ROARS is a student-led peer support group that provides a safe(r) space for self-identified women, trans, two-spirited, and gender non-binary/non-conforming people to discuss, critically analyze, and take action on issues of sexism, misogyny, racism, transphobia, homophobia, biphobia, xenophobia, ageism, ableism, classism, White supremacy, colonialism, and settler colonialism, in relation to our lived experiences within religious institutions and spiritual journeys. This is a space to examine the impact of oppressive -isms and reclaim your own spirituality.

ROARS is a collaborative initiative between the Multifaith Centre for Spiritual Study & Practice and the Centre for Women & Trans People at the University of Toronto. 

Meeting Location: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), 252 Bloor Street West, Room 8-180 (8th Floor) 

This venue is wheelchair accessible. 
ROARS will meet the second and fourth Friday of the month from 4 pm, beginning January 2018.
Meeting Dates: 
  • January 12
  • January 26
  • February 9
  • March 9
  • March 23

If you have any accessibility or child care needs, as well as any other questions or concerns, please contact us at

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Meet the peer facilitators


Ifrah (she/her) is a Somali- Canadian Muslim woman, immigrant and proud child of refugees. Ifrah is studying political science (development studies focus), religion and anthropology (socio-cultural) at the University of Toronto. Ifrah is interested in exploring feminist spirituality, black/indigenous solidarity, and inter-POC allyship as it relates to navigating oppressive institutions. She has previously worked as a general intern at the Multi-faith Centre for Spiritual Study and Practice and at the University of Toronto Students’ Union as the Woodsworth College Director. Ifrah is a huge fan of 90s R&B and any/all competitive reality TV programming. 


Seema (she/her) is currently finishing her undergraduate degree in both criminology and sociolegal studies and equity studies. Her interests include the ways in which language forms our understanding of the world and she has a notebook dedicated to her favourite words. She is mostly interested in poetry, the carceral state and especially how those two intersect. She never wants to stop reading about different feminist interpretations of the Qur'an.