BAC (Build. Act. Change) November 2013 Events:

Can you believe it's already November? This month, Build. Act. Change. Preventing Violence Together (BAC) has several exciting, free, accessible events on campus you're invited to attend. As November (aka Movember) is a month when masculinity is on all our minds, we're especially excited to welcome New York actor, writer, poet and activist Carlos Andrés Gómez on the evening of Thursday, November 21st  for a show called "Man Up?" that consider the pressures of modern masculinity. Attendance at any of our events this month will count as a credit toward UTSC's Leadership Development Program's weLead stream. Details about our events and signup links are below.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12th from 5PM to 7PM in IC-302. We're hosting a free film screening of Tough Guise 2 - Violence, Manhood & American Culture. Anti-violence educator and activist Jackson Katz takes a closer look at the "ongoing epidemic of men's violence in America... In a sweeping analysis that cuts across racial, ethnic, and class lines, Katz examines mass shootings, day-to-day gun violence, violence against women, bullying, gay-bashing, and American militarism against the backdrop of a culture that has normalized violent and regressive forms of masculinity in the face of challenges to traditional male power and authority." Refreshments will be provided and a brief discussion will follow the screening.  Sign up on the Intranet here:

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13th from 5PM to 8PM in THE ATTIC. Women of all ages, sizes and abilities in the UTSC Community are invited to attend our free Wen-Do Women's Self-Defense Workshop. Wen-Do is designed for women by women and it has three goals: Awareness, Avoidance and Action! Learn easy to use and easy to remember methods of protecting yourself in a wide range of situations. A combination of discussion, with practical physical skills results in an integration of mental and physical preparedness.  Participants should wear loose, comfortable clothing and athletic footwear. Sign up on the Intranet now!

How do you know whether your relationships are healthy? How do they make you feel? What do you do if someone you know is in an unhealthy relationship? On THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14th from 4PM to 6PM in SL-232, join BAC as we host a Healthy Relationships Workshop to learn how to navigate the different relationships in your life.  Refreshments will be provided. Sign up on the Intranet by clicking on this link:

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21st from 5PM to 8PM in SW-128. BAC welcomes New York's Carlos Andrés Gómez to UTSC for a performance and discussion called "Man Up?" A powerful, gifted storyteller with a captivating voice, Carlos brings his experiences as a former social worker and inner-city teacher, an award-winning poet (seen on Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry), an actor (co-starring in Spike Lee's Inside Man alongside Denzel Washington), speaker, and writer into his shows. Gómez urges men of all ages to break society’s rules of male conformity and reconsider not just what it means to be a man, but what it means to be a good man. Check out one of his spoken word pieces, "How to Fight" here: The evening will open with performances by members of Abuse: Survival Stories, a new group of youth working in the community to support survivors of violence with positivity and healing that uplifts the mind and soul. Refreshments will be provided. Sign up on the Intranet now!

Finally, don't forget to fill out BAC's new online safety survey for 2nd, 3rd and 4th year UTSC students for your chance to win one of three $50 gift cards to the UTSC bookstore! You can complete the survey now by clicking on this link:

If you have any questions about our events or accommodation needs, please don't hesitate to email me. Have a great day!

Reshma Dhrodia, BAC Project Manager