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Pushing Forward: Community Engagement as Social Action

York University Faculty Association (YUFA) Community Projects (CP) Committee

Friday, 20 April 2012 from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

Toronto, ON

Pushing Forward: Community Engagement as Social Action

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Pushing Forward: Community Engagement as Social Action

“Gravy trains,” service “efficiencies,” transit-fare hikes, social housing sell-offs, user fees and cut-backs to municipal services, increased class sizes and teaching loads, unprecedented levels of debt forced onto college and university students .  .  .   Suffice it to say, it is at the local level that the relentless assaults on community resources, unions, and higher education are felt most keenly.  Worst, perhaps, is the blanket of pessimism, the sense of futility, which has settled over so many of us who work in the public sector or have been involved in social justice organizing.  That the neo-liberal mantra of tax cuts, wage freezes, privatization, and market deregulation has done much to occlude the greed and social inequality that have swept over us in recent years few can deny.

 Forum Agenda

 1. The forum will bring community activists, youth organizers, labour leaders, academics, and students together to reflect on the current situation, and devise ways of "Pushing Forward."  The panel discussions and keynote address will be recorded and podcast.

2. The afternoon breakout sessions, which we invite panellists to participate in, will focus on linking faculty, librarian, and union resources with community groups in York’s neighbouring communities.   

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 ***Please Register, Print, and Bring Your Ticket on April 20th***

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Getting to York U (4700 Keele Street; M3J1P3)


By Transit / TTC: 196 Express from Downsview Station

Free Shuttle Pick-Up direct to York U: York U Shuttle will meet participants in parking lot of 2202 Jane Street (near Black Creek Community Health Centre) and Yorkgate Mall (in parking lot outside No Frill's entrance to mall).

Pick-up (am to York U):

Pick-up (am to Vari-Hall):
7:55:Black Creek
8:10:Yorkgate
8:40: Black Creek
8:50 Yorkgate

Drop-Off (pm from YorkU):

Pick-Up (pm from YorkU):
*4pm: from Vari-Hall to Yorkgate and Black Creek
*5pm: from Vari-Hall to Yorkgate and Black Creek
*6pm: from Vari-Hall to Yorkgate and Black Creek

*Note change in times

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Location: Vari-Hall D (http://www.yorku.ca/web/maps/)

Check-In / Registration on Second Floor of Vari-Hall

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 Schedule of Events

 8:30                 Registration (Vari-Hall D)

 

   9:15 -  9:30       Introductions and Welcome

 

9:30 -10:45        Panel 1    Mapping the Terrain: the impact of neo-liberalism, economic inequality, and cutbacks on marginalized communities

 

·         Uzma Shakir, Director, Office of Equity, Diversity & Human Rights, City of Toronto

 

·         Vanessa Hunt, President, York Federation of Students (YFS)

 

·         Sam Tecle, graduate student, teacher, member of Success Beyond Limits

 

·         Kulsoom Anwer, teacher, Westview Centennial Secondary School

 

    10:45 – 11:00       Coffee

 

    11:00 - 12:30       Panel 2   Mobilized Resistance, Coalition Building

 

 

·         Alan Sears, Associate Professor, Department of Sociology; organizer OCCUPY TORONTO

 

·         Danny Beaton, Turtle Clan Mohawk Nation, environmental activist

 

·                         Pam Frache, Education Director, Ontario Federation of Labour

 

·                         Maria Augimeri, City of Toronto Councilor, Ward 9 York Centre

 

·         Andria Babbington, Vice-President, Toronto & York Region Labour Council

 

 12:30 - 1:30         Lunch

 

 1:30 – 1:45         Performance:  Nomanzland

 

  1:45 – 2:15         Public Dialogue through Arts & Culture

 

                                Keynote Speaker: Andrea Boucard, West Side Arts Hub

 

  2:15 - 2:30         Coffee

 

  2:30 – 3:45        Breakout Sessions.  Taking Action:  Connecting Resources & Issues  

 

                  “Access to Health” / “Opportunities for Youth: Education, Employment, Recreation” /“Union- 

             Community Coalition Building”

  3:45 – 4:00        Break

 

  4:00 - 4:45         Reflections, Next Steps:  Summary of breakout sessions.

  5:00  Wine and Cheese Reception

 

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* YUFA Community Projects  (http://www.yufa.org/CommunityProjects/index.html)

YUFA Community Projects is a standing committee of the York University Faculty Association, which represents 1400 faculty and librarians.  The Committee collaborates with members of the Jane-Finch community on initiatives that enrich the educational experiences and outcomes for neighborhood kids and young adults, most of whom are from groups currently underrepresented in post-secondary education.  Projects to date have ranged from funding scholarships and bursaries, to running summer programs, to providing ways for high school students to earn enhanced educational credits. 

Have questions about Pushing Forward: Community Engagement as Social Action? Contact York University Faculty Association (YUFA) Community Projects (CP) Committee

When & Where


York University
4700 Keele St
Toronto, ON M3J 2S5
Canada

Friday, 20 April 2012 from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT)


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