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September 17 to 21, 2018

DisOrientation will immerse you in social justice, activism, action and knowledge. It's about learning to unlearn our assumptions, engaging in thought-provoking discussion and art, and rediscovering our relationships to each other.

All events are free.

The organisers strive to create accessible and inclusive spaces for all its members. If you have any accessibility needs, please email equity@rsuonline.ca as soon as possible.


Equity Service Centre Jeopardy
Consent & Safer Sex

Monday, Sept 17 & Tuesday, Sept 18
SLC Amphitheatre

Art & Consent with Frizz Kid
Tuesday, Sept 18
Shadd Room
SCC, 55 Gould St.

Hana Shafi a.k.a Frizz Kid is a writer and artist who illustrates in Toronto. Both her visual art and writing frequently explores themes such as feminism, body politics, racism and pop culture with an affinity to horror. She has been featured on BuzzFeed India, BuzzFeed Canada, CBC, Flare Magazine, Mashable, Shameless, and other smaller publications. In Fall 2016 she was the resident artist at Ryerson University, where she collaborated with 'Sexual Assault: The Roadshow', an Ontario Arts Council funded traveling art exhibit. In October 2017, she was awarded the Women Who Inspire Award, an award given by the Canadian Council for Muslim Women. Her debut book, It Begins with the Body, hits stores September 10th, 2018!

Decolonizing Queerness
Wednesday, Sept 19
Panel, Artists & Lunch
Oakham Lounge,
SCC, 55 Gould St.

Join us for a luncheon and panel discussion exploring the ways in which colonialism affects how we conceptualize and talk about queerness.


Wesley Crichlow
Wesley’s many years of teaching, research, public lectures, and workshops have focused on the challenges to implementing policies and practices that strengthen gender, queer, critical race theory, anti-black racism, anti-racism, Black youth studies, and critical equity studies as well as broader notions of diversity and social justice within educational institutions and organizations across Canada. He is currently investigating assumptions about identities and their consequences for Black Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) ex-prisoners. The overarching goal of this project is to produce, for the first time in Canada, a comprehensive and critical analysis of how Black LGBTQ ex-prisoners fare within Canadian carceral institutions. 

Joanne DiNova
Joanne is an Anishinaabe and Two-Spirited woman. She earned a PhD in English Language and Literature from the University of Waterloo and was awarded the UW PhD Gold Medal for her dissertation in 2003. She is a member of the Couchiching First Nation in Treaty Three territory, but she was born and raised in Toronto’s working class. Her areas of research interest include Indigenous thought and literature, as well as critical discourse analysis and sociolinguistics. Joanne is a Ghost Dancer and member of the Debwe Society. She is also an Oshkaabewis taking teachings from Vern Asin Harper’s War Chief and adopted nephew, Allan “Zack” Zachariah. 

Anu Radha Verma 
Anu Radha Verma (arv) is a queer, diasporic sometimes-femme, with complex connections to 'south asia,' a survivor and someone with lived experience of mental health struggle. She lives, works and agitates on Treaty Lands and Territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit. Currently, Anu Radha is co-organizer of QTBIPOC sauga, a grassroots gathering for QTBIPOC folks in Peel, and also works at the Art Gallery of Mississauga as the Community Arts Curator for Social Change. Connect with arv by email at aradhaverma@gmail.com or on twitter @aradhaverma


Harmeet Rehal
Harmeet is a 19 year old trans non-binary, queer, and disabled creative of color, with roots in the Sikh-Punjabi diaspora. They are a multidisciplinary artist who primarily uses digital illustrations, mixed-media installations and sneaker art as a disruptive and radical tool to navigate their relationship to healing, community, adornment, identity and trauma.- Instagram @harmeetrehal 


Lama Ahmed
Lama El-Hanan is a twenty three year old illustrator of Sudanese descent. She just completed her undergraduate degree in anthropology and near and middle eastern studies at the University of Toronto. Her art often explores the places of convergence and divergence between her multiple identities as a queer, Black Arab, Muslim woman. - Instagram @ya_zola

Foodies Fair
Thursday, Sept 20
SCC, 55 Gould St.

Access Tour
Thursday, Sept 20
with Access Ryerson

RyeACCESS Movie Night
Thursday, Sept 20
Shadd Room,
SCC, 55 Gould St.

Ryerson Powwow
Friday, Sept 21
Upper Gym

Food Security & Marginalized Identities Panel
Friday, Sept 21
Thomas Lounge,
SCC, 55 Gould St.



Karolina Surowiec, Vice-President Equity
SCC311, Student Centre
vp.equity@rsuonline.ca // 416-979-5255 ext 2314