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Disorientation 2018 Presents….

Our Voices, Our Time
September 12 – 29


Wednesday September 12 – Saturday September 29
All events take place on the University of Toronto campus
All venues barrier free, event locations to be announced
ASL Interpretation and childcare available on request; please contact opirg.toronto[at]gmail.com by September 1st for the Accessible Design Workshop and September 4th for all other programming
Snacks and TTC tokens available for all events.
DisOrientation is an annual alternative orientation hosted by OPIRG Toronto in conjunction and collaboration with other campus groups and collectives. This years DisOrientation is presented in partnership with APUS, the Centre for Women and Trans People UofT, Cinema Politica, CINSSU, First Nations House, Indigenous Studies Student Union, Indigenous Waves, Students for Barrier-free Access, Pleasure Dome, and Mining Injustice Solidarity Network.
All DisO events are free and open to both students and the community. We strive to hold all events in barrier free spaces and specific access info is included with each event. Please note that as part of this we ask that attendees not wear cologne, perfume, body sprays or aftershave in order to make the space accessible to those with chemical sensitivities. If you have any questions, comments or concerns around accessibility please contact racheleopirgto(at)gmail.com.
This year’s Disorientation focuses on re-emphasizing the need for diverse voices to be at the forefront of everything we do. The act of re-establishing our narratives in a time where it seems as though our achievements are being eroded and rolled back in favour of a more hostile and unequal society.
We tell our stories through books, zines, podcasts, newspapers, movies, posters, and megaphones. The act of making ourselves heard, ensuring that we are heard, making sure that our voices are not erased or ignored, is powerful. And is unified by the simple slogan “Our Voices, Our Time”



Wednesday September 12


September 12th (6pm – 8:30pm)

As designers we ask ourselves many questions when creating a new poster, flier, or graphic. Who is the audience? What is the action we want people to take when they see my final product? What emotion or goal do I want to convey with this graphic? But one we all to often forget to ask ourselves is can everybody access my graphic equally?… Things such as colour palette, font and layout can either inhibit or encourage accessibility by taking into account the variety of access needs that people have in our society.

Bio: Victoria is a graphic and web designer with 15 years of experience having worked on and produced hundreds of projects from posters, logos, flyers, digital graphics, advocacy resources, social media designs, websites and beyond.Victoria works to incorporate the cultures of design and coding in the service of social justice having used her design and web skills to help various non-profit organizations, social and environmental justice projects get their message out. Currently she works full-time as a digital graphic designer and continues to freelance. She studied International Development Studies at York University, Web Design, Development and Maintenance at Humber College and Digital Media at OCAD University.



Wednesday September 19


September 19th (3pm – 5pm)

Join Students for Barrier-free Access (SBA) for an informational workshop 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 session is for you! Come meet other disabled students and SBA members, have a snack, and learn more about self-advocacy and resources for disabled students on campus.


Topics covered at the workshop:

– Brief introduction to disability justice
– Know Your Rights as a disabled student
– Navigating academic accomodations
– Self-advocacy tips generated by our student community
– Introduction to campus resources and services for disabled students
– Introduction to Students for Barrier-Free Access’ resources and services


Date: Wednesday September 19, 2018
Time: 3pm-5pm
Location: TBD
Free! Everyone welcome!


Wheelchair accessible.

Accessible and all-gender washroom located on the same floor as the event room.

Please note that this will be a scent-free space.

If you require ASL interpretation for this workshop please contact Nadia at sba.advocacycoordinator@gmail.com by September 4, 2018.

This workshop is part of a series of events for DisOrientation 2018 Our Voices, Our Time held from Wednesday September 12 – Saturday September 30.



Wednesday September 26


September 26th (4pm – 7:30pm)


Come to North Borden and explore, draft, read and print your way through three floors of media and literature based activities. With a focus on centering voices often left out of the conversation, OPIRG Toronto, First Nations House – University of Toronto, Indigenous Waves, Centre for Women and Trans People at the University of Toronto, APUS – Association of Part-Time Undergraduate Students, and the Ciimaan/Kahuwe’ya/Qajaq Indigenous language initiative at Indigenous Studies Students’ Union – University of Toronto present a night celebrating the different opportunities and resources students and community members can access through our spaces and services. Prioritizing the voices, art and media of Indigenous, POC, Disabled, Queer and Trans folks we will be hosting Research Bingo with First Nations House (scour First Nation House’s and OPIRG/CWTP’s libraries and APUS’s Student Movement Paper archives to find clues and win a prize pack!), Zine Stamping and Screen Printing with the Indigenous Language Initiative at ISSU and OPIRG, Button Making and Zine Assembly with CWTP, and lastly a Live Podcasting Radio Session featuring a special guest and the crew of Indigenous Waves!


Along with activities we will also have several social justice oriented and local grassroots publications from the UofT and surrounding community tabling and showcasing their books, zines and other art and publications! Tablers will include UC Gargoyle, Sba Centre, Shift, The Newspaper – U of T’s Independent Paper, Upping the Anti, UnderCurrents: Journal of Critical Environmental Studies and more! If you’d like to table for your publication as well please reach out to opirg.toronto[at]gmail.com no later than September 1st


Dinner and TTC tokens provided. North Borden is an accessible building. We have an elevator to all floors and wheel chair ramp with powered door in the rear of the building



Saturday September 29


September 29th (7pm – 11pm)

OPIRG Toronto and Pleasure Dome bring Cinema Politica’s The Next 150: Documentary Futurism to UofT in collaboration with the Cinema Studies Student Union and the Cinema Politica Network


This event is part of DisOrientation 2018 – Our Voices, Our Time


Event admission is $10 general admission, $5 students/members/seniors/underemployed, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds


Cinema Politica’s The Next 150: Documentary Futurism


The Next 150 project seeks to usher in a new kind of filmmaking that brings actuality into conversation with speculation, realism with fantasy. Taking inspiration from Afro-futurism, Indigenous futurism, speculative fiction and non-fiction, Cinema Politica has commissioned 15 short films to inaugurate this new genre. Works created under the rubric of documentary futurism deploy filmmaking approaches and contexts associated with documentary in order to imagine, speculate and represent a “Canada” of the future.

The program will be a 60-70min curated selection from the 15 brand new films produced in this innovative commissioned program.

We will be releasing the full schedule of 15 films we will screen shortly. We will be screening imaginative and sci-fi documentary shorts that tackle important issues facing Canada today and into the future, centering BIPOC filmmakers and filmmakers.


More info about the Documentary Futurism project can be found here: https://www.documentaryfuturism.ca/



Get Involved With DisOrientation!

OPIRG Toronto is looking for Volunteers to help with Disorientation 2018!
DisOrientation is an alternative orientation that will be happening throughout September that fosters student activism, educates students about social and environmental justice issues while connecting campus and community issues. This year the event will be spread throughout the month with 1 – 2 events happening per week and will include arts based workshops, walking tours, a literary open house workshops and a film screening, all intended to expose students and community members to critical analysis, insight and research about a range of social and environmental justice campaigns.
If your passionate about social and environmental justice, learning more about political campaigns happening here in Toronto and around the province, and/or looking to develop your organizing skills while getting involved in campus politics and/or community organizing the we want you!
This is a great opportunity to plug into the political work happening at the University of Toronto while developing your political analyses and organizing skills.
We will need people to assist us with outreach, media and event logistics. No experience is necessary. Just come ready to learn! We will be offering two anti-oppression trainings (at the end of August (Anti-Oppression for OPIRG Volunteers!), and in early September (tentatively scheduled for the 13th)
The full schedule for Disorientation 2018 will be released in early September but we need people to join the organizing committee now to help us get there!
Interested volunteers are asked to please attend an anti-oppression training prior to actively volunteering:
We will be hosting an anti-oppression training on August 30th:
Here are some specific roles for interested volunteers:
• Event Logistics
– Set-up and clean up at events
– Moderating panels and/or liaising with facilitators about workshop needs
• Outreach & Promotion
– Tabling at clubs day and outreach at campus events
– Distributing flyers at community events
– Postering on and off campus
– Assisting with publicizing Disorientation through online social media and listservs
– Assisting with coordinating class talks promoting Disorientation
• Media
– Liasing with any media interested in recording or writing about events
– Video or audio recording our events
– Photographing events for the Disorientation archives.
To get involved in organizing Disorientation 2018, please fill out the volunteer form here https://opirgtoronto.org/volunteering/ and email filled forms to opirg.toronto[at]gmail.com