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Coming Events

XAO: Feb 25 - Mar 25

The APUS – Association of Part-Time Undergraduate Students and University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU) and our partners are proud to present:

eXpression Against Oppression
February 25 – March 24, 2015

XAO is a series of events aimed at challenging oppression in various forms and raising awareness about equity and social justice issues. Our keynote speaker this semester is Laverne Cox. We are also proud to work with our campus clubs and partners to bring forward a series of events and discussions to highlight anti-black racism, Islamophobia, indigenous justice, transphobia, and the intersectionality of oppression within our campus and community spaces.


With Muslims, Against Hate
Vigil with Muslim Students’ Association
February 25, 2015 – 6pm – UTSU Lawn

Kahsatstenhsera Film Screening
Featuring Director Amanda Lickers

Task Force on Mental Health
With U of T Campus Health Initiative and partners
March 10, 2015 – 6pm – Bahen Centre (Room 2155)

Being Black at U of T
With African Students’ Association – UTSC, African Students’ Association – UTSG, Black Graduate Student Collective, Black Students’ Association – UTSG, Caribbean Connections – UTSC, Caribbean Studies Students’ Union – UTSG, Erindale College African Students’ Association – UTM, Ignition – UTM, Jamaican Canadian Students’ Association – UTSC, Latin American Students’ Association – UTSC, National Society of Black Engineers – UTSG, Scarborough Campus Students’ Union – SCARS, Somali Students’ Association – UTM
University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union
March 13, 2015 – 6pm – OISE (Room 2212)

Keynote Event: Laverne Cox
With UTMSU, SCSU, Ryerson Students’ Union, Ryerson Trans Collective, Continuing Education Students Association of Ryerson, Students’ Association of George Brown College, York Federation of Students
March 24, 2015 – 6pm – Elgin Theatre
Details: www.facebook.com/events/869032943138826

Laverne Cox: March 24

Ain’t I A Woman, My Journey to Womanhood

Part of our annual Celebrating Women’s Voices/Expression Against Oppression event series, Laverne Cox will be joining us for her talk, “Ain’t I a Woman: My Journey to Womanhood”


Tickets are sold out. There will be tickets available at the door the night of (approximately 100).

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Doors Open: 6:00pm
Lecture Begins: 6:30pm

Elgin Theatre
189 Yonge Street, Toronto
Just north of Queen Subways Station


Laverne Cox is a critically acclaimed actress who currently appears in the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, playing the groundbreaking role of “Sophia Burset,” an incarcerated African American transgender woman. Laverne is the first trans woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show. Time Magazine named Sophia Burset the 4th most influential fictional character of 2013. Laverne is also a recipient of the Dorian rising star award for her work in Orange is the New Black.


The RSU Trans Collective
The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU)
The Continuing Education Students’ Association of Ryerson (CESAR)
The York Federation of Students (YFS)
The University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU)
The Association of Part-time Undergraduate Students at UofT (APUS)
The University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union (UTMSU)
The Scarborough Campus Students’ Union (SCSU)
The Community Action Centre (CAC) of the Students’ Association at George Brown College (SA)


The event will be open primarily to students and members of the trans community in Toronto. Tickets will be available via eventbrite (mar24.eventbrite.com), but physical tickets must be picked up at your local students’ union prior to the event.

Tickets become available: Monday, February 23, 2015 @ 9am
Ticket pick-up: Monday, March 16-Friday, March 20

What you will need for your ticket pick-up:
– Your student card for either George Brown College, the University of Toronto, Ryerson University or York University.

Organisers have set aside a restricted number of tickets for members of the trans community(s) who are not students. Please send an email to AskLaverneTO@Gmail.com to RSVP for these tickets.

A restricted amount of tickets will be made available at the door on the day of the event. These tickets will be given out on a first-come first-serve basis. You do not need to have student identification to access tickets at the door.

This event is being hosted in collaboration with a number of students’ unions in the GTA. Because this is a large collaboration spreading across a number of large campuses we do have a responsibility to ensure that availability of tickets prioritises our members. However, we also recognise that many members of the trans community(s) have faced barriers to accessing post-secondary education. It is for these reasons, and more, that we have set aside tickets for members of the trans community(s) to gain access to the event.


The event will be in a wheelchair accessible venue and will have ASL interpretation. We request that all attendees refrain from wearing scented products at this event, for accessibility purposes. Please let us know if you have any concerns, questions, or needs surrounding accessibility at this event.

The organisers strive to create accessible and inclusive spaces for all of our members. If we require any accommodations to ensure your participation, please email equity@rsuonline.ca

We’re so excited for this event! See you there!!

Free Vegan Breakfast: March 27

UTSU’s Breakfast Program with Vegan Options

Last breakfast for 2014-2015:
Friday, March 27
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Multi-Faith Centre 2nd Floor

Join us for vegan breakfast burritos

UTSU Income Tax Clinics: March 30 - May 6

UTSU Income Tax Clinics

Need help filing your taxes? UTSU can help – for free!

Clinic runs from March 30 to May 6.

CLICK HERE for the UTSU Income Tax Clinic page for more information.
CLICK HERE to go directly to the website to book an appointment.

If you have questions or problems with the website contact Terri at memberservices@utsu.ca

UTSU's Got You exam destressors: March 31 - April 23

Join us for healthy food and beverages during your late night study session!

Each event starts at midnight in Robarts Library.
Full list of dates:

Tuesday, March 31 @ 11:59 p.m.
Tuesday, April 7 @ 11:59 p.m.
Monday, April 13 @ 11:59 p.m.
Tuesday, April 14 @ 11:59 p.m.
Wednesday, April 15 @ 11:59 p.m.
Thursday, April 16 @ 11:59 p.m.
Monday, April 20 @ 11:59 p.m.
Tuesday, April 21 @ 11:59 p.m.
Wednesday, April 22 @ 11:59 p.m.
Thursday, April 23 @ 11:59 p.m.

Film Screening: Kahasatstenhsera: Indigenous Resistance to Tar Sands Pipelines: April 1

Wednesday, April 1
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Multi-Faith Centre, KP 108

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the event will be postponed until April 2015. Please stay tuned for more updates**

As part of our annual eXpression Against Oppression Series 2015, UTSU AND APUS are hosting a screening of the short documentary, Kahsatstenhsera: Indigenous Resistance to Tar Sand Pipelines and a discussion with Director, Amanda Lickers.

The “Line 9″ and “Energy East” pipelines threaten to bring tar sands “crude” from Alberta for export through ports in the Atlantic. These pipelines will traverse through many Indigenous communities and natural areas, threatening not only the health of the land but the sovereignty of these territories and their peoples. We have teamed up with Indigenous organizer Amanda Lickers to produce a Kahsatstenhsera: Indigenous Resistance to Tar Sands Pipelines. This video will focuses on Indigenous resistance and seeks to build capacity in Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities by providing an educational and accessible resource to build awareness across communities. Featuring stories and perspectives from land defenders in Athabasca Chipewyan, Aamjiwnaang, Six Nations of the Grand River, Kanehsatà:ke, and Elsipogtog First Nations, this video will not only educates the public on the issues being faced by pipeline construction and expansion, but showcases Indigenous resistance and provide an anti-colonial lens for understanding environmental destruction.

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