TORONTO, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - On Wednesday February 2, University of Toronto
Students' Union (UTSU) is kicking off "eXpression Against Oppression
(XAO) Week" with a keynote lecture from Professor Angela Davis and
writer and activist, Ward Churchill. Davis is a former Black Panther,
prison abolitionist, and gender and race activist. Churchill is an
American Indian scholar and social justice activist. This year's theme
will centre on "Academic Freedom, Student Agency, and Organizing
against Oppression in the Academy".
"We are pleased to open eXpression Against Oppression with powerful and
inspiring speakers, said UTSU Vice President Equity, Danielle Sandhu,
"Students at the University of Toronto face significant challenges and
barriers every day related to racism, sexism, and ableism."
Over the past year, students have raised concerns of racism - reinforced
by the recent "Too Asian?" Macleans article, academic freedom
violations during the G20 campus closure and through space booking
restrictions, and program cuts and fee hikes - particularly in Arts &
Science. The campus community has also come together to raise concern
over undemocratic university governance and increasing corporate
control, such as the mining industry, over academic programs.
"In the face of austerity measures and campus unrest globally, we
anticipate lively discussions throughout the week to end systemic
oppression that compromise the values of equity, justice, and human
rights enshrined in our University's mandate", said Sandhu, "We are
ready to mobilize for a better world - on and off campus. Join us!"
The evening features a presentation from both speakers and a panel
discussion. Tickets are available at the UTSU office at 12 Hart House
Circle or www.uofttix.ca Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details about group rates and accessibility requests.
SOURCE University of Toronto Students' Union
For further information:
Danielle Sandhu, Vice President Equity, 647.986.2586
Angela Regnier, Executive Director, 647.989.4780