We want to make it clear that the walls of our school do not exempt us from the seeping prevalence of macro and micro-aggressions. With the desire to give voice to the silent suffering of students of colour and other traditionally marginalized groups, and contribute to the larger movement towards meaningful inclusion and sustainable equity, we ask you to share your experience of feeling othered. It is our earnest goal to provide as safe a space as we can to empower students of colour whilst urging other students, faculty and staff members to engage in self-reflection on their own contribution to the systemic structures of oppression, and how we in unity can take action for liberation.
All questions are optional. If a response will be shared publicly, we have noted it after the question. While we are using the term racism, in line with the #RacismLivesHereToo campaign, we welcome responses on other forms of discrimination (e.g. based on disability, religious identity, sexual orientation etc.).
To read more about the #RacismLivesHereToo campaign:--The Stanford Law campaign - https://www.stanforddaily.com/2018/02/07/dear-sls-racism-lives-here-too/ --The Harvard Law campaign - http://hlrecord.org/2018/02/dear-hls-racism-lives-here-too/--The NYU Law campaign - https://medium.com/@pocnyulaw/racismlivesheretoo-day-1-198664fe5ff0
We understand that filling out the survey may be emotionally overwhelming for some. As such, please see below for a list of wellness resources you can utilize: --York University Personal Counselling Services for free individual counselling and other supports for students – http://pcs.info.yorku.ca--Homewood/ Member Assistance Program for free health and wellness for lawyers and law students - http://www.myassistplan.com/--Osgoode Wellness Counsellors for individual counselling, wellness groups and referrals – Contact through MyOsgoode--JustBalance, a support site for law students – https://www.justbalance.ca--Mental Health Helpline for free mental health services information in Ontario – 1-866-531-2600 or http://www.mentalhealthhelpline.ca/
*This is a collaborative effort between: Osgoode's Black Law Students Association (BLSA), South Asian Law Students Association (SALSA), Osgoode Tamil Law Students Association (OzTLSA), Osgoode Indigenous Students Association (OISA), Muslim Law Students Association (MLSA), Osgoode Latin American Students (OLAS), Middle Eastern Law Students Association (MELSA), Asian Law Students Association (ALSA), Korean Law Students Association (KLSA), women of colour @ Osgoode, as well as the 2017/2018 L&L Equity Office.