Equity Collectives



An equity collective is a safe(r) space that acts as a think-tank and platform for students of marginalized backgrounds to share and discuss concerns unique to their community and organize grass-roots initiatives with the aim of:

  1. combatting oppression;
  2. educating the campus community;
  3. and improving the student experience for their marginalized community.

There are several different equity collectives, each with a mandate to support, organize and advocate for their community.   

 

  • Racialized & Indigenous Students Collective
    • Mandate: To support, advocate for and be inclusive of all self-identifying students of colour with a systemically oppressed and underprivileged background
    • Support Services: AfroFest, cultural student groups

  • International Students Collective
    • Mandate: To support, advocate for and be inclusive of all students from an international background 
    • Support Services: AfroFest, International Students’ Society, International Student Centre, cultural student groups

  • Mature & Part-Time Students Collective
    • Mandate: To support, advocate for and be inclusive of all students registered as mature or part-time students
    • Support Services: OPUS

  • Womxn’s Collective
    • Mandate: To support, advocate for and be inclusive of all students self-identifying as women
    • Support Services: Womxn’s Centre (UWSA)

  • Queer Students’ Collective
    • Mandate: To support, advocate for and be inclusive of all students self-identifying as a member of the LGBTQ2IA+ community
    • Support Services: Pride Centre (UWSA)

  • Students with Disabilities Collective
    • Mandate: To support, advocate for and be inclusive of all students self-identifying with a visible or invisible disability
    • Support Services: Student Accessibility Services

 

An equity collective is structured to be a flexible and relaxed space—free of judgment, inclusive of diverse opinions and lived experiences, and based on realistic, progressive solutions. 

A collective’s membership includes:

 

  • A chair, elected from among that constituency to coordinate the collective;
  • A minute-taker, elected from among that constituency to fulfil administrative duties for the collective; and
  • Students At-Large, who self-identify with that constituency.

 

All of us are advocates, whether that’s being an advocate for yourself, your family, education or community. By becoming part of this equity movement, you have the power to transform our campus culture and create the student experience you want to see for those who come after you.

Steps to get involved:

  1. Look out for meeting dates. The schedules of collective meeting times should be regularly updated on our website and social media.
  2. Subscribe to the email list.
  3. Attend
  4. Actively participate in the conversation.
  5. Engage with other members of the collective.

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