“There must exist a paradigm, a practical model for social change that includes an understanding of ways to transform consciousness that are linked to efforts to transform structures.” – Bell Hooks
Social inequality is embedded in our individual values and beliefs, and the systems and institutions we create reflect these inequalities. Therefore, change must begin with individuals transforming ourselves. We can do this by challenging our perceptions and assumptions, critically analyzing what we “know” and recognizing power in interpersonal relationships.
BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS
The Student Association is mandated to address issues of systemic and institutional oppression at our campus through engagement, mobilization and education.
Equity acknowledges identities that have been historically marginalized require a platform and support services to achieve equality. We strive to implement a framework of anti-oppression in all work we do to make the SA accessible for everyone.
By anti-oppression, we mean the practice of challenging all forms of oppression based on race, gender, sexuality, class, religion, immigration status, country of origin, age, physical ability and mental health status.
The reason we challenge these oppressions is simple, they perpetuate hierarchies that benefit privileged persons and groups. It is important that the SA recognizes that oppression exists on our campus which has real consequences.
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