Student Advocacy Conference: Recap for 2020
Interested in writing for OUSA? Contact Chisanga Mwamba, our Communications & Operations Coordinator.
The recent resurgence of the #BlackLivesMatter movement has given us the opportunity to reflect on our perspectives on racism and the roles we play when it comes to either perpetuating or combatting racism.
What does decolonizing post-secondary education look like? In today’s episode of Perspectives on Campus, Zamir and Alyssa discuss the tricultural mandate at Laurentian University.
Student clubs and other extracurricular activities often help students feel a sense of belonging and foster community throughout undergrad. For racialized students, however, this is not always the case. Racialized students often face roadblocks and barriers to accessing these opportunities.
In January, I attended a guest lecture on civilian harm reduction during armed conflict. At the time, I was enrolled in a course studying transitional justice and was quite interested in the lecturer’s research interests. Attending this lecture, however, was one of the most uncomfortable and alienating experiences of my undergraduate career.
"When coming to a new university, students should be worried about what courses they are taking or who their professor is. They shouldn't be worrying about what types of racism they will be enduring on campus or within the London community."
I hope everyone is doing their best to enjoy a little bit of their summer while staying safe! We’ve been enjoying our summer at OUSA, tackling a lot of new projects and exciting opportunities this month.
Racialized students studying in Ontario’s universities have unique experiences relative to their white counterparts. Recognizing this, OUSA is sharing first-hand accounts of these experiences with the broader provincial post-secondary community.
My name is Chisanga Mwamba, and I'm excited to be OUSA's newest Communications and Operations Coordinator.
Content warning: References to sexual- and gender-based violence
The Student Voices on Sexual Violence Survey conducted across Ontario’s post-secondary student population in 2018 yielded disappointing results. Amongst the most startling findings were that, of the 117,148 survey respondents, 23.0% experienced sexual assault and 63.2% experienced sexual harassment since the start of the 2017-2018 academic year. Students across the province were rightfully disturbed by these statistics and continued to demand changes to their respective institutions’ sexual- and gender-based violence (SGBV) policies. In response to the survey results, for example, OUSA and its member student associations reaffirmed their commitment to addressing SGBV through policy and funding. This included advocating for additional provincial funding through the Campus Safety Grant – which was met with a six million dollars commitment from the government. The conversation on our campuses turned to how to translate this new-found attention and funding from the broader post-secondary education community into tangible action and safer campuses. Yet discussions on solutions have continued to fall short.
Reflecting back on my short and sweet time at OUSA - I was given the opportunity to balance the roles of both our communications and operations portfolios.