The Respect Campaign hosts several events throughout the year to encourage all members of our college community to "Be the difference". We welcome you to join us at many of our events held throughout the year, all led through our Respect Reps and Respect Leaders.
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 on the second Friday every November, the Respect Campaign encourages the Conestoga community to take part in selfless acts of kindness to others. We encourage everybody to show just how we are a community that is grounded on courtesy, respect and civility for one another! Student Life Department Staff also bring Random Act of Kindness Day to our Waterloo, Guelph and Cambridge campuses.
Kindness cards are distributed throughout campus in advance to the day, as well as on the day itself. We encourage everybody to pick up a Kindness card and pass it onto another individual when you perform an act of kindness for them. Then, encourage another person to then "pay it forward" with an act of kindness to somebody else!
Learn more about Random Act of Kindness Day here.
Annually in the Spring, the Respect Reps team hosts Respect Week at the Doon Campus. With a mix of both educational and celebratory community events, Respect Week is focused on celebrating the diversity of our student community and providing education on the importance of respect. Each year, the Respect Reps determine many of the events that happen throughout the week, and brainstorm ways to educate others about respect.
View the video on the right to see a segment from Rogers TV's Cable 20 "Newsmakers" showcasing our March 2010 Respect Week event! Thank you, Rogers TV!
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, challenge their assumptions 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, is held 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 Women's Crisis Services of Waterloo Region and the Anselma House women's shelter. Following the event, the t-shirts are hung in the Student Life Centre.
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 Student Committee leaders visit areas on campus to share treats and say thanks to everyone for such a great year at Conestoga!
The Respect Campaign hosts its display booth at multiple times throughout the year at several on-campus events, including Orientation, Pond Party, Waterloo & Guelph Campus BBQs, Celebrating Cultural Diversity Week, Survivor Conestoga, and more! Keep your eyes peeled for the Respect display, and say hello to one of your fellow Respect Leaders hosting the booth.