Our Events 

Standing OUT Series - During Summer
Virtual Clubhouse - September
TD Panel Discussion - October
RCPA x RCWIB x BRC Diversity Workshop - October
Accenture Case - November
Scotiabank Mentorship Program - February
RSM Workshop - March
Scotiabank Mentorship Program - February

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Standing OUT Series - During Summer

The Standing OUT Series was a summer project which included 5 interviews with reps from TD, CPPIB, CIBC, PwC, and Bell respectively. During the interviews, RCPA discussed burning questions surrounding diversity and inclusion at the workplace and how businesses were adapting to changes brought about by the sudden shift in work culture under COVID-19. Students were able to watch the recorded interviews and participate in RCPA's survey to win a chance to have a coffee chat with a Talent Acquisition Senior Manager at TD!

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Virtual Clubhouse - September

The Virtual Clubhouse mainly targeted first and second-year Rotman Commerce students, providing a unique opportunity to interact with RCPA and the LGBTQ+ community during the special COVID-19 time. This social event was to kick off the 20/21 academic year which happened in September, opening to new students who were interested in knowing more about RCPA’s community and missions. Students interested in the RCPA’s intern program were given a chance to network with RCPA directors, committee members, and corporate sponsors. Our first event aimed to support new students with helpful information, positively spread LGBTQ+ awareness among them, and attract talents for the intern program.

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TD Panel Discussion - October 

This virtual panel discussion gives all students an opportunity to immerse themselves in initiatives involving LGBTQ+ diversity and inclusion within the workplace. The panelists, represented by our corporate partners, offer their perspectives on topics ranging from resources available in the workplace to their own personal stories of inclusion. The event consists of a panel discussion, followed by a round-table discussion in breakout rooms, and a rotating virtual networking session. During the 21/22 academic year, this recurring event will hopefully be held in person, with the planned theme of “Embracing Your Identity and Break Through the Online World”.

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RCPA x RCWIB x BRC Diversity Workshop - October

Diversity workshop aims to hear from different members of the industry who represent the marginalized communities and help students to understand how they can support these communities, learn from their experiences, and help strengthen diversity and inclusion in workplaces. Through a discussion with managerial-level panelists, students get the chance to learn how D&I is practiced from a higher level within the workforce. Furthermore, using educational mini-workshops, students can learn ways to encourage and foster allyship, as well as strategies for handling different difficult situations where diversity and inclusion were not communicated.

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Accenture Case - November

Navigate the Case Interview — a case analysis workshop with Accenture — provides students with the essential technical skills and knowledge to formulate the best solution to real-life business cases.Students have the opportunity to attend a workshop with Accenture’s representatives and apply their skills to solve an LGBTQ+ related case. Although the event was virtual, students still worked closely and networked with Accenture representatives, gaining valuable exposure to the consulting industry.

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Scotiabank Mentorship Program - February

The Scotiabank Mentorship Program pairs LGBTQ+ / ally Rotman students with a representative from Scotiabank. This mentorship program gives students the opportunity to foster and develop a close relationship with their mentees, following a virtual curriculum created by RCPA and Scotiabank .The curriculum provides an introduction to the corporate world while addressing issues directly faced by the LGBGQ+ community. The issues tackled involve if and when to come out during an interview / training session, how to better access ERGs, how to find and utilize resources available in the corporate world, and how to navigate specific social situations at work. Overall, the purpose of this mentorship program is to guide students through professional, personal, and social support that benefits both the mentee and the mentor

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RSM Workshop - March

The virtual workshop, How To Brand Yourself During a Virtual World presented by RSM, provided a valuable opportunity for students to learn about online personal branding. Students were able to know more about the company overview from Daniel Booth, the national campus recruiting lead of RSM. Also, a small group of RSM professionals from different locations of offices shared their personal experiences and taught about personal branding with a focus on LGBTQ+ individuals. Students not only learned how to stand out online but also had a chance to effectively network with RSM professionals in breakout rooms given a very low rap to student ratio.