McMaster Mandatory Anti Oppression Course

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McMaster University has been shown to be silent in times when their students needed them most. There have been multiple issues regarding racism and with the power to reprimand and punish, they chose to do nothing. Now more than ever, is an important time to make change within our communities starting with our education. Recently the University has been made aware of racist remarks by students and has still remained silent. 

In following Briana Green from U of G, this petition serves to REQUIRE incoming students for Fall 2020 and onwards to have taken an Anti Oppression course in order to allow graduation. This course is to ensure that students are able to feel safe at our school and to challenge those with their own biases and hate. 

Here's a quote from the CSA website on their Anti Oppression Workshops for more insight :
"Anti-oppression work must reside in a framework that is accessible, restorative and sustainable over time and space. The first part of this workshop will focus on practical ways to apply an anti-oppression framework through an intersectional lens to our campus community. We will explore power structures, the fluidity of our social location, and the operation of privilege and oppression within our diverse community. Various forms of oppression will be explored such as racism, classism, ableism, ageism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia using an intersectional framework.
The second part of this workshop will explore ways to incorporate equitable practices and encourage inclusion and participation of all groups of people on campus with a focus on groups who historically and currently face marginalization. We will explore best practices that encourage, inclusion, learn how to facilitate discussions on heated topics, as well as discuss practical ways to build community.
This workshop is very interactive and should leave participants with a greater understanding of systemic oppression, new definitions, theories and analysis to further navigate difficult discussions, work in the area of anti-oppression, promote inclusion and work towards a more equitable campus environment"