Rodney Diverlus to speak on “What makes a man want to dance?” at the White Ribbon Conference at Ryerson.


It seems fitting that as a male dancer, Rodney Diverlus is passionate about challenging prescribed gender roles, and defying societal rules of manhood. Rodney is an accomplished dancer and actor and is a 3rd year Performance Dance Student at Ryerson. He has trained extensively in ballet, contemporary, jazz, modern, and most urban forms of dance. He believes that movement at its true form, is the only real and honest way of communicating and coexisting as beings.

Currently, he is serving his term as the Vice-President Equity for the Ryerson Students’ Union. As the first person to hold the VP Equity position, Rodney is working to lay the foundations for a stronger equity mandate and pillar for the RSU, and to ensure that mechanisms are placed and that spaces are created to give the Ryerson community tools to combat oppression, systemic and institutionalized forms of oppression, and the marginalization of certain communities.

During his term, he has created the first ever anti-oppression training for all Orientation week student leaders, is lobbying the University for the implementation of the Task force on Campus Racism recommendations, hosted the first disOrientation, and brought Xpressions Against Oppression Week to Ryerson. He is passionate about social justice, tuition fee policy, anti-racist and post-colonialist concepts, challenging heterosexism and the “male identity”, and last but certainly not least, the wonder that is Beyonce.

So what do pirouettes have to do with breaking barriers? What are the similarities between choreographing and speaking out against misogyny and violence against women? How does activism and social justice translate to evocative theatre? Rodney is still searching for these answers, and once found, he’ll be glad to share them with you.


Join us at ‘What Makes a Man’ the White Ribbon Conference on Saturday February 12th to hear Rodney and many other speakers speak at a discussion-focused conference looking at the spectrum of identities, experiences and realities that determine ‘What Makes a Man’.
10:30am – 3:30pm SCC 115, Student Campus Centre, 55 Gould St, Ryerson University

$5 for Ryerson members. $10 for friends of Ryerson (or pay what you can)
Lunch provided by Salad King.

Keynote event ‘Behind the Masc’ with Carlos Andrés Gómez and Reilly Dow (graphic recorder) @ 4:30pm
Admission $10* (or pay what you can – free for Conference Delegates)

*All proceeds go to the White Ribbon Campaign*
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