Sport & Recreation's Diversity & Equity team is a group of undergraduate and graduate students from across campus who plan, motivate and implement positive student-led initiatives that promote diversity, equity, inclusivity and physical/mental health. The team develops and implements events and projects related to sport and physical activity through student-staff partnerships.
Weekly Programs - Fall 2020
Vogue Dance Class - Wednesdays at 6 p.m. @ U of T Virtual Fitness Studio
Tell your story through the legendary movement of vogueing. In this all levels dance class you will learn and practice the 5 elements of vogue dance each week - cat walk, duck walk, hand performance, floor performance, and spins and dips! Feel the beat, werq the runway, and drop with ferocity - 10s! 10s! 10s! Across the board!
Classes begin online September 9th, 2020 and are free for U of T students! Registration is required to attend.
Register once for the U of T Virtual Fitness Studio and Zoom codes and passwords will be emailed to you every week to attend the included classes.
This class is led by Toronto's own Legendary House Mother Snoopy of the Kiki House of Disney!
Matthew "Snoopy" Cuff has been voguing for over 7 years, and was part of Canada's first official Ballroom house - House of Monroe. Snoopy helped introduce Vogue internationally by being featured on So You Think You Can Dance Canada, and CBC Arts. Honing his skills in New York City, Snoopy also learned from, and battled some of the world's greatest Voguers! Snoopy graduated from School of Toronto Dance Theatre with a background in Hip Hop, demonstrating Voguing can be influenced and interpreted from any dance style or individual. With numerous grand prizes, Snoopy continues to participate in Toronto's thriving Ballroom scene. Through the art of Vogue, Snoopy hopes to inspire creativity while sharing his passion for dance.
Trans-Positive Swim - Thursdays at 1:45 p.m. @ 50m Pool, Athletic Centre
Trans-Positive Swim has been postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions on indoor physical activity from the University. These safety measures have been put in place to protect students and to contain the spread of the virus. If you have any questions please email us at email@example.com
An inclusive swim time for trans, gender non-conforming, non-binary and two-spirit students and members. Anyone willing to participate in creating a positive space for trans folx is welcome.
Due to COVID-19 safety measures, booking a lane and pool space in advance is required to attend. Please note, bookable lanes will appear 4 days prior to the Trans Positive Swim time to register.
Workshops - Fall 2020
These workshops are designed specifically to engage members of the LGBTQ2S+ U of T Community in physical activity. In the past, workshops in the Move with Pride series are organized by U of T Sport & Rec's Diversity & Equity Team in partnership with the Sexual and Gender Diversity Office, Hart House, and student groups on campus such as LGBTOUT.
These workshops are designed specifically to educate on, and engage students in cultural dance from racialized and Indigenous communities from around the world. Some cultural dance practices we hope to explore in 2020/2021 are pow-wow, hip-hop, capoeira, and South Asian styles. This workshop series is organized by U of T Sport & Rec's Diversity & Equity Team in partnership with the KPE's Indigeneity, Diaspora, Equity, and Anti-Racism in Sport (IDEAS) Lab.
POSTPONED - new date coming soon
Queers On Ice has been postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions on indoor physical activity from the University. These safety measures have been put in place to protect students and to contain the spread of the virus. If you have any questions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Join U of T Sport & Rec and The Sexual and Gender Diversity Office for a socially distanced, fun and inclusive skating session for LGBTQ2S+ students, and friends. No prior experience is required. FREE skate rentals on site while supplies last, and a skating instructor will be available for some socially distanced skating help!
Music will be playing during the skate including songs from the "Yuri on Ice" soundtrack, plus more hits from amazing Queer musicians.
Registration is required this year in order to attend. There are two skate sessions to choose from to ensure everyone's health and safety.
Events - Fall 2020
Diversity in Motion Conference (November 2020)
Please join us for another amazing conference this Fall. Every November in partnership with The 519 Community Centre, and Toronto SAD Collective the Diversity & Equity Team hosts a student conference to unpack topics such as race, gender, sexuality, Indigeneity, disability, mental health, in sport, physical activity, and beyond. Every year we host a number of amazing community leaders, U of T students, staff and faculty who come together with the common goal of making a difference.
See highlights of the 2018 & 2019 conference in the videos section below, and check back here for more updates on this year's conference.
Equity Ideas Fund
Funding student-led diversity & equity initiatives since 2012
The Diversity & Equity team also oversees the Equity Ideas Fund. Student groups can apply for up to $500 in funding for diversity and equity initiatives, which are then considered within the scope and parameters of the Faculty’s Equity Ideas Fund approval process.
Application Evaluation Process
The rubric used to evaluate and award project funding is available for reference, along with the follow up report all awarded groups must hand in to receive reimbursement for the agreed upon funding total.
For questions, or more information about the fund, please e-mail email@example.com
Please note, all applications must be submitted 30-90 days before the event/initiative.
Stay Connected with our team!
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Past Events - Videos & Highlights
A big thank you to everyone who came out to the Diversity In Motion conference! We had such an amazing time and appreciate all of the great discussion and input you offered towards better equity in sport and recreation on campus.
Check out highlights & TAKEAWAYS from the conference in the video below:
Check out highlights from the 2018 conference in the video below:
Black Excellence Ball: Welcome to the Playoffs! - Friday February 7, 2020 - Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport
Thank you to everyone who came out to the dance workshop and kiki ball. We appreciate your support! Check out highlights from the 2020 workshop & kiki ball in the video below: