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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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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CUSA to review first aid practices after an incident on campus

A councillor with the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) is pushing for CUSA to get more first aid kits and training after an incident at the Womyn’s Centre on Feb. 17. Arts and social science councillor Ruth Lau-MacDonald said she saw a woman choking and called the Carleton University Emergency Student Response Team (CUSERT). She said CUSERT arrived, treated the individual and left. Then, 10 minutes later, the woman started showing signs of shock. “Shock is a physical reaction after a traumatic experience. It shakes people cold,” Lau-MacDonald said. She saw the woman “was getting progressively worse,” and that she was given “something to warm herself up.” Lau-MacDonald said she went to the CUSA office and Rooster’s Café to find […]

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Opinion: International Women’s Day is a chance for reflection

Something I hear a lot is that the women’s struggle is over—or at least I did until Donald Trump was elected. Clearly, the feminist struggle is not over. Today we are fighting for many of the same things our mothers and grandmothers fought for—and we fight for more. We still fight for access to abortions, access to birth control, and for pay equity, but the feminist struggle has expanded. Women of colour, queer folks, and women with disabilities have always been present in feminist spaces, and have always been active in resisting. Today there is more recognition of the importance of giving them more visibility and platforms. This is not happening in all spaces—“white feminism” is still all too prevalent—but […]

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Carleton hosts sexual assault awareness week

This year’s Carleton’s Sexual Assault Awareness Week was hosted from Feb. 6-10 by service centres across campus including Equity Services, the Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), and the Womyn’s Centre. The week aims to promote consent culture through the lens of intersectionality with various events and workshops, said Sydney Jacklin, a GSA sexual assault outreach co-ordinator “[We are] talking about the intersections involved in sexual violence including race and gender and sexuality, but also looking outside that and talking about self-care and bystander awareness, and finding different avenues to talk about sexual violence that really haven’t come up,” Jacklin. According to Sydney Schneider, programming co-ordinator at the Womyn’s Centre, another area of focus for the week was prevention. “We really want to […]

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