The UTMSU would like to formally invite you to eXpressions Against Oppression – week full of events that will work on tackling various forms of oppression, while also discussing how these oppressions can intersect with one another. This week will be filled with workshops, discussions and showcased aimed to educate folks on the lived experiences that individuals go through and how we can all work together in combating the oppressions that individuals face on a daily basis.

Please join us for some amazing events!

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Location: Student Centre Presentation Room

Resisting Ableism in Activism: Working Towards Inclusive Community Organizing

In a social justice culture where individualism and independence are privileged, and where attending lengthy or late-night meetings and participating in marches and rallies are seen as the ultimate way of showing your support or commitment to the struggle, conversations around accessibility as a community organizing practice are rare. The failure to take up accessibility as a practice in our activist communities reproduces the structural ableism that is prevalent in our society. This not only marginalizes disabled activists but limits our capacity as organizers to engage fully and meaningfully with our communities.

Date: Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Time: 4pm-6pm
Location: Student Centre Presentation Room

Surviving Together; A Self-Advocacy Workshop for Disabled Students
Join Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) and the University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU) for a student-run orientation for disabled students and student advocates. Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, full-time or part-time, new or returning, an international or transfer student, this orientation is for you! Come meet other disabled students and SBA members and learn more about self-advocacy and resources for disabled students on campus.

Wednesday, November 1st
Time: 3pm-5pm
Location: Student Centre Presentation Room


Join Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA), and UTMSU for a social for Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit, Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (QT2SBIPOC).
We will have lots of snacks (including vegan and gluten-free options)! There will also be activities, including games, colouring and crafting.
Join us for the treats, stay for the amazing people!

Wednesday, November 1st
Location: Student Centre Board Room
Time: 5pm-8pm
Moonlight: Exploring Race, Sexuality & Masculinity

Join the UTMSU along with OUT@UTM for a screening of the critically acclaimed film “Moonlight”, followed by a facilitated discussion about how the effects of systemic racism create boundaries for folks who experience prejudice based on their own race, their sexuality, as well as their gender identity. This discussion will help us unpack how society views individuals based on their intersections and how we can help combat these oppressions.

Thursday, November 2nd
Time: 6pm-9pm
Location: IB 120

XAO Keynote: DE
Join the UTMSU, The Political Science & Pre Law Association (PSLA), & The Muslim Students Association @ UTM for a keynote speaking event featuring Canadian Defence Lawyer Dennis Edney. Tickets for this event are free and can be accessed here!


Friday, November 3rd, 2017
Time: 6pm-9pm
Location: The Blind Duck Pub

Art is one of the most powerful ways for individuals to convey their message and resist against oppression. Join the UTMSU along with The Department of Visual Studies Student Society (DVSSS) and the Psychology Association of Undergraduate Students at Erindale (P.A.U.S.E) for a wonderful night! This event will showcase the art of students who create to show their persistence in the fight for liberation. We will also be hosting a live art battle where folks can watch artists create art right before their eyes!