It’s that time of the year again – you guessed it, Ryerson’s annual conference is back. This year it’s going to be as big as ever with many guest speakers, performances as well as interactive events for attendees. The theme this year will be ‘The Complexity of Blackness‘.
BASE members will have the chance to get 25% off their tickets through the use of our discount code. In order to get the discount code you MUST email us so we can double check your membership (must be a paid member).
Here are some details as well as past photos from the event:
The 8th Annual National Black Students Conference is titled ‘ The Complexity of Blackness’. The focus this year is on the individuals who make up our community. How does masculinity impact Black men? What affect does common discourse on hair have on Black women? This year we seek to identify the way in which we all experience blackness through understanding our individual selves and identities.
DAY 1: Friday,November 18th
On Friday evening, we will feature a conference launch with an overview of the weekend, a keynote speaker, cultural performances such as singers, poets, dancers, and so forth and the opportunity to meet with other delegates while enjoying food.
Delegates will have the opportunity to socialize and relax with one another at Ram in the Rye, Ryerson’s student-owned pub. With lit tunes, music will include HipHop, Afrobeats, Soca, Dancehall and more.
DAY 1: Friday, November 18th
On Friday evening, we will feature a conference launch with an overview of the weekend, a Keynote speaker, cultural performances such as singers, poets, dancers, and so forth and the opportunity to meet with other delegates while enjoying food.
Social Event (Optional)
Delegates will have the opportunity to socialize and relax with one another at Ram in the Rye, Ryerson’s student-owned pub. With the amazing DJ Kyeazy, music will include Hip Hop, Afrobeats, Soca, Dancehall and more. *This event is free for conference attendees and also open to the public with a $5 cover fee.
DAY 2: Saturday,November 19th
Breakfast and Anti-Oppression Workshop
Breakfast will be served while starting the day off with our Anti-Oppression Workshop in order to ensure that delegates are informed about respecting the space and opinions of others throughout the day.
Issue and Skill Based Workshops
Delegates will get the opportunity to participate in 3 out of the 7 possible workshops presented by experienced facilitators and community leaders. Each workshop will include a historical context but will emphasize present day action and interactive activities as a response to our current position.
Formal Gala Dinner
Dinner will be served in the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel – Trinity Ballroom and will include a three course meal and unlimited beverages for the evening. There will be a Keynote Speaker and special cultural performances. At the end of the evening the ballroom will be transformed into a fabulous dance space with everything from Afrobeats to Dancehall.
DAY 3: Sunday,November 20th
Open Mic and Brunch
Brunch will be served in the morning accompanies by an open mic component. After spending the whole weekend breaking down the diverse Black identities that make up the community this will be a space to celebrate them. We invite all delegates with any form of performative talent (singing, spoken word, wrapping, djing, instrument playing, acting etc.) to participate.