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    The WGSSU at the University of Toronto provides students with the opportunity to develop friendships, work relationships, and a strong academic learning environment. Each year, the WGSSU organizes several events, both academic and social, for the undergraduate student body in Women and Gender Studies.
    500-J, New College Student Centre, Wilson Hall

    WGSSU You Better Work - Study Group

    Every Monday 2019-2020

    WGSSU is starting a study group! Drop in and bring your friends every Monday from Oct. 21st onwards betweeon 12-4pm in the WGSI Lounge in New College to chat with other WGS students and WGSSU exec about school work or just have a nice place to study with tea and snacks!

    Building is accessible and has an all-gender washroom.


    By-Elections & Annual General Meeting

    Wednesday, Sept. 25th, 2019

    WGSSU is excited to announce our first event of the year - our Elections and Annual General Meeting. Come hang out with WGSSU exec and fellow WGS students to learn about what we do, vote in our elections, or run for an executive position on WGSSU. This event will take place on Wed. Sept. 25th from 4-6pm in the WGSI Lounge in New College. Food will be provided and New College is an accessible building with all-gender washrooms.

    Positions available:

    2 First Year Representative positions

    How to Run:

    1) Fill out the following Candidate Form by Tues. Sept. 24th at 11:59pm

    2) Come to the event to give a very informal speech about why you want to run for this position, why you are qualified, and what you hope to achieve. (If you cannot attend the event please email wgssu.utoronto@gmail.com and let us know so we can read your candidate statement for you at the event)

    3) You must be enrolled in a Women and Gender Studies class to run or vote in this election

    Please reach out if you have any questions!

    See you all there ♥


    WGSSU End-of-Year Pub Night

    Thursday, March 28th, 2019
    7pm - Location TBA

    Join the Women and Gender Studies Student Union as we celebrate getting through the year! We will be hosting a pub night on Thursday, March 28th starting at 7pm (location to be announced!) Food and drinks will be provided, so come hang out with fellow WGS students and bring your friends! All are welcome.

    WGSSU Elections & Annual General Meeting

    March 20th, 2019
    WGSI Lounge

    Want to run for a position on the Women and Gender Studies Student Union? Want to know what WGSSU is doing this year and next? Come to our Elections and AGM to socialize with your fellow WGS students, vote, and eat food!

    All positions are available:
    - President
    - Vice President
    - Events Managers (2)
    - Communications Director
    - Academic Liaison + ASSU Representative (same position)
    - External Coordinator
    - Treasurer
    - Secretary

    How to run:
    - Fill out the following Google Form by 11:59pm on Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 https://goo.gl/forms/E7vxOLrsUhLaiZQg2 
    - Come to the elections prepared to read your candidate statement or casually speak about why you are running and your qualifications


    The WGSI Lounge is in New College which is an accessible building with all-gender washrooms.


    4:00-4:20pm The 2018-2019 executive will debrief about the year and describe their positions.
    4:20-4:40pm Candidates will read their statements/give their speeches and answer questions.
    4:40-5:00pm Voting will begin
    5:00-6:00pm The winners will be announced once the ballots have been counted

    Unwind With WGSSU - Exam Destressor

    November 29, 2018
    WGSI Lounge

    Looking to de-stress before exams? Come hang out at the Women and Gender Studies Student Union's event in the WGSI Lounge in New College on Thursday, November 29th from 3-5pm. There will be winter treats, colouring sheets, and a movie screening for all to enjoy so bring your friends!

    New College is an accessible building with a gender neutral washroom.

    Talk with Students for Reproductive Justice (SFRJ-UofT)

    November 14, 2018
    WGSI Lounge

    What are key facts and myths about abortions? How and why was Students For Reproductive Justice - UofT created (formerly known as Students For Choice - UofT)? How is pro- and anti-choice activity on campus connected to broader political movements and tactics? To public health and health inequities? To local and global communities? How can students help advocate for reproductive justice, on campus and beyond? On November 14th, join WGSSU and Lucinda Qu, a founding member of Students For Reproductive Justice - UofT, as we discuss answers to the questions above and many more! A presentation will be followed by a Q&A period.

    4:00-4:30pm: Lucinda's presentation
    4:30-5:00pm: Q&A period
    5:00-6:00pm: Continued discussion and time for general socializing

    This event will take place from 4-5pm in the WGSI Lounge in New College which is an accessible building with gender-neutral washrooms.

    Learn a little more about this event by reading the following bios for Students for Reproductive Justice UofT and Lucinda Qu

    Students For Reproductive Justice - UofT (SFRJ-UofT) is a pro-choice student organization based at the University of Toronto. The group formally came together in the summer of 2018 with the primary goal of coordinating responses to increasingly frequent anti-choice activity on campus. Moving forward, SFRJ-Uoft hopes that this becomes one of the many ways to advocate for reproductive justice, which is defined as “the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities.” https://www.facebook.com/sfrj.to/ 

    Lucinda J. Qu is in her 5th and final year of undergrad wherein she double-majors in Equity Studies and Health Studies. Her love of community-building, story-telling and health equity have led her to work with various groups on and off campus: she has, for example, facilitated workshops across Toronto with Planned Parenthood, Asian Community AIDS Services (ACAS), the University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU) and other organizations for the past six years; has served two terms as co-director of two UofT a cappella groups as well as the chair of the UofT A Cappella Coalition; and is a former Vice-President of governing bodies within Victoria College, Equity Studies, and UofT. Nowadays she can be seen organizing with Students For Reproductive Justice - UofT (SFRJ-UofT), working with Equity Studies Student Union as its current President, and reminding her mother why she isn’t applying to law school.

    Film Screening & Deconstructing Horror

    October 26, 2018
    Media Commons (screening room 1)

    Join WGSSU at our film screening of "It Follows" in the Media Commons on Monday, October 29th from 7pm to 9:30pm where we will be discussing horror! It is guaranteed to be a spooky time...

    Mackenzie Stephenson



    Fun Fact: Huge Beyonce fan

    Joanna Spouge



    Fun Fact: Speaks Russian fluently

    Archana Raguparan

    Communications Director


    Fun Fact: Has a cardboard cutout of Elvis in her living room

    Anna Khouzam

    Academic Liaison


    Fun Fact: Worked at a summer camp for children with complex neurobiological disorders

    Rachel Storey

    Events Manager


    Fun Fact: Lived in Thailand on exchange for a year

    Megan Sutherland

    Events Manager


    Fun Fact: Is a soccer goalie

    Nawa Tahir



    Fun Fact: Baked for the first time in quarantine


  • WGSI

    Undergraduate Studies

    The Women & Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto is distinctive for its transnational approach, critically addressing how national borders and nationalist discourse frame the constructions of gender and sexuality. WGSI connects activities beyond the classroom with exciting practicum programs that offer students the chance to work with community organization and community-engaged research programs. 

    Graduates from WGSI go on to do innovative work in the public service, creative, and corporate sectors. All of them draw on the critical lens they develop in this program, becoming part of a rich community of graduates who maintain their connections with one another, and who come back to the classroom where they were once students to share their experience. 

    WGSSU recommends students to stay connected with WGSI and be informed of their events, announcements and opportunities relating to Women & Gender Studies. For more information, send an email to joanne.saliba@utoronto.ca

    Have any questions, comments, or concerns? We'd love to hear from you.