In light of recent allegations re: sexism and racism in Concordia's student life and government, the Concordia community has mobilized and created "a collective whose aim is to destroy the toxic, sexist, racist environments of many Concordia student associations."
As you may be aware, a former member of the ASFA executive recently filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission over sexist, racist comments and the "toxic environment" she encountered in the Association. Now, I'm not here to condemn the two individuals discussed in the press release (i. I am not familiar with last year's ASFA; ii. I am not fully knowledgeable of what happened; iii. I am not here to tell you what to think; iv. the media and the Concordia community have taken care of condemning them). Rather, I want to point your attention towards what their actions are representative of, and the many resources on campus that are made available to you.
Now, I don't want to diminish the important work that student associations do at the departmental, faculty, and university level, since they all play a crucial role in the university's political, academic, and social life.
It is important, however, to acknowledge the pervasive sexism, racism, machismo, homophobia, transphobia, or the intersection of these and other discriminations, in all institutions, including student politics and the university in general.
This can be an opportunity to open up dialogue on issues that affect your community, and a learning opportunity for everyone.
If you find yourself in a situation where your safety or integrity are compromised, you should know that there are resources at the university to help you and guide you.
- The new page Not Safe at Concordia:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Not-Safe-At-Concordia/370830106441438?sk=info&tab=page_info
- Muslim Jewish Feminist Alliance
- CRSA: Concordia Religion Students' Association
- The Concordia Center for Gender Advocacy: http://genderadvocacy.org/