CUSA to crowdfund for accessible housing

For most Carleton students, moving off campus boils down to finding a place to live that is well-priced and within a reasonable distance from the university. But for students with disabilities, this process can be much more difficult, if not impossible. That’s why the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) is planning to start a crowdfunding campaign to support students with disabilities who face elevated living expenses. CUSA president Zameer Masjedee said limitations on accessible housing are so severe that many students with disabilities have no choice but to live on campus. “Because there just isn’t accessible housing in the community . . . once students are accepted to Carleton residence in an accessible room with attendant services and everything, they’re […]

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Students host transgender mental health panel

Jack.org hosted a panel at Rooster’s Coffeehouse to discuss mental health issues facing the transgender community on Nov. 14. According to the official Facebook event, the panel featured four speakers: Cameron Rose Jette, a non-binary trans student and mental health advocate with Jack.org; Fae Johnstone, a queer non-binary and transfeminine community organizer, public speaker and advocate on LGBTQ+ identities and mental health; Leyla Shahid, a masters graduate who has just begun working with Foundations and Pathways Ottawa program; and RJ, a Saulteaux–Cree two spirit, non-binary and queer multimedia artist and gender and sexuality educator. According to Carleton’s chapter of jack.org, the organization is a network of young people working to end the stigma surrounding mental health and to better the […]

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Mawandoseg space cuts provoke backlash

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) is rethinking its decision to remove office space for its Indigenous service centre, the Mawandoseg Centre, after backlash from Indigenous students culminated in a meeting on Nov. 14. A previous article in The Charlatan reported that CUSA had removed Mawandoseg’s office space and was proposing to move the centre’s co-ordinator into the university-run Ojigkwanong Centre. CUSA president Zameer Masjedee explained that the move would allow the association to reinvest room rental costs into increased programming for Indigenous students. Members from the campus Indigenous community and their allies streamed into the Bill Ellis Co-Working Space (BECS) in the University Centre. CUSA vice-presidents Alexis Oundo (student services), Gavin Resch (finance), and Abdullah Jaber (student life) joined […]

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CUSA debates cutting Indigenous centre space

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) is considering removing its designated Indigenous service centre space, the Mawandoseg Centre, and moving the centre’s co-ordinator to the university-run Ojigkwanong Centre. CUSA president Zameer Masjedee said the proposal would save the association rental costs for the centre, which would be reinvested into programming. According to him, it doesn’t make sense for Indigenous services to be split between two different student centres. “Ultimately, we thought that this way, it would be better serving all students for the services that they’re looking to get out of each of these centres,” Masjedee said. According to CUSA’s website, Mawandoseg is the “leading point of contact for non-Indigenous students looking to connect and learn more about Indigenous cultures and […]

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CUSA service centres celebrate intersectionality

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA), along with several of its service centres, such as the Womyn’s Centre, the Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre (GSRC), and the Carleton Disability Awareness Centre (CDAC), are hosting a series of events on campus to promote intersectionality from Oct. 30 to Nov. 3. Harar Hall, a co-ordinator at the Womyn’s Centre described “intersectionality” in an email. “Very simplistically, it’s the understanding that people are complex and layered. It is recognition that the layer of people’s identity (gender, sexuality, race, class, ability etc.) impact the way we see the world but also the way that the world sees, treats, and gives opportunities to us.” Hall said there are four events being hosted throughout the week, such […]

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