ROARS is a student-led peer support group that provides a safe(r) space for self-identified women, trans, two-spirited, and gender non-binary/non-conforming people to discuss, critically analyze, and take action on issues of sexism, misogyny, racism, transphobia, homophobia, biphobia, xenophobia, ageism, ableism, classism, White supremacy, colonialism, and settler colonialism, in relation to our lived experiences within religious institutions and spiritual journeys. This is a space to examine the impact of oppressive -isms and reclaim your own spirituality.

ROARS is a collaborative initiative between the Multifaith Centre for Spiritual Study & Practice and the Centre for Women & Trans People at the University of Toronto. 

ROARS will be meeting the second and fourth Thursday of the month from 6-8 pm, beginning October 2017.

Meeting Locations: 

Oct. 12 - Room 348, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, 246 Bloor Street W
Oct. 26 - Room 5250, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), 252 Bloor Street West
Nov. 9 - Room 5250, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), 252 Bloor Street West
Nov. 23 -  Room 5250, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), 252 Bloor Street West

If you have any accessibility or child care needs, as well as any other questions or concerns, please contact us either at multi.faith@utoronto.ca or coordinator.cwtp@utoronto.ca.

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Meet the peer facilitators

Ifrah

Ifrah (she/her) is a Somali- Canadian Muslim woman, immigrant and proud child of refugees. Ifrah is studying political science (development studies focus), religion and anthropology (socio-cultural) at the University of Toronto. Ifrah is interested in exploring feminist spirituality, black/indigenous solidarity, and inter-POC allyship as it relates to navigating oppressive institutions. She has previously worked as a general intern at the Multi-faith Centre for Spiritual Study and Practice and at the University of Toronto Students’ Union as the Woodsworth College Director. Ifrah is a huge fan of 90s R&B and any/all competitive reality TV programming. 

Seema

Seema (she/her) is currently finishing her undergraduate degree in both criminology and sociolegal studies and equity studies. Her interests include the ways in which language forms our understanding of the world and she has a notebook dedicated to her favourite words. She is mostly interested in poetry, the carceral state and especially how those two intersect. She never wants to stop reading about different feminist interpretations of the Qur'an.