O-DAYS! Campus Life CONNECT U

Wednesday, August 29, 2018 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

As part of O-DAYS! 2018, this activity is designed as an informal social opportunity to connect those new undergrads who may wish meet and connect with others in advance of the Labour Day weekend and BIG-Day! (Tuesday, September 4). This activity is hosted by Student Mentor Program. All new first-year undergrads are welcome! Special guest and inspirational speaker Andy Thibodeau will enlighten and entertain! 

CLICK HERE TO RSVP AND ATTEND THIS ACTIVITY:
https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/campus-life-connect-u-tickets-47850049787

ABOUT O-DAYS!
http://www.ocadu.ca/orientation

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Learning Zone, Level 1, 122 St. Patrick Street or access via Grange Food Court, 113 McCaul St.
Website: 
https://www.ocadu.ca/services/campus-life/orientation/o-days-schedule.htm
Email: 
ocadcampuslife@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416-977-6000, Ext. 4021
Cost: 
FREE
O-DAYS! 2018 Campus Life CONNECT U

Student leaders recognized for contributions to OCAD U

OCAD U student leaders were celebrated on March 22 for their outstanding extracurricular leadership contributions at Campus Life’s annual recognition and awards dinner. 

Student leaders recognized for contributions to OCAD U

Monday, March 26, 2018

OCAD U student leaders were celebrated on March 22 for their outstanding extracurricular leadership contributions at Campus Life’s annual recognition and awards dinner. Emcee’d by Campus Life Student Monitor Daniel Naraindas, and included remarks from President and Vice Chancellor Dr. Sara Diamond and Vice-President, Academic & Provost Gillian Siddall.

The Diversity & Equity Excellence Award for Students, supported by OCAD Student Union and Office of the Vice-Provost, Students & International, acknowledges an outstanding student whose advocacy and leadership, promoting and advancing human rights, equity and social justice.

This year’s recipient, Meghana Ravi, co-led The Kaleidoscope Project, a multi-part arts-based participatory research project that included community consultations, an interactive public arts installation, and a full-length documentary that reflected the experiences and stories of OCAD U’s international student community. “Meghana is an exemplary student leader who uses her expertise in visual communication to engage in community building, education, and advocacy on issues of race and ethno-cultural identity, the international student experience, and decolonizing design,” said Sharmina Chherawala, Programs, Outreach & Human Rights Advisor in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Sustainability Initiatives.

As an advocacy initiative, The Kaleidscope Project amplified the voices of equity-seeking communities on campus and situated all participants as experts and educators in sharing their critical analysis and lived experiences. “Meghana’s project helped build a stronger international student community on campus, and was highlighted in Now Magazine, showcasing how OCAD U community members are advancing decolonization in the curriculum and beyond. The highly anticipated documentary screening and panel discussions premiered to a packed house of students, faculty, staff, senior leadership and community members,” explained Chherawala.

Peer Mentor Awards, supported by First Generation Programs, acknowledge Peer Mentors who have made outstanding contributions to the Student Mentor Program over the past program year. This year’s recipients, Daniel Lugo Travieso and Matt McCleery, have both demonstrated an inclusive approach in sharing their wealth of knowledge and insights. They have taken initiative to help other students navigate the university, it’s systems and programs and off-campus resources, and exercised patience when responding to questions. Their commitment to keeping in touch with their mentees, and to help students connect with each other and opportunities have helped build our student community. An honourary mention was given to Becky Wu.

Special Commitment Pins were presented to Peer Mentors who have shown commitment to the Student Mentor Program. For the first time ever, a four-year pin was presented to Arashdeep Chahal, while three-year commitment pins were given to Elisabeth Chan, Jacqueline Lee and Adria Maynard.

The Student Group Leader of the Year Award, made possible by Imagination Catalyst, is presented to a student leader of a group who excels, above and beyond in their leadership role. This year it was awarded to The Grind’s Russell Chiu. The Grind is an incubator for students who want to start their own small business, with goals to encourage networking and collaboration between students, provide workshops, guest speakers, and resources to assist in the development of new skills and portfolio building.

“Our student group leaders embody the entrepreneurial qualities of creativity, innovation, risk-taking and independence,” said Ahmed ElBedaway of the Imagination Catalyst. “Russell works consistently on bringing The Grind team together to curate a variety of inclusive entrepreneurship and creative business events on campus through encouraging open-floor discussion of ideas, while ensuring the core team members are on the right path of growing the group, supporting personal growth of each individual member, and making sure that he is able to help others achieve their goals as well as his own.”

Deanne Fisher, Vice-Provost, Students & International, acknowledged the commitment and leadership of OCAD Student Union executive and student participants in Board of Governors and OCAD U Senate.

Andre De Freitas, Manager, Financial Aid & Awards, presented a special Excellence in Student Services Award to Michelle Pereza, who, since 2016, has served students with expertise, empathy, enthusiasm and excellence. “An extraordinary student services representative, Michelle’s skills and dedication have helped to break down financial barriers for her student peers,” said De Freitas.

Special interest, student-run clubs and the six-year old Intramural Program at OCAD U allow interaction among students, support faith and culture, and create an atmosphere of diversity while encouraging self-development, entrepreneurship, social responsibility, environmental awareness, and fitness and well-being. Brent Everett James, Campus Life Coordinator, acknowledged student group leaders and intramural team captains for their leadership and contribution to community.

Thank you to Financial Aid & Awards, First Generation Program, Office of the President, OCAD Student Union, Office of the Vice-Provost, Students & International, Imagination Catalyst and Campus Life for making this evening possible. 

Poster: 
Group photo of student winners with OCAD U staff

Call for Nominations: Diversity & Equity Excellence Award for Students 2017/2018

Friday, January 19, 2018 - 3:15pm to Friday, February 23, 2018 - 11:45pm

Student leadership awards and recognition at OCAD University are coordinated annually through the Campus Life office. Awards are given to students in recognition of outstanding contributions to student life, leadership roles, advocacy, and equity and social justice on campus.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: DIVERSITY & EQUITY EXCELLENCE AWARD FOR STUDENTS
The Diversity & Equity Excellence Award for Students acknowledges an outstanding student whose advocacy and leadership promote and advance human rights, equity and social justice on campus.

Successful candidates will be announced at an annual appreciation event in March 2018. Nominators will also be invited.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE NOMINATION PROCESS
www.ocadu.ca/services/campus-life/student-recognition.htm

Venue & Address: 
Campus Life, Level 5, 230 Richmond St. West (RHB)
Website: 
https://www.ocadu.ca/services/campus-life/student-recognition.htm
Email: 
bjames@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416 977 6000 Ext. 275
Diversity and Equity Award graphic

Call for Nominations: Student Group Leader Award 2017/2018

Friday, January 19, 2018 - 3:00pm

Student leadership awards and recognition at OCAD University are coordinated annually through the Campus Life office. Awards are given to students in recognition of outstanding contributions to student life, leadership roles, advocacy, and equity and social justice on campus.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: STUDENT GROUP LEADER AWARD
The Student Group Leader of the Year Award will be presented annually to a student group leader who excels, above and beyond in their leadership role! Through facilitation and involvement, the leader demonstrates outstanding contributions, commitment and support to their group members and the OCAD University community.

Successful candidates will be announced at an annual appreciation event in March 2018. Nominators will also be invited.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE NOMINATION PROCESS
www.ocadu.ca/services/campus-life/student-recognition.htm

ABOUT STUDENT GROUPS
www.ocadu.ca/studentgroups

Venue & Address: 
Campus Life, Level 5, 230 Richmond St. West (RHB)
Website: 
www.ocadu.ca/studentgroups
www.ocadu.ca/services/campus-life/student-recognition.htm
Email: 
bjames@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416 977 6000 Ext. 275
Student Group Leader of the Year Award graphic

Call for Nominations: Peer Mentor Awards 2017/2018

Friday, January 19, 2018 - 2:30pm to Friday, February 23, 2018 - 11:45pm

Student leadership awards and recognition at OCAD University are coordinated annually through the Campus Life office. Awards are given to students in recognition of outstanding contributions to student life, leadership roles, advocacy, and equity and social justice on campus.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: PEER MENTOR AWARDS
Peer Mentor Awards acknowledge those peer mentors who made outstanding contributions, supporting new and first-year students and helping build community, while adhering to the mandate of the program.

All peer mentors participating in the 2017/2018 Student Mentor Program are eligible to be nominated for ONE of TWO awards (valued at $500 each).

Successful candidates will be announced at an annual appreciation event in March 2018. Nominators will also be invited.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE NOMINATION PROCESS
www.ocadu.ca/services/campus-life/mentoring-at-ocadu/peer-mentor-awards.htm

ABOUT THE STUDENT MENTOR PROGRAM
www.ocadu.ca/mentorprogram 

Venue & Address: 
Campus Life, Level 5, 230 Richmond St. West (RHB)
Website: 
www.ocadu.ca/services/campus-life/student-recognition.htm
www.ocadu.ca/services/campus-life/mentoring-at-ocadu/peer-mentor-awards.htm
Email: 
bjames@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416 977 6000 Ext. 275
Peer Mentor Award call for nomination

PEER MENTOR RECRUITMENT 2018

Friday, January 19, 2018 - 1:45pm to Friday, April 6, 2018 - 11:45pm

Are you an outstanding and enthusiastic undergrad student (going into second-, third-, or fourth-/upper-year in 2018/2019) who would make an excellent PEER MENTOR in the OCAD U Student Mentor Program?

WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?

• Get involved and build community!

• Make new friends!

• Be recognized as a student leader!

• Build communication savvy!

• Build self-confidence

• Strengthen interpersonal skills!

• Gain transferable skills through our training and support!

• Great experience and resume content!

• Team t-shirt, social engagement and food!

• Eligible to be nominated for annual Peer Mentor Awards!

• Invitation to annual student dinner, celebrating leadership and excellence!

• First chance at select on-campus paid opportunities that benefit from your mentor training!

Sign up to become one of our rockin' OCAD U Peer Mentors in 2018 in four easy steps:

1: Apply!
2: Interview (group or one/one)!
3: Complete NEW online training/suppport modules!
4: Attend in-person Peer Mentor Principles in April!

Learn more about mentoring at OCAD U, dates, deadlines and commitment--and sign up today!
www.ocadu.ca/mentorprogram

Venue & Address: 
Campus Life, Level 5, 230 Richmond St. West
Website: 
www.ocadu.ca/mentorprogram
www.facebook.com/OCADUMentorProgram/
Email: 
bjames@ocadu.ca
Phone: 
416 977 6000 Ext. 275
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