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If you’re a woman or a non-binary and a person of colour, we’ve got the collective just for you!

Every Wednesday during semesters at 12-1pm, the Women’s Department hosts the Women and Enbies of Colour Collective, and we’d love to see you there.

It will be held online, and in person – over ZOOM and in the WOMEN’S ROOM. Registration link will be up soon!

*the in-person is logistically subject to change depending on COVID restrictions.

NOTE: This is an autonomous event, only women and non-binary students of colour may attend.

The Women’s Department acknowledge that the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nations are the traditional custodians of the land upon which we will be holding this event. We acknowledge that this land was stolen and sovereignty has never been ceded. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.

Speed Friending with UMSU

Without being on campus, it can be hard to make university friends!

Although, goodness knows, tutors try to get chats going in break out rooms, and lecturers drum up excitement around Canvas discussion boards, it can be hard to move past academic content and onto the fun stuff so you can really find your people!

The UMSU Host Program has got you! This year, Speed Friending is BACK (just this time on Zoom). A fail-safe way to quickly make friends and you don’t even need to leave your house!

Held within the loving embrace of some of UMSU’s autonomous departments (meaning departments run by and for students who identify as part of the community the Department represents) and their Arts and Media counterparts, this Zoom event will allow you to meet like-minded, friend-seeking students.

This is a great way to engage with UMSU and your university peers from wherever you are in the world! Whether this is your 1st year or your 4th, come along, find some pals! You never know who is out there waiting for you to meet them.

Come make some friends…FAST !  


EVENT LINEUP

Week 1  

Monday 1st March, 6pm – General Speed Friending  

Tuesday 2nd March, 6pm – Speed Friending with the Women’s Department* 

Wednesday 3rd March, 6pm – Speed Friending with the Creative Arts and Media Departments  

Thursday 4th March, 6pm – Speed Friending with the Disabilities Department* 

Week 2  

Monday 8th March, 6pm- Speed Friending with the People of Colour Department* 

Tuesday 9th March, 6pm – Speed Friending with the Queer Department* 

Wednesday 10th March, 6pm – General Speed Friending 

To figure out which event might be right for you, have a read below and click on the link to book into their Speed Friending session! 

 

Women’s Department*: 

The Women’s Department represents all women, non-binary, trans and gender-diverse students at the University of Melbourne. We run chill weekly collectives where you can socialise with other Gals and Enby Pals, educational events during our Feminist Fridays, as well as activist campaigns like Safety on Campus that combats sexual assault and harassment. 

Register with this Eventbrite to book into Speed Friending with the Women’s Department.

 

Creative Arts and Media Departments:  

You love art? We do too! Creative Arts and Media are here to help all students from all backgrounds and skill-sets find their arty fam and make art at uni. From arty parties to our student magazine Farrago, we have lots on offer so come along and find your people! 

 Register with this Eventbrite to get your free ticket to Speed Friending with the Creative Arts and Media Departments. 

 

Disabilities Department*:  

UMSU Disabilities is a safe and inclusive community which provides a space for students.  We aim to help students living with or experiencing a disability (including mental health), empower themselves and find community through education via our disabilities space, collectives, workshops, events and more!   

Register with this Eventbrite to get your free ticket to Speed Friending with the Disabilities Department. 

 

People of Colour Department*: 

We advocate for and support students of colour, whether by organizing welfare initiatives and social events or fighting for better representation on campus. There is definitely a space for you, you can express yourself and host an anti-racism workshop or submit a piece in Myriad. Pssst we have GREAT food 

Register with this Eventbrite to get your free ticket to Speed Friending with the People of Colour Department.

 

Queer Department* : 

The Queer Department is a safe place for all students who identify as LGBTQIA+ or are questioning. We hold events for all of you lovely queers to meet and get to know each other, and form a community at Unimelb. We also handle advocacy and grievances for queer issues at uni.

Register with this Eventbrite to get your free ticket to Speed Friending with the Queer Department. 

 

General Speed Friending:  

Hosted by the UMSU Host Program (the people that make your campus tours happen) this Speed Friending sesh is open to anyone so long as you’re a student!  We can’t wait to meet you!  

Register with this Eventbrite to get your free ticket!

*Please note events with an asterisk are autonomous and therefore are only open to those belonging to the communities described in the blurbs above.  

 

TL;DR 

Are you a University of Melbourne Student? 

Are you looking for friends? 

Do you have a Zoom account? (we know you do if you answered yes to question 1)  

Sign up here for a Speed Friending session now!! 

Click going on our Facebook Event for some exclusive content in the lead up to SPEED FRIENDING.


The UMSU Host Program and their UMSU Departmental collaborators acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the land where we live, work, and learn, the Wurundjeri and Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin Nations, and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging as well as to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Sovereignty was never ceded. This always was and always will be, Aboriginal land. 

 

Get keen to catch up with your queer gals and your enby pals? Grab your popcorn and hunker down for a movie night!

Running on Zoom, Friday 2nd April at 6:30pm.

SummerFest Online: 23 & 25 February from 11am to 2pm

Meet your student representatives and learn more about your UMSU departments!

It would be kind of weird if the student union wasn’t actually run by students, right? There are a bunch of student representatives who work around the clock to ensure the activities and opportunities available to you are as fun and relevant as possible. Basically every area of uni life (and life in general) is covered by one of these departments. Hosted on Hopin (more info below) you can cruise around the virtual booths to chat with your student reps, learn more about UMSU’s departments or discover the perfect Club for you to find your new uni pals!

READ ON THROUGH THIS PAGE TO LEARN ABOUT:

  • Some of the super-fun things you’ll see in the booths, on stages, in conversations and workshops at SummerFest Online
  • Details on how to join the SummerFest Online event in Hopin (hint – get setup in advance!)
  • Tips on how to make your SummerFest Online experience flow without those annoying glitches that technology likes to throw at us.
  • Important info about the hows and whys we’re hosting SummerFest Online in 2021

 

Here’s some of the awesome stuff you can expect:

23 Feb

STAGE

🌟 11.00-11:15am: Head to the stage for the Welcome to Country with Aunty Di Kerr

🌟 11:30-11:55am: Stars from Union House Theatre  playreading an excerpt from the 2019 UHT production ‘The Lonely Crowd’

🌟 12:30–1:00pm:  Interview with Clea, the Students with Disabilities Representative on Students’ Council

🎸 1.00pm: Australian punk rockers Yours Truly performing an exclusive acoustic set just for YOU

 

SESSIONS

🌟 11:30am–12pm: Cook simple meals on a student budget in Cultural Cooking with UMSU’s POC and International departments.

🌟  12.00-1:00pm: Cook Vietnamese spring rolls with UMSU’s Enviro and Welfare departments

 

EXPO BOOTHS

🌟 11:00am-12:45pm: Pre recorded Q & A with artists about their experience with Arts Programs

🌟 11.15am – 2pm: Chat and Zine-make with Media! Join your Media reps as they make zines, and tell you all about their department.

🌟 11:20-2:00pm: Get to know your Queer department at their booth and play Queer Game Stream

🌟 11:20am-2:00pm: ‘Where Art Thou’! Join your Creative Arts student reps in their live crafty corner for some sweet serARTonin!

🌟 11:30am-12:00pm: Chat with UMSU’s Disability department about what they’ve got planned for this semester.

🌟  11:30am-2:00pm: UMSU Education Public Affairs present: Get to know the department, get involved and ask questions!!

🌟 12:30–1:30pm: Learn about dismantling racism at the People of Colour Active Anti-Racism workshop. *This workshop is non-autonomous, and non-POC people are encouraged to attend.

🌟 12:45-1:00pm: Let’s Talk Tech – Join the UHT team to chat through processes for designing for the stage.

🌟 1:00-1:30pm: Q&A with Brigit and Lindsay the Disability Officers.

🌟 1:00-1:45pm: Intro to Feminist Collectives: live workshop with the Women’s department

🌟 1:00-1:45pm: Welfare Kahoot trivia competition – getting to know the Welfare Department (with prizes!)

 

25 Feb

STAGE

🌟 11.00-11:15am: Head to the stage for the Welcome to Country with Uncle Dave Wandin

🌟 11:30-11:55am: Stars from Union House Theatre playreading an excerpt from the 2019 UHT production ‘The Lonely Crowd’

🌟 12:30–1:00pm:  Interview with Clea, the Students with Disabilities Representative on Students’ Council

🎸 1.00pm: Australian punk rockers Yours Truly performing an exclusive acoustic set just for YOU

 

SESSIONS

🌟12:00-12:30pm: Queer x Disabilities Panel

🌟1:30-2:00pm: Media x Women’s Workshop/Live Discussion on Representation of Women/Non-Binary People of Colour in the Arts.

 

EXPO BOOTHS

🌟 11:15am-1:00pm: Pre recorded Q & A with artists about their experience with Arts Programs

🌟 11:15am-2:00pm: Get to know your Queer department at their booth and play Queer Game Stream

🌟 11:15am-2:00pm: ‘Where Art Thou’ – Join your Creative Arts student representatives in their live crafty corner and get some of that sweet, sweet serARTonin!

🌟 11.15am – 1pm: Chat and Zine-make with Media! Join your Media reps as they make zines, and tell you all about their department.

🌟 11:30am-12pm: Find out about the Disabilities department and their upcoming events

🌟 11:30am-12pm: Welfare Kahoot trivia competition – UMSU and University hacks (with prizes!)

🌟 12:00-1:00pm: Enviro Tree-via, a fun kahoot quiz with the Enviro department

🌟 12:30-2:00pm: Kahoot with UMSU EdPub with questions relating to activism, UniMelb, Australian politics and more.

🌟12:45-1:00pm: Let’s Talk Performance – Come chat with UHT team about performance opportunities available to you.

🌟1:00-1:30pm: Q&A with Lindsay and Brigit the Disability officers for 2021.

 

How to join the SummerFest Online Hopin event.

(STEP 1) Open the event link:

  • Event link for SummerFest Online – 23 February is here
  • Event link for SummerFest Online – 25 February is here 

(STEP 2) Create a login using your UniMelb student email address, and ensure you read the Code of Conduct for participating in the event.

(STEP 3) Click ‘UMSU SummerFest Online’

(STEP 4) Click ‘Enter event’

(STEP 5) Access the different sections via the toolbar on the left:

Stage: Check out the fantastic line up of entertainment. Featured content will be presented like the Welcome to Country, UMSU President’s address, and more

Sessions:  A selection of live sessions with your student representatives which occur at scheduled times throughout the event.

Expo: Browse the various Clubs and Departments or use the search function to look for something specific.  Click on one of the virtual booths to join that space.

Networking:  Meet other students and your student representatives. Click on the Ready button for a minute or two of brief chat with another student chosen at random. After the chat, if you both agree, you’ll have the option to exchange contact details so you can stay connected with the person you have just talked to.  

 

Tips for the best event experience:

  • Use Chrome or Firefox as your internet browser
  • Use your desktop or laptop rather than phone
  • Close your other apps and internet tabs if you’re experiencing lag
  • Refresh your page if you get stuck

Keep an eye on the UMSU SummerFest page and follow UMSU on on Facebook and Instagram to stay across important updates, free events you don’t want to miss, and the occasional spicy meme.

 

 

Got more questions? Check out the SummerFest Hopin FAQs here and READ THE VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION BELOW:

Based on public health advice and the University of Melbourne’s  implementation of social distancing measures, UMSU continues to host the majority of our events online.

For the limited number of in person events, happening on campus, we continue to undertake continues government-recommended measures for all of our in-person events. If you’re coming to campus, make sure you carefully read the unimelb guidelines so you know your responsibilities to help us keep our campuses safe for everyone. Don’t come to campus if you are unwell.  Find out more about coming to campus on the UniMelb coming to campus page. Make sure you complete the online health declaration before coming as we may need proof of completion to enter UMSU events and spaces.

We also understand that this is a difficult and stressful time for everyone and we encourage you to check in on each other, help each other out where possible, and to continue to monitor and comply with public health advice. Additional information is available on the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services and Australian Government Department of Health websites.

We urge everyone to continue to follow the advice of government health authorities with regard to maintaining good hygiene practices. Additional information is available on the Victorian Government Department of Health and Human Services and Australian Government Department of Health websites.

 

JUDY’S PUNCH 2020: CHRYSALIS

🚀 Launching at 7pm Friday 23rd of October 2020

From July to October, we put together a magazine. Come see it launch online at the end of Week 11, before the chaos of exams and deadlines.

Art by Kiara Allis, @kiaragrafiks

🖥 ZOOM LINK
https://unimelb.zoom.us/j/89222350569?pwd=V3YwWk1JcitqSU9WNUVVUzF1QjBDUT09
Password: 713620

This event is non-autonomous and is open to all students!

Changing. Unprecedented. Uncertain. Chaotic. Bewildering. Fucked. When trying to capture the essence of 2020, it’s quite difficult. Because when so much change happens so rapidly, people’s lives get impacted in extremely different ways. In a sense, that’s what ties 2020 together, this incoherence. These historic events we’re experiencing are messy, but we often know that final accounts of historic events are too neat and leave people out. That’s why in this year’s edition of Judy’s Punch we want to get the stories of people who get left out of history. As we are faced with the opportunity to invent a new future, we have the responsibility to ensure the present reflects your present. Whatever it may be.

The Women’s Department acknowledges that the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nations are the traditional custodians of the land upon which we will be holding this event. We acknowledge that this land was stolen and sovereignty has never been ceded. Always was, always will be, Aboriginal land.

Despite being progressive spaces – activist spaces can be exclusionary to women and non-binary people. This workshop is a collaboration between the Education Public and Women’s Departments and will look at the history of women and non-binary people in activism. This workshop will also be followed up by a Feminist Action Collective, which will look at upskilling women and non-binary people in activism.

When: 30th of September 4 PM
Where: Zoom
Register here: https://www.trybooking.com/BKYRP

Please note that transphobia, racism, ableism, classism, fatphobia and misogyny are not acceptable in this space, as well as any other form of discrimination not listed.

We acknowledge that this event is held on stolen lands, and that sovereignty for this land was never ceded. We’d like to pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We’d also like acknowledge that sexism has disproportionately affected Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and non-binary people, and that they should always be at the forefront of our feminist activism.

Whatʻs better than Trivia? Thatʻs right (Tri)via with Queer, Womenʻs and Activities! If youʻre keen to show off your trivia skills or if you just want to bond over your love for drag race, this is the event for you!There will be rounds on Queer history and culture, feminist artists (yes, Iʻm talking about Janelle Monae), and Drag!! 💃 So blast some Beyonce tunes, chuck on some glitter and dress up with your fanciest looks or snuggle up in your comfiest Pjs for a fun, wholesome night! 🥰
Thursday the 24th of September
5:30 – 7:00pm
UMSU Womenʻs, Activities and Queer acknowledges the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation as the traditional owners of the land on which our universtiy stands. We Acknowledge that the land was stolen, sovereignty was never ceded and that no apology can give that land back.

SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN FOR 2020!

Find the content list here: https://bit.ly/2E92Q3U

For all submissions & inquiries please email judyspunch2020@gmail.com

Submissions close on the 4th of September 2020 at 11:59PM

*Open to all women (trans and cis) and non-binary people who are students at the University of Melbourne

Join the Facebook Group:  Judy’s Punch 2020 Collective

Like our Facebook Page: Judy’s Punch

Follow us on Instagram: @judyspunch

 

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Feminist Action Collective

The Feminist Action Collective is run by the UMSU Women’s Department and aims to advocate for feminist causes.

This collective will run fortnightly at 3:15 pm on Thursdays. To register follow the link:
https://unimelb.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIpdu-srD0qG9whZh8hkLnNMmsjSof2cYvU

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

This collective is open to all unimelb students – women (trans and cis), non binary people and allies.

Please note that transphobia, racism, ableism, classism, fatphobia and misogyny are not acceptable in this space, as well as any other form of discrimination not listed.

We acknowledge that this event is held on stolen lands, and that sovereignty for this land was never ceded. We’d like to pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging. We’d also like acknowledge that sexism has disproportionately affected Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and non binary people, and that they should always be at the forefront of our feminist activism.