Events

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!

May 2022

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  • Weekly Trivia
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  • SOGS Orientation
  • Drop-In Breakfast (O-Week)
  • Crafting Night - Paint Your Own Flower Pot (O-Week)
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  • LGBTQIA2S+ Support Group for Grads
  • Trivia Tuesday (O-Week)
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  • First instalment of Summer 21 tuition due
  • Grad Student BBQ Mixer (O-Week)
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  • Welcome to #GradLifeWesternU (O-Week)
  • Hÿde Park band at the Grad Club (O-Week)
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  • Sunrise Yoga with Brooke Bliss (O-Week)
  • Fresh Air Fridays (O Week)
  • Karaoke Night (O-Week)
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  • Rock Climbing (O-Week)
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  • Weekly Trivia
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  • Board Game Night @ the Grad Club
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  • LGBTQIA2S+ Support Group for Grads
  • Weekly Trivia
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  • SOGS Council
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  • DUE Summer bursary applications
  • Weekly Trivia

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


Upcoming Events

Shared Experiences: A Conversation Series — LGBTQIA+ & Pride on Thursday, June 2nd at 4:30PM ET via ZOOM.

Join the Graduate Peer Support Committee for another instalment of our Shared Experiences: Conversation Series. GPS will be discussing the topic of LGBTQ+ pride for Pride Month, including the history of pride, gender identities and sexual orientations, intersectionality in the LGBTQ+ community and other topics hosted by GPS committee member Rachel! 

Join the event to learn more about the LGBTQ+ community and share your experiences either as an ally or a member of the LGBTQ+ community or to just learn more about the topic of pride! 


LGBTQIA2S+ Peer Support Group for Graduate Students, bi-weekly meetups from 6:30PM to 7PM via ZOOM. Hosted by the SOGS Pride Commissioner, Alessia Servin.

This support group is available ONLY to LGBTQIA2S+ community membersthat are graduate students attending Western. This is a student led support group where various topics surrounding the LGBTQIA2S+ experience will be discussed. This can be anything such as coming-out, navigating queer spaces, exploring gender identity and more.  

Meeting schedule: June 7, 21; July 5, 19; August 2, 16, 30; September 13, 27; October 11, 25.


Fresh Air Fridays on June 10, 2022 at 1pm. Meet up at the back of Middlesex College, near the Grad Club patio.

Join the Graduate Peer Support committee for a hour-long walk on the Thames River pathways near campus.  Don’t know where to meet? See our map HERE.

 


Artful Yoga w/ Brooke Bliss on June 22nd at 6:30PM. Meet up outside the McIntosh Gallery.

Join fellow WesternU grad and yogi, Brooke Bliss, for another outdoor yoga session! 

All are welcome to attend! Free yoga session. *Weather permitting

BYO mat, water. Weather permitting. Hosted by the SOGS Graduate Peer Support Committee.

 


Fresh Air Fridays on July 8, 2022 at 1pm. Meet up at the back of Middlesex College, near the Grad Club patio.

Join the Graduate Peer Support committee for a hour-long walk on the Thames River pathways near campus.  Don’t know where to meet? See our map HERE.

 


Fresh Air Fridays on August 12, 2022 at 1pm. Meet up at the back of Middlesex College, near the Grad Club patio.

Join the Graduate Peer Support committee for a hour-long walk on the Thames River pathways near campus.  Don’t know where to meet? See our map HERE.

 


Recurring Events 

Did you know that your #GradLifeWesternU tradition is back? Trivia Nights take place at the The Western Grad Club each Tuesday?  Join your fellow grads, Elizabeth Sutherland and Elizabeth Jewlal, at 7pm each Tuesday and have a pub night at home!

 

 

 

 



Board Game Night at the Grad Club. Every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7pm.

Join  the Orientation and Social committee for a night of board games with pals. Bring your friends and lab mates or come solo. Anxious about not knowing anyone? Don’t worry — the committee will host introductions and gather solo players into larger groups.

Did you know that SOGS has a collection of 60+ board games? There’s something for everyone! Board game collection is located in the black cabinets near the boardroom.


Past 2020-21 Events

Surviving the Odds of the Colonial University while being Latina on Monday, May 9th at 10am via Zoo

Join us for a virtual workshop with Las Fulanas Social Justice Collective. Hosted by the SOGS Pride Commissioner Alessia Servin with special guests Dr. Daniela Johannes and Dr. liana Pagán-Teitelbaum (West Chester University, of Pennsylvania).

In this workshops our host and guests will work through what it means to be a Latina scholar in higher education within colonial settings.

Questions? Reach out to pride@sogs.ca.

*ASL interpreter will be present at this event


 

Fresh Air Fridays on May 13, 2022 at 1pm. Meet up at the back of Middlesex College, near the Grad Club patio.

Join the Graduate Peer Support committee for a hour-long walk on the Thames River pathways near campus.  Don’t know where to meet? See our map HERE.

SPRING CLEANING SESH’ with GPS from March 21 – April 21. 

Spring is here! Let’s focus together on refreshing our personal spaces and our self-care.

How do you improve your well-being in relation to tidying, cleaning, and organizing your domicile or office? What kinds of self-care practices do you engage in during the spring months? The turn to warmer weather means we often want to clear away the dust and debris from the winter and organize our clutter. Let us know how you spring clean and/or engage in springtime self-care rituals by filling out our Google Form or tag us on Instagram (@westernsogs). 

Prizes: SELF-CARE GIFT BASKET X 2 (valued at $50 each) that includes a bunch of LOCAL merchandise (bath bomb, loose tea, candle, seeds, and more). Winners will be randomly selected.

Spring contest hosted by the SOGS Graduate Peer Support Committee. Questions? Reach out to services@sogs.ca


Shared Experiences: A Conversation Series – AUTISM with special guest Jasmine Draper on Thursday, April 14, 2022 at 7pm ET via Zoom.

In honour of Autism Awareness Month the SOGS Graduate Peer Support Committee will be joined by your fellow peer Jasmin Draper for another instalment of Shared Experiences! This month we’re talking about AUTISM and its impact on grad students. Join to listen and/or participate.


Beers and Peers, April 20 at 6:30pm in the Grad Club boardroom.

Join the Orientation and Social Committee for a quick and casual hangout with your peers. Don’t know anyone? Don’t sweat it! The OSC committee will do intros and get people situated. Attend and enjoy a complementary beer on SOGS!


Fresh Air Fridays on April 8, 2022 at 1pm. Meet up at the back of Middlesex College, near the Grad Club patio.

Join the Graduate Peer Support committee for a hour-long walk on the Thames River pathways near campus.  Don’t know where to meet? See our map HERE.


Not Your Token: Black Empowerment in Academia and Beyond on March 23, 2022 at 11:45am – 1pm ET via ZOOM. Hosted by the SOGS Equity Committee. Registration required!

Join Ashton Forrest (former SOGS Accessibility Commissioner) for a panel discussion with Dr. Nicole Kaniki (Director of EDI, U of T) on black tokenism and empowerment in higher education and beyond.


Anti-Racism for White Academic Labour Folks on Monday, March 28, 2022 at 3pm via Zoom. Hosted by PSAC610.

Join WesternU’s Teaching Assistant & Post-Doc union for an advocacy event about anti-racists methods for supporting racialized and indigenous folks within higher education. PSAC 610 will be joined by activists Paige Galette and Nora Loreto.


Nature Cleanup and Social Event on Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 11am to 3pm. Registration is required.

🎣 Did you know that FISHING LINES are one of the most abundant types of plastic litter found along the Thames River? ✋Unless removed by hand, these fishing lines will remain in place for many years and hurt our wildlife.

Join the SOGS Sustainability, International Graduate Student Issues, and Graduate Peer Support committees and Antler River Rally for a nature clean up and social. 

Meet us at UC Hill at 11am. We will disperse along the Thames River to clean up fishing lines and then end at Gibbon’s Park for refreshments

Have questions? Reach out to Yousuf Hasan, SOGS VP Advocacy at advocacy@sogs.ca.



Listening Session for Female and Female-Identifying Grad Students on Monday, April 4 at 7pm ET via Zoom. Registration is required!

How does your female gender impact your experience of grad life? In what ways can SOGS/WesternU improve your experience of gender-based safety and support?

Join our Gender Concerns Commissioner, Zara Diab (gender.concerns@sogs.ca), for a safe listening session where you can bring your concerns, questions, and ideas forward. Zara’s goal is to listen to her constituency in order to bring those concerns back to not only the SOGS executive team for implementation at the Society, but also to WesternU stakeholders and admin.  A safe campus is important to us.


Tax Information Workshop for International Graduate Students on March 16, 2022 at 4:30pm ET. Registration required!

Are you an international graduate student who feels overwhelmed by the upcoming tax season? Get a handle on completing your 2021 taxes by attending our upcoming workshop, hosted by the WesternU International & Exchange Student Centre. Please be advised, this is NOT a tax clinic where you will have a tax expert do your taxes; rather, you will learn more about completing your Canadian taxes as an international student.


Fresh Air Fridays on March 11, 2022 at 1pm. Meet us near the Grad Club patio!

Join the Graduate Peer Support Committee for Fresh Air Fridays where we take you on a stroll around the WesternU campus on the Thames River Pathways. 



Olympics/Paralympics Trivia at the Grad Club on Monday, March 14, 2022 at 7pm ET. 

Join the Grad Club committee and our trivia mistresses for a special themed edition of trivia night. We will focus on all things related to the Olympics and Paralympics. 


Climate Action Town Hall on Tuesday, March 15, 2022 at 5pm via Zoom. Registration is required!

Join the SOGS Sustainability Committee and the University Students’ Council for a virtual climate action town hall with panelists from WesternU Sustainability and the City of London’s Climate Change Planning committee. *This event is open to the entire WesternU community!

Presidential Election Town Hall on Monday, March 7, 2022 at 7pm ET via Zoom and Facebook Live.

Meet your candidate Danica Facca at this upcoming town hall! Learn about her presidential election campaign (see HERE) and ask her questions in real time or in advance. 

The role of SOGS President is to oversee the day-to-day operations of the society, ensuring that all aspects of our non-profit organization are running smoothly. They also act as an official liaison for SOGS within the campus and local communities. 


Drop-In Lunch for International Graduate Students on Monday, February 28, 2022 from 11:30am – 1:30pm at the Grad Club.

International members can enjoy a  FREE 1/2 roasted halal chicken or vegetarian wrap and garden salad. FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED.  Portions are limited. 

How to get your FREE LUNCH: Show your international graduate student events email/coupon to the IGSIC volunteer at the Grad Club. 


POP-UP SEXUAL HEALTH TESTING CLINIC on February 14, 2022 at 11am – 2pm. 

Join SOGS and the Regional GIV/AID Connection for a special Valentine’s Day pop-up HIV testing clinic. Spots are limited! Testing does NOT require ID or health card! Privacy guaranteed.

Each individual tested receives a special Valentine’s Day gift that’s both sweet and wellness oriented!


SEXY TRIVIA hosted by the SOGS Gender Concerns and Pride Commissioners. Monday, February 14, 2022 at 7pm ET via ZOOM. Registration is Required.

Join us for a fun night of SEXY TRIVIA. Our Gender Concerns and Pride Commissioners will be hosting, asking our participants a series of sex health/ed and popular culture questions. Sex-positive prizes will be available!


STUDY PERMIT WORKSHOP for International SOGS members on February 17, 2022 at 5pm ET via ZOOM. Registration is required!

Are you an international grad student who wants to learn more about extending your study permit? Join us and the International & Exchange Student Centre for a free workshop.


Shared Experiences: Seasonal Affective Disorder on Thursday, February 16, 2022 at 7pm ET via ZOOM.

Hosted by the SOGS Graduate Peer Support Committee, join us for a discussion about the ways SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) impacts not only our lives, but our experiences in graduate school. 

PRIZE: We’re giving away a SUN LAMP to one of our lucky attendees. Prize will be drawn randomly.


Black History Month: Film Screening of Moonlight on Thursday, February 17, 2022 at 7pm ET via ZOOM.

Hosted by the SOGS Equity Committee, join us for a film screening and a game of Kahoot afterwards. Prizes for the top 3 winners! 1st prize: a copy of Jordan Jamal’s Queer Love in Culture. Learn more about Moonlight HERE.

Spilling the Tea: Listening Sessions for LGBTQIA+ Grads. Monday, February 7, 10AM AND 6PM ET via ZOOM. Hosted by the SOGS Pride Commissioner, Alessia Servin. 

Participants can come to a judgement-free listening session about queer grad life on campus. Tell us your stories, experiences, concerns, questions, and feedback. Our Pride Commissioner wants to listen to you in order to better represent the interests of our LGBTQIA+ constituents at SOGS and wit. Attendees will receive a $10 Tim Horton’s gift card. *registration is required!    


Fresh Air Fridays on February 11, 2022 at 1pm. Meet us near the Grad Club patio!

Join the Graduate Peer Support Committee for Fresh Air Fridays where we take you on a stroll around the WesternU campus on the Thames River Pathways. 


Holiday Ugly Sweater & Cookie Decorating Party on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 7pm at the Grad Club. $5 tickets.

SOLD OUT!

Join us on the last scheduled day of classes for the Fall 2021 Term at the Grad Club for a cozy holiday party.  In addition to decorating cookies and gingerbread houses, we will be hosting pop culture holiday trivia. There will be PRIZES!

Fresh Air Fridays on December 10, 2021 at 1pm. Meet us near the Grad Club patio!

Join the Graduate Peer Support Committee for Fresh Air Fridays where we take you on a stroll around the WesternU campus on the Thames River Pathways. 


International Grad Student Holiday Dinner on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at 6pm at the Grad Club. $15 for adults, $7.50 for children. 

Join our International Graduate Student Issues Committee (IGSIC) and Western’s International and Exchange Student Centre for a family-friendly holiday dinner at the Grad Club. Enjoy a Canadian holiday meal and get to know your international peers. 

TICKETS: Ticket costs are being subsidized by SOGS and IESC! Tickets are normally $25, but we’re selling them at $15 for adults and $7.50 for kids! 

DIETARY PREFERENCES: Our buffet-style menu features a mix of foods suitable for meat-eaters and vegetarians! Fill out our ticket intake form above and let us know what your preferences are.

MENU:  Roast turkey, roasted cauliflower “steak”, gravy, traditional stuffing (bread, spices, seasonings, carrots, onions), homemade cranberry sauce, vegetable pasta primavera, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, seasonal market vegetables, garden salad, Caesar salad, lemon Za’tar quinoa salad, fresh baked rolls, assorted cookies, hot chocolate, apple cider, coffee, and tea. *Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages can be purchased at the bar.

PROOF OF VACCINE: In order to eat in the Grad Club, patrons (12 years of age and older) are required to show proof of vaccination. Guests also must review the Ontario Self-Assessment questionnaire.


LEADERSHIP & PARTICIPATION OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES: TOWARD AN INCLUSIVE, ACCESSIBLE, AND SUSTAINABLE POST-COVID-19 CAMPUS panel discussion on December 14 at 7 pm ET at Zoom. *Register to attend!

With ongoing barriers for the inclusion of persons with disabilities at in 2021 within Post-Secondary institutions, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities Panel is focused on: how to meet those challenges and build strong leaders in our campus community. This panel discussion supports the vision of the Pan-Canadian Strategy for Disability and Work through its intersectional identity experience, discussions with the black, and 2SLGBTQ+ cross-disability communities toward accessible inclusive forward movement in all aspects of leadership.
 
The panelists — Jalesa Martin (Accessibility advocate and WesternU MSc grad), kirstyn seanor (SOGS President), and Jess Omorodion (SOGS Racial Equity and Inclusivity Commissioner) — have lived experiences with accessibility, diversity and inclusion within post-secondary, advocacy-oriented spaces, and the not-for-profit sector.  We will explore examples of the intersectional hurdles that students face including inaccessibility on campus and racialized experiences.
 
This panel discussion is moderated by Alessia Servin (SOGS Pride Commissioner) and Elizabeth Mohler (SOGS Accessibility Commissioner).

 

Fresh Air Fridays on December 10, 2021 at 1pm. Meet us near the Grad Club patio!

Join the Graduate Peer Support Committee for Fresh Air Fridays where we take you on a stroll around the WesternU campus on the Thames River Pathways. 


CONSENT SPEAKER SERIES: NAVIGATING RAPE CULTURE AND SOCIAL SCRIPTS on Monday, November 29, 2021 at 6pm ET. Registration Required!

Join us for our first discussion in our Consent Panel Series moderated by Denise Kamyuka, former SOGS Racial Equity and Inclusivity Commissioner, and Allison Preyde, ANOVA Public Education Coordinator. This panel will discuss common social scripts that influence the ways we navigate consent in relationships– both how we say “no”, and how we say “yes”.

Immigration Workshop on Wednesday, November 10 at 4:30PM via Zoom. Registration required!

Learn details on work immigration regulations for internationals graduate students, whether they are working on, off-campus, or working as an intern and starting their career after graduation. Discuss who can work and who cannot, when they can start working, who they can work for, number of hours they can work, and how to apply for a work permit.

Have questions? Email the IGSIC chair, Varun Ravikumar, at vraviku@uwo.ca.


Shalwar Kameez Walk Against Islamophobia and Racism on Friday, November 12, 2021 at 12pm at UC Hill. 

Save the Date! Our community advocates have planned a solidarity walk and event to combat and raise awareness of Islamophobia and racism in our community. The event will be on November 12 at 12 pm ET at UC Hill. Everyone is welcome! Please register for the event HERE.
 

 *There will be an ASL interpreter present.

If you are interested in volunteering, please get in touch with the SOGS VP Advocacy, Yousuf Hasan (advocacy@sogs.ca).
 
GUEST SPEAKERS:
  • Dr. Opiyo Oloya (Western’s Associate VP of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion),
  • Dr. Fatimah Jackson-Best (Public Health Researcher),
  • Sadaf Mehrabi (PhD Candidate for Civil and Environmental Engineering; co-chair EDI of the research/graduate sub-committee in the Faculty of Engineering), and Zamir Fakirani (President of University Students’ Council at Western).

Beers and Peers event on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 from 6:30-7:30 PM at the Grad Club. Hosted by by the SOGS Orientation and Social committee. 

Join us for a casual hang-out at the Grad Club where you can grab a beer and hang with your peers. This event takes place before Board Game Night! 


Shared Experiences: A Conversation Series – Men’s Health on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at 7pm via ZOOM. Registration is required. 

Join the Graduate Peer Support Committee for another instalment of our Shared Experiences: Conversation Series. We will be discussing Men’s Health with Greg Owens from the Regional HIV/AIDS Connection! Join the event to learn more about men’s health and mental health, bring your experiences and stories, or just come to listen. We want to talk about men’s health in a safe space. 


Shared Experiences: A Conversation Series — ACE Awareness — on November  at 7PM ET via Zoom. Registration is required. Hosted by the SOGS Graduate Peer Support Committee.

Join us for our third instalment of our wellness-oriented conversation series where we discuss ASEXUALITY in honour of ACE week! 

Our goal is to extend the about asexuality to grad student experiences at WesternU to spread awareness and knowledge. conversation beyond the GradCast episode to further spread awareness and offer a safe space to talk about these issues on a more personal level. 

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. Discussing the experience of being ASEXUAL starts with open, honest, direct conversations – and this session is us adding to that conversation. We hope to see you there!


CAMPUS RIVER CLEANUP AND NATURE WALK on Sunday, November 7, 2021 at 10am. Registration required!

CALLING ALL NATURE LOVERS

Join the SOGS Sustainability and IGSIC committees as well as Western Sustainability for a morning of fresh air, walking, and cleaning up our campus. We will start our guided nature walk at UC Hill and travel along the Thames river to Medway Creek, where we will be cleaning up the bank of the river. 

This is a great opportunity to socialize and enjoy the outdoors with like-minded individuals while getting involved with environmental initiatives on campus. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided! We will also provide the equipment necessary for safe and sanitary trash collecting. 

*Please note that this event will take place, rain or shine, so dress accordingly. In the case of extreme weather or flooding, we will notify registrants by no later than 8 am on the day of the event. We will be following COVID-19 safety protocols. All registrants are required to wear a mask to attend and are encouraged to maintain physical distancing.


Harry Potter Trivia at the Grad Club on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 at 7pm.  Tickets are $5 per person.

To purchase your tickets and to reserve a table for your group (or if you’re flying solo, we’ll put you in a group of solo players), email gradclub@uwo.ca


Writing in Community:  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. 
 
GROUP MEETING SCHEDULE:  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!

Tea and Talk with the SOGS Indigenous Commissioner on Mondays & Fridays at 10am ET via ZOOM

Join SOGS Indigenous Commissioner and other Indigenous graduate students for tea in this weekly casual gathering for Indigenous graduate students.  Register to receive a $10 gift card for joining.


SOGS goes to a MUSTANGS Game! Saturday, October 16, 2021 at 1pm ET at TD Waterhouse Stadium.

Western Mustangs vs. Windsor Lancers

Tickets go on sale on Monday, October 11th at 12:00 pm.

SOGS family members can use the code: SOGS2021 at checkout to receive their free tickets.

Graduate students can get their complimentary tickets HERE.

NOTE: If you do not already have a tickets account registered with your UWO email, then you will have to create an account in order to access tickets.

This Code allotment is max 100 total uses, and each usage allows up to 4 tickets per client (2 free adult and 2 youth).


SOGS ANTI-RACISM LISTENING SESSIONS
on Tuesday, October 12 at 2pm EST and Friday, October 15 at 1pm ET

The SOGS Anti-Racism Committee wants to learn from Asian-identifying students – to this end, we are holding a series of listening sessions. This is in response to a recent Western University report on Anti-Racism. Western President’s Anti-Racism Working Group’s final report issued in March 2020 reported that members of the Asian communities at our university have experienced discrimination, negative stereotyping, and different forms of injustice on campus.

Even though ongoing discrimination against Asian-identifying students is real, there have not been many opportunities for Asian-identifying students to share their stories and lived experiences to help us understand the most pressing issues affecting them and to help us shape our next steps to fight anti-Asian racism at Western University and in our London community. This is also an important step in building an equitable and inclusive campus and community for all. 

SOGS Anti-Racism Committee will hold two listening sessions: October 12 (2pm EST) and October 15 (1 pm EST) via Zoom. 

  • The first session will be open to Asian-identifying (in the broad-sense) graduate students only on October 12 at 2 pm EST. If you are a person of Asian origin and would like to participate in the closed listening session (October 12 at 2pm EST).
  • The second session on October 15 at 1 pm EST will be open to everyone. If you are a person of Asian origin hoping to share your experiences or an advocate/ally for racial equality hoping to learn from Asian-identifying students’ lived experiences.

Automatic live transcripts will be turned on at both sessions and we will have an ASL interpreter.

Accessibility Requests: If you have other requests regarding accessibility, please email Emi Iwaizumi (eiwaizum@uwo.ca). The listening sessions will not be recorded; however, anonymized notes will be taken by the listening session facilitator(s). During the session, participants are encouraged to share their experiences in relation to anti-Asian racism on campus and in London.  

Written Feedback: If you feel more comfortable sharing your experience in a written format, please feel free to contact the chair of the committee, Anmol Dutta (adutta24@uwo.ca). Your written input will be kept anonymous.  

The SOGS Anti-Racism Committee plans to issue a final report of its findings and recommendation regarding combatting racism at Western in Fall 2021. 


Racialized Graduate Student Hangout – a screening of I May Destroy You on Friday, October 8th | 6pm – 9pm EDT. Registration required!

Hosted by our Racial Equity and Inclusivity Commissioner, Denise Kamyuka.  Bring your popcorn and snacks for a critical binge session of I May Destroy you, a new HBO television series about Arabella, the protagonist who is sexually assaulted in a Night Club, changing her life irreversibly and she is forced to reassess everything, including her career, friends and family. Watch the trailer HERE.


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.

Note: We will have an ASL interpreter at this event for accessibility purposes.


Live at the Grad Club on Friday, September 24 from 2pm until 8pm at the Grad Club (Middlesex College, room 19)

*seating is limited, so first-come, first-served.

Join us for a day of Free musical performances! Check out the flute performance by Negar Asiskhani (2pm), the piano performance by Ben Schmalz (3pm), and reggae/ska by TooNice (7pm).


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. 

Note: We will have an ASL interpreter at this event for accessibility purposes.


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

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.


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 gradclub@uwo.ca 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 (ndevos2@uwo.ca).


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 nscherba@uwo.ca.


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 indigenous@sogs.ca.


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


INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

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!


PEER DISCUSSION GROUP FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES on Monday, March 1, 2021 from 7-8pm on Zoom

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


CANADA-WIDE GRAD STUDENT TRIVIA CHAMPIONSHIP

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

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