Most universities don’t collect data on student race, including Carleton

Many Canadian universities have little to no substantial data on how their students identify racially, according to a recent CBC investigation. Over the past five months, CBC asked 76 Canadian universities to provide racial information about their student population, and more than 60 universities—including Carleton University—said they don’t collect that data. Jeremy McDonald, the executive producer of the CBC report, said in an email the investigation was prompted by a recent increase in discussions about race and discrimination on campuses, and the information was gathered during CBC investigations on sexual assaults at universities. “In what is supposed to be an enlightened environment, racialized students say they are dealing with challenges that can have implications for their academic performance and overall […]

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Free speech on campus: an in-depth look

The topic of free speech on university campuses continues to provoke debate and criticism in the wake of recent on-campus incidents.  One incident saw Carleton University President Roseann Runte coming under scrutiny in January, after an email titled “A Reflection for 2017” was sent out to students to promote the principle of free speech. The email was sent following various protests on campus in the fall semester. The email appeared to call campus protesters “noisy persons” who “fail to recognize [that] by preventing their duly-elected representatives to carry out their mandate, they themselves are contravening the basic principle of a civil society.” Samiha Rayeda, the volunteer, outreach, and programming coordinator for Carleton’s Ontario Public Interest Research Group (OPIRG), said the term […]

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BLK SZN highlights importance of celebrating Blackness year round

Carleton’s Black History Month celebration, BLK SZN is about highlighting that blackness is always in season, according to Selali Ayitey Wallace, the volunteer co-ordinator. Ayitey Wallace said Black people often get to celebrate their blackness only in February, but added that it is something that should rather be celebrated all the time. “You shouldn’t only be celebrating the diversity in blackness in February,” she said.   BLK SZN, pronounced “black season,” is organized by the Carleton University Students’ Association’s (CUSA) Race, Ethnicity and Culture (REC) Hall, in collaboration with the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), The Womyn’s Centre, and the Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre. GSA president Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah said it’s important to celebrate Black History Month on campus. She said […]

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Campuses see rise in far-right populist movements, experts say

Canadian campuses are seeing an alarming rise in right-wing populism according to Steven Zhou, a Toronto-based journalist. Zhou was prompted to make the claim in a CBC opinion piece after a number of posters and flyers with “outright racist messages” were circulated on campuses across the country, including McGill University, the University of Toronto, the University of Alberta, McMaster University, and others. In September 2016, posters circulated at the University of Alberta (U of A) that read, “Fuck Your Turban.” In 2015, a “White Students Union” advertisement was also found on several campuses in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). Zhou said in his article that this is a result of the emboldening populist wave started by the newly elected President […]

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Students can’t discern what is real news: study

A recent study by the Stanford Graduate School of Education revealed that many students ranging from middle school through college can’t distinguish between real news and sponsored content. Although young people are fluent in social media, they are not savvy about what they find online, according to the report. It described young people’s ability to reason about information on the internet as “bleak.” The study, titled Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Civic Online Reasoning, entailed exercises such as determining which tweets are the most trustworthy, evaluating whether to trust a photograph or not, and verifying a claim about a controversial topic. More than 80 per cent of students believed native advertisements, identified with the words “sponsored content,” were the real […]

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