RRU Diversity Action Group: Upcoming events!

Orange shirt day and Light Up Purple

Diversity Action Group: Who we are

The Diversity Action Group (DAG) is a working group made up of students, faculty, and staff at Royal Roads. We are passionate champions of inclusivity. We support diversity-related initiatives and events, raise awareness about issues and inform and educate the university community on the experience of people from diverse backgrounds. Our goal is to foster understanding, compassion and acceptance in our community.

We have some DAG-supported events coming up this fall that we’re excited to share with you!

Orange Shirt Day – September 29, 2017

Orange Shirt Day is celebrated on September 30. In order to include as many people as possible, the DAG would like to hold a celebration on campus at Royal Roads on September 29. If you have an orange shirt, please wear it to campus that day! If you need one and would like to support the Orange Shirt Day Society, you can do so here. We will have a photo taken of everyone who can make it at the top of the Neptune stairs at 12:10 p.m. This event is also in the Crossroads calendar, if you would like to add it to your Outlook calendar. To learn about the history of Orange Shirt Day in Canada, please read the summary below. We would also like to encourage everyone to take some time to Phyllis’ story.

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in the spring of 2013. It grew out of Phyllis' story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually.The date was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools, and because it is an opportunity to set the stage for anti-racism and anti-bullying policies for the coming school year. It also gives teachers time to plan events that will include children, as we want to ensure that we are passing the story and learning on to the next generations.Orange Shirt Day is also an opportunity for First Nations, local governments, schools and communities to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and hope for generations of children to come. Learn more on the orange shirt day website.

Light Up Purple for World Mental Health Day – October 10, 2017

World Mental Health Day is an initiative of the World Federation of Mental Health. It is intended to drive global mental health awareness, education and advocacy. Light Up Purple is an initiative of the Amanda Todd Legacy Society, which was founded by Carol Todd in memory of her daughter Amanda. Amanda Todd took her life on October 10, 2012, after years of suffering from mental health related symptoms due to bullying, cyber abuse, and harassment. On October 10, we honour those who struggle with mental illness while working to remove the social stigma around it. Royal Roads students can access support and assistance with their mental health through the Royal Roads website. Royal Roads staff and faculty can access support through Alive@Work, and our Human Resources Department.

DAG will ask students, faculty and staff to share selfies wearing purple clothing, or anything purple, and to tag our social media with their photos #LightUpPurple.

Early on-campus promotion: DAG will be creating awareness among our on-campus student population as well as faculty and staff by hosting an info-table at our annual Campus Connect event on October 4, 2017. We have ordered purple glow bracelets and will be creating small handouts with information about World Mental Health Day – we will also have markers available for people to make purple nametags and talk about World Mental Health Day.

World Mental Health Day On-Campus: We will host four different lunchtime events on October 10 which align to the four components of wellness: mental, spiritual, social and emotional. Details to come!