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Respect Week

Respect Week celebrates Dal’s commitment to a safe, inclusive, and respectful University community that embraces diversity.

Respect Week provides the opportunity to remind our University community that all forms of assault, harassment, discrimination and bullying are always unacceptable, whether they be on campus, online, or at home. One of the ways we do this is through the annual tradition of Pink Day. Pink Day started after a school community chose to come together in solidarity with a male student being bullied by classmates for wearing a pink shirt to school.

Respect Week promotes the services available for students and staff who may need help and support.

Respect Week activities include a range of educational and inspiring lectures, workshops and social events that, in all, will encourage all members of the University community to contribute to a respectful living, learning and working community.

It is our hope the Dalhousie community will be inspired to think critically and act with intent to create a safe, inclusive environment that we can all be proud of.

(The dates below reflect events that happened in 2017)

Monday, September 25

Community Questions on Indigenizing Campus (Social Media Campaign)
September 25-29th, Art Stevens, Manager of Indigenous Students, is hosting a contest on the Agricultural Campus. Every day one question will be posted on FB pages, Axis TV, twitter and Instagram and contestants will research the answer and come to Student Success Centre to discuss with Art. Answers will be posted the following day on all social media. The contestant will be entered in a Prize Draw – 3:00 Friday the 29th and the winner will be recognized in social media. 
Social media and Dairy Building, 11 Sipu Awti, Truro.

Pay it Forward (Social Media Campaign)
International AC is hosting a Global Community Campaign, September 25 – 29th, where International will give students a free coffee to share with someone in Jenkin’s Hall. The challenge for the student is to invite someone they don’t know to have a cup of coffee together, take a selfie, send it to Social Media and International AC FB page, along with a message that promotes inclusivity and building community and the winners of the contest are invited to share lunch with the Dean. Prize Draw - 3:00 Friday the 29th.
Social media and Jenkin’s Hall, 40 Horseshoe Crescent, Truro

Respect Week Community Bulletin Board and World Cafe
Dal’s International Centre will be posting a bulletin board in the International Centre (and potentially other locations around campus such as Sexton, residences and the Quad during the pink day BBQ) where, throughout the week, students can post what respect means to them or what represents respect for them in the context of their home countries. International Centre Peer Advisers and staff will encourage students and other guests to fill out a card to add to the wall.
On Friday all come together for a world café/ coffee shop in the International Centre and have a discussion on the topic. The discussion will be facilitated by a Graphic Facilitator who will draw and create a poster from the discussion. DISA and other student societies have been invited to help lead this conversation with students. 
International Centre, 1246 LeMarchant St, Suite 1200

Supporting Students with Access and Accommodations 
The Student Accessibility Centre works as a change-agent to improve access for our students and campus community. In this session, Quenta Adams, Director of Advising and Access Services, will discuss how some low effort, high impact practices can open your course to the broadest group of students. She will be available to answer your questions about supporting your students with access and accommodation strategies. This session is for faculty members.
Halifax: Killam Library, Room B400, Truro (via video-conference): Cox Institute, Room 211; 12:00 - 1:00pm
Event Registration

Managing Difficult Conversations
This session, for managers and supervisors, aims to enhance participants' confidence and competence in having challenging discussions with their staff and colleagues. This session will be led by Janice MacInnis, a professional facilitator and HR administrator.
Student Union Building, Room 307; 1:00 - 4:00pm
Event registration: https://events-tm.dal.ca/workshop.php?id=2258

Tuesday, September 26

MacRae Library celebrates RESPECT Week with the launch of Dal Reads
You are welcomed to join us as we present the Dal Reads pick of the year, We are not the Savages by Daniel Paul, and discuss the importance of Indigenizing our campus.
Our speakers for the presentation are:
Elaine MacInnis, Associate University Librarian, Library Services
Art Stevens, Manager, Indigenous Students
Dr. Deborah Stiles, Assoc. Professor, Humanities
MacRae Library, Librarian's Corner; 10:15 - 10:45am

Supporting Students in Distress
Mental health for students is a campus wide responsibility. Joanne Mills, Psychologist and the Director of Counselling & Psychological Services will offer a presentation for faculty members focused on increasing your awareness and understanding of student mental illness and mental health problems, thus increasing your confidence to support students. She will offer information and resources to help you identify and respond to students in distress, and will discuss all the available mental health services and supports for students at Dalhousie, including how to make a good referral for students, and how students will now be able to access the services of psychologists, physicians, counsellors, nurses, a social worker and a psychiatrist who work collaboratively to provide the best care in a timely way. This session is for faculty members.
Halifax: Killam Library, Room B400, Truro (via video-conference): Cox Institute, Room 211; 12:00 - 1:00pm
Event Registration

Galaxies of Pleasure ~ Galaxies of Healing: Exploring the Complexity of Consent
We hold powerful spells, we are deep oceans of ancestral brilliance, our bodies are maps of legacy and story.
You are welcomed to a facilitated conversation that aims to explore the complexity of consent through an anti racist/ anti oppressive lens. In this conversation, we will explore popular narratives around consent and work to destabilize, re write, queer, and disrupt them. We will explore intersections of culture, faith, and sex while working to hold our own truths in decolonizing our desires. We will reflect on the ways that trauma lives in our bodies and sometimes affects our capacities to connect in intimate ways. We will conjure magic and cultivate space for joy in rethinking futures where standards of beauty and success have been reimagined and taught to hold care, where pillars of supremacy and colonization have been uprooted. We will discuss the ways that substance use further complicates conversations around harm reduction, consent, and building equitable relationships in the face of supremacy and power imbalance. We will trace our memory architecture back to ourselves and manifest the kindsof loving that we are most deserving of.
Venus Envy, 1598 Barrington St.; 7:00 - 8:30pm
Access Notes: Venus Envy can be accessed by wheelchair, but unfortunately, our (gender-neutral) bathroom cannot. There is a public, wheelchair accessible bathroom at Starbucks, next door.
Venus Envy sells scented products, so we cannot guarantee that our space is accessible for all folks with scent sensitivities. But we do ask that guests refrain from wearing scented products please!
Partners/Collaborators: Venus Envy & South House

Wednesday, September 27

Civility at Work: Benefits and Barriers
In this presentation Dana Kabat-Farr, Assistant Professor in the Rowe School of Business, will share findings from her recent research and that of her colleagues documenting the personal, professional, and organizational benefits of “just being nice” at work. She will also present some common barriers to civil workplaces, focusing on the risk factors of experiencing incivility. 
Room C523, Collaborative Health Education Building & video conference in Truro: CA Douglas room; 9:30 - 10:30am
Event registration: https://events-tm.dal.ca/workshop.php?id=2286

Social Justice in the Advising Relationship
The Bissett Student Success Centre invites you to join a presentation on the importance of social justice in the advising relationship. Workshop will introduce participants to both theory and practical tools for working with diverse student communities. Open to Faculty and Staff only.
Bissett Student Success Centre boardroom, 4th floor, Student Union Building; 12:00 - 1:00pm

Beyond the Golden Rule:  On Campus Employment and Respect
A presentation aimed at on-campus student employees, we will discuss what respect looks and feels like for students working on-campus. How can we support our peers by co-creating a respectful environment? What tangible actions can we take to foster a respectful workplace? What should on-campus student employees expect from Dalhousie as an institution? How can student employees advocate for themselves and others when working on campus?
Facilitated by Bissett Student Success Centre Peer Advisors Kathleen and Kisa
Bissett Student Success Centre, 4th floor, Student Union Building; 4:30pm

Collective Care - Collective Healing: A Closed Space for BIPOC Students
South House welcomes BIPOC students (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) to a closed healing space. Navigating the academy and various liberalized diversity campus rhetoric can feel exhausting and depleting! Come celebrate your power, magic, and brilliance and care for yourself and your community. This space aims to centre the radical practice of prioritizing ourselves, our joy, our nourishment, and the revolutionary work of lovingly tending to our cultural communities. This space will be held as a loosely facilitated discussion with lots of snacks, tea, and coffee provided.
South House, 1443 Seymour Street (Basement Entrance); 5:00 - 6:30pm
Access Notes: The space is accessible via ramp however, the doors are not automatic. There is an all genders washroom equipped with grab bars, but the door is narrow. We will be providing snacks/ tea and coffee. The space is not scent free due to some recent scented toiletry donations, but is a low scent space. If childcare is needed, please contact: volunteer@southhousehalifax.ca

Thursday, September 28

Pink Day

Cupcakes and Apples
Stop by to enjoy free cupcakes and apples!
Agricultural Campus - Cox Foyer with Rocky the Ram and a photobooth!
Carleton Campus - Tupper Link with the Dal Tiger
Sexton Campus - Alumni Lounge
10:00 - 11:00am

Steps to Reconciliation
An important part of reconciliation, which leads to more inclusive communities, is education. Join Elders from the Dalhousie's Elders in Residence Program to learn how to prepare a tobacco tie and the teaching behind the tobacco ties.
Please stop by anytime between 10am-2pm to learn how to prepare a tobacco tie, the teaching of tobacco ties, and/or for a cup of tea/coffee, some snacks and good conversation!
This event is open to Dalhousie students, staff and faculty, as well as the general community members.
Access Notes: The Indigenous Students Centre is wheelchair accessible and has gender accessible bathrooms.
Hosted by: Dalhousie Indigenous Student Centre, Dalhousie Elders in Residence, Dalhousie Human Rights & Equity Services and the Office of the President.
Indigenous Students Centre, 1321 Edward Street, K’jipuktuk (Halifax); 10:00am - 2:00pm

Pink Day Button Making
Stop by the lower Quad to make your own button for Respect Week!
Rain location: Studley Gym; 11:00am - 1:00pm

Health & Safety Measures while Supporting Students
This presentation will focus on providing faculty members with information and expanded skills to deal with students in distress. Facilitators Christina Elgee (Student Health Outreach Nurse), Hazel Ling (Social Worker), Joanne Mills (Director of Counselling), Diane Hawco (Ombudsperson), and Jake MacIssac (Security Services) will discuss issues of importance to faculty members, such as: recognizing common signs, taking care of your personal safety, clarifying professional boundaries, locating the necessary resources for assistance, and knowing how to appropriately approach a situation with a student exhibiting escalating behaviour. 
Halifax: Killam Library, Room B400, Truro (via video-conference): MacRae Library; 11:30am - 1:00pm
Event Registration

Everyday Mindfulness
Mindfulness seems to be on all the lists of ways to improve your life but what is it? This introduction to mindfulness will explore exactly that. In this hour long workshop, we will explore together what mindfulness is but most importantly, how it can be incorporated into everyday life and how it can help you. Mindfulness is so much more than meditation and there are ways to do it anywhere at any time. It is about being present and not getting carried away with your thoughts.
Join Tyler Hall, MEd (Counselling) Student Success Advisor, as we work together to help improve our overall wellbeing through various mindfulness techniques.
Mona Campbell building, room 1108; 12:00 – 1:00pm

Annual Pink Day BBQ
Join the Dalhousie Community on Studley campus for our annual Pink Day BBQ; enjoy a free lunch while celebrating Respect Week! Welcoming speeches will be made and a popcorn macine will also be on site. 
Rain location: Studley Gym; 12:00 – 1:00pm

Exploring the concept of respect in an intersectional lens
This workshop will be facilitated by Isaac Gray, Student Engagement Coordinator, with design support from South House and HRES. The workshop will use popular education techniques to get students to explore the concept of respect in an intersectional lens. This topic will focus on respect, specifically as it relates to the topics of diversity, inclusion and cultural differences. The primary audience of the workshop will be first year students and participants will not need any background knowledge or skills to partake.
Collaborators: Dalhousie Student Engagement Program (DSEP), South House, HRES
Student Union Building, room 307; 1:00 - 2:15pm

Pick your Pronoun 
Button making and casual conversation with the Student Success Centre.
Dairy Building, 11 Sipu Awti (formerly 11 River Road), Truro; 2:00 - 4:00pm

Friday, September 29

Effective Communication at Work
In order to communicate effectively, individuals have to master the techniques of effective listening and self-expression. This seminar is offered in collaboration with Morneau Shepell.
Room C523, Collaborative Health Education Building & videoconference in Truro: CA Douglas room; 1:30 - 2:30pm.
Event registration: https://events-tm.dal.ca/workshop.php?id=2285

Respect Week's Community Bulletin Board World Cafe
Join the Dalhousie Community for a world café/ coffee shop in the International Centre and have a discussion on the topic of respect. The discussion will be facilitated by a Graphic Facilitator who will draw and create a poster from the discussion. DISA and other student societies have been invited to help lead this conversation with students. 
International Centre, 1246 LeMarchant St, Suite 1200; 2:30pm