I am beyond excited to share what I’ve been working over the past few months. Like many of you, I have been deeply saddened by the hate amplified by the Trump administration, as well as the ongoing systemic racism in our world. While I believe that speaking out is important, I wanted to do more. I wanted to find a way to physically action change. And I wanted to do it in a way that others could easily join me. In collaborating we all become a part of a bigger picture. We create a collective healing.
Here’s the plan:
We have set up a series of anti-prejudice bursaries at Ryerson University in Toronto. After months of research and learning about scholarships, bursaries, endowment funds etc I searched to find a way in which the maximum amount of funds raised could go to the cause. Having an award set up directly at an educational institution means that 100% of monies donated will go to the bursaries. Zero fees! With the logistics now sorted and the awards all set up, it is easy for others to participate. I invite you and your friends in the maker community to join me in fundraising to support BIPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ students. The awards are named the “Handmade Collective Awards” to express the fact that these are not “my” bursaries, they are “our” bursaries. Together we can support multiple students in their quest to get an education to better their futures. Let’s do it!
HANDMADE COLLECTIVE AWARDS
Handmade Collective Awards are financial aid bursaries funded by individuals and businesses in the maker industry wishing to take a stand against prejudice. The program, initiated by Berene Campbell of Happy Sew Lucky, brings makers together through various creative fundraising projects, with the goal of giving power back to those that have had it taken away from them. The awards seek students who themselves are involved in community or in social justice work – thereby completing the circle of the collective concept of working together for change.
There are three ways to support this important cause:
1. PURCHASE A FUNDRAISER PATTERN from Happy Sew Lucky.
(These projects will vary over time.)
• RISE UP & SHINE quilt pattern – 100% of the profit through November 30 will go to the fund.
• BLACK LIVES MATTER quilt pattern – 100% of the profit into perpetuity will go to the fund.
2. MAKE A DIRECT DONATION:
Donations made here on the Ryerson site will go to the the Handmade Collective Awards. 100% of the amount donated goes towards the bursaries. Tax receipts will be issued for amounts of $25.00 or greater.
3. HOST YOUR OWN FUNDRAISER:
Whatever your craft or field of creativity we’d love to have you join this collective effort. By doing so you stand up for your principles, support communities that need to be seen and heard, and you connect with other creatives with similar mindsets. By promoting each others fundraising projects we all expand the reach of our fundraisers, as well as build and share a customer base of like-minded individuals wishing to work together for change. Contact Berene via the Contact page if you have a fundraiser idea you’d like to discuss.
ABOUT THE BURSARIES:
3 x $1,000 awards will be awarded to Ryerson students in 2020:
One each to a Black, an Indigenous and a 2SLGBTQ+ student.
We have committed to fundraising for a minimum of 3 awards each year, for at least the next 5 years. Any additional funds raised over the $15,000 commitment will become additional bursaries. The more we raise the more students we help! There is no limit to the number of bursaries we can award in the name of this fund.
Why Ryerson University?
In 2016, Canada welcomed over 30,000 Syrian refugees to find safety and a new life. While organizing “Quilts for Refugees” Berene learned about Ryerson’s Lifeline Syria Challenge, in which they mobilized their student community to sponsor 11 refugee families and help these newcomers get settled. This amazingly inclusive project really impressed her. Fast forward to 2020, when searching for an institution that had a diverse student population and leadership that was proactively anti-prejudice, Ryerson fit the bill.
Ryerson University is proudly diverse and intentionally inclusive. They are home to a community of individuals from diverse backgrounds, perspectives and experiences, from students to faculty and staff. At Ryerson, one of the primary purposes of equity, diversity and inclusion is to help shape our students to become global citizens and build their cultural competence.
Ryerson’s Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion works to make equity, diversity and inclusion a central focal point for all faculties, departments and community members on campus through a variety of programs and reports. In particular, Ryerson focuses on groups that have been historically and continue to be discriminated against.
Ryerson is proud to support and celebrate its Black, First Nations, Metis and Inuit, and 2SLGBTQ+ students through an array of scholarships and bursaries. Many include a comprehensive suite of wraparound supports, such as mentoring, career guidance, and sector-specific coaching from industry experts.
Their goal is to enhance financial aid for Black, First Nations, Metis and Inuit, and 2SLGBTQ+ students at Ryerson to receive greater support and opportunities throughout their academic careers. Increasing financial support for these students seeks to address the systemic barriers that their communities face in accessing resources needed to help them succeed in their studies and community involvement.
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