What is Radical Frosh?
Radical Frosh is a 4-day orientation program that is organized by QPIRG-McGill. As an alternative orientation program, Rad Frosh offers both a creative and politically progressive orientation to over 120 new students. Throughout the weekend, students will participate in tours, a concert, art-making, a film screening, and workshops, introducing students to various social, political, and environmental issues, movements, and organizations at McGill and in Montreal. This year Rad Frosh will take place from September 1 – September 4!
How you can get involved:
We are currently looking for groups or individuals to facilitate workshops, lead radical walking tours, skillshare at the DIY fair or any other collaborations you may think of!
1. Give a workshop or tour!
Deadline for proposals: Wednesday, July 27th.
About workshops & tours at Rad Frosh:
We strive to offer a large variety of workshops, so that students are able to familiarize themselves with the issues, movements, organizations, activities, and ideas that most interest them. Tours take place both on and off McGill campus, and aim to orient new students to the city while providing them with information about some of its radical and/or underground history. Most tours are walking/rolling 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 do outreach to new students, keeping in mind that many participants are new to the city and to radical politics.
Workshops and tours should:
- Present the topic at an introductory level, not assuming prior knowledge of technical terms or concepts
- Engage participants to learn in participatory, interactive, and non-verbal ways, aka not just taking on an ‘expert’ role and lecturing a group of silent students
- Relate to social and/or environmental justice from a local, anti-colonial, feminist, anti-capitalist, anti-racist, anti-ableist, pro-survivor, etc perspective
We are seeking workshops on topics including but certainly not limited to:
- Race @ McGill/ Montreal
- Transformative Justice
- Direct Action / Diversity of Tactics / Solidarity in the Streets / etc.
- Radical Research
- Independant Media
- Israeli Apartheid
- Art and Activism
Walking tours could include:
- History of the Village
- Red Light District
- Military Research on Campus
- Anti-/Decolonial Indigenous Histories
If you have an idea but aren’t sure if it’s right for Rad Frosh or need a little help fleshing it out, feel free to get in touch!
- Workshops will take place Saturday, September 3, from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm and Sunday, September 4, from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
- Walking tours will take place on Saturday, September 3, from 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm.
- Each workshop will have up to 25 participants, walking tours up to 30. All should fill a two hour time slot.
- An honorarium of $120 will be provided for each workshop or tour.
How to propose a workshop or tour:
Please include the following information:
- 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 schedule constraints.
- 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.
- Any props, equipment, or space requirements you need us to provide.
- Any relevant accessibility information that applies specifically to your workshop or tour (ex. Any artificial scents that may be involved, activities involving physical mobility. For tours, please let us know if your tour would be inaccessible to people with mobility-related disabilities.)
Please email proposals to email@example.com by July 27th! Email proposals are preferred, but feel free to stop by QPIRG-McGill or call us at 514-398-7432 to make other arrangements if needed!
2. General call for for collaboration!
Contact us as soon as possible.
We’re also seeking musicians for our benefit concert and drag or burlesque performers; if you have other talents that you think could fit in at Rad Frosh, please contact us with some of your past work! We are also open to collaborating on other events and projects, as we are looking to create a program with a wide array of activities and learning opportunities.
Get in touch by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or if you prefer you may also call us at 514-398-7432 to chat or make arrangements to stop by QPIRG-McGill.