Accountable Space Workshop

Accountable Space Workshop
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:30pm

Sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies, this session will assist participants in cultivating accountable classrooms and respectfully “calling out” problematic classroom interventions. In groups, participants will be invited to work through challenging scenarios that offer an opportunity to foster techniques for engaging in critical social justice conversations. It is important to be cognizant of fellow students’ self-esteem during these conversations, but also be willing to risk discomfort in order to address discriminatory conduct.

Workshop lead by NICOLE BERNHARDT

Nicole Bernhardt is an experienced trainer, investigator and mediator in the fields of equity, anti-harassment, and human rights. In addition to her professional activities, she is currently completing a PhD at York University, conducting research into the efficacy of systemic equity-driven change efforts within the framework of human rights.

There is limited seating, please RSVP by sending an email to


Venue & Address: 
Room 310, 205 Richmond Street West
416-977-6000 ext 423
Accountable Space Workshop Poster

Artists and Advocates to Join in Challenging Attitudes on Sexual Violence and Harassment

Sara Diamond with OCAD Students and Government Leaders
Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 4:00am

Ontario Launches $2.25 Million Creative Engagement Fund

Ontario has launched a $2.25 million Creative Engagement Fund, which will partner Ontario artists and advocates to help prevent sexual violence. They will challenge norms and change attitudes about sexual violence and harassment through artistic projects.
The Creative Engagement Fund will support artists in provoking dialogue and action on issues such as sexual consent, rape culture and misogyny. Artists should apply now through the Ontario Arts Council, who will administer the fund. The artistic projects may include any type of creative expression - performance, writing, music, photography, theatre, videos, online engagement, installation, painting, graffiti arts, murals and traditional Aboriginal arts. 

Artists and art organizations will partner with sexual violence and harassment prevention organizations or experts to ensure projects are informed by the experience of survivors of sexual violence and those who work closely with them. Successful applicants will be announced in March 2016. 

The Creative Engagement Fund is part of It's Never Okay  - Ontario's Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment. The plan will help change attitudes, improve supports for survivors and make workplaces and campuses safer and more responsive to complaints about sexual violence and harassment. It will help ensure that everyone in the province can live in safety and is free from the threat, fear or experience of sexual violence and harassment.


Fifteen per cent of the Creative Engagement Fund is dedicated to supporting Aboriginal projects.
To date, Ontario’s #WhoWillYouHelp public awareness campaign has reached over 83.5 million people around the world.
Ontario is also supporting public education campaigns across Ontario’s education sectors, including Draw-the-Line/Traçons-les-limites and It Starts with You. It Stays With Him/ Ça commence avec toi. Ça reste avec lui campaigns.

Application and guidelines for the Creative Engagement Fund

Read: It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment

Join the conversation on Twitter: #ItsNeverOkay

"Art doesn’t just entertain — it reflects who we are as a society. The Creative Engagement Fund will support artists as they create projects that confront deeply entrenched beliefs and stereotypes and shed new light on issues of sexual violence and harassment in communities across Ontario. To successfully challenge rape culture, we all have a role to play. We must use every tool at our disposal in putting an end to sexual violence and harassment in our province."
 — Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
"Artists have challenged deep-rooted beliefs for centuries, often making us confront hard truths about our society. Through the Creative Engagement Fund, we want artists to use their creativity and skill to approach challenging topics like sexual assault, harassment, consent and rape culture."
 — Tracy MacCharles, Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues
"Art can fuel ideas on important issues and be a powerful tool to achieve positive social change. I’m proud that our government is supporting Ontario’s artists through the Creative Engagement Fund and I look forward to these creative projects that will add to the conversation on preventing sexual violence."
 — Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
"The arts can inform, provoke and hold a mirror to society. The collaborative projects that will be supported by the Creative Engagement Fund will bring together artists, communities and the people who work to prevent sexual violence and harassment to help transform attitudes and behaviours."
 — Rita Davies, Chair, Ontario Arts Council

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Statement from President Diamond on It's Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 4:00am

As president of OCAD University, I applaud Premier Wynne’s Action Plan on Sexual Violence. This plan will target behaviours and cultures in our elementary and secondary schools, courts, police forces, workplaces, universities and colleges.

Please read the Action Plan and take a moment to view a powerful video that is part of the Province’s multi-media implementation campaign.

OCAD University has strong policies against sexual harassment and violence. In the fall I issued a message highlighting policies, procedures and support for those who have been affected by sexual violence. Please take a moment to learn about these resources available to our community.

Nonetheless we are in the process of revisiting these policies in collaboration with students, with a special focus on ensuring safety for women, lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans members of our community. We are looking at ways in which we can increase prevention and awareness of sexual violence on and off campus and support those who have been affected by such violence.

Deanne Fisher, our Associate Vice-President, Students, is a member of the Council of Ontario Universities’ Reference Group on Sexual Violence, which will support the action plan by reviewing policies and sharing best practices within the university sector in Ontario. Emily Rourke, Director of Campaigns and Outreach for the OCAD Student Union, has been actively involved in the discussions with the Premier on these issues and will co-lead, with the AVP Students, the development of the OCAD University strategy.