With our community partners we have been creating joint projects, events and interventions which aim to deconstruct and address unjust systems within the university.
Below we have included a directory of student and community groups and individual consultants; some of whom we have been collaborating with in this work and others whose work we admire. Here you can find potential resources and allies on campus and in the community, to share ideas with or also to approach for support or direction.
The Committee for Equity and Visibility in the Academy, an initiative of SAGE Concordia, encourages equitable practices in hiring and in the classroom. Our goal is to maintain an open dialogue between students, faculty, and administration on issues of representation and visibility in the academy — that means who we hire, who we read, who has a say in who we hire, and what we can do to increase the kinds of voices and perspectives we need to encounter in our educational experience. A lot of this work is happening already on an individual level but we hope that our collective efforts will help shape the practices and policies of the English Department as a whole.
The Simone de Beauvoir Institute (SdBI)
The SdBI is a place of lively intellectual exchange, with teaching, research, activism, and community service enriched by faculty, Lillian Robinson Scholars, Institute Fellows, Research Associates, and students. The Institute hosts programs in Women’s Studies and Sexualities Studies which offers critical thinking skills, analytical abilities and methodologies. The Simone de Beauvoir Institute is a college of Concordia University dedicated to studying feminisms and questions of social justice, and the Institute also gets directly involved in debates and social justice issues, you can read their mandates here.
The Centre for Gender Advocacy & the Gender, Sexualities and Learning Diversity Mapping Project
The activities of the Centre for Gender Advocacy fall into two broad categories. The first consists of services and resources offered free of charge to the Concordia and greater Montreal community in the form of Peer Support and Advocacy, safer sex resources and trans health resources such as the Binder Program. The second is composed of campaigns and programming. There are campaigns to demand justice for the many indigenous women who are murdered or go missing each year in Canada, to advocate for improved access to reproductive health services, trans health resources, and A Safer Concordia. The Genders, Sexualities and Learning Diversity Mapping Project is a voluntary based project that audits course curriculum and syllabi, policies and forms, to highlight areas of improvement and best practices around gender, sexuality and learning diversity inclusiveness.
The Concordia Student Union (CSU)
The CSU’s mission is to defend student rights and to act as the highest student representative body, so two things are essential: that we are beholden to students (our membership) and that our funds are used responsibly to represent students, and in the interest of students’ rights!
The McGill Black Students’ Network (BSN)
Founded in 1970, we are a service of the McGill Students Society, available to the entire McGill and Montreal Community. While we are dedicated to addressing the needs and interests of Black students at McGill, all interested students, irrespective of race, culture or creed, are encouraged to participate in our numerous events and activities.
Our Mandate: (1) sensitize the McGill community to issues concerning Black peoples (2) work towards making the McGill campus safe and accessible for black students in order to support their academic success as well as mental and physical well-being.
The committee’s mission is to encourage, facilitate and create interaction to promote respectful understanding among the diverse people who make up our school communities. Our goal is to ensure that all our children have access to all the facilities and services we offer. This will be achieved through advocacy on municipal, provincial and federal levels and by organizing events that celebrate the diverse cultures and people that make up our communities.
The Center for Research-Action on Race Relations is a Montreal-based independent, non-profit civil rights organization that was founded in 1983 with the mandate to promote racial equality and combat racism in Canada. It is considered as one of the leading non-profit race relations organizations in Canada. As an issue-based organizations, CRARR works with all sectors of society that share its values of equality and diversity, especially equality-seeking groups.
Dr. Raul Fernandez, Boston University
Dr. Raul Fernandez has more than a decade of diverse experience in higher education. He is a lecturer in the Higher Education Administration program and the director of the online Ed.M. program at the Boston University School of Education. He is a well-recognized leader and accomplished speaker on issues of diversity and inclusion, with hundreds of faculty, staff and students at numerous campuses and conferences having attended his workshops.
The Concordia Sexual Assault Resource Centre
The Sexual Assault Resource Centre provides confidential and non-judgmental support and services to Concordia University students, staff and faculty of all genders and orientations who have been affected by sexual violence and/or harassment. Through education and awareness raising initiatives, the Sexual Assault Resource Centre is committed to working towards the prevention of sexual violence and harassment. Our services include crisis intervention, advocacy, accompaniment, outreach and referrals. We are committed to providing services that are inclusive, appropriate and relevant to a diversity of people and survivor experiences.
The Sustainability Action Fund (SAF)
The Sustainability Action Fund (SAF) is a fee levy group at Concordia University. It is funded by a 25-cent per-credit undergraduate student fee levy, and a $1.25 per term graduate student fee levy. It totals approximately $200,000 per year. This money goes to support projects to develop sustainable infrastructure, urban agriculture, community-building, and education surrounding environmental and community issues, with the goal of inspiring and developing a culture of sustainability at Concordia University.
The Concordia Office of Community Engagement
As a bridging initiative, the Office of Community Engagement supports, connects and promotes new and existing community-university partnerships. And our collaborator Charmaine Lyn, the Senior Director of the Office, is responsible for leading the Office in its mandate to support and promote community-engaged scholarship, community-based research and community-engaged learning at Concordia. As a first-generation university attendee and a lawyer by training, Charmaine has a particular interest in dismantling unnecessary barriers to higher education for marginalized populations.
The Quebec Public Interest Research Group at Concordia
The Quebec Public Interest Research Group at Concordia is a resource centre for student and community research and organizing. We strive to raise awareness and support grassroots activism around diverse social and environmental issues. Our work is rooted in an anti-oppression analysis and practice. We seek to make campus-community links and inspire social change through engaging, inclusive and non-hierarchical approaches.
The Prisoner Correspondence Project is a solidarity project for gay, lesbian, transsexual, transgender, gendervariant, two-spirit, intersex, bisexual and queer prisoners in Canada and the United States, linking them with people a part of these same communities outside of prison.
The Feminist Media Studio critically engages the complexity of representations of gendered and queer social life in differential contexts around the globe. It supports collective and collaborative study, as well as activist, curatorial, and artistic engagements which draw from the political potency and aesthetic experimentation of feminist media practice
The Social Equity and Diversity Education (SEDE) Office provides information, education and training to all areas of the University in order to cultivate a respectful and supportive campus. By connecting with local organizations, SEDE also provides McGill’s students and staff with community-based learning experiences that foster leadership and promote a deeper understanding of diversity.