice. 

Natia is an advocate, facilitating tools for social change. Through her art practice, she encourages and contributes to change by reflecting on the negative imagery and communication that perpetuates myths about communities of colour and contributes to racism and social injustice. Her leadership role in the coordination of human rights initiatives and projects such as Common Collective, a network of fellow BIPOC students who work together to work and exhibit their work, evolved into TINT, a group show. Natia took a very active role as student representative on the Search Committee for Associate Chair, Drawing & Painting, and again on the OCAD U Working Group for combatting sexual- and gender-based violence. She has served as a Peer Note Taker in the Writing & Learning Centre for the last two years, specifically as a scribe for students with disabilities. Her involvement with off-campus charities and underprivileged communities is equally impressive—ensuring that diverse voices have an opportunity to be heard.

The award was presented to Natia by Kais Padamshi and Roshan Thiruchelvam of the Student Union, with Cathy Cappon from OCAD U’s Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives. Other students nominated for this award were Adé Abegunde, Kadine Lindsay, and Nicole Hull.

Kaya DaCosta - Indigenous Student Leader Award
Supported by K.M. Hunter Charitable Foundation, this award recognizes an outstanding Indigenous student who has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills by actively participating in and contributing to the Indigenous student community at OCAD U.

Kaya DaCosta is a multi-disciplinary Afro Caribbean Indigenous artist whose work focuses on healing, transcending ancestral knowledge and creating dreamscapes rooted in spiritualism from the lands of their ancestors. A fourth-year Indigenous Visual Culture student, Kaya is involved in both the Indigenous Student Association and Black Student Association and is at the forefront of work produced by these groups, which along with their Student Monitor role in Indigenous Student Centre, fosters a supportive environment and safe cultural space for dialogue and production. In 2019, Kaya take an active role in Our Stories Our Truths, an art-as-healing program dedicated to   creating safe space that links various medicine people, educators, knowledge keepers and artists from diverse Indigenous nations across Turtle Island to urban Indigenous Youth, to connect with and build meaningful relationships with Mentors in the Indigenous Community and share teachings that ultimately aid in healing, reconnection and decolonization.

Melissa General and Reagan Kennedy from OCAD U’s Indigenous Student Centre presented the award. Student Megan Feheley was also acknowledged as a nominee.

Rahul Bagdai - Student Employee Excellence Award
Supported by OCAD U’s Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers (CEAD) and OPSEU Local 576, this award acknowledges the considerable contributions made by OCAD U student employees (monitors) towards the operations of the university by recognizing student employee excellence, achievement, leadership and skills development.

Rahul is a student monitor working with the office of International Student Support & Exchange Programs, and Manager, International Projects & Partnerships. An international student himself, Rahul has taken a pro-active role in helping address gaps in the provision of information and services to international students at OCAD U. He recently completed a major rebranding project to showcase the three areas of the University now under one umbrella: International Projects & Partnerships; International Recruitment; and International Student Support & Exchange Programs. Rahul also took initiative to create a pocket-sized booklet about UHIP, the University Health Insurance Plan, containing important information about healthcare to help students understand enrolment, plan details and the benefits. Written with a student-perspective, the booklet was inspired by Rahul’s participation in a healthcare workshop for international students, where he happily shared his experiences and strengthened the presentation. 

The Student Employee Excellence Award was presented by Shellie Zhang, Community Animator, CEAD and Brian Joe, President, OPSEU Local 576. Other nominees for this award were Annie Chen, Karla Justo, Rachel Morris and Anisa Nagakawa.

Emma Klassen-Brule - Excellence in Student Leadership Award
Supported by David Holland, this award recognizes the outstanding contributions of student leaders across the university in a variety of contexts, including (but not limited to) representing student perspectives in positions on OCAD U committees, working groups, task forces, governance bodies (such as the Senate or Board of Governors), or through publications, advocacy groups or the Student Union.

Emma has a relentless drive and wealth of compassion. Her creative practice, reflective curiosity and optimism are an asset while embracing student-driven initiatives. She contributes her voice to challenging stigma: mental health; sharing the power of lived experience; celebrating body positivity; supporting survivors of gender-based violence; and sharing the power of recovery through her experience. As Peer Health Educator in OCAD U’s Student Wellness Centre, her passion for student wellness and innate ability to produce original wellness programming, share experiences and strategic insight offer students novel pathways to personal growth and mental health in her role. As a Peer Mentor in Campus Life’s Student Mentor Program, Emma has a drive to improve student experience. Emma makes tremendous contributions and inspires others—whether it be the success of Journaling Club, a grounding method to focus on wellness; collaborative enthusiasm during PRIDE month, with a special focus on a Pronoun Bracelet Workshop, and event planning with Student Union; or advocating for more queer spaces and trauma-informed, survivor-centered programming on campus.

Caroline Langill, Vice-President, Academic & Provost and Deanne Fisher, Vice-Provost, Students & International awarded the final award of the evening. Other nominees were Charlotte Durnford-Dionne, Roshan Thiruchelvam and Ramsha Zaman.

Thank you!
OCAD U’s Campus Life office extends a sincere thank you to those who contributed to our selection committees: Connie Arezes-Reis, Stephanie Dayes, Kathryn Ellis, Deanne Fisher, Melissa General, Alexandra Hong, Amanda Hotrum, Simone Jones, Nadia McLaren, Jason Northway-Frank, Kais Padamshi, Robyn Shaw, Roshan Thiruchelvam and Monica Zhong.

The event would not be possible without the generous financial support of Alumni Relations, Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, Financial Aid & Awards, Indigenous Student Centre and Student Wellness Centre 

Watch for the 2020/21 academic year student recognition nominations period to open in the new year 2021, and consider nominating a student you know for these important accolades. 

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Take a break and come for some free waffles!

Wednesday, November 20 and 27, 2019 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm Lambert Lounge (Room 187), Level 1, 100 McCaul Street

ABOUT INTERVARSITY: 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. 

LEARN MORE ABOUT STUDENT GROUPS: https://www.ocadu.ca/services/campus-life/student-groups.htm

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