Rad Frosh is Seeking Facilitators, Workshops

Radical Frosh is a 3-day orientation program that is organized by QPIRG-McGill. As an alternative frosh program, Rad Frosh offers both a creative and politically progressive orientation to over 200 new students.

Throughout the weekend, students will participate in walking and bike tours, concerts, art-making, a ‘zine and book fair, film screenings, and workshops, introducing students to various social, political, and environmental issues, movements, and organizations at McGill and in Montreal.

We hope that by presenting a wide range of both educational and recreational activities, new students will have a fun weekend and become familiarized with local social and environmental organizing. This year Radical Frosh will take place from August 29th to August 31st, and we’d love for you and/or your group to participate!


1. GIVE A WORKSHOP OR TOUR! (Deadline for Proposals – JULY 27, 2014!)

Workshops and tours are an integral part of the Radical Frosh program. By offering a large variety of workshops, students are able to familiarize themselves with issues, movements, organizations, activities, ideas, etc. that most invigorate them. Tours take place both on and off McGill campus and aim at orienting new students to the city as well as providing them with a greater social and political context to their new environments with some of its radical and/or underground history. Most tours are walking tours, but bus tours and bicycle tours are also possible! Workshops and tours are also a great way for those in the Montreal community to provide outreach and engage in discussion with new students (who will hopefully become fellow organizers and community members), but also keeping in mind that these are new students who might not be familiar with much of the content introduced in the workshops, so ideally we are looking for workshops that are accessible to everyone.

An honorarium of $120 will be provided for each workshop or tour, so we strongly encourage both new and experienced workshop animators to apply to participate!

What we’re looking for in workshops/tours: 

>>Workshops and walking tours will take place on Saturday, August 30th and Sunday, August 31st during the daytime.

>>Preferred workshops and tours emphasize organizing on a local level and are critical introductions which focus on ways to incorporate anti-oppression and radical activism into student’s everyday lives.  We’d also really like to see workshops and tours which include information that’s specifically useful for youth starting out in a new city.

>>The content of the workshops and tours should be at an introductory level, but we welcome workshops and tours which offer a nuanced level of critical analysis. We strongly encourage and prioritize workshop submissions that use language that is accessible to non-university educated youth and that engage participants to learn in participatory, interactive and non-verbal ways. We strongly discourage workshops that replicate the educational structure of the university: an expert or authority transmitting abstract concepts and knowledge to a group of silent students.

>>Although the working language of the program is English, we strongly encourage workshops that are held in French. Please state the language of your workshop in your proposal.

>>We welcome closed workshops- that are open to people of colour and/or women and trans and/or queer and/or other marginalized identities only.

>>All workshops and tours should relate to social and/or environmental justice from an anti-colonial, feminist, anti-capitalist, anti-racist, anti-ableist, pro-survivor, etc perspective.

>>Each workshop or tour will have up to 30 students.

Past workshops have included:

>>Theater for Activism 101

>>Who owes whom? – The Origins and Impacts of Third World Debt

>>Bust Our Your Skills: Art, Activism and Self-Representation

>>Our Home on Native Land? Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples

>>Free Your Ass and Your Mind Will Follow: An Introduction to Radical Queer Politics

>>National Security, Racism and Islamophobia

>>Anarchy 101

>>Consent and Accountability: An Introduction to Community-Based Responses to Sexual Assault

>>Campus Life Through Slanted Eyes: Issues of Race in Canadian Post-Secondary Education

>>“Our Terrain of Struggle”: Migration and Global Apartheid

>>Back to the Future- The Student Movement Past and Present

>>Reproductive Justice and Self-Determination

>>Reclaiming Green Space in the City: An Introduction to Urban Agriculture and Guerrilla Gardening in Montreal

Past walking tours have included: 

>>“Montreal Street Art Nowest!!”

>>Yiddish Anarchists, Bastard Cops and Queer Pirates: An Incendiary Historic Walking Tour of Downtown Montreal

>>Mapping the Presence of Canada’s Military Industrial Complex in Montreal

>>St-Remi Big Farm Business Bus Tour

>>McGuilty: Reality Tour of Old McGill

>>From Faubourg a m’lasse to the Gay Village: How Pink Money Isn’t Doing it for Everyone

Please include the following points in your proposal: 

>>The title of your workshop or tour

>>A summary of the goals/focus of the workshop or tour

>> A detailed outline of your workshop or tour including time constraints. For tours, please let us know if your tour would be inaccessible to people with mobility-related disabilities.

>>Any props, equipment or space requirements you might need (please let us know ASAP so we can book them in advance)

>> A description of your workshop that you’d like to see in promo materials and on our website (if different than above)

>>A short (2-3 sentence) biography of the individuals or group presenting the workshop or tour.

If you or your community group/organization has an idea for a workshop presentation or tour, please submit a proposal to Radical Frosh Coordinators, Otto and Diego, at qpirgradfrosh@gmail.com before JULY 27, 2014! Email proposals are preferred, but please feel free to stop by QPIRG McGill or call us at 514-398-7432 to make other arrangements if needed!

2. BECOME A FACILITATOR! (Deadline for Applications – JULY 30, 2014!)

Facilitators are non-hierarchical frosh leaders who are at the heart of the Rad Frosh experience. They are there to make sure that our first-year participants have a fun, educational, and as safe as possible time during the program. We need facilitators for the evening of August 29th, and all-day August 30th and August 31st. Facilitators will be paired up and be responsible for working with one group of new students through the weekend, helping them to navigate the campus and city, answering questions, and more. It’s a lot of fun and a great opportunity to learn more about the amazing organizing being done on campus and in Montreal. We encourage individuals who have experience working with youth and who are, or would like to become more, engaged in radical/community organizing to apply.

Note that all facilitators (both new and returning) are required to complete a MANDATORY facilitator training, and will be expected to sign a Facilitator Accountability Agreement. Training will take place on Wednesday, August 27th, from 5PM to 9PM . Details will be sent to all facilitators after they apply!

If you’re interested, please fill out the Facilitator Application Form by clicking on the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/16oJT67I3EpNBYk5-4awKCkTHgazTtpuudsGDWI-fOfM/edit

 and submit it by JULY 30, 2014.


Radical Frosh 2014 is having a DIY Fair again this year! The Do It Yourself (DIY) activities fair at Rad Frosh is an interactive opportunity for participants to learn about a variety of things in a comfortable environment, for Froshies to discover new skills and participate on various activities! Last year, activities included a Zine workshop, radical home economics, a bike workshop, and Internet Security Skillshare! The Fair will be taking place on the Sunday August 31st, 2014, between the hours of 11 AM and 1:15pm.

We are looking for groups or individuals to set up a small area or table with demonstrations, art-making, and or skill-sharing! We are seeking groups who would be willing to conduct activities that emphasize a queer, anti-racist, anti-colonial, anti-capitalist, anti-ableist, feminist framework, and local content.

As well as an activity, we welcome you to bring other resources or informative material, that you or your group would normally table with, such as buttons, stickers, and flyers.

If interested in participating, please email us the following information:

  1. Your name/Contact information
  2. A brief summary of you/your organization
  3. Your idea for an activity/skillshare/demonstration
  4. Questions or comments:

Email proposals (to Otto and Diego at qpirgradfrosh@gmail.com) are preferred, but please feel free to stop by QPIRG-McGill or call us at 514-398-7432 to make other arrangements if needed! Please submit proposals by JULY 27, 2014.