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Academic Social Club (AcSoc)

OISE's Academic Social Club is a peer-led group that organizes curated academic and professional development activities and social events, hosts student-focused discussions, and leads excursions throughout Toronto. Members share information about activities, events, and services that are relevant to graduate students at OISE. Events are low-or-no-cost and membership is free!

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Fall 2020 Events

Every Thursday | 12-1pm
Open Discussion
Join Cole & Yasmine for an open discussion based session: topic TBD every week based on participants
Thursday meetings will be via Zoom: AcSoc.

Wednesday, September 23 | 12-1:30pm

Anti-O Convos: Hot Topics

The purpose of Anti-O Convos (short for, Anti-Oppression Conversations) is to create safer, braver spaces to engage in conversations that explore current events and popular trends in social media, while unmasking misconceptions about various groups/communities/people.

Link/Register: Anti-O Convos


Monday, September 28 | 4-5:30pm

Writing a Literature Review that Demonstrates the Need for Your Research – Online Workshop

Like research papers and theses, thesis and grant proposals require graduate students to situate their work within the context of other research in their field(s). A well constructed literature review will help you to clarify key points for your reader such as why your work needs to be done, how it is original, and why your proposed method is appropriate. In this workshop we will examine characteristics of both short and long literature reviews, common mistakes students make when reviewing research in their field, and strategies for increasing the effectiveness of literature reviews. The material covered will be relevant to the literature-review segments of proposals, research papers, and theses.

Link/Register: Lit Review


Thursday, October 8 | 4-5:30pm

Getting Through Graduate Work (For All Graduate Students)

TBD workshop by Lina Balsamo

Link/Register: Getting Through


Thursday, October 15 | 12pm

Shelley Murphy: Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness for Classrooms 

Interest in mindfulness practice within school settings has grown rapidly in the last decade. This is likely because there is a growing depth and breadth of research showing the powerful benefits of mindfulness for both teachers and students. In this session, you learn about the fundamentals of trauma-sensitive, mindfulness-based approaches for strengthening teacher and student resilience, social-emotional development, learning, and overall well-being

Link/Register: Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness


Monday, October 19 | 5-6pm

Scholar Strike Canada: OISE community members conduct teach-ins for Black lives

There was a time that Janelle Brady and Sandy Hudson shared an office at OISE. On Sept. 9 and 10, the colleagues held the same space to take action as Scholar Strike Canada took place across campuses nationwide.Their teach-in session, “Scholars and Educators for Black Lives,” was one of many digital sessions conducted as part of labour action that calls for racial justice and an end to anti-Black police violence.

Link: Scholar Strike

Join us on Zoom to watch and discuss


Thursday, October 29 | 12pm

Rose Mina Munjee: How Can We Transform Racism And Create Inclusion And Belonging With Mindfulness And Compassion

Recently, in addition to a global pandemic, we have faced increasing racial tensions in our social systems across Canada and the rest of the world. Recent events have further exposed what has been long known to many in BIPOC communities about the dangers of racism, oppression, and marginalization of Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour. In this session, participants will have an opportunity to hear about a lived experience and to engage in mindfulness and compassion practices to support dialogue about how racism can be transformed, and how inclusion and belonging can be cultivated. Resources will also be shared for further reading and exploration

Link/Register: Transform Racism


Thursday, November 5 | 9:30-11am

Writing a Thesis or Grant Proposal

Graduate students write many proposals – federal grant proposals, travel grant proposals, thesis proposals – and every proposal has a potentially significant impact on a student’s ability to carry out specific research. The introductory workshop in this series provides an overview of proposal writing designed to get students thinking about the demands of, and the predictable variations in, this important genre of writing. We will examine the similarities and differences between thesis and grant proposals, consider the main questions that most proposals must answer, and see examples of answers to those questions in successful proposals. We will also consider common pitfalls in proposal writing, and strategies for getting started on writing a proposal.

Link/Register: Proposal Writing


Wednesday, November 11 | 3-5pm

Virtual Boardgames Hart House

Link/Register: Boardgames, or send a DM to @harthousestudents Instagram account before 3 pm to get the Zoom link.


Monday, November 16 | 12-1pm

Hip Hop Education 

Hip hop has always existed as a means to deconstruct and challenge longstanding misunderstandings surrounding Black, Indigenous and other racialized people, to investigate systems of oppression and to give power and pride to those engaged in its community. Working with our campus partners and community hip hop practitioners, our programs support values of representation, collaboration and social justice as we explore the key principles of hip hop and its importance in our everyday culture on all three campuses.  

Link: Hip Hop

Join us on Zoom to discuss.


Thursday, November 26 | 9:30-11am

The Craft of Revision - Workshop 

Academic writing relies heavily on revision. Most of us are simply unable to create reader-friendly texts that offer highly sophisticated explanations of complex topics without subjecting our writing to extensive revision. Despite the centrality of revision to an effective academic writing practice, many graduate writers are uncertain how to manage the craft of revision. This workshop will begin by exploring the benefits of revision, before going on to classify different types of revision: revising structure, revising sentences, and revising linkages. We will end by discussing how these different types of revision can be combined into a systematic revision process.

Link/Register: Revision