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RISE: Respecting Individuals and Supporting Equity

The RISE Program provides training and education about how to prevent and respond to discrimination and harassment.

The goal of the RISE Program is to foster a safe and inclusive campus community. In our sessions, we will provide participants with foundational knowledge regarding systems of oppression and how they manifest in our society.

If you have any questions about the RISE Program, please contact studentexperience@uoit.ca.

RISE: Main Session

Participants are introduced to tools and options they can use to prevent and respond to discrimination and harassment. Learning is then applied in groups as participants generate responses to scenarios where discrimination or harassment has taken place. It is recommended that participants complete this session before attending the other RISE sessions.

RISE: First Peoples

Participants learn about the history of Indigenous peoples in Canada and engage in interactive activities addressing the negative impact colonization has had and continues to have on Indigenous peoples today.

RISE: Gender

Participants engage, break down, and challenge the negative stereotypes and discrimination relating to feminism, masculinity, and transphobia. Learning is then applied through role playing scenarios where discrimination has taken place.

RISE: Religion and Spirituality

Participants engage, break down, and challenge stereotypes stemming from religious and spiritual differences. Learning is then applied through role playing scenarios where discrimination has taken place.

RISE: Sexual Violence Prevention

Participants discuss the importance of fighting against sexual violence in the campus community and beyond. Participants develop the skills needed to effectively intervene before, during, and after an incident of sexual violence. Working in groups, participants apply their learning through the use of scenarios where sexual violence has taken place.

RISE: Sexuality

Participants engage, break down, and challenge negative stereotypes and discrimination of non-heterosexual (i.e. lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, etc.) people. Learning is then applied through role playing scenarios where discrimination has taken place.

Thank you to everyone who attended a session during the 2016-2017 academic year.

The RISE Program will resume again in Fall 2017. Dates of sessions will be posted in August 2017.

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