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Student Life Events at St. George

Student Life Events at St. George

Faith on the Margins-International Women's Day Event

Mar 8, 2022 05:30 PM to 08:00 PM

Registration Deadline: Mar 8, 2022 12:00 AM

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Each year for International Women's Day on March 8, the Multi-Faith Centre hosts an event to explore how gender rights, justice and spirituality are connected. Annual program events reflect themes decided on by a diverse committee of staff, students and faculty.

Join us in conversation with Maryam Khan, Dr Cheri DiNovo and Rabbi Ariella Rosen to explore faith, queer identities, and activism for justice within faith communities. Participants will also have a chance to win 1 of 10 copies of Rev. Dr. Cheri DiNovo's newest book, "The Queer Evangelist" (2021). 

Learning objectives: 
Centering queer women in conversations about faith and justice 
Understand social activism from speaker experiences  
Reflect on Interfaith perspectives on gender justice 

Meet the Panelists

Photo of Panelist Maryam Khan
Maryam Khan (she/her/they/them) is a Social Work professor at Wilfrid Laurier University. Prior to Laurier, Maryam was pursuing doctoral studies in social work at York University, Toronto, Ontario. Maryam's doctoral research critically examined the resistance strategies and agency of LGBTQ Muslim women living out their intersectional identities (race, ethnicity religiosity, spirituality, sexuality, gender identity and expression) in the Global North amongst the hegemonic norms existing in both normative Muslim and LGBTQ communities. 

Photo of Presentor Rabbi Ariella Rosen
Rabbi Ariella Rosen (she/her/hers) is the Senior Director and Senior Jewish Educator at Hillel U of T. She moved to Toronto from New York City, where she previously worked as the admissions director for the Jewish Theological Seminary where she was ordained as a rabbi. She has training in experiential education and community organizing and spent a few years working as a congregational rabbi at a synagogue in Philadelphia. Rabbi Ariella cares deeply about cultivating joy alongside the meaningful and the profound. 

Photo of panelist Reverend Doctor Cheri Dinovo
Reverend Dr Cheri DiNovo (she/her/hers) is an ordained United Church minister at Trinity St Paul's Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts here in Toronto. She performed Canada's first legalized same sex marriage and is a Member of the Order of Canada for her contributions to provincial politics and advocacy for social justice. She was also an MPP for Parkdale-High Park from 2006-2017 and passed into law more pro LGBTQ2+ legislation than anyone in Canadian history, like Toby's Act which added trans rights to the Ontario Human Rights Code in 2012.  

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