The Respect Campaign hosts several events throughout the year to encourage all members of our college community to "Be the difference", all led through our Respect Reps and Respect Leaders. We welcome you to join us at one of the following events:
- Random Act of Kindness Day
- Welcome Back Day
- Respect Week
- Human Library
- The Clothesline Project
- Smile Epidemic
- Thank You Day
You will also see our Respect Reps and Leaders involved in other Student Life and community initiatives. Feel free to say hello and ask questions!
Random Act of Kindness Day
Since its launch in 2008, the Respect Campaign partners annually with the Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation to participate in Waterloo Region's Random Act of Kindness Day.
Hosted by our Respect Reps every November at Doon, Waterloo, Guelph and Cambridge campuses, the Respect Campaign encourages the Conestoga community to take part in selfless acts of kindness to others.
Learn more about Random Act of Kindness Day.
Welcome Back Day
Welcome Back Day is an opportunity to connect with new and returning students on our campuses after returning from Winter holidays. Our Respect team offers treats and is available to answer questions as students adjust to the College environment. It is a great way to kick off a new semester and reinforce the important of a positive and respectful environment on campus.
March 3-7, 2014
Student Life is hosting this week-long event at Doon Campus to engage students, faculty and staff through the message of the Respect Campaign. The interactive and educational activities planned by our Respect Leaders and Respect Reps will inspire you to Be the Difference by fostering a welcoming, inclusive and respectful campus community. Be a positive role model as you learn about topics of respect, teamwork, self-care, diversity and citizenship.
Students, faculty and staff at the College are encouraged to pre-register for the HIV/Hep C workshops, testing, and the Human Library.
For more information about the event or to pre-register, contact:
Laura Black, Student Life Programmer-Community Initiatives
Lblack@conestogac.on.ca | 519-748-5220 ext. 2373
The Human Library, held each year during Respect Week, is hosted in partnership with the Library Resource Centre. This interactive event gives students the opportunity to challenge assumptions and stereotypes by engaging in real-time conversations with "Human Books." Students have the chance to ask questions and gain knowledge and understanding of the various demographics within the college community by "borrowing" a "Human Book".
The "Human Books" are volunteers representing specific demographics. By having the opportunity to speak about their experiences, both students and the "Human Books" alike will be able to promote acceptance, celebrate differences and encourage understanding of people who come from varied cultural or lifestyle backgrounds.
The Clothesline Project, held in celebration for International Women's Day, occurs annually in the spring to promote healthy relationships and respectful friendships in the campus community. Since 1990, college and university campuses around the world have organized "Clothesline Projects" to celebrate healthy relationships and raise awareness of violence against women. By decorating a t-shirt, the Conestoga community is welcomed to share their own personal meanings of respect. Donations received through the event then help to support agencies and organizations sharing in the work to end violence against women and trans*. Following the event, the t-shirts are hung in the Student Life Centre. to continue spreading the message of Respect.
The Smile Epidemic
The Smile Epidemic is another exercise we facilitate during Respect Week. The activity is linked to the online project that started as a Tumblr blog, went viral and grew into a socially innovative business. The idea is that the more we share what makes us grateful, the more we scan our environment for the positive rather than the negative in our lives. It is a safe, fun and positive environment where one simply writes down what makes them happy, snaps a self-portrait of that happy thought and shares that picture with a global social network.
For more information on the social project visit http://www.thesmileepidemic.com
Thank You Day
Thank You Day is a lighthearted, feel-good day on our campus, as we thank all members of our campus community who contribute to reinforcing a positive and respectful environment on campus. Respect Reps and Leaders visit areas on campus to share treats and say thanks to everyone for such a great year at Conestoga!