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Upcoming Events and Calendar

CCDI Upcoming Webinars

St. Lawrence College is an Employer Partner of the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI). Learn more about CCDI resources available to SLC employees and view upcoming CCDI events and webinars.

Faith, CulturE, and Social Justice Calendar

This calendar has been designed and informed by the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI). This calendar highlights multifaith observances, cultural holidays, and social justice days of significance to our SLC community to further support and advance the College’s value of Belonging. It is a fantastic resource for seeing pertinent events that are celebrated across the many different communities within SLC.

Download the 2022 full-year CCDI Multicultural Calendar

If you have any other questions or comments, please contact belonging@sl.on.ca 

Spiritual Care at SLC

SLC's Spiritual Care Facilitator, Kathy Doering, offers one-on-one and group support to students, particularly those who are looking to address life’s challenges through a spiritual and/or faith-based lens. Connect with the Spiritual Care Facilitator at SpiritualCare@sl.on.ca

Multi-Faith Prayer/Reflection Space

Please note: The Kingston Multi-Faith Prayer/Reflection Space is currently under renovation until early 2022. During this time, please access Room 22071, Innovation Hub.

Accommodation of Religious Observances

Some of these religious observances may require that the practicing student, staff, or faculty member fast, abstain from work or study, or participate in all-day or fixed time activities, such as congregational prayer. As with any type of belief, there are followers who are more strict and active in their involvement than others. If you require information and advice about the accommodation of religious observances, please contact Student Wellness and Accessibility and/or consult the Ontario Human Rights Commission website.

As part of the value of Belonging, SLC supports an inclusive teaching and learning environment that respects and values the diversity of our students. In fall 2021, Policy AC836: Academic Accommodations for Religious, Indigenous and Spiritual Observances Policy was introduced. Under the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC), SLC faculty and employees are required to accommodate students’ rights to practice their individual faith observances. As the diversity of our student population grows, it becomes critical that we understand students’ rights and work to set up our programs to accommodate individual spiritual practices.

This student-focused policy provides consistent structure and practice for accommodations resulting from a conflict between academic obligations and religious, Indigenous, and spiritual observances, ensuring (as per OHRC), every individual has the right to be "treated equally based on creed, and to freely hold and practice creed beliefs of their choosing". Like accommodations under other OHRC grounds, such as disability, we have a duty to accommodate to the point of undue hardship.

The Student Wellness and Accessibility team includes a Spiritual Care Facilitator, who focuses on spirituality as a key foundational component of overall health and well-being. Through direct support and/or linkages to community faith groups, the College’s Spiritual Care Facilitator builds an ongoing safe and healthy community for all students on all campuses, regardless of denomination, faith tradition, or spiritual conviction. 

Resources:

Contacts:

Caryn Langstaff, M.Sc., SLP (she/her)
Director of Wellness, Accessibility & Student Success
clangstaff@sl.on.ca

Kathy Doering, M.Ed. (Counselling) (she/her)
Spiritual Care Facilitator (tri-campus)
kdoering@sl.on.ca
spiritualcare@sl.on.ca

November 2022

November: Movember; National Gratitude Month; World Vegan Month; Indigenous Disability Awareness Month (CBC Article); National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
November 1: All Saints’ Day (Christian) 
November 1: World Vegan Day  
November 2: Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) 
November 2: All Souls’ Day (Christian) 
November 2: Take Our Kids to Work Day  
November 3: Bunka no Hi (Japan) 
November 8: Indigenous Veterans Day
November 9: World Adoption Day 
November 11: Remembrance Day
November 13: World Kindness Day
November 15: LhaBáb Düchen (Buddhist)
November 16: Louis Riel Day
November 16: International Day for Tolerance 
November 18: Day of the Covenant (Bahá’í) 
November 19: Gurpurab (Sikh) 
November 19: International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day 
November 20: Transgender Day of Remembrance
November 20-26: National Addictions Awareness Week 
November 20: National Child Day 
November 20-26: Canada History Week 
November 25: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
November 27: First Sunday of Advent (Christian) 
November 28: Ascension of Abdu’l-Bahá (Bahá’í) 
November 29: Giving Tuesday

December 2022

December: Universal Human Rights Month; Spiritual Literacy Month
December 1: World AIDS Day
December 1: Rosa Parks Day
December 2: International Day for the Abolition of Slavery 
December 2: World Pollution Prevention Day
December 3: International Day of Persons with Disabilities
December 4: World Wildlife Conservation Day
December 5: International Volunteer Day
December 6: The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women
December 9: International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide and of the Prevention of this Crime
December 10: Human Rights Day
December 12: International Universal Health Coverage Day
December 17: Canadian Maple Syrup Day
December 18: International Migrants Day
December 18-26: Hanukkah
December 20: International Human Solidarity Day
December 21: Winter Solstice
December 23: Festivus
December 25: Christmas Day
December 26-January 1: Kwanzaa
December 31: New Year’s Eve

Is there an event or a calendar date we should add?