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 2021

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  • Thesis Writing Sessions
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  • Virtual Weekly Trivia
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  • SOGS Orientation Week: Summer 2021
  • Thesis Writing Sessions
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  • Virtual Weekly Trivia
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  • Thesis Writing Sessions
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  • Virtual Weekly Trivia
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  • VICTORIA DAY - STAT HOLIDAY
  • Thesis Writing Sessions
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  • Virtual Weekly Trivia
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  • SOGS Council Meeting
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  • SOGS OFFICE CLOSED
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  • DUE Summer bursary applications
  • Thesis Writing Sessions

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

Upcoming Events

Learn more about our orientation line up taking place May 10 – 15, 2021 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.

Register HERE

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. 

Submit your stories, concerns, experiences, and questions HERE


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.

REGISTER HERE

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.


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

Register Here

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.


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.


Disabled LGBTQIA2S: Grad Student Meet-Up on June 25, 2021 at 4pm EST on Zoom. *registration required. Accessibility X Pride event.

 


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: https://discord.com/invite/maVKpyX


Past 2020-21 Events

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