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. 

Events:
  • Sex Ed and Spirituality (Wednesday, January 23, 6-8 p.m.)
  • Breaking the Rules? Love and Faith (Wednesday, February 13, 4:30-6:30 p.m.)
  • Black is my Religion (Wednesday, February 27, 4:30-6:30 p.m.)
  • Take Back Trans (Wednesday, March 6, 6-8 p.m.)
  • Is there Space for Me? (Wednesday, March 20, 4:30-6:30 p.m.)

If you have any accessibility or child care needs, or any other questions or concerns, please contact us at roars@gmail.com.

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Meet the peer facilitators

Justine Huyer
Justine (she/her) is a former operations manager and yogi devoted to student activism. She accessed equity studies at U of T by way of the Transitional Year Programme (TYP). Her interests stem from a deeply vested connection to the importance of decolonization in relation to internalization, and confrontation of systemic oppression. Audre Lorde quotes and donuts are a part of her everyday existence.

Naima Raza
Naima (she/her) is in her third year studying Urban Studies, Public Policy and Human Geography. Born and raised in Sarnia, Ontario and currently calling Toronto home, she navigates the world through her identities as a Muslim, Indian-Pakistani situated on the settler state of Canada. She brings her experience organizing around social justice causes within the Muslim community on campus and working with marginalized youth in Toronto. Naima is interested in learning about Islam as a liberation theology and unpacking how faith institutions uphold oppression more generally. And yes, she is a huge fan of Nanaimo bars.