Equality Fest 2017

  • Oriel College Balloons
11 May, 2017

Equality Fest 2017 will take place in the afternoon on Saturday 13th May, and all College members are invited to drop by for a relaxing afternoon filled with equality-themed events and discussion.

Equality Fest 2017 is a collaborative event which will be jointly hosted by the JCR and MCR, and it is the perfect way to de-stress during this busy Trinity Term. A range of drop-in events will be held between 12 noon and 5pm, including:

Film Screenings in the JCR:

  • ‘Moonlight’ screening plus discussion: 12.30pm – 2.30pm
  • ‘I, Daniel Blake’ screening plus discussion: 3pm – 5pm

Equality 101 Sessions on Feminism and Religion (led by MCR reps): 2pm – 4pm, Conference Room 1.

Yoga and breathing exercises for relaxation in the Walker Room, times as below:

  • 13.30pm to 14.15 – yoga
  • 14.30pm to 15.00pm – breathing exercises
  • 15.15pm to 16.00pm – yoga

Art projects: 12pm – 5pm, 2nd Quad or Beddard Room if rainy. This will include the following activities:

  • Mindfulness colouring – art therapy has long been used to mitigate mental ill health (which, when long-term, is legally considered to be a disability), and mindfulness colouring via ‘Colouring for Grown-Ups’ has become very popular in recent years. Designs are usually abstract and intricate, and can help ease feelings of anxiety or stress by providing a creative outlet.
  • Positivity cards – design a cheerful/positive/encouraging postcard for an anonymous Oriel student. These will be divided between the two common rooms and distributed to students via the welfare reps. People experiencing anxiety and depression (or just dealing with stress) sometimes find art and service to others to be helpful in easing rumination and other symptoms, and it’s always nice to be surprised with an encouraging card!
  • Diversity cards – write (and illustrate, if you like!) a postcard explaining one thing which surprised you about Oxford or the UK. Given the diverse backgrounds of our students and staff, Oxford and/or the UK can sometimes seem like a baffling place. Reminding ourselves that some things we take for granted are not universal is key to making a more inclusive community. Participants are invited to add their postcards to the provided display so that observers can see what bits of Oxford/British life have been surprising to others.

Diversi-TEA and cakes: Call in for free cakes and sweets from around the world, all afternoon from 12pm – 5pm, MacGregor Room.