ACE Open House!

ACE is a student club at York University organizing around issues of equity & anti-oppression. We organize workshops, seminars & peer mentorship sessions geared at offering students social and emotional supports.

Come out to our open house in HNES 114 to find out how to get involved!

Open house hours:

  • Thursday, March 31st 12-4 p.m.
  • Monday, April 4th 12-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 6th 12-2:30

ACE is holding its annual executive election in early May. We are looking for:

  • 2 Co-chairs
  • 1 Disability Services Officer
  • 1 Graduate Student Advocacy & Outreach Officer/Community Liason
  • 1 Undergraduate Student Advocacy and Outreach Officer
  • 1 Communications Officer

Become an ACE general member to run for a position and vote in the election!

ACE is open to all York University students interested in issues of equity, and combating intersectional oppression along the lines of race, gender, class, orientation, and ability in and beyond academia.

For more info e-mail

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Part Two: Where Are All the Black Faculty?


MARCH 17, 2016
2:30- 5PM

This critical event follows a January 2016 panel sparked by FES Alumni Owen Blakka Ellis’s film Where Are All The Black Faculty completed more than ten years earlier, though not much has changed. #BlackOnCampus events have been taking place across post secondary campuses with students working to support international Black movements to resist anti-Black racism and dubious hiring practices across Canada. Building on the legacy of Black student organizing, work and media creation within York University, this panel brings together academics, local activists, artists and students to examine the intersections of Blackness, social justice and representation in relation to physical, urban, social and geographical environments.

This event features Kamala Kempadoo, Evelyn Amponsah, Muna-Udbi A. Ali and is moderated by Hawa Y. Mire.

ASL will be provided. The venues are wheelchair accessible and close to accessible and gender neutral washrooms. Please note that this is a scent-free environment. To discuss how we can make events accessible to you, please contact:

ACE Presents: Finding Your Career

ACE is hosting two career panels happening back-to-back on Monday, February 29th! Please see details below.

Panel #1

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Featuring panelists:
Jennisha Wilson, MES Graduate, Research Coordinator at the Well Living House, an Indigenous Health Resource Centre at St Michaels Hospital.
Mojan Jianfar, MES Graduate, Assistant Cultural Planner for the City of Mississauga.
Michael Collens, BES Graduate & MES Candidate in Planning. 10 years managerial experience in the not-for-profit sector.

Wondering how to navigate the career world post-graduation? Come join recent grads and current students from Environmental Studies to hear them speak about working in their fields and how they landed their careers. The event will include a panel, Q&A and chance to network. We have speakers from the field of health research and community organizing, urban planning and art directing, and environmental planning with interests in transportation.

Date: Monday, February 29, 2016
Time: 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. HNES 109

Following this panel, the Community Arts Practice Program is hosting a panel on working in the community arts field, in HNES 109 from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Hosted and organized by: Accessibility, Community and Equity, The Community Arts Practice Program. With support from: The Faculty of Environmental Studies. 
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The Community Arts Practice Program, Faculty of Environmental Studies & Accessibility, Community and Equity host ….

Alumni Talk Back: Working in Community Arts
Wondering what to do after you graduate? What you can do with a community arts practice certificate? Come join recent grads from the Community Arts Practice program to hear them speak about working in the community arts field. The event will include a panel, Q&A and chance to network.

Date/Time: Monday Feb. 29, 2:30 – 4:00 pm
Location: York University, Faculty of Environmental Studies, HNES, 109
Speakers: Charmaine Lurch, Ryan Dela Cruz, & Maggie Flynn
Light refreshments will be served.

Prior to the community arts panel, ACE will host a general career panel (12:30-2:30).

Toronto Rape Crisis Centre Bowlathon

ACE is excited to be participating in fundraising for the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape (TRCC/MWAR) for the first time. Each year the TRCC/MWAR hosts a “Bowlathon” to fundraise for the incredible work they do every single day in this city. This year the event will take place on Saturday February 27th.

This month marks their 42nd anniversary and they do incredibly important work from running a 24-hour crisis support line, advocacy, counselling, and workshops–all while being a feminist-run collective.

Anything you can provide, even $5,  will help with the overall goal.

Please consider making a donation to the ACE fundraising team! Here is the link:
And if you have already done so – THANK YOU!

Where are all the Black Faculty at FES?


Featuring panelists:
Professor Carl E. James (York Faculty)
Danae Peart, CEO VIBE105 FM (York Alumni)
Clive Forrester (York Faculty)
Mat Plummer (Seneca Faculty & Community Activist)

Almost 10 years ago Owen Blakka Ellis as part of his MES produced a film titled Where are the Black Faculty in FES? Almost a decade later, students still organize around the shortage of Black faculty across FES and the broader YORKU Community. Across the York University campus, Blackness continues to be invisible despite a large Black student population. Join us in discussing the increasing barriers Black students face as they navigate anti-Black racism on campus.

*please note that the talk back is for students only

Co-Sponsored by The Faculty of Environmental Studies Equity Committee and Accessibility, Community & Equity Committee (ACE)

Scholarship workshop for BES & MES students

Scholarship Workshop Nov 24

Hi everyone!
  ACE (Accessibility, Community, Equity)  and GESSA  (Graduate Environmental Studies Students Association) have teamed up to bring you a scholarship writing workshop for MES & BES students who are applying for OGS & SSHRC this year. 
The workshop is taking place on Tuesday, November 24th 2015 from 12:30 to 2:30 in HNES 142. 

For this workshop bring (if you can):

  • 3-4 copies of your OGS or SSHRC proposal
  • Even if you are not done your entire proposal, please bring whatever you have written 
  • A copy of the CV you are using

We will have past MES & PhD award winners at the workshop to look over your proposals and give feedback.

We look forward to seeing you!

Queer Lovers and Hateful Others: Book release and reading at York U Nov. 23


Please join us for an evening of food and discussion with Dr. Jin Haritaworn (Assistant Professor of Gender, Race and Environment at York University) as we celebrate the release of their latest book Queer Lovers and Hateful Others: Regenerating Violent Times and Places (Pluto Press).

Light refreshments will be provided.

Date: November 23, 2015
Location: HNES 140 (Health, Nursing, Environmental Studies Building York University)
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Book description:

In Queer Lovers, Jin Haritaworn argues that queer subjects have become a lovely sight in the shadow of hateful Others, who are fixed as homophobic and disposable. Rather than an ‘in’ or ‘out’ sexual citizen, Haritaworn treats the queer lover as a transitional object that renders the shift between a welfare regime and a neoliberal regime palpable, and makes punishment and neglect appear as signs of care and love for diversity. Talking back at ‘invented traditions’ of women-and-gay-friendliness, and a queer nostalgia for more murderous times and places, Queer Lovers traces the making of a moral panic over ‘Muslim homophobia’. The new folk devil inherits technologies from older transnational panics over crime, violence, patriarchy, integration, and segregation. In contrast, the book foregrounds the environments in which queer bodies have become worthy of protection, the everyday erasures that shape life in the inner city, and the alternative maps that are drawn at queer of colour kitchen tables in inner-city Berlin. In the process, queer lovers, drag kings, criminalised youth, homosexuals persecuted under National Socialism, and other figures of degeneracy and regeneration appear on a shared plane, where new ways of sharing space become imaginable.

The York U Bookstore will have books for sale and they take cash, debit and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Amex). Unfortunately, YU cards can not be used as payment.

Accessibility information:
– The building is wheelchair accessible with accessible bathrooms on the main floor (where room 140 is).
– The building has gender-neutral bathrooms on the main floor (where room 140 is).
– HNES is designated as a scent-free environment and we request all participants respect this.
– We are currently trying to book ASL interpreters for this event and will update the event page as soon as we have more information.

If you have other access needs, or require information about the event, please contact us at

This event is being hosted and organized by ACE (Accessibility, Community, Equity at York University)

Library & Research Support Workshop November 10, 2015

Accessibility, Community, Equity (ACE) is here to support you!
Join us on November 10 from 12:00 – 2:00In Room HNES 138.
Dana Craig, FES Librarian will introduce you to Zotero, the citing tool that will safe you frustration. Along with, many helpful tips to support you in being successful.

Fall Scholarship Workshop October 13, 2015


Hi everyone!

Our fall scholarship writing workshop will be on Tuesday, October 13 from 12:45 to 3:30 p.m. in HNES 101.

This workshop is not a general information session and is intended to give support and feedback to students who have their applications underway.

For this workshop bring:

  • 3-4 copies of your OGS or Tri-Council proposal
  • A copy of the CV you are using

We will have past award winners at the workshop to look over your proposals and give feedback.

This workshop is being co-hosted by ACE (Accessibility, Community, Equity) and PhESSA (PhD Environmental Studies Students’ Association) and is open to all FES students who are applying to OGS or Tri-Council.