In addition to the TCSA, which also acts as a levy group, the following is a list of levy groups at Trent University. For more information about the TCSA please visit our about page. Refund requests for refundable levies must be made directly to the organization. Please refer to the email contacts listed.
Established in 1999, Absynthe Magazine works to provide an open forum for students to write about their personal interests and opinions. The magazine is submission-based and provides a vehicle that is accepting of all expressive forms. Production staff are always looking for printable submissions from anyone who wants to speak out with one-time submissions or regular columns.
With a holistic approach to wellness, Trent Active Minds (TAM) works to reduce the stress that can lead to mental illness and to change the conversation about mental illness on campus. Interested? Become an Active Minds Board member, become an Active Minds intern, teach others about your stress management tips, help take this young initiative to the next level, work on our website and more!
The Anne Shirley Theatre Company brings quality theatre to Trent University each year. ASTC has historically produced one musical every year, and as of the 2013-2014 year, ASTC has grown to incorporate the production of a play as well as an improvisation group. ASTC strives to produce theatre programming within the Trent University Community that is as accessible and inclusive as possible. ASTC wishes to provide opportunities for students to experience all aspects of theatre, both on and off the stage.
Arthur is Peterborough and Trent University’s Independent Press. We publish weekly during the school year and have a print circulation of about three thousand copies. Arthur’s goal is to produce a weekly newspaper that gives informative, interesting and accurate accounts of events and issues relevant to Trent students and the broader Peterborough community. We offer paid and volunteer positions to students as well as the opportunity to serve on our Board of Directors. Get involved by: contributing articles or photography; assisting with editing, layout, or web development; helping with fundraising and events, and more. No experience necessary - anyone with an interest in student media is welcome.
B!KE teaches bike repair and maintenance to the Peterborough community through open shop hours, special workshops, and events. B!KE is an incorporated not-for-profit organization. We’re sustained by volunteers, and funded in part by membership and small parts sales, as well as grants provided by various organizations. We are working towards the establishment of a permanent, student-run workshop at Trent with the tools, parts and guidance for DIY bike repair and a Bike Share program to serve the campus. Check our website for info and hours!
The Centre for Gender and Social Justice (CGSJ) is a feminist organization dedicated to a politic of resistance. The CGSJ is a social space to meet, share, create and organize with other feminists of all genders and sexes from the Trent and the Peterborough communities. You can: volunteer, start or join a working group, write for our Arthur column RESIST, access safer sex supplies, check out our zine, feminist porn and resource library and come to our events!
The Trent Community Movements Conference is an annual event organized by the Trent student-led group Student Association for International Development (SAID). The event aims to provide a forum for students and academic scholars to discuss issues pertaining to international development.
This conference will provide an important opportunity for networking, skill sharing, and fostering linkages between international, national, and local movements. This is an inclusive space where participants can actively engage with one another on matters of common concern for extractivism and the impacts of development.
The conference includes presentations and workshops from academics and social activists concerned with extractivism and its relation to development studies and the current global economic recession.
The Journal of Undergraduate Studies (JUST) is a peer-reviewed, academic publication that aims to create space for exchange of quality undergraduate research from Trent University. By giving the Trent community access to the research of its scholars, JUST facilitates discussions on all aspects of academia. JUST is committed to interdisciplinary study and research, which is central to the Trent experience. JUST welcomes well-supported, well-reasoned essays and research from all disciplines. Only manuscripts written while the author is enrolled as an undergraduate student at Trent University are eligible. Upon graduation, authors have one year to submit manuscripts. Please don’t hesitate to contact JUST if you are interested in submitting a manuscript or becoming a member of the journal’s staff.
Find alternative information on global issues, curl-up on a comfy couch for a quiet read or study basked in warm sunlight in the KWIC Global Education and Resource Centre. Get involved with Trent and community events, workshops, conferences and working groups. KWIC hosts students for TCCBE research and service learning projects, TWSP & TIP paid positions, volunteer internships and alternative education placements. ES B101 is a prayer-friendly space, home to Sustainable Trent and hosts a plethora of alternative social justice and alternative resources, including Trent’s Environmental Resource Studies and Indigenous Environmental Studies collections. A registered charitable education centre and Trent student group since 1989, KWIC strives to be an accessible, welcoming space for all Trent students. We look forward to seeing you!
OPIRG Peterborough is a non-profit organization that organizes a wide variety of events and services with a social and environmental justice mandate. Students can get involved as volunteers, board members, or part time staff. OPIRG operates the Free Market where free clothing and household goods can be picked up. For more information on hours, events and opportunities, contact us by phone (705-741-1208) or e-mail (email@example.com).
Situated in an elegant and spacious redbrick Queen Anne style building just north of Parkhill and George, Sadleir House is a cultural and educational facility for the University and Peterborough community. Sadleir House has space for performances, meetings, discussions, studying, reading, creativity, adventure, learning, growing and general absurdity. Organisation offices, event space, common rooms, performance space, libraries - there's a little of everything inside of Sadleir House.
Located in downtown Peterborough, Sadleir House serves as an important bridge and meeting place between the University and Peterborough communities. The licenced Dining Hall hosts regular events (like live music) throughout the year and functions often occur in the Harry Hobbs Memorial Library. Students are encouraged to check the website often to find out what's happening.
All students are welcome and encouraged to become involved with the groups and activities of Sadleir House. Opportunities to become involved in the governance of Sadleir House are available to students through student-specific seats on its Board of Directors. Election to the Board occurs each year in the winter semester; students are encouraged to contact Sadleir House for further information. Ultimately, it's your House - so spend some time getting to know, and hopefully love, Sadleir House.
PCAP is an anti-poverty organization committed to the idea that people are powerful when they organize themselves collectively to resist political-economic systems and regressive government policies. PCAP is a direct action anti-poverty group made up of poor people and their allies. PCAP mounts social justice campaigns against regressive government policies that affect the poverty class, homeless, and low-income working communities. We provide direct-action advocacy to struggle in solidarity with and support individuals affected by social services (e.g. OW, ODSP, and EI), housing and landlord issues, police harassment, squatter’s rights and CAS. We also provide free advocacy for individuals and families. PCAP is continually looking for people to help with direct action, administration, and advocacy. If you would like more information about how to join PCAP as a member, or how to become a volunteer in our campaigns and advocacy work, or interested in attending our monthly meetings (everyone is welcome) please e-mail us. Students wishing to have their levy fee refunded must contact PCAP before October 31.
The Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre (KSAC) is a not-for-profit, charitable organization established to provide sexual assault services and public education to the community. It is dedicated to providing immediate, free, confidential services to victims/survivors of recent and historical sexual assault. Services include a 24-hour crisis line, individual and group counseling, advocacy, accompaniment, outreach services, public education and a volunteer program. The Centre offers community events such as Take Back the Night, and works with other groups in the Peterborough community on special programs for International Women’s Day, Week Without Violence, and National Victims of Crime Awareness Week.
The PSC seeks to establish an affordable downtown housing alternative to on-campus residence and downtown landlords. As members of a non-profit student cooperative, every month of rent we pay would go straight into the buildings we live in and the food we eat; in fact, we would be our own landlords! We are considering a number of potential site locations. The cooperative will be a sustainable project that will combine social events with community involvement and educational opportunities. We currently have an elected Board of Directors and four Member Committees, including Site Planning, Finance, Community Relations, and Operations. All members are encouraged to sign-up for a committee and contribute their energy and knowledge to the effort!
The SAFS Society is founded on the concept of food sovereignty . We believe farmers can feed our growing population while sustaining and regenerating the ecological resource base and succeeding economically. We believe in truly democratic and equitable food systems, locally, regionally and globally, maintaining that quality, healthful and culturally appropriate food is a basic human right. Our mission is to create a community for Trent students to share, experience, and learn, deepening their sustainable food understanding.
Sustainable Trent is a student driven initiative supported by university-wide participation. The objective of Sustainable Trent is to make Trent University more environmentally, economically and socially sustainable, as well as to provide education and awareness on a variety of issues. Sustainable Trent was created to encourage members of the University community to take action on the issues that are important to them. Some of the programs Sustainable Trent has launched or are working on developing include: promoting a bottled water free campus, a paper reduction policy, the Lug-a-Mug campaign, the Graduation Green Pledge, sending members to the Sierra Youth Coalition’s Provincial Sustainability Conference and providing opportunities for students to propose projects of their own and receive funding to implement them. Sustainable Trent also works with Aramark, EcoTrent, the Physical Resources Department and the Bata Library to reduce waste, improve compost and recycling diversion rates, and improve water and energy conservation. We also plan several yearly events such as Early Earth Day and the Trent-Lakefield Bike-a-Thon. Sustainable Trent welcomes new members, ideas and projects. Please contact us!
Located in the heart of Champlain College, the Ceilie is Trent University’s fully-licensed, all-ages campus pub. Open 12 to 7, Monday - Friday, the Ceilie is an excellent alternative food service and campus hangout. This student-staffed pub offers free pool, TV, and homemade pub fare featuring product from local and independent suppliers such as bakeries, butchers, dairy farmers and breweries. Hosting an event? The Ceilie has all of the details covered, from catering to cocktails! For more information check out our Facebook Page, follow us on Twitter @the_Ceilie, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Theatre Trent is an executive body that administers money for theatre projects. There are usually three funding deadlines: one in October/November, one in January/February and another in April/May for summer projects. Please submit funding proposals for ideas and shows – we have your money! Application forms and more information are available on our website. Theatre Trent also provides links to the Peterborough theatre community. We have a storage space at Sadleir house which holds our donated and purchased costumes and props.
The Trent Annual is one of the oldest student organizations at Trent, capturing moments of Trent’s vivid and colourful student life in a student produced yearbook. Student submissions are always sought. Alternatively, if you love photography, design and layout, paid positions at the Annual are available for you to indulge your zeal for photography and design and leave your mark on Trent’s history.
Trent Child Care Inc. is a non-profit organization which provides high quality, regulated child care for children from six weeks to twelve years of age. One third of the space at its campus site is designated for the children of Trent students. The student levy, a key piece of Trent Child Care’s funding, helps to fund the infant program.
The Board of Directors is committed to returning a portion of the levy to Trent student parents who have a child enrolled in the program. Each student parent receives a $75 Book Award which can be used to order children`s books from the Scholastic Book Club. Trent Child Care Inc. is a United Way agency.
The Trent Film Society is a student and community group established in 1969 that works to create a space for cinema in Peterborough through free, public, curated film screenings. We hold film screenings at Artspace Gallery on Aylmer St. (an accessible space), every week during the regular school term. Screenings are open to everyone, not just students, and there is never an admission charge.
TISA represents the multiculturalism and acts as a bridge between the International and the Domestic students at Trent University. We are the second largest students’ association at Trent, through which students may represent various talents and become more aware of the different cultures around the world. You can get involved with TISA by joining the association, the TISA Choir, any of the regional groups on campus, and also by volunteering to help organize events throughout the academic year!
At present, the Nature Areas occupy about 55 per cent of the Symons Campus (some 518 hectares in all) and represent 40 per cent of the “green space” in the City of Peterborough. The student levy permits the University, through the Nature Areas Committee (NAC), to undertake (in part) the hiring of student workers and financing student research in the NAs. They may plan events such as tours led by naturalists and general outdoor activity days. In the past, the levy has provided funds for research by students in the NAs and for prizes in nature area photography contests. During the summer, levy funds contribute to maintaining trails (eg. signage, mowing and grading) and boardwalks, as well as photocopying and printing maps. The work of the Nature Areas Committee is enhanced by the levy, which is the most significant ongoing source of funding for the NAs. The NAC and the University community as a whole are most grateful to students at Trent for their support of the University’s Nature Areas.
The Trent Queer Collective strives to build and strengthen an active, visible and inclusive Queer community at Trent University and in the wider Peterborough area by connecting people to each other, to supportive networks, to information resources, and to Queer media. We seek to provide support and promote acceptance through the creation of safe social spaces that are free of judgment and prejudice against any group or individual. The Trent Queer Collective encourages and celebrates diversity, equality, positivity, understanding, inclusivity and fun.
Each year new students to the Trent community become a vital part of Trent Radio. It’s a great way to learn about the Peterborough-area community and to share your ideas, music and meet new friends. Trent Radio offers students the opportunity to get involved in radio, produce their own shows, and gives them access to studio training and time. Drop by to check us out, have a coffee and a chat.
Trent Gives is a student charity group that encourages support and donations towards a chosen charity each academic year. Trent has been participating in this charity program for many years, raising thousands of dollars every year. With the help and support of many student groups, local businesses as well as the Colleges, Trent has been a key contributor to this worth while cause!
Get involved at Trent and in the community with Frontier College at Trent University. Volunteer in one of our amazing programs to get valuable experience working with seniors, children or students in Peterborough. Choose from tutoring, reading circle, seniors program, homework club or ESL and help others develop literacy skills and a love for reading. Be part of the team today!
The Trent University Emergency First Response Team (TUEFRT) is a student run volunteer organization which provides first response first aid treatment to anyone who is injured or having a sudden medical emergency on the Trent Symons campus. TUEFRT is on call 24/7 throughout the fall and winter sessions and responds to a wide range of injuries and emergencies. If you are interested in joining the team or finding out more about the service we provide please e-mail or call us.
For injury and illness related incidents: 705.748.1333
The Trent University Music Society (TUMS) serves as an umbrella organization for smaller music oriented groups within the University. The Society currently supports the Trent Madrigal Choir, the Trent Jazz Band, the Trent Concert Choir and the Trent Concert Band. TUMS also hosts a variety of events throughout the academic year, such as an intercollegiate Battle of the Bands, and a final concert each semester. TUMS encourages students to organize their own music-oriented events or groups by providing them funding via an application process which occurs twice each year. For info and upcoming events please visit: trentumusic.ca
The Trent Fencing Club was founded in 2013 to continue to legacy of fencing at Trent University. The Trent Fencing Club functions as a competitive OUA team attending tournaments from October to March. It runs as both a competitive team and a club for those wishing to learn and pursue the joys of fencing.
For over a decade organic vegetables have been grown in Trent's rooftop gardens on the ERS building. This, combined with the new one-acre field garden is now producing food for the Seasoned Spoon Cafi and the Peterborough community, primarily for Food not Bombs. The food grown in these gardens is given to these groups for free, and as such, your levy fee provides invaluable support towards maintaining garden infrastructure and offering meaningful summer employment for a garden coordinator. In addition to growing food, the on-campus gardens are valuable learning spaces for research, for workshops and for providing students with more informal opportunities to learn gardening skills. The gardens are part of the Food and Agriculture emphasis program at Trent, run through the Environment and Resource Studies department. If you are interested in doing a project with the garden through the TCCBE or simply in volunteering, we would love to hear from you!
Trent Oxfam is a student levy supported working group that strives to promote awareness, build community relationships and foster a community of sharing around food, climate and gender issues on both a local and international scale. The group hosts various events, funds retreats and conferences, and facilitates social, gender and climate justice focused workshops in the Trent and Peterborough Community. We are affiliated with Oxfam Canada and align ourselves with the greater organization's focus on poverty alleviation and disaster relief. Please find us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/
Got a night class? Studying late at a friend’s place? Trained WALKHOME volunteers are available every night to walk you from one place to another on Symons Campus or downtown at Traill and Champlain College Annex. Call 705.748.1748 to request a walk.
Service hours are Mon. - Fri. from 7 p.m. – 1 a.m., Sat. - Sun. from 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Be a WALKHOME volunteer. Meet new people, learn your way around campus, add to your resume and co-curricular record, be part of the Trent community. Send us an e-mail to volunteer.
The Warming Room exists to provide a safe, warm place for the most vulnerable to sleep during the winter months. We also desire to begin to break down the barriers that exist in the city of Peterborough by providing a space where volunteers and overnight guests have a chance to meet, talk, and learn from one another. We’re open every night of the week from 8:30 pm – 8:00 am from November 1st to April 30th and run primarily with the support of volunteers.
For many, the Warming Room is a last resort when they are unable to utilize any other resource in the city. For this reason we have an open door policy where all, no matter the state they are in when they arrive, are welcome.
We have a staff of 4 people, who work to serve the guests and encourage and empower the volunteers. Staff, volunteers, and visiting community organizations will also help to connect guests with resources, especially those that help to secure safe affordable housing. Safety of the volunteers and guests is the top priority of the Warming Room.
The Warming Room is a ministry of St. John’s Anglican Church, Peterborough in partnership with Murray St. Baptist Church and the City of Peterborough.
World University Service of Canada (WUSC) is a non-governmental organisation that aims to foster human development and global understanding through education and training. WUSC is a network of individuals and local committees at post-secondary institutions who believe that all peoples are entitled to the knowledge and skills necessary to contribute to a more equitable world. The Trent WUSC Local Committee is a campus-based group of students, faculty and staff dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of international development issues on campus and in the community. It facilitates the objectives of WUSC by promoting the awareness of refugee issues through educational events and activities. The Local Committee also participates in WUSC's Student Refugee Program (SRP). Each year the Local Committee sponsors one refugee student to study at Trent, thereby enabling the student to gain an education which has been denied to them because of war, political repression or persecution in their home country. Since 1978, WUSC's SRP has enabled over 850 student refugees to resume their studies at Canadian universities and colleges. The Local Committee is always looking for volunteers to help organise educational events and help manage the SRP. Contact the Local Committee to find out about volunteer opportunities, events and the possibility of participating in WUSC programs overseas.
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