SOGS Events Calendar

Please check out our Events Calendar for a full list of SOGS-related events, programming, and deadlines. Check us out on Facebook and Twitter to keep your finger on the pulse of #GradLifeWesternU!

September 2021

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
  • Coffee Chats
  • Coffee Chats
  • Virtual Weekly Trivia
  • First instalment of tuition due
  • Trans in the Academy event
  • Drag Night: Makeup Tutorial & Cocktails
  • SOGS Graduate Student Orientation Week
  • scavenger hunt
  • Coffee Chats
  • Writing in Community
  • Cooking Class - Sweet & Spicy Tennessee Chicken & Veg
  • gaming w your advocates
  • Grad Club Drop-in Breakfast
  • Virtual Weekly Trivia
  • International Grad Student Social
  • Indigenous Student Lunch
  • Virtual Game Night
  • Coffee Chats
  • Shared Experiences: Suicide Prevention and Mental Health
  • GradCast trivia
  • Movie Night: The Princess and the Frog
  • Varsity Football Game: McMaster at WesternU
  • Family BBQ at the Grad Club
  • Post Orientation Yoga class at Gibbons Park
  • SOGS Homecoming events
  • Coffee Chats
  • Writing in Community
  • Advocacy Support Drop-ins (Yousuf)
  • Virtual Weekly Trivia
  • Coffee Chats
  • Coffee Chats
  • Writing in Community
  • Advocacy Support Drop-ins (Yousuf)
  • Virtual Weekly Trivia

If you would like to subscribe to our Events calendar, please use this ICAL link.

Upcoming Events

Writing in Community: Summer Writing Sessions via Zoom — Fall 2021 —  Mondays (1pm-3pm). Hosted by SOGS and WesternU GradLife.
Tired of working alone from home?  Need some motivation?  Join SOGS and Graduate Student Life for dedicated writing sessions. 
  • Sept. 13th
  • Sept. 20th
  • Sept. 27th
  • Oct. 4th
  • Oct. 11th
  • Oct. 18th
  • Oct. 25th 
Students will meet in a Zoom environment to work on their own assignments and writing amongst their peers. We’ll have “breakout rooms” for breaks when needed.  Let’s get together and work towards our writing goals.  All writing progress is good progress.  Join us!

Shared Experiences: A Conversation Series – Suicide Prevention and Mental Health on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 7pm EST on Zoom

register here

The second session of GPS’ Shared Experiences conversation series is a collaboration with GradCast’s special episode for World Suicide Prevention Day; The GradCast episode will be released Sept 7, 2021. The topic of discussion for this Shared Experiences session will focus primarily on suicide and mental health, particularly from the grad student perspective.

Our goal with this collaboration is to extend the conversation beyond the GradCast episode to further spread awareness and offer a safe space to talk about these issues on a more personal level. Those involved with the World Suicide Prevention Day special episode will be present to answer any questions, provide clarification or elaboration, and further share their experiences and thoughts about suicide, suicidal ideation, and mental health struggles during grad school, including how the pandemic has impacted these experiences. Given the topic of conversation for this session is an extension of GradCast’s special episode for World Suicide Prevention Day, it would be ideal for those in attendance to have listened to the episode, however this certainly isn’t a requirement!

We welcome all who’d like to have a safe space to share personal experiences, ask questions, or just listen to the experiences of your peers. Suicide prevention, awareness, and de-stigmatization starts with open, honest, direct conversations – and this session is us adding to that conversation. We hope to see you there!

Post-Orientation YOGA class taught by Brooke Bliss, hosted by SOGS Graduate Peer Support Committee on Sunday, September 19, 2021 at 11am at Gibbons Park. Register to attend!

Join us for a FREE yoga class in the shade at Gibbon’s Park taught by Brooke Bliss Yoga. Bring your famjam for a fun, socially distanced outdoor event.

How to find us: Enter the park by car or by the walking/biking paths. We will set up on the grass to the north-east of Gibbons Park Pool.  Here’s a map of Gibbon’s Park.

Bring your water bottle and mat. Washroom facilities are located near the Gibbon’s park pool.






Gender Concerns Listening Session on Monday, September 27 at 5: 30pm EDT via Zoom. Register to attend.

Join our Gender Concerns Commissioner, Ana Moyer, for a listening session devoted to gender concerns related to gender-based and sexual violence, as well as safety on campus. We want to hear from our female and female-identifying members in order to better advocate for our members on campus. 

Grad Students with Disabilities Community Meeting. Tuesday, October 5, 2021 at 7pm EDT via Zoom. 

Welcome to another year at WesternU! Join the SOGS Accessibility Commissioner, Elizabeth Mohler, and the SOGS Accessibility Committee for a community event and listening session.  We want to hear from you to better advocate for your accessibility needs on campus. We invite you to come share what has been working, and what you wish could be different. Or, if it feels right, just come to listen.

We would like to know what accommodations you require, so kindly complete this registration form.

Virtual Drag Night Makeup Tutorials & Cocktails hosted by the SOGS Pride Commissioner on Friday, September 10 and Friday, October 29, 2021  at 9pm EST on Zoom. 

Want to hang with your queer peers, have a cocktail and try some drag makeup tutorials? 


Rocky Horror Picture Show Drag Night Sing Along hosted by the SOGS Pride Commissioner on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 9PM EST on Zoom.

Join us for an epic synchronous film screening of Rocky Horror Picture Show drag night sing along with your queer peers.

Recurring Virtual Events 

Miss weekly Trivia Nights at the The Western Grad Club? We do! Join Virtual Trivia Night with your fellow grad, Elizabeth, at 8pm each Tuesday and have a pub night at home!

Want to play? Join here.  Just want to watch? Tune in here for the questions!

Wanna connect with your peers? The SOGS Orientation and Social Committee has created a SOGS Discord Server for virtual events, advocacy outreach, and more. 

Join the server:

Past 2020-21 Events

Trans in the Academy: Evie Johnny Ruddy, Dr. Sadie Hochman-Ruiz, and Levi Hord in Conversation with Sohini Chatterjee on Thursday, September 9 at 8PM EST on ZOOM. **Registration required.

The Colour of My Faith: Combating Islamophobia and Racism in Canada | September 1, 2021 at 3:30pm on Zoom. *Registration Required
Join the SOGS Anti-Racism Committee for a talk with scholars and community members about Islamophobia and racism in Canada.
We will be joined by Dr. Javeed Sukhera (Chair of Psychiatry, Institute of Living and Hartford Hospital), Hassina Alizai (Ph.D Candidate – Education, Queen’s University), and Wesam Abdelhamid Mohamed (Deputy Chairperson, Canadian Federation of Students).

LGBT ANIME NIGHT hosted by the SOGS Pride Commissioner on Saturday, August 28, 2021 on Zoom.

Love anime and wanna talk about it with your queer peers? Register to attend.

Fresh Air Friday on Friday, August 13, 2021 from 4-6pm | *Registration is required

Join the SOGS Orientation and Social committee for a fun walk, bike ride, roller skate on the Thames River pathways near WesternU’s campus. Meet up on the Grad Club patio at 4pm EST for a tour of our river paths. Finish the afternoon with an ice cream or popsicle on the Grad Club patio. Kid and family friendly!

Climate Emergency panel hosted by the SOGS Sustainability Committee on August 16, 2021 at 2pm EST on Facebook LIVE.

Land Acknowledgement 101 with Anishinaabe scholar Katelyn Knott on Monday, August 23, 2021 at 10am EST. Registration required! VIA ZOOM.
Join us and Anishinaabe scholar Katelyn Knott to learn more about the significance of Land Acknowledgements.  This workshop will discuss what Land Acknowledgements are, why they are important and how to meaningfully engage in the protocol as individuals and as a collective.
SOGS Commissioners, SOGS Anti-Racism Committee, SOGS Equity Committee, and SOGS Sustainability Committee

Cooking Class: Fajita Bowls, hosted by the Grad Club on Friday, July 30, 2021 at 6pm EST. Registration required!

Join the Grad Club for their second Zoom cooking class! Learn how to make Fajita Bowls (either chicken or plant-based) in real time with your peers. Cooking class will be taught by Graham Bain, Grad Club Culinary Lead. Check out the recipe HERE.

Want to buy prepped ingredient kits at the Grad Club so you don’t have to go to the grocery store? Prices: $10 for a single portion / $15 for a double portion. Want to buy the ingredient kit? Email your order to by Monday, July 26 by 4pm EST. Ingredient kits will be made available for pick-up on Thursday, July 29 in the afternoon and Friday, July 30.

LGBTQ+ in STEM: A Panel Discussion on Monday, July 14, 2021 at 5pm EST on Zoom

Join us for a panel discussion moderated by Sohini Chatterjee about being queer in STEM fields. Our guest speakers are Dr. Alex Levine, Dr. Emily Harrington, and Xandria Quichocho. 


Share Experiences: A Conversation Series about Psychotropic Medications and Mental Health on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at 6pm EST on Zoom

Introducing the SOGS Graduate Peer Support committee’s Shared Experiences: A Conversation Series! This series will have sessions focused on different wellness-related topics. The goal of these sessions is exactly what the title suggests: to promote conversation.  Each session in the series will start with a short informational presentation, which will lead into an informal discussion. Our aim for this series is to create a safe space where people can learn more about different, potentially sensitive, topics and share their own experiences if they so choose. The level of participation is completely up to each individual’s personal discretion. We welcome everyone, even if you attend only to listen.

The first topic for conversation is psychotropic medications, which include (but aren’t limited to) antidepressants, anxiolytics, antipsychotics, and stimulants. We aim to break the stigma surrounding these types of medications by providing a safe space to address common myths, tackle some unknowns, and promote open, honest discussion. Most importantly, our Shared Experiences series promotes asking and answering questions safely and without judgment. Being on psychotropic medications can be a difficult and frustrating experience, thinking about the possibility of needing these medications can be scary, navigating the online information and misinformation about them can be daunting, and trying to figure out how best to support individuals who do use these medications can be confusing – if you relate to any of these statements, this conversation is for you. Come share your experiences, or just listen to others share their experiences.

PAINT THE RAINBOW: DROP-INART AND SOCIAL HOUR hosted by the SOGS Pride Commissioner on Saturday, July 10, 2021 AND August 14, 2021 at 9PM EST on Zoom. Registration is required!~

Colour Me Queer: A Racialized LGBTQ+ panel on June 25th, 2021 from 4-5pm EST on Zoom. **Registration required.

In honour of Pride Month, the Anti-Racism Committee and SOGS’ Commissioners present “Colour Me Queer”- a panel discussion on advocacy for Racialized LGBTQ+ persons. The panel consists of 4 powerful queer advocates, who will take us on their journey with advocacy and share their learnings about making a meaningful impact for racialized queer people. We ask that anyone who wishes to remain anonymous during the event, arrive 5 minutes early to change their displayed name. Audiences are invited to submit questions for the panelist, upon registration for the event. We will try our best to address as many questions as possible.

Disabled LGBTQIA2S: Grad Student Meet-Up on June 25, 2021 at 5pm EST on Zoom. *registration required. Accessibility X Pride event.

Navigating Academia as a Queer Person of Colour: A Talk by Dr. Chandra Ward on Monday, July 5, 2021 at 5pm EST.

Join us for a critical discussion of being a queer person of colour in higher education/academia with Dr. Chandra Ward, moderated by Sohini Chatterjee. 

Anti-Racist Book Club and Discussion Group. June 24, 2021 at 4:30pm on Zoom

Join the SOGS Racial Equity and Inclusivity, Accessibility, and Gender Concerns Commissioners for our next instalment of the Anti-Racist Book Club. We will be reading Riva Lehrer’s memoir, “Golem Girl” (2020)

Margarita With a Straw: A Film Screening & Discussion Group on June 14, 2021 at 6pm EST, hosted by the SOGS Accessibility Committee. Accessibility x Pride event.

Margarita with a Straw (Dir. Shonali Bose) is a 2004 film about an Indian teenager with cerebral palsy who relocates to America for her undergraduate education and comes of age following her complex relationship with a blind girl.

PRIDE READING SESSION on Trying to Grow by Firdaus Kanga on June 2, 2021 at 6PM EST on Zoom. *Registration required.

Hosted by the SOGS Accessibility committee, this reading group is meant to dive deep into Pride x Accessibility issues, stories, identities, and more. Join us for a critical discussion on Trying to Grow, a semi-autobiographical novel set in urban India about a young boy growing up with brittle bones.

Disability Justice, Queer & Trans Rights: What Jae Would Want You To Know on June 10, 2021 at 5pm EST on Zoom. Accessibility x Pride event. Registration Required

Join us for a special, interactive Accessibility x Pride event where our guest speakers Allilsa Fernandez, Emily Titon, Morenike Giwa Onaiwu, and Dr. Pamela Block will not only talk about Jae Casper, a disabled and gender queer badass filmmaker and entrepreneur that recently passed away, but also important resources and tools to better support our accessibility and pride constituents at WesternU. This panel will be a Q&A style format that will be moderated by the SOGS Accessibility and Equity Committee co-chair, Sohini Chatterjee.

FACEBOOK GROUP: Listening Session for BIPOC Queer and Trans Graduate Students from May 13 – 31, 2021.

Can’t or don’t want to make it to our virtual listening group on Zoom? Don’t worry! Join our PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP to share your feedback, stories, experiences, concerns, and more!

Anti-Racism Book Club: The Truth About Hijra: A Life Story discussion on May 27, 2021 at 6pm on Zoom.

Hosted by the SOGS Commissioners (Accessibility, Pride, Racial Equity & Inclusivity) and the Anti-Racism Committee, the May 2021 Anti-Racism Book Club pick is The Truth About Me: A Life Story by  A. Revathi & V. Geetha, which is an unflinchingly courageous autobiography of a Hijra who fought ridicule, persecution and violence both within her home and outside to find a life of dignity.  Learn more about the book HERE.

Listening Session for Queer & Trans Grad Students on May 13, 2021 at 6:30PM EST on Zoom HOSTED by the SOGS Commissioners and Anti-Racism Committee.

In order to better advocate for Trans and Queer SOGS members, we need to hear from you! Tell us about your experiences at WesternU, SOGS and more so we can implement new strategies to better advocate for and support grad students at WesternU. 

2nd National Grad Student Trivia Championships on April 27, 2021 at 8pm on Zoom

Register your team (max. 5 SOGS members) or as a free-agent and be placed into a team. First-come, first-served registration (*will open up on Tuesday, March 30, 2020 at 9AM). SOGS is limited to 10 active teams, so we will create a waitlist for anyone who didn’t make it onto our list.

3MT: NOT-YOUR-THESIS EDITION on Friday, April 30, 2021 at 8pm EST on Zoom. *Registration to present and/or attend is required*

Hosted by the SOGS Orientation and Social Committee (OSC), this 3-Minute Thesis event is geared to focus on non-academic interests and passions of our grad student members. Casual, fun, and educational, these brief presentations are designed to spark both interest and conversation across our membership. 

Have a hobby, interest, or passion you want to share with your peers? Want to get outside of your academic research for an evening? We are open to any topic of presentation so long as it is NOT about your thesis. Sign-up to present below:

PRIZES: The top 3 presentations will get a $25 gift card of their choice to a local London, ON business!

Want to attend the event but not be a presenter? Sign-up for the Zoom link below:

Have questions? Email the OSC chair, Nicole Devos (

Crip Camp: A Disability RevolutionFilm Screening and Discussion on April 15, 2021 at 1pm on Zoom. Hosted by the SOGS Accessibility Committee

Graduate Student Fitness Classes: April 12, 2021 @ 8pm: Yoga w/ Helen

To kick off the 2021 year, the SOGS Graduate Peer Support Committee is hosting monthly virtual fitness classes for members.

Occupational Therapy Workshop Series:  “Leisure: Grad Students Just Want to Have Fun” hosted by the SOGS Graduate Peer Support Committee and GrassroOTs

Join us for a workshop series exploring Occupational Therapy and why it is good for you.

*GrassroOTs is a student-run group that provides individuals with a platform to advocate and promote occupational therapy to other students, allied health professionals, community members, and more.

Immigration Seminar with Elizabeth Long, Immigration Lawyer on March 24, 2021 at 12PM on Zoom

SOGS is pleased to offer a webinar for our international student members on what you need to know about immigration. We have invited Elizabeth Long, an immigration lawyer from Long Mangalji LLP, to present via webinar.

The topics will include:
1. How to maintain your status as a student
2. Conditions of working legally as a student, including during the Covid pandemic
3. How to apply for your Post-graduation Work Permit
4. Strategies on qualifying for permanent residence under Express Entry and non-Express Entry Economic categories
5. What to do if your application has been denied

Graduate Peer Support Drop-ins: Shared Experiences with Psychotropic Medication on March 24, 2021 at 6pm on the SOGS Discord Server –> Head over to our #Wellness-Dropins channel.

The GPS committee has two more Peer Support Drop-in Sessions planned this term! 
Not on the SOGS Discord Server? Join HERE.


Mental Health for Graduate Students Information Session with the Canadian Mental Health Association on Friday, March 26, 2021 at 1pm on Zoom.

At this informational session, our mental health experts will discuss mental health and grad school, specifically focusing on depression, psychosis, and suicide awareness.

Grad life can be hard, but you’re not alone; our GPS committee is here to support you with resources, information, and outreach. To participate in this event, registration below is required.

Questions? Email

Indigenous Graduate Student Listening Session with the SOGS Indigenous Commissioner on Friday, March 26, 2021 at 7pm on Zoom

Join us for a listening session for Indigenous graduate students and SOGS members. Bring your stories, experiences, feedback, concerns, and questions. We want to hear from you so that we can better advocate for indigenous students on campus. Can’t wait to see you all there!

Once you’ve registered, you will receive an email response with the required Zoom link.

Have questions or concerns? Get in touch with

Occupational Therapy Workshop Series:  “Productivity: Finding the Right Work-Life Balance” hosted by the SOGS Graduate Peer Support Committee and GrassroOTs

Join us for a workshop series exploring Occupational Therapy and why it is good for you.

*GrassroOTs is a student-run group that provides individuals with a platform to advocate and promote occupational therapy to other students, allied health professionals, community members, and more.

ACT Towards Your Mental Health: Introduction to Acceptance and Commitment Therapy with Dr. Kelly G. Wilson on April 1,2021 at 3pm on Zoom. *Registration is required. 

The event will introduce us to ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) and how we can use ACT practices to have a richer life based on our values and take care of our mental health. 

Dr. Kelly G. Wilson is co-founder of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and author of Things Might Go Terribly Horribly Wrong: A guide to life liberated from Anxiety.

Graduate Peer Support Drop-ins: Healthy Relationships & Conflict Resolution on April 7, 2021 at 6pm on the SOGS Discord Server –> Head over to our #Wellness-Dropins channel.

The GPS committee has two more Peer Support Drop-in Sessions planned this term! Not on the SOGS Discord Server? Join HERE.

Anti-Racist Book Club: March 2021 is reading “Minor Feelings” by Cathy Hong Park. Discussion group will take place on April 8, 2021 at 4:30pm on Zoom.

Listening Session for BIOPC Graduate Students hosted by the SOGS Racial Equity and Inclusivity Commissioner, Denise Kamyuka between March 15 -22, 2021 to discuss important issues you’d like the Western Strategic Plan Steering Committee to know.

Want to participate and bring forth your ideas, suggestions, feedback, concerns, and more, about #GradLifeWesternU for BIOPC grad students to the Western Strategic Plan? Complete our intake form here to receive a link to join our private Facebook group.

Beers and Peers: St. Patty’s Day edition hosted by the SOGS Orientation & Social Committee on March 20, 2021 at 8pm on the SOGS Discord Server

Open to SOGS members, alumnx, and friends.

Occupational Therapy Workshop Series:  “Self-Care: More Than Just Bath Bombs” hosted by the SOGS Graduate Peer Support Committee and Occupational Therapy Graduate Students

Living in the Margins series: Discussing Gender-Based  Violence During the Pandemic with Allison Preyde on March 18, 2021 at 6pm on Facebook live

Presidential Town Hall and Social Hang with the SOGS President, kirstyn seanor on March 18, 2021 at 4pm

Ask Me Anything with the SOGS President, kirstyn seanor on March 18, 2021 at 6pm on the SOGS Discord Server. 

Our Sisters In Spirit: A Documentary Film Screening hosted by the SOGS Indigenous and Gender Concerns Commissioners on Friday, March 12, 2021 at 7:30pm on Zoom

STUDENT’S WITH DISABILITIES MEET-UP on Tuesday, March 9 at 6PM on Zoom hosted by the Accessibility Committee

GRADUATE PEER SUPPORT DROP-IN on March 10, 2021 from 6-7PM on the SOGS Discord Server (#Wellness-Dropin channel)

Offering wellness tips and resources, the drop-ins are designed to touch on a theme each meeting to help you on your grad life journey. This month we’re tackling “Strong Supervisor/Student Relationships


BRUNCH & FUNDRAISER for London Abused Women’s Centre on Friday, March 5, 2021 at 8am on Zoom.

Black History Month: Intersectional Film Screening on Friday, February 12, 2021 on Zoom

Fill out our form to submit your contact so we can send you the Zoom link and to vote on what movie we’ll screen: The Life and Death of Marsha P. Johnson OR Paris is Burning.

LIVING IN THE MARGINS SPEAKER SERIES: Discussing RACIAL TRAUMA with Rumina Morris on Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 6:30PM on Facebook Live

Join the SOGS Racial Equity and Inclusivity Commissioner, Denise Kamyuka, and Rumina Morris for a Facebook Live event where they will help you fight back by giving you tools for dealing with experiences of racism. ✊

ABOUT OUR SPEAKER: Rumina is an anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion coach, counsellor, and consultant based in London, Ontario. 

RACISM WITH A SMILE: BEING BLACK AT THE UNIVERSITY PANEL on February 23, 2021 from 4-5pm on Zoom, Hosted by the SOGS Anti-Racism Committee | Registration required*

ANTI-RACISM, EQUITY, DIVERSITY, & INCLUSION IN HIGHER EDUCATION with Dr. Nicole Kaniki Thursday, February 25, 2021 from 11am-12:30pm

ANTI-RACISM BOOK CLUB discussion meeting on Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 4:30pm on Zoom.February book: “Nervous Conditions” by Tsitsi Dangarembga

Open Access Policy Consultation on Monday, February 22, 2021 from 4-5pm on ZOOM. 

GRADUATE PEER SUPPORT DROP-IN on February 24, 2021 from 6-7PM on the SOGS Discord Server 

Offering wellness tips and resources, the drop-ins are designed to touch on a theme each meeting to help you on your grad life journey. This month we’re tacking “Getting a Better Sleep“.

SOGS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING on Thursday, February 25, 6:30 pm via Zoom.

LISTENING SESSION for Female Identifying and Gender Diverse Grad Students on Friday, February 26, 2021 on Zoom

Join the SOGS Gender Concerns Commissioner, Francesca Alexander, at a listening session geared towards gender diverse and female identifying members. Our goal is to hear from you so that we can better advocate for you at WesternU. Bring your questions, concerns, comments, experiences, and stories. 

TAROT 101 with Andie Sabbar of 13 Moon Tarot on Friday, February 26, 2021 at 7:30pm on Zoom

All are welcome! You do not need to own a tarot deck to participate!


Join your undergraduate friends and graduate student peers for a casual peer discussion group and meet-up for students with disabilities.


On November 25th, 2020 @ 8pm EST, SOGS will participate in the inaugural Canada-wide university trivia championship with several graduate associations across the country! 

Gingerbread House Decorating Event

Pride Screening Event: Netflix’s The Prom