MEDIA ADVISORY - Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario to launch Task Force to study racism on Ontario campuses



    TORONTO, Feb. 17 /CNW/ - The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario is
launching a Task Force on Campus Racism on Wednesday, February 18 at 10:00 am.
The Task Force will investigate racism on college and university campuses in
Ontario with the eventual goal of releasing a report containing strategies to
combat racism within the post-secondary education sector.
    Over the past few years, there have been a number of high-profile and
racially-motivated instances of hate on several Ontario campuses. There exists
a growing concern about individual and systemic racism on college and
university campuses and the need to develop strategies to challenge it. In
this context, Task Force members will travel to hearings across the province
and take statements from racialised students, faculty and staff about their
experiences and possible solutions to racism on campus. The first hearing will
occur on February 18 at George Brown College in Toronto.
    For more information on the Task Force on Campus Racism, including a list
of confirmed hearings, visit www.noracism.ca.

    
    DATE:     Wednesday, February 18, 2009

    TIME:     10:00 am
    PLACE:    Student Centre, George Brown College-Casa Loma Campus Room
              E114, 142 Kendal Avenue, Toronto

    SPEAKERS: -  Hildah Otieno, Ontario National Executive Representative,
                 Canadian Federation of Students
              -  Khaled Mouammar, National President, Canadian Arab
                 Federation
              -  Terry Downey, Executive Vice-President, Ontario Federation
                 of Labour
              -  Sandy Hudson, National Students of Colour Representative,
                 Canadian Federation of Students
    

    The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario unites more than 300,000
college and university students at 35 students' unions across the province.





For further information:

For further information: Hildah Otieno, Ontario National Executive
Representative: (416) 925-3825 or (416) 702-2967; Shelley Melanson,
Chairperson: (416) 925-3825 or (416) 882-9927


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