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Image: A group of students join in on a campus tour in July as part of the Welcome Squad's summer 2022 programming.
 

Welcome Squad connects students to each other and the city

OCAD U’s Welcome Squad is helping new and returning students get to know each other and the hottest spots in Toronto.  

Summer programming began on July 10 and includes an exciting list of field trips, campus tours, scavenger hunts, movies, games as well as arts and crafts. This summer’s schedule kicked off with a screening of iconic New York-based drag performance documentary Paris is Burning, in Christie Pitt’s Park.  

Since then, activities have included a visit to the Bata Shoe Museum, campus tours, a tie-dye party in Butterfield Park and a trip to Centre Island. Most recently participants enjoyed a walk through the city’s tranquil and very Instagram-worthy indoor botanical atrium Allan Gardens and a visit to High Park Zoo. Next week students can look forward to an afternoon at the Art Gallery of Ontario, a picnic in Grange Park and a board game social. 

Coordinated by the Campus Life office, the Welcome Squad was initiated in July 2021 and is designed to support students' transition into life at OCAD U by fostering new relationships, connections with peers as well as a familiarity with the campus and the city. Participation is open to new and current students who are looking for opportunities to connect, network and socialize.  

“My role with the Squad is to host events on campus. It's my responsibility (and pleasure!) to bring new and current students together so they can foster friendships and connections that'll help them through their time at school. Animation is my craft and future career aspiration — animating the campus is where I start,” says returning Peer Mentor Sara Khalil-Bayley, who is majoring in Experimental Animation. 

All events are free though an RSVP is required. To register for all Welcome Squad activities visit the OCAD U Campus Life linktree, online. 

“Our programs help students get familiar with the layout of the school, as well as the services and facilities that OCAD U offers. Just as importantly, it enables them to socialize with the students in their year that they'll be spending most of their time with, as well as upper years they can turn to for help,” Khalil-Bayley continues. 

“In addition, they get to make friends with students outside of their program, which broadens their networking opportunities.”  
 
Squad leaders include current international and domestic Peer Mentors, who are involved in activities and events on or near campus throughout the year.  

Opportunities to engage in life on campus in person are increasing. Students can check out @ocaducampuslife on Instagram to sign up for in-person drawing sessions, nature walks, study groups, storyboarding, cartoon marathons and more. 

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Welcome Squad: Pitch it!
Presented by Campus Life Fall Welcome Squad and Story Circle

Audience: all OCAD U students welcome

Calling all DPXAs and IMXAs! Join upper-year animation students as they guide you through a super-informative, fast-paced, intensive Pitching Workshop.This workshop is designed to help you learn how to make pitches for animation, and really sell your projects to your professors, to the industry, and beyond! You'll be grouped together with one another to present your cool concepts and sure-fire stories, then pitch it to the others to judge (but you'll be timed— after all, there's only so many minutes in an elevator ride!).

Friday, November 19
12 to 3 p.m.

Guaranteed to be a good time all around: great for networking with your fellow animators and boosting your confidence! Grab something to draw/write/jot notes with and your creative ideas, and let's get together to pitch it better.

Due to limited seating, RSVP is required.
RSVP/register through the following form: https://forms.office.com/r/At6h8tUY26

Mask-wearing and social distancing protocols will be in place.

OCAD U strives to provide inclusive, accessible facilities, spaces, and events, with opportunities for everyone in the community to engage fully. To confidentially request an accommodation for this activity, contact Brent E. James in OCAD U’s Campus Life office at bjames@ocadu.ca.

Photography: please be advised that OCAD U-hosted events may be documented through photography and video. These images may be used by the University for promotional, advertising, and educational purposes.

By participating in our events, both on-campus and off-site, you consent to allowing OCAD U to document and use your images and likeness. However, if you do not want to be photographed or included in video, please don’t hesitate to let us know when you arrive at the event.

 

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Welcome Squad: Pumpkin Painting!
presented by Campus Life Fall Welcome Squad

Audience: all OCAD U students welcome

Join us for some in-person Halloween fun! Come in costume if you like and meet some fellow students. Express your creativity by painting a mini pumpkin that you can take home!

Friday, October 29
3 to 4 p.m.
Free

Mini pumpkins will be provided. A limited supply of paints and supplies will be available, but you are encouraged to bring your own. Due to limited seating, RSVP is required.

OCAD U strives to provide inclusive, accessible facilities, spaces, and events, with opportunities for everyone in the community to engage fully. To confidentially request an accommodation for this activity, contact Brent E. James in OCAD U’s Campus Life office at bjames@ocadu.ca

RSVP/register: https://forms.office.com/r/9KPGZb6Msz
Mask-wearing and social distancing protocols will be in place.

Photography: please be advised that OCAD U-hosted events may be documented through photography and video. These images may be used by the University for promotional, advertising, and educational purposes.

By participating in our events, both on-campus and off-site, you consent to allowing OCAD U to document and use your images and likeness. However, if you do not want to be photographed or included in video, please don’t hesitate to let us know when you arrive at the event.

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Join us for some in-person Halloween fun! Due to limited seating, RSVP is required.

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As we prepare for the remote fall term, we want you to know that our services and support programs continue to be available to you.

Watch the video introductions to our student services, now at
https://www.ocadu.ca/services/campus-life/orientation:

> Campus Life
> Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers
> Copy & Print Services
> Financial Aid & Awards
> Indigenous Student Centre
> Ignite Gallery
> International Student Support & Exchange Programs
> Learning Zone
> Library
> OCAD Student Union
> Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives
> Office of the Registrar
> Student Advising Centre
> Student Wellness Centre
> Support for English Language Learners at the WLC*
> Support for Undergraduate students from the WLC*
> Support for Graduate students from the WLC*  

*Writing & Learning Centre

See all these videos and more on OCAD University's YouTube Channel:
https://www.youtube.com/user/ocaduniversity/videos

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OCAD U Virtual Service Fair: as we prepare for the remote fall term, we want you to know that our services and support programs continue to be available to you.

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Presented by: Indigenous Student Centre (ISC)

Join the OCAD U Indigenous Student Centre for a celebration of Indigenous graduates and a welcoming of new students with All Nations Juniors Drum! New students will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A with the Indigenous Visual Culture Program, Wapatah: Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge, OCAD U student group Indigenous Student Association, as well as Indigenous alumni and faculty! We will be joined by ISC Mentor/Advisor David General. This event will be followed by a Social Distance Pow Wow!

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Duration: 2 hours

Delivery Platform: Microsoft Teams
Sign up to participate: follow this link to the event registration page. Select the date AND select the time. Fill in your name and OCAD U 365 email address and submit!

https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/CampusLifeConnect@ocaduniversity.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/s/HONabgkMYU6HB-mDqEEMTA2

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Presented by Campus Life

Welcome to the 2020/2021 academic year!

New and returning students, staff and faculty are invited to a special virtual event featuring welcoming and encouraging words from:

> David General, Oneida/Mohawk Artist from Six Nations, and
    Indigenous Mentor/Advisor, OCAD U Indigenous Student Centre

> Ana Serrano, OCAD U President & Vice-Chancellor

> Caroline Langill, OCAD U Vice-President, Academic & Provost

> Kais Padamshi, Director, Operations, OCAD Student Union

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Choose one:
10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)
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2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Duration: 30-45 minutes
Delivery Platform: Microsoft Teams LIVE

Sign up to participate: follow a link below to the event registration page. Select the date AND select the time. Fill in your name and OCAD U 365 email address and submit!

Virtual Welcome: Option 01 (morning)
https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/CampusLifeConnect@ocaduniversity.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/s/Rgl_Id8igU2N_i6A1ouBLA2

Virtual Welcome: Option 02 (afternoon):
https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/CampusLifeConnect@ocaduniversity.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/s/mpit5gWLjkyD463D08tzvg2

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Welcome to the 2020/2021 academic year!

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Presented by: the Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives (ODESI)

Join the Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives (ODESI) team for a friendly hello! And to chat about:

  • What is the ODESI office? and how we build a culture of equity and sustainability at OCAD U
  • What is discrimination? And ways we support students who have an experience of harm  
  • How you can get involved with social justice initiatives on campus  
  • Share about projects, issues or movements that are important to you
  • Learn about potential work or volunteer opportunities with the ODESI office

If you would like to learn more about the ODESI office, but the scheduled time does not work for you, or you'd prefer another way to connect (like email, or a phone call), email Shamina Chherawala, Programs, Outreach & Human Rights Advisor, ODESI (schherawala@ocadu.ca), who will get back to you.

Participate in this meet and greet for a chance to win a pair of ROM passes, courtesy of Royal Ontario Museum!

Date: Thursday, September 10, 2020
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Duration: 60 minutes

Delivery Platform: Microsoft Teams
Sign up to participate: follow this link to the event registration page. Select the date AND select the time. Fill in your name and OCAD U 365 email address and submit!

https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/CampusLifeConnect@ocaduniversity.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/s/GFby-4MZ3EemVNp_Q2h8Yg2

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Presented by: OCAD Student Union and White Ribbon

Join us for this workshop presented by White Ribbon, a Toronto based organization dedicated to the prevention of gender-based violence. You will learn tips for being a better ally to women and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals, in order to become part of the solution to ending gender-based violence. This workshop will have plenty of opportunities for audience participation!

Friday, September 4, 2020

Choose one:
10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)
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2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Duration: 45 minutes each
(30 minute presentation with 15 minutes for questions/discussion)

Sign up to participate:
http://ocadsu.org/consent-workshop/?fbclid=IwAR3SHgBR0MzE_U_zj7QlHTMFFC1XtyUk8AHS6VvkUplqzq8hS6OUfC1DuFw

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Join us for this workshop presented by White Ribbon, a Toronto based organization dedicated to the prevention of gender-based violence. You will learn tips for being a better ally to women and 2SLGBTQ+ individuals, in order to become part of the solution to ending gender-based violence. This workshop will have plenty of opportunities for audience participation!

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Presented by: OCAD Student Union and Pascale Diverlus

Join us for this workshop led by educator and community organizer Pascale Diverlus! In 2014, Pascale co-founded Black Lives Matter Toronto, the first international chapter of the Black Lives Matter movement. Pascale's Anti-Oppression Workshop will help you understand dynamics of privilege and exclusion/inclusion in your new university context, and teach you tools for having conversations in your classes without being exclusive. This workshop is down-to-earth, and offers fun opportunities for audience participation.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Choose one:
10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)
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2:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Duration: 45-60 minutes
Delivery Platform: Microsoft Teams

Sign up to participate: follow this link to the event registration page. Select the date AND select the time. Fill in your name and OCAD U 365 email address and submit!

https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/CampusLifeConnect@ocaduniversity.onmicrosoft.com/bookings/s/Gwtnvud9xU-SlBu1_3mV2Q2

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Join us for this workshop led by educator and community organizer Pascale Diverlus!

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Presented by: Indigenous Student Centre (ISC)

The ISC is typically open daily for students to access staff services as well as supports within the centre including the library, kitchen, computer stations and the student pantry. This communal space houses a group calendar, student kitchen and pantry and two lounge areas. The centre also has a computer station and library. Stay tuned for our virtual tour coming later this summer! We will show you where we are located on campus, highlight some of the key areas in the centre and showcase some of student works housed within the centre!

Date: Thursday, August 27, 2020
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Duration: 60 minutes

Delivery Platform: Indigenous Student Centre Instagram (@iscatocadu)
https://www.instagram.com/iscatocadu/

Sign up to participate: no pre-registration required!

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