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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Peer support line sees more interest, recruitment

A Carleton student-run sexual violence peer support hotline is recruiting volunteers from more faculties than ever before after demand for its services increased exponentially last year. Volunteers at the Carleton Sexual Assault Peer Support Line offer anonymous callers a listening ear and direct them to local resources to deal with their trauma if they need further support, Emily Minor, the executive officer of the line, said. According to her, the hotline is a Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) club that was created in 2010 after Carleton’s response to the 2007 “Jane Doe” sexual assault case was criticized and resulted in a negligence lawsuit from the complainant. Minor said she sent out a mass email to all Carleton faculties a few […]

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Carleton professors lack support training, president of CUASA says

Carleton’s faculty members are not sufficiently trained to support students suffering from trauma, such as mental health issues, sexual assault, or bereavement, according to Root Gorelick, the president of the Carleton University Academic Staff Association (CUASA). Brittany Galler, a second-year law and legal studies student, said in an interview with The Charlatan that she was sexually assaulted in her residence room during the summer. She said one professor refused to accommodate her request to complete a summer course online, despite providing medical documentation. Gorelick said professors do not receive adequate training to support students in crises. “There is a mandatory online training [course] that faculty members are supposed to do following Bill 168 and that’s pretty much all they were […]

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Losing it: understanding virginity in the 21st century

While the beginning of a new school year usually sees university students attending new classes, buying textbooks, and reading course outlines, some may also be hatching a plan to ditch their V-card status. On the surface, virginity seems like a pretty straightforward concept. A person is a virgin if they haven’t had sex, and isn’t if they have. Among millennials, virginity can even be the quickest way to decide whether someone is a prude or a slut. However, in reality, the concept of virginity is vastly more complicated. In fact, according to Ummni Khan, an associate professor of legal studies at Carleton University, virginity is a deeply ideological construct. “[It’s] based on cis-normative and heterosexist understandings of sexual phases,” Khan who […]

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