United for Equity

Interested in working to end hate on our campus and in our communities?

The United for Equity campaign works to proactively address hate on our campus through education, advocacy, events, and more. Racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-Semitism and all forms of oppression can affect how certain groups of people access post-secondary education and perpetuate inequities in society based on gender, race, socio-economic status, (dis)ability, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, citizenship status and other factors. This campaign works to challenge discrimination and the barriers that exist in post-secondary education for marginalized groups and aims to create positive dialogue to support an understanding of and appreciation for diversity. For the definition of the terms used above, see our anti-oppressive dictionary!

United for Equity is a campaign of the Canadian Federation of Students.

Past Events

Laverne Cox

As part of our United For Equity campaign, your undergraduate students’ union brought Laverne Cox to campus. An outspoken transgender advocate, Cox is the first trans-woman to produce and star in her own television show, TRANSForm Me, appear on the cover of TIME Magazine [June 9, 2014] and be nominated for an EMMY. She is also the first trans-woman of color to have a leading role on a mainstream scripted television show, Orange is the New Black. Read more about the event here and check out the photos from the event.

A special thanks to our partners, without which this event could not have been possible: Guelph Resource Centre for Gender Empowerment and Diversity, Guelph Queer Equality, CFRU 93.3 FM, Ontario Public Interest Group Guelph and the CSA’s Student Help and Advocacy Centre, and Student Service Fee.

Cultural Appropriation

This campaign also serves to address cultural appropriation, which is the adoption of elements of one culture by another culture. When members of a dominant group exploit the culture of less privileged groups, it is offensive. Wearing cultures, stereotypes, races, ethnicities and religions for a day is insulting – it comes with a long history of prejudice, discrimination, hate and colonization.

On October 23rd 2014, we hosted along side the CJ Munford Centre, a “CSA’s let’s talk: Cultural Appropriation” event to create a space for dialogue around this issues, and to together learn more.

Get Involved

External Affairs Commissioner, csaext@uoguelph.ca

  •  All aspects of the campaign (challenging all forms of oppression)
  • Working with Special Status Groups on campus

Academic & University Affairs Commissioner, csaacad@uoguelph.ca

  • Anti-ableism event, Day in a Chair
  • Equity themed Art in the Bullring

Local Affairs Commissioner, csalocal@uoguelph.ca

  • End the Ban, on queer community blood donors
  • Awareness of Sexual Assault and Prevention Committee (ASAP)