Cafe Collab: Student Services Fall 2017 & Winter 2018 Sessions

We are in the process of planning the Cafe Collab sessions taking place in Fall 2017 & Winter 2018.  Check back here for more information on upcoming sessions.  Want to help frame a session?  Get in touch with us at cafecollab.sede [at] mcgill.ca.  Click here to return to the main Cafe Collab page.


Upcoming Sessions & Tentative Dates

How can Student Services Be More Accessible?  A media making workshop.  October 5th, 4pm to 6pm in Brown room # 3001 which is located at 3610 McTavish.  More details below

October 5th, 2017 : "How Can Student Services Be More Accessible?" A Media-Making workshop

4:00 - 6:00pm in Brown #3001 (3610 McTavish)

SEDE and the Office for Students with Disabilities invite students with disabilities*, including learning disabilities and chronic impairments, to a media-making workshop!  We will discuss and create media art pieces about people's experiences and ideas with respect to making campus and Student Services more accessible.  There will be a variety of mediums participants can choose from, including drawing, sculpting with play-do, recording a story or poem, or video-making on iPads.  The ideas and media created will be used to facilitate a follow-up discussion between staff and students on October 24th (see below) where the group will identify opportunities Student Services can take to be more accessible.  

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  • *This workshop is for all students with disabilities, mental health issues, chronic illnesses, or other impairments, whether they be temporary, permanent or episodic.  
  • Students will be thanked with a gift card for participating

Accessibility information: The workshop will take place in Brown #3001. The Brown Building (3610 McTavish) is physically accessible via the front entrance off McTavish. There are two doors that have an automatic open button and an elevator to get to the 3rd floor. The building and the room have fluorescent lighting. The workshop itself will be largely discussion-based with opportunities for participants to create art or media pieces about the discussion. There will be a few different mediums participants can choose to use, including: drawing, play-do sculpting, sound recording, and video making on iPads. Facilitators will also be available to assist participants in their creations.  Childcare and ASL translation can be provided free of cost with 72 hours notice (see form for details).  

What makes a service accessible?  Art-making cafe

October 24th, 2017 : What Makes a Service Accessible? 

1:00-4:00pm in the OSD 3459 McTavish

Café Collab and the Office for Students with Disabilities invite students with disabilities* to a community art and media making session, where we invite people to discuss ideas and experiences related to (in)accessibility in Student Services. Drop in for an afternoon of art making, free food, and meeting other students. Feel free to stay for the facilitated portion where we will discuss how Student Services can continue to become more accessible.  Free snacks, coffee, and tea will be available.

 *This includes anyone with mental health issues, chronic illnesses and/or other impairments, whether they be temporary, permanent or episodic.


Accessibility Info: The Office for Students with Disabilities is physically accessible via the McTavish entrance near Service Point under the Redpath arch.  The building and the room have fluorescent lighting. The workshop itself will be largely discussion-based with opportunities for participants to create art or media pieces about the discussion. There will be a few different mediums participants can choose to use, including: drawing, play-do sculpting, sound recording, and video making on iPads. Facilitators will also be available to assist participants in their creations.  Childcare and ASL translation can be provided free of cost with 72 hours notice (see form for details).  


November 7th, 2017 : Making Student Services More Accessible 

4:00 - 6:30 RVC West Lounge (3425 University)

We invite staff from Student Services, students, and faculty invested in making support services on campus more accessible to students with disabilities.  Participants will use media pieces created by students around the theme of accessibility to jump-start a discussion on how Student Services can better support students with similar needs and lived experiences.  The group will also identify opportunities Student Services can take to be more accessible.  If you're a student, this is an opportunity to talk directly with staff motivated to increase the accessibility of Student Services.  If you're a staff member, this is a chance to learn more about the student experience, meet other staff invested in accessibility, and help build a more equitable Student Services.  

Accessibility info: RVC is wheelchair accessible via the entrance off McTavish.  Don't hesitate to email cafecollab.sede [at] mcgill.ca with any questions.  


November 14th, 2017: "Precarious while Prestigious?" Art-Making Cafe for Students in Financial Precarity

2:30pm - 5:00pm in Brown #5001 (3600 McTavish)

Café Collab and Student Services invite students in financially precarious situations to a drop-in community art-making session to discuss how Student Services can better support their needs.

Who?  Students who are working while studying, student parents, students from working class backgrounds, students receiving needs-based government or McGill aid, students with loans, first generation students and any other student with similar needs and experiences.

Why?  Why Not? Have the opportunity to express your ideas and opinions about improving Student Services for students with similar backgrounds and experiences. Connect with other students. Plus, enjoy free snacks and beverages!

January 22nd, 2017: Community Dinner Discussion on supporting Financially Precarious Students

We invite staff from Student Services, students, and faculty invested in supporting students in financially precarious situations.  Participants will use media pieces created by students in financially precarious situations or backgrounds to jump-start a discussion to identify opportunities for Student Services to better support students with similar needs and lived experiences.  If you're a student, this is an opportunity to talk directly with staff in Student Services.  If you're a staff member, this is a chance to learn more about the student experience, meet other staff invested in supporting these students, and help build a more equitable Student Services.  


February 12th, 2017: Calling Canada Home: Art-making Cafe

1:30pm - 4:30pm (Location TBA)

Details TBA

March 13th, 2017: Calling Canada Home: Dinner Discussion

4:30pm - 6:30pm (Location TBA)

Details TBA