Tackling Imposter Syndrome: A Workshop Series

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Friday, November 8, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Tackling Imposter Syndrome: A Workshop Series
Friday, November 8, 2019
1:00 – 3:00 PM
Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers, Level 3, 115 McCaul St.
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Experiencing stress and uncertainty about your early career?

Student Wellness Centre teams up with the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers to support recent OCADU graduates with a focus on managing workplace stress, interpersonal professionalism, and employment distress. This is an ongoing series of monthly workshops as a part of the OCADU Commitment to ease the transition from campus culture to the workplace. SWC Facilitators will share coping strategies, scalable goals, and strengths-based language to help each participant tap into their inner boss.

Recent OCAD U grads are invited to attend monthly Career Transition Support Workshops designed to assist new grads in managing the stress and uncertainty related to career aspirations and goal setting. Led by expert staff from OCAD U’s Student Wellness Centre.

Venue & Address: 
Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers Level 3, 115 McCaul St, OCAD University

Sustainability Initiatives by Student Researchers at OCAD U: Library Research Wednesdays

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 12:45pm

On January 23rd, we welcome Victoria Gonzalez and Priscilla Lee to share their experiences of participating in field placements at OCAD University with a focus on sustainability.

Project descriptions:

Reducing Hazardous Waste in OCAD U Studios with Victoria Gonzales
Hazardous wastes are wastes that can pose a threat to health, safety and the environment. Plus, its disposal is expensive! OCAD U is trying to reduce the amount of inappropriate materials that end up in our hazardous waste bins (i.e. coffee cups, paper towels, and rags). This project aims to help studio users minimize their production of hazardous waste, encourage the use of less toxic products, and steer them towards proper reuse, recycling, and waste sorting. Victoria used their design skills to help conduct user research involving hardware prototypes, develop new organizing structures to keep the various bins easy to find and in the expected places, and create a poster series to communicate the initiative.

Victoria Gonzales is an emerging Industrial Designer from Chile with a passion for interior, health and sustainable design.

Sustainable Initiatives at Copy and Print Services with Priscilla Lee
Copy and Print Services provides the OCAD U community with its copying and digital output needs. This includes operating the Digital Print Shop and managing the University’s networked black and white printers, and its fleet of multifunction copiers. From pulp to print, paper is the lifeline of their operation. In this project, Priscilla worked to develop a sustainable and responsible outlook on this lifeline and make an impact in reduction.

Priscilla Lee is an Industrial Design student with an interest in human-centred design.


Both field placement projects were made possible through the collaboration of the Centre for Emerging Artist and Designers and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Sustainability Initiatives.


Research Wednesdays is a speaker series presented by the OCAD U Library. It's a forum for anyone (undergrad or graduate students, staff, or faculty) to present in a casual, supportive environment about research activities, collections and more. We apply a broad definition of research which includes a variety of activities within the domains of art, design, libraries and archives. This event is open to all members of the OCAD U community as well as the general public.

Interested in presenting about your own research experiences? Contact Daniel Payne at dpayne@ocadu.ca.

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1, also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street

OCAD U celebrates Earth Hour!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

OCAD U is keeping the lights on. For 24 hours on March 25, 2017, OCAD U is Bullfrog Powered with 100% green electricity in celebration of Earth Hour.

This means that Bullfrog Power's generators put 100% green power onto the grid to match the amount of conventional electricity the campus uses, displacing energy from polluting sources. Across Canada, Bullfrog's green electricity comes from a blend of wind and low-impact hydro power sourced from new Canadian renewable energy facilities.

What is OCAD U's impact? For the 41.920 MWh of green electricity purchased for the entire campus for March 25, the emission reductions are 6.707 CO2e. 

41.920 MWh is more than 1,500 homes' electricity consumption for a day! 

To determine more environmental equivalencies related to emissions reduction, you can go to the EPA's carbon equivalency calculator. Plug 6.707 tonnes into the "CO2 - Carbon Dioxide or CO2 Equivalent" field to find some interesting comparisons! 

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St.
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Student Recognition: Celebrating leadership & excellence

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

OCAD U students were honoured for their outstanding extracurricular leadership contributions to the community at Campus Life’s recognition and awards dinner on March 14, 2017.  Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University attended the dinner and was on hand to present the awards.

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, Maya Wilson-Sanchez, uses art and design as tools for social change. Her work in social justice and engagement as a curator—most notably for the recent We are Symbols and Intra-action exhibitions—encourages others to think critically, and push for empowerment, decolonization and equality.

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, Sandra Samy Ibrahim and Xulin Wu, demonstrated enthusiasm and positivity, while sharing their wealth of knowledge and insight to their student mentees. Their commitment in navigating the university systems and programs, and their inclusive and supportive approach, helped make OCAD U a welcoming, dynamic and engaging campus.

A special Commitment Pin was awarded to the following peer mentors who have shown commitment to the Student Mentor Program for three years or more: Arashdeep Chahal, Aruvi Rajasingham, Hilary Thich and Samantha Waters.

New this year, the Student Group Leader of the Year Award, made possible by Imagination Catalyst, was presented to a student group leader who excels, above and beyond in their leadership role. The inaugural recipient, Ali Al-Awadhi, Muslim Student Association, demonstrated outstanding contributions  ̶  from hosting on-campus social opportunities, coordinating field trips, to working on the creation of the University’s first Multi-Faith Space.

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 Samara Diaz Sanchez who has worked in Financial Aid & Awards since 2015. Samara has served students with expertise, empathy, enthusiasm and excellence. Her dedication and savvy social media skills, helped break down financial barriers for her student peers.

Student group leaders and intramural team captains: Special interest, student-run clubs and the five-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.

The evening was made possible by First Generation Program; Financial Aid & Awards; Alumni Relations and Office of the President.


Back row (l-r): Rabeea Syed, Maya Wilson-Sanchez, Dr. Sara Diamond, Xulin Wang, Aruvi Rajasingham.
Front row (l-r): Ali Al-Awadhi, Sandra Samy Ibrahim, Samara Diaz Sanchez

Sustainability Forum 2017: Making Meaning, Taking Action

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 12:30pm to 3:30pm

Food will be provided!

Celebrating ideas from across disciplines, let’s grow our collective understanding of sustainability at OCAD U over food, systems thinking games, and pecha kucha-style talks. A pecha kucha refers to a presentation of 20 slides, shown for 20 seconds each. This is an opportunity to meet up, showcase work, or even practice a pitch prior to final thesis presentations. The Forum is open to all and we are happy to invite participation in a variety of forms.

This event is hosted by the Sustainability Committee and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Sustainability Initiatives (ODESI). Contact ODESI’s Sustainability Coordinator Victoria Ho at vho@ocadu.ca to with any ideas or questions!

RSVP for catering and accessibility purposes: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/making-meaning-taking-action-ocad-u-sustainability-forum-2017-tickets-32940031521

Venue & Address: 
49 McCaul St.
Free and open to all
Poster for the Sustainability Forum.

ODESI is hiring Student Monitors

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Friday, September 9, 2016 - 3:30pm

*****OCAD U's Office of Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives is hiring for several positions for Fall 2016****

1. Sustainability Monitor
(help organize events, social media, do on-line research, help interview people to research how the OCAD U community advances sustainability on campus)

2. Social Media & Outreach Monitor
(host tables at events, run our Facebook, twitter & tumblr blog, attend social justice events around campus to tweet and take photos for sharing, other duties as assigned)

3. Diversity & Equity Monitor (International Students only)
Similar tasks to both of the above, especially open to International Students.

Please send us a resume AND a brief cover letter AND your IWSP eligibility form. If you only want to be considered for a specific position, then please indicate that in your cover letter.

If your resume does not have a lot of relevant experience, use your cover letter to show why you are interested in a job that is focused on promoting social justice on campus. You can tell us about previous volunteering or classes you have taken, or how it connects to your creative practice, as an example.

Rate of pay: $13.65/hr. Flexible hours, 5-10 hrs/week.

Students who identify as members of equity-seeking communities including Black, Indigenous and students of colour, students with disabilities, LGBTQQI2SA students, and students caring for elder or child dependants are particularly encouraged to apply.

*****Must be Institutional Work Study Plan (IWSP)- eligible. Alongside your application, please submit a copy of your IWSP eligibility confirmation for the Fall 2016 semester provided by Financial Aid. Confirmations for previous semesters will not be accepted.****

These positions will be posted till filled, so earlier submissions are best! ODESI will start reviewing applications on September 26th.