Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging


About Sport & Recreation's EDIB team

We are a group of undergraduate and graduate students from across campus who plan, motivate and implement positive student-led initiatives that promote equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging (EDIB), and physical/mental health. The team develops and implements events and projects related to sport and physical activity through student-staff partnerships. 

Upcoming Events

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Move with Culture: Carpoeira

Wednesday, January 25, 4-6 P.M.
Location: GR Fitness Studio


This beginner friendly Capoeira workshop combines martial arts, dance, rhythm and culture!


In the 16th century, African slaves in Brazil disguised Capoeira as a dance in order to hide combat and self-defence training among the slave population. Contra Mestre Falcao - Kirk McFarlane will introduce you to this traditional Afro-Brazilian movement, and challenge your body in new ways - focusing on strength, coordination, flexibly and endurance.


Want to learn more? Register for the workshop and experience Capoeira yourself!  


Register at uoft.me/movewithculture! Registration opens January 11. 

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Redesign Conference: All About the Pool

Friday, January 27, 9-4 P.M. *NEW DATE*
Location: GR221


This year's conference will be All About the Pool, surrounding issues of equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging in our pool spaces. Help us redesign these spaces together!


Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in thoughtful discussion with: 

  • Re-Imagining Movement Spaces Inaugural Distinguished Keynote Address speaker, Dr. Ornella Nzindukiyimana, speaking on, "What Does the Social History of Swimming Mean for Black People in the 21st Century?"
  • Panelist storytellers, Vanessa Treasure and Alex Jung from the University of Toronto 
  • Robert Hampson from Variety Village


Discussions will be followed by a creative, arts-based workshop focusing on redesigning more equitable pool spaces.

Lunch, coffee, tea and snacks will be provided. This conference is FREE for students, and open to faculty, staff, and community members with a $10.00 registration fee.   


Register at recreation.utoronto.ca! Registration opens January 9. 

About our Workshops & Programs

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Let's Hike TO Hike Leaders


Last summer, Sport & Rec partnered with, and continues to partner with, Let's Hike T.O. to run hikes for our students during the warmer months. Become a hike leader yourself and run some hikes for Let's Hike T.O.!


Do you enjoy walking outdoor and meeting new people? Let's Hike T.O. is a diversity-focused hiking group in the city and is looking for new volunteer hike leaders. You don't need any experience and will go through full training including first aid to ensure you are ready and prepared to lead groups of people on hikes around Toronto.


Open to all UofT students! Find more details and apply at bit.ly/hikeleaderapp


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Trans-Positive Swim 

Thursdays from 5:35 to 6:50 p.m.
Location: Benson 25yd Pool


An inclusive swim time for trans, gender non-conforming, non-binary and two-spirit students and members and their friends/allies.


Free for U of T students & Sport & Rec members!


Women vogue dancing

Drop-in Vogue

January 18 - March 3
Wednesdays* from 5:30p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Goldring Fitness Studio


Tell your story through the legendary movement of vogueing. In these beginner friendly drop-in sessions with Vogue dancer Snoopy, you will learn and practice the 5 elements of vogue dance - cat walk, duck-walk, hand performance, floor performance, and spins and dips. Feel the beat, werq the runway, and drop with ferocity - 10's! 10's! 10's! across the board!  


Classes are free for U of T students & Sport & Rec members!


*There will be no drop-in vogue on Wednesday, January 25. Instead, join us for a Capoeira workshop!

Check our our Past Event Videos & Highlights!

See video highlights from our past yearly events such as the 2018 and 2019 Diversity & Equity Conferences, and the 2019 and 2020 Black Excellence Kiki Balls at our NEW YouTube Page. 


Funding Student-Led Diversity & Equity Initiatives Since 2021

Equity Ideas Fund Poster

The EDIB team also oversees the Equity Ideas Fund. Student groups can apply for up to $500 in funding for initiatives related to equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging, which are then considered within the scope and parameters of the Faculty’s Equity Ideas Fund approval process. 

Apply here for the 2022/23 school year!  Any questions can be directed to equityideasfund.kpe@utoronto.ca

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 equityideasfund.kpe@utoronto.ca

Equity Ideas Fund - Report 


Please note, all applications must be submitted 30-90 days before the event/initiative. 


Contact Us

Stay Connected with our team - Find us on Instagram

Questions? Contact edib.sportandrec@utoronto.ca