U of G Mandatory Anti Oppression Course

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The University of Guelph has been shown to have multiple issues regarding racism and homophobia against students within its history. Now, more than ever, is an important time to make change within our communities starting by leading with education. Recently the University has been made aware of racist remarks by students and homophobic comments, however, they remain to stay silent about their decisions on those students. This petition serves to make sure that any new incoming students for Fall 2020 and onwards will REQUIRE to have taken an Anti Oppression class to graduate in order to challenge their own biases and hate and make sure that our campus remains a safe space for all.

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"

https://csaonline.ca/building-community-through-diverstiy-anti-oppression-and-inclusion