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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Renovations aim to update CDAC space

The Carleton Disability Awareness Centre (CDAC) has breathed new life into its space to provide a more welcoming atmosphere for visitors. A photo of the centre shared on the CDAC’s Facebook page at the end of June announced that updates to the centre were in progress. According to Céline Brown MacDonald, CDAC’s administrative co-ordinator, renovations began in May and included de-cluttering the centre, repainting the walls, and adding a chalkboard wall. Brown MacDonald said in an email that the goal of the renovations is to provide a more accessible space for students with disabilities. “By creating a more open concept, students who use mobile devices (devices that help with mobility) will be able to move around more freely. Adding height […]

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Womyn’s Centre document defaced with racial slurs

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) Womyn’s Centre has been forced to delete their online list of women-owned businesses. According to Céline Brown MacDonald, a temporary employee fulfilling co-ordinator duties at the Womyn’s Centre, the incident occurred sometime during the last week of May. A June 12 post post on the centre’s Facebook page alerted students to the vandalism. “We will begin working on a new [list of businesses] and deeply apologize to anyone who was affected by the hack,” the post stated. The list was a Google document open “in good faith” for anyone to edit and add businesses they wanted to support, Brown MacDonald said. She said the centre realized the list had been hacked after a student raised […]

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Carleton alumni first African with a disability accepted to Oxford University

A Carleton graduate has become the first African with a disability to be accepted to Oxford University. Eddie Ndopu attended Carleton as an international student from South Africa, and graduated in 2014 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with high distinction. According to an article in the Mail & Guardian, Ndopu will study public policy during his masters at Oxford, for which he was awarded a full scholarship. However, he has started an online fundraising campaign to cover the costs of his full-time caregiver when he goes abroad, according to Metro Ottawa. Ndopu uses an automatic wheelchair due to his spinal muscular atrophy and requires care that was not factored into his scholarship. The campaign, called “#OxfordEddiecated,” aims to raise around […]

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