CHREA Resources & Referrals
Resources and referrals for Trent Students, Staff and Faculty for both Peterborough and Durham campuses. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like your training, support service or group resource information to be featured on this webpage.
- Do you have an accessible format request? Please email email@example.com or call 705-748-1011 extension 6602
CHREA Resource Room
The Ontario Human Rights Commission has a wealth of online learning resources.
The Centre for Human Rights, Equity, and Accessibility has a resource room that members of the Trent University community can feel free to visit and use. Resources are located in Otonabee College Room 124. Please contact CHREA (link to contact page) in advance to arrange access to the Resource Room. Due to Covid-19 safety restrictions the resource room is currently closed until further notice.
Policies & Procedures:
The purpose of the Policy is to affirm Trent University’s commitment to compliance with the Ontario Human Rights Code and commitment to the goals of eliminating discriminatory barriers and providing a learning, working and residential environment that is free from discrimination and harassment. The Resolution Procedures to the Policy outline the process for making and resolving complaints related to discrimination and harassment.
For more information, visit the Frequently Asked Questions about Trent's Discrimination and Harassment Policy webpage.
Trent University strives to provide a supportive environment in which all students have the opportunity to pursue their academic interests and to participate in extra-curricular and social activities. The University environment is necessarily tolerant of diverse ideas, points of view and interests. The purpose of this Charter is to establish and inform students of their rights and responsibilities and to provide avenues for response to any issues regarding such rights and responsibilities. The Charter of Student Rights and Responsibilities outlines how we seek to create a supportive learning environment, address disruptive behaviour, and protect the safety, dignity and reputation of students and the community as a whole.
Trent University is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment, in which all members of the Trent Community are treated with respect and dignity. The purpose of this policy is to define Trent’s commitment to addressing workplace violence or threats of violence and harassment.
Certificates and trainings:
CHREA Trainings and Workshops:
Our office offers training to staff, faculty and students (Both Symons and Durham campuses) in the areas of Human Rights, Equity and Accessibility. If you, your group or department are interested in receiving the following trainings, please contact CHREA. Upcoming offerings are listed on our trainings page.
Current CHREA Training Offered:
- Positive Space
- Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Training
- Creating Accessible Documents
- Valuing Diversity & Inclusion / RISE (Respecting Individuals & Supporting Equity)
STEPS (Skills To Enhance Peer Support) Certificate aims to develop skills to empower student participants to feel comfortable providing resources and referrals to members of the Trent community, and beyond, who may be experiencing moments of stress or distress. The program requires participants to take five workshops that focus on communication skills, bystander intervention and diversity and inclusion.
Student Support Certificate
The Student Support Certificate is a series of workshops geared toward teaching staff (especially new instructors and teaching assistants) and non-academic staff who have direct contact with students. These courses aim to enhance the capacity of Trent faculty and staff members to effectively assist students in a variety of situations, and to help create a supportive environment that builds students’ life skills and ability to cope with a range of issues. Another goal of this training is to educate Trent’s staff and faculty on the services and resources available to Trent students, and to know when and how to refer students to them.
Blanket Exercise (In-Person) / Just get over it (Virtual) workshop
Via: Supporting Indigenous Students (via Student Support Certificate) - This workshop will involve participation in the Blanket Exercise. The Blanket Exercise is an enormously popular and successful teaching tool that uses a participatory education methodology to raise awareness and understanding of the history of the relationship between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. During this exercise, a script traces the relationship between Europeans and Indigenous nations in Canada, while the participants respond to various cues and interact by reading prepared scrolls. By involving people in an holistic way, the Blanket Exercise has consistently proven to be effective in helping people to understand how federal government policies and practices impact on and continue to influence the lives of Indigenous peoples in Canada.
For contact information, visit: FPHL Student & Employee Resources
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Training
As part of Trent University's commitment to fulfilling our legal requirements of the AODA and building a cultural of inclusivity, we are offering AODA training to all members of the Trent community. Please note that for employees and volunteers these trainings are required. You can consult the information on the AODA training page to find the trainings that apply to you and for more information about how to access trainings. If you have questions, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Accessible Documents Training
The Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Accessibility CHREA offers training on accessible documents to staff and faculty members, with a focus on electronic and public-facing web documents, in order to meet the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) requirements for web accessibility.
- Trent University's Guide to Accessible Microsoft Word Documents
- This guide serves as an introduction to accessible documents. The content provides a basic understanding of how to make Microsoft (MS) Word documents accessible.
- Trent University's Guide to Accessible PDF Documents
- This guide provides a basic understanding of how to make PDF documents accessible using Adobe Pro software.
- Tip Sheets: A brief, quick-reference guide to document accessibility.
If your department/group would like to schedule accessible document training please contact email@example.com or extension 6602.
Peer Support programs:
Trent students have a proud history of students helping students. Peer support programs provide students with connections to resources, services and supports on campus to help them during their time at Trent University. Here you will find a variety of peer support programs that are tailored to different student needs. Click here for a complete list of available peer support programs
The Office of Student Affairs in partnership with the Centre for Human Rights and Equity (CHREA) aim to deliver a diverse range of programming that acts to ease the social and academic transition from high school to university.
Founded in the Summer of 2020, the Black Student Support program is a safe space for current Trent Black students (both Peterborough and Durham campuses welcome) to come together for support and conversations around their Black experience at Trent, the Peterborough community and beyond. This confidential discussion group is led by two student facilitators who have a lived experience in the Black community. In addition, the program will run other educational and social events during the year that will be open to allies and the wider campus community.
If you want to join the weekly discussion group, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Out on Campus is a confidential discussion group for Trent University students who are questioning their sexuality, gender identity or are in the process of coming out. Out on Campus is led by students who have already come out to their friends and family. Join us to listen to advice, ask questions and build relationships with a group of people who can relate to the experiences you are having.
- Out on Campus - Resource Guide
- We also offer a comprehensive guide to 2SLGBTQ+ terminology. This was last updated January 2021 and is by no means a definitive guide but a starting point for allies and queer students.
- Out on Campus - Terminology Guide
- We also have a list of all courses at Trent University (both Durham and Peterborough Campuses) for the Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 terms that discuss gender and sexuality. Download the file here.
All about Pronouns Resource
Services & Resources
Trent University has been an academic leader in Indigenous Studies since 1969. To ensure this leadership is also reflected in our institutional practices, in response to the Truth & Reconciliation Commission Report, to support Indigenous students success, and with the goal to build trusting and mutually beneficial relationships with Indigenous people and communities guided by the four principles of recognition, respect, sharing, and responsibility, Trent University’s Board of Governors approved a series of initiatives. These resources are designed to provide support for faculty, staff, and students in learning about the treaty and traditional territory on which Trent is located, and in engaging with reconciliation during their time at Trent. FPHL resoures include:
- Trent University Michi Saagiig Protocol Guidebook
- Cultural Support
Robyn Ocean, the Sexual Violence Prevention Coordinator is available to receive disclosures, to provide supports and referrals, and to help advocate for accommodations (such as??? Academic? Safety plan? Other?). She is available by email, phone, and video conferencing. To connect with her, email email@example.com.
The Trent International team can support international students with academic advising, housing, finances, health insurance, cultural transition, immigration, and many other challenges. We provide workshops and advising to support the hundreds of international students who choose to study at Trent each year. We also support exchange students and current Trent students considering studying abroad. Stop by our office at Champlain College 302 or contact us for support.
Student Accessibility Services (SAS) is a team of interdisciplinary professionals who provide support to students with disabilities through one-on-one advising, referrals to campus supports, and adaptive technology.
TCS staff are currently providing counselling sessions from remote locations, either by confidential video or phone. It is a provincial requirement that you be currently residing in Ontario to access counselling services, however there are many other supports that students can access. We are still here for you!
- Support for BIPOC Students
- The Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Therapist is a special initiative at Trent University to address mental health specifically geared towards BIPOC community members. This initiative will be doing things differently, drawing on ancestral ways of seeing, doing and being and creating communities of inclusion and humility.
- BIPOC-CUS : BIPOC - Community United Support at Trent is an emerging space to celebrate and support black indigenous and people of color at Trent. This emerging space is an initiative of the Trent University counseling department, responding to the needs of its diverse student population. This space aspires to be a one stop shop where students can be directed to all the supports at Trent Peterborough and Durham that are BIPOC related.
- Trent Durham students can connect with Counselling Services here.
Trent University Spiritual Affairs provides support to students from all faith traditions, as well as students who are considering questions of meaning, purpose and identity. Our multi-faith model is rooted in respect, understanding, and inclusion.
Other Support webpages:
- Student Support Campus Resources Information
- Orientation : There are a number of programs which provides students with an opportunity to learn more about their campus, the services and resources available to them, and provide an opportunity to meet students leaders and other new students.
- 'See yourself at Trent' - Supports for Underrepresented Students - Link TBA