What’s Happening August 3-7 on Stories from a Distance

Stories from a Distance logo, reading "Stories from a distance, being together while being apart", with the speech bubble with 3 dots.Stories from a Distance encourages students to find community through conversation. Students can expect to be welcome into a virtual space (over Zoom) created by and for students looking to invest in meaningful connections within their campus community over the Summer.

Here’s what this coming week will look like: Schedule of the week on Stories from a Distance

CIVIC HOLIDAY! No scheduled programming.

Monday, August 3

Laptop with a campfire on the screen.Virtual Fireside Chats: Let’s talk about… minimalism, essentialism and other things that spark joy on campus!

Tuesday, August 4 at 1:00 – 2:00 PM, Hosted by Gillian

Let’s talk about…minimalism and other things that spark joy! The minimalist lifestyle is about living with only the things you need. Have you tried to incorporate any minimalistic practices into your daily life as a student or working professionals? Do you have any tips on how to declutter and figure out what sparks joy in your life? What does applying minimalism in university/work look like for you? Bring your stories, bring a snack, and we’ll see you in the zoom call.

Join us here on Zoom (Password: 608182)

A circle of friends.Virtual Cafe: Mindful Drawing

Wednesday, August 5 at 1:00 – 2:00 PM, Hosted by Vatsal & Carly

This week, the Stories from a Distance community is coming together on Zoom for some collective art-making to engage in artistic forms of decompressing. Over this 1-hour Zoom call, we will be drawing as a way to ground ourselves, decompress, and stop scrolling for a moment. Doodlers, artists, and scribblers are all welcome. We hope this week’s efforts to cultivate our virtual community also bring about art you would be proud to hang on your fridge!

Join us here on Zoom (Password: 608182)

Two speech bubbles overlapped with a heart in the centre.Peer Support: Let’s talk about… Social Life on a Virtual Campus

Thursday, August 6 at 1:00 – 2:00 PM, Hosted by Psalm & Carly

This week, we’re talking about how COVID-19 has shifted how we support one another. How can we continue to socialize with people and make friends? You can expect anything from a casual virtual hangout, guided discussions, or carefree socializing activities. You’ll be welcomed into a virtual space that is inclusive, empathetic, and empowering. These zoom sessions are safe spaces for U of T community members looking for confidential and non-judgmental peer support. Sessions will be moderated and guided by I-Hub staff, and students trained in active-listening and group facilitation. In all of our sessions, participation is encouraged but never required!

Join us here on Zoom (Password: 608182)

A pen drawing random shapes on a paper.FreestyleFriday: Virtual Escape Room

Friday, August 7 at 4:00 – 5:00 PM, Hosted by Vatsal & Carly

Welcome to our virtual escape room! Come apply all your U of T intelligence to attempting to escape from Hogwarts in this Harry Potter-themed digital escape room. Members will be broken in to breakout rooms and compete against one another to see who can get through the escape room as quickly as possible. FreeStyle Fridays are one-hour sessions every Friday to bring the U of T community together for casual conversation and themed, carefree activities. These student-led spaces are opportunities to have fun and take a break from school or work with other U of T community members amidst a summer affected by COVID-19.

Join us here on Zoom (Password: 277479)

Be sure to join the conversation on our Facebook group and let us know on the Facebook event if you can make it. See you all soon, and have a great week!

For more information, please visit: http://blogs.studentlife.utoronto.ca/innovationhub/stories-from-a-distance/

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