Friday, June 29, 2012

HAPPY PRIDE! (via RyEquity)

PRIDE is one of my favorite celebrations- to me it’s a time to celebrate diversity, celebrate difference, and it’s certainly a time to feel the love! This year will be my third pride and I am PROUD to say that once again I’ll be representing the ALLIES to the queer and Tran’s community! Of course I will have my LGBTQ family with me, but every year I find myself so overwhelmed with emotion by all of the beautiful people I meet and the unity that exists between every one - gay or straight.
But come the day after, the celebrating stops and we go back to fighting for equality, and back to challenging the discrimination that exists within and amongst this community. While I love to see people from all colors of the rainbow and all the many diverse groups interact with one another, and while I love that those who may have their biases about the queer community challenged by increasing their awareness, I believe that we need to be celebrating the histories of LGBTQ people every day of the year and not just for one designated week.
This year there is so much to celebrate! The queer and Tran’s community have broken down so many barriers! Just this month, Ontario became the first Canadian province to recognize gender identity in its Human Rights Code. These amendments will now protect the rights of Transgender people and prohibit discrimination by adding the language of “gender identity” and “gender expression”. This code has not been amended since 1980! While there is still so much work to be done in terms of education and awareness around the Trans community, this is HUGE!!
Recently we saw the debate over allowing GSA’S in catholic secondary schools turn in a more positive direction! Due to the amendments in Bill 13, students can now gather openly and create safe spaces in which they can build community around and take pride in their sexual identities! This is another HUGE step in the fight against the elimination of discrimination and bullying against queer and Trans youth! It starts with creating awareness.
This Pride, I am going to celebrate these milestones in the LGBTQ histories as an ALLY, and I am going to continue to be an ally in the fight against homophobia, transphobia and heterosexism!
PRIDE for me is all about celebrating diversity and celebrating the LOVE! I love the energy, I love the culture that emerges and the art that comes alive.   I love the community that energizes all - whether gay or straight.   I love all the wonderful events both for the party goers, the queer and Tran’s families and the quieter ones alike.   I love the parade and beautiful array of costumes and colors.  I love it when I see 2 parents of a Tran’s youth holding a sign that says “I support my transgender teen”. I love the people! So bring on the love!!

Jasmine Chaykowsky
Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Services

(Post originally from RyEquity, which can be found by clicking here)

Jasmine Chaykowsky is a Ryerson Faculty of Arts Alumni, graduating from the Arts and Contemporary Studies program in 2011. She is now a staff member at Ryerson's Discrimination and Harassment PreventionServices (DHPS). Throughout her undergrad, she worked at DHPS as a Peer Trainer and Coordinator for the Positive Space ALLY program, a community program which focuses on creating and maintaining safer spaces for members of Ryerson's LGBTQ community through awareness and education. She continues to be an ALLY to the queer community and is passionate about issues of diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights. 

Want to be a guest blogger or be featured on The Art of Life? Email Jenny at for  more details!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Fall Research Intern Opportunity

Hi Arts students! Please take a look at the descriptions below for a research opportunity this coming fall:

Internship Position Title:
Fall Research Intern
Up to four months (Sept - Dec 2012)
Full-time contract position (paid $18.40 per hour)
Job Description:
HEQCO seeks skilled policy/education/social science students or graduates to join our small and dynamic research team. We are looking forward to the opportunity to help you enhance and develop knowledge and skills that will be useful for your career success; familiarize you with the opportunities that exist for careers in public policy research; and provide you with extensive knowledge in higher education and the postsecondary sector in Ontario. At the end of this opportunity you should be well placed to advance in your career.
Reporting to the Research Directors, the Fall Research Intern may be responsible for any or all of the following:
· conducting literature reviews, developing surveys and performing scans on policy development
· writing and preparing briefings, reports, graphs, tables and presentations for senior researchers
· assisting in statistical data analysis and evaluation using data analysis software such as SAS, STATA, or SPSS
· participating in projects, workshops, conferences, etc. as part of a team
As the Fall Research Intern, you will be involved in a number of research activities, in particular on a research project of your choice with a senior research member where you will be exposed to a variety of research techniques and problems in public policy research.
Job Requirements:
· currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a graduate/post-graduate program in public policy, education, social science or a related field and/or experience in applied research utilizing quantitative and qualitative methods
· understanding of policy planning, research, analysis, design, development and evaluation processes
· organized, self-motivated, and able to work both independently and as a team member
· exceptional writing and verbal communication skills
· knowledge of office productivity software (e.g. MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
· statistical analysis and evaluation skills
· knowledge of higher education (and ideally the postsecondary sector in Ontario) would be an asset
Interviews will take place: at the employer's location
Number of Positions: TBD
Interested applicants are invited to submit both a cover letter and resume electronically to HEQCO by July 3, 2012 at the following email address:
Please note only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

- Jenny C.
Multimedia & Online Relations Assistant 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Need a Table IV Course?


Consider taking SSH 500 - it's an experiential learning course that puts a strong focus on peer leadership. As a student enrolled in the course, you'll be serving as a peer leader in SSH 100, a first-year course on social scientific inquiry (if your memory is fuzzy, it's the one where you were required to do a group research project on some aspect of Ryerson University). As a peer leader, you'll be advising first year students with their projects and working with them on effective team building while taking part in seminars on learning and educational processes.

If the video above doesn't work, you can watch a video with a more detailed explanation and student feedback HERE. (It should run properly on any browser except Internet Explorer. Sorry about that!) 
SSH 500 offers a mixture of practical experience and sustained analysis of education processes.  It will give you a chance to earn course credit (a Table IV professionally related course) by participating in experiential learning, reflecting on what you and others do in the classroom. This critical reflection will be informed by readings and discussions in a seminar setting. The core capacities you strive to develop in this course will be useful to you in a whole range of undertakings.  It is certainly relevant if you are interested in pursuing teaching or other educational activities, but will also serve you well in other settings where leadership and training is important. 
Personally speaking, I think this course is a great idea, especially if you like to work with people and you're looking for a bit of a break from conventional courses. Just to be clear, it's not less work! The workload is the same, but it's different in that it's more interactive and directly engaging; it's based in doing and actively reflecting rather than passively reading. Also, as a student in SSH 100, I met a peer leader who helped me get connected on campus and continues to give me advice almost two years later (and she's in the video!). So that stuff about mentorship and making connections? Yeah, it works. 

If you're interested, send an email to Alan Sears at before August 12 with a brief statement (250-500 words or so) of your own interests and preparation for the course. 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Ryecast: Arts Convocation 2012

Knew someone in the Faculty of Arts who was graduating but wasn't able to make the convocation ceremony? Or simply just curious about how your convocation might look like in the future? Fear not! Trusty ol' Ryecast saves the day.

Belated congratulations to all our graduates! I hope your outstanding student loans treats you well (seriously, I dread the day where I have to really think about this myself), and good luck with all your future endeavours!!

- Jenny C.
Multimedia & Online Relations Assistant

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Hello from the 2012 Faculty of Arts Student Life Team!

The Faculty of Arts Orientation is approaching REAL soon, and a new team of students have taken over POD344B and POD344E for the summer in the Student Experience Centre.

From the left, we have Annie and Annalise (centre) who are our Student Life Assistants in the office, and Jenny (myself!) on the right who is the Multimedia & Online Relations Assistant. I know, the picture doesn't look at all professional (that was kind of my fault - it was a bit of a last minute idea), but hey - now you know how we look like in case you need to find us over the summer for any reason.

So anyway, that's us. Please look forward to our other blog posts over the summer! If you are/were a Ryerson Faculty of Arts students and would like to contribute to the blog, you are more than welcome to email to see how you can fit in.

Oh, and sign up to be our orientation leader if you haven't already! It'll be heaps of fun, trust me.

- Jenny C.
Multimedia & Online Relations Assistant