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Wed December 15

MEDIA RELEASE: CSU donates over $80,000 to Capilano University Foundation to support student diversity and inclusion

2021-12-15T09:55:01-08:00December 15th, 2021|Blog, Media Advisories|

NORTH VANCOUVER, BC (December 15, 2021) — The Capilano Students’ Union (CSU) and Capilano University (CapU) are pleased to announce a donation of $81,785 from the student union to the Capilano University Foundation that will directly support equity, diversity and inclusion across the CapU student community.

This contribution will fund the creation and ongoing distribution of financial aid to support Black students, T2SNB (trans, Two-Spirit, and non-binary) students, disabled students, and students who demonstrate leadership working towards a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive university. The donation follows a previous contribution of over $51,000 that continues to fund the CSU Engagement Award, established in 2015.

“The Capilano Students’ Union is excited to help remove barriers to education that many students continue to face,” says CSU president Maia Lomelino. “This year, we are celebrating 50 years as the voice of students on the North Shore. We look forward to the next 50 years of making Capilano University a more welcoming and inclusive place for all students.”

The new awards and bursaries include:

  • CSU Equity Leadership Award;
  • CSU Support Fund for Black Students;
  • CSU Support Fund for Trans, Two-Spirit, and Non-Binary Students; and
  • CSU Disability Support Fund.

“One of CapU’s key priorities is supporting a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion in all our operation and outreach,” said Jennifer Ingham, vice-president, university relations at Capilano University. “This financial contribution offers meaningful recognition of the CSU and CapU’s shared value in inclusive support for all our students.”

Eligible international and domestic students may access the programs through the university’s financial aid and awards department in spring 2022.


About Capilano Students’ Union
Established in 1971, the Capilano Students’ Union has been acting as the voice of students on the North Shore for 50 years. The CSU advocates for the interests and needs of its membership of more than 7,000 students by lobbying Capilano University and all levels of government. The CSU delivers student services, provides resources to clubs and organizations on campus, and hosts a variety of events each year to promote the social, political, recreational, and academic well-being of its membership.

About Capilano University
Capilano University is a teaching-focused university based in North Vancouver, with programming serving the Sunshine Coast and the Sea-to-Sky corridor. The University offers 94 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, in areas as diverse as film, early childhood education and tourism management. Capilano University is named after Sa7plek (Chief Joe Capilano), an important leader of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) Nation of the Coast Salish Peoples. We respectfully acknowledge that our campuses are located on the territories of the LíỈwat, xʷməθkʷəỷəm (Musqueam), shíshálh (Sechelt), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and SəỈílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

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For more information, or to schedule interviews, please contact:

John Morrison
Capilano Students’ Union
t: 604.984.1768
e: [email protected]
csu.bc.ca

Linda Munro, Capilano University
t: 604.220.8937
e: [email protected]
capilanou.ca

Thu December 9

Official statement on equality from the Capilano Students’ Union and Capilano Faculty Association

2021-12-09T17:54:10-08:00December 9th, 2021|Blog|

Image quoting Rosemary Brown, reading, “None of us are free until all of us are free.

With gratitude to the Coast Salish peoples, including Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish, shíshálh, Lil’Wat, and Musqueam Nations, for receiving us into their unceded and sovereign territories, and to the honour of their ancestors.

On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, members of CSU and Capilano Faculty Association leadership have written a joint letter on human rights at Capilano University:

When you feel dismissed or disrespected by the university, do you feel that you are taken seriously — if you feel brave enough to mention it at all?

The Capilano Students’ Union (CSU) and the Capilano Faculty Association (CFA), together, pledge to advance BC Human Rights Code:

  • by fostering a culture at Capilano University, and in British Columbia, in which there are no barriers to full and free participation;
  • by demanding action to uphold the BC Human Rights Code through mutual respect, understanding, and fairness; and
  • to collaborate in ending every form of discrimination prohibited by the BC Human Rights Code. 

We recognize that direct and systemic discrimination at Capilano University has brought harm to members of our community.

We see you, and honour you.

We are inspired by the members of our community who are leaders in the advancement of human rights.

We underline our resolve to “identify and eliminate persistent patterns of inequality” as prohibited by the BC Human Rights Code.

We affirm our commitment to make whole again the members who have suffered the violation of their human rights, to honour their human dignity, and advance their equality. For these reasons, the Capilano Students’ Union and the Capilano Faculty Association call upon the university to work with us in collaboration to publicly demonstrate their commitment to upholding the dignity and equality of all members of this community.

This message is a collaboration between the CSU and CFA. It was prepared by CSU vice-president equity & sustainability Mackenzie Gibson and ethics & human rights officer and Capilano University professor Dr. Michael Markwick (Spakwus). 

Mon October 19

Multiple roles now available with the CSU

2020-11-05T13:15:25-08:00October 19th, 2020|Blog|

CSU Board of Directors

Interim Global & Community Studies Representative

Our interim global & community studies representative attends meetings of the Capilano Students’ Union board of directors (usually bi-weekly on Fridays from 2:30pm to 5:30pm) as a non-voting member as well as assigned committees as a voting member. They contribute to discussions and decisions with other student leaders and bring the perspective of a student in the Faculty of Global and Community Studies — including the unique needs and experiences of students in the Faculty of Global and Community Studies — to the work that the Capilano Students’ Union does. The role continues until a global & community studies representative is elected in the CSU general election in the spring, or May 31, 2021. Compensation: $330.25 per month. Application deadline is Friday, November 13, 2020.

Interim Indigenous Students Liaison

Our interim Indigenous students liaison attends meetings of the Capilano Students’ Union board of directors (usually bi-weekly on Fridays from 2:30pm to 5:30pm) as a non-voting member as well as assigned committees as a voting member. They contribute to discussions and decisions with other student leaders and to bring the perspective of an Indigenous student — including the unique needs, barriers, and experiences of being an Indigenous student — to the work that the Capilano Students’ Union does. The role continues until an Indigenous students liaison is elected in the CSU general election in the spring, or May 31, 2021. Compensation: $330.25 per month. Application deadline is Friday, November 13, 2020.

CSU Staff

Research Assistant

Our research assistant is responsible for assisting in the preparation of research to support the resource staff in the preparation of resources, background, and policy advice for our student leadership. A complete job description can be found on the application pageCompensation: $18.03 per hour (plus 16% in lieu of benefits) for 15 hours per week. Apply online.

Mon October 19

Call for presenters extended for Catalyst: From Agitation to Action equity conference

2020-10-19T10:24:50-07:00October 19th, 2020|Blog|

In light of ongoing events, we have decided to extend the deadline on our call for presenters at Catalyst: From Agitation to Action. This means that you now have until October 30 to submit your application to present

What are we looking for? 

We are looking for members of the CapU community to present their experience with equity at Capilano during a special storytelling session at Catalyst. Your presentation can be live or pre-recorded; you can present as yourself or completely anonymously; you could tell a story, paint a picture, perform a dance or other original work, you could play a song that speaks to you… The most important factors are: 

  • that your presentation is able to be streamed online (via Zoom);
  • that your presentation does not exceed 15 minutes; and
  • that you are comfortable sharing your experience.

If you’re interested, then we want to hear from you! Please complete this form to apply by October 30, 2020. Please note: Limited space is available. Selected presenters will receive an honorarium of $75. All applicants will be contacted by November 2, 2020. Successful applicants will need to submit their pre-recorded presentation or preview their live presentation for organizers by November 10, 2020.

About Catalyst: From Agitation to Action

At Catalyst, you will have the opportunity to engage with other members of the CapU community about Capilano’s history and future when it comes to justice, equity, and anti-racism work. Our goal is to facilitate a unique experience to authentically look at equity on campus as it has been while also building a forum to work on equity at Capilano as it should be. In other words, Catalyst will offer the chance to express agitation and to commit to action as we work towards an even better community. 

This will not be some stuffy, traditional conference. Catalyst promises to facilitate informational presentations, experiential performances, guided discussions, artistic expressions, and many opportunities to open your heart and your mind. 

Best of all, Capilano University students are invited to attend Catalyst for free. In fact, this conference will present you with a number of opportunities to express yourself, volunteer, and even win some prizes! 

Thu October 1

CSU announces Catalyst: From Agitation to Action equity conference

2020-10-01T16:15:21-07:00October 1st, 2020|Blog|

We are excited to announce that the Capilano Students’ Union will be hosting a virtual equity conference called Catalyst: From Agitation to Action from November 16 to 20 (evenings).

About Catalyst: From Agitation to Action

At Catalyst, you will have the opportunity to engage with other members of the CapU community about Capilano’s history and future when it comes to justice, equity, and anti-racism work. Our goal is to facilitate a unique experience to authentically look at equity on campus as it has been while also building a forum to work on equity at Capilano as it should be. In other words, Catalyst will offer the chance to express agitation and to commit to action as we work towards an even better community. 

This will not be some stuffy, traditional conference. Catalyst promises to facilitate informational presentations, experiential performances, guided discussions, artistic expressions, and many opportunities to open your heart and your mind. 

Best of all, Capilano University students are invited to attend Catalyst for free. In fact, this conference will present you with a number of opportunities to express yourself, volunteer, and even win some prizes! 

Call for Participation 

In order to explore real experiences at CapU we are putting out a call to participate in Catalyst: From Agitation to Action. We are looking for students, faculty members, staff members, or administrators to present their equity-related experiences. 

Your presentation could take the form of a story, a performance, a work of visual art, curation of an original work — essentially anything, so long as it can play on Zoom and does not run longer than 15 minutes. Presenters are welcome to express themselves live or submit a pre-recorded presentation. Likewise, it is up to presenters whether they wish to participate anonymously or not. 

If you’re interested, then we want to hear from you! Please complete this form to apply by October 23, 2020. Please note: Limited space is available; selected presenters will receive an honorarium. Applicants will be contacted by November 2, 2020. Successful applicants will need to submit their pre-recorded presentation or preview their live presentation or organizers by November 10, 2020.

Check the CSU website and CSU social media pages for more information, including calls for participation, events, programming, and registration.

Thu September 17

Orange Shirt Day 2020

2020-09-21T11:55:45-07:00September 17th, 2020|Blog|

A member of the Capilano community wears an orange shirt to mark Orange Shirt Day in 2019 (photo: Tae Hoon Kim/Capilano University)

In the days leading up to September 30, the Capilano Students’ Union has changed the colour of our web presence to help spread awareness about Orange Shirt Day.

What is Orange Shirt Day?

In 1973, Phyllis Webstad’s grandmother gave her a new orange shirt to wear to her first day of school.

Phyllis, aged six at the time, felt excited to dress up and wore her new orange shirt with pride. Unfortunately, that first day of school was at St. Joseph Mission, a residential school for Indigenous children. Upon arrival, Phyllis’ beloved new shirt was taken away and she was forced to remain at the school for 300 more days.

Inspired by Phyllis’ story, survivors of the residential school system are honoured and remembered by those observing Orange Shirt Day, which takes place every September 30. You can honour Orange Shirt Day by taking the first steps towards reconciliation by making yourself aware of the history of the residential school system.

Resources

Take some time to review the resources below and share with family and friends.

Phyllis Webstad’s story
Phyllis shares the story of Orange Shirt Day in her own words.

Residential School History
This page includes a review of the history of residential schools as well as Orange Shirt Day.

Eddy Charlie’s story
Orange Shirt Day Victoria organizer and residential school survivor Eddy Charlie shares his experience.

Wed September 9

CSU President’s Address 2020/21

2020-09-10T16:12:46-07:00September 9th, 2020|Blog|

FULL TEXT OF PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS

Here we are, a new academic year at Capilano University begins, a year unlike any other. While I wanted to come to all of you and talk about how great this year will be — and it will be good in its own way — I can’t honestly look forward to the year to come without reflecting on where we were at this time last year, the events of the past several months, and the current state of our global community.

We are collectively mourning, still, for losses we can name and identify as well as others we can’t. While Black and Indigenous communities in Canada are grieving from a centuries-long legacy of colonial and racist violence that is now thrust into mainstream public discourse, a global health emergency continues to underpin every aspect of our lives. While the events of the past several months have affected each of us differently depending on our identity, employment status, immigration status, and personal health, we have all experienced loss.

What a background upon which to return to school, which is why I want to recognize each and every one of you for having the courage, the tenacity, and the resilience to choose to pursue your post-secondary education right now — whether you’re coming back to Cap or taking classes for the first time. For those of you who may not have a choice, and are continuing your education out of necessity — I see you too.

More than ever we need to lean on one another for support, think collectively, and re-imagine what it means to connect as a community. This has been top of mind at the Capilano Students’ Union, and we’ve been working all summer to ensure that our community has access to the services they need to be successful this year. And when I say “success”, I mean whatever that looks like for you, because as much as we are called to reach out and support one another this year, we must also turn inwards, practice self-compassion, and be gentle with ourselves.

The Capilano Students’ Union remains committed to enhancing the student experience of those studying at CapU. We’ve worked hard to adapt our programs and services to be delivered online and remotely, including the Device Doctor personal electronics repair service, Community Cupboard food bank, and the newly launched csubookmarket.ca. As the voice of students on the North Shore, we continue to meet university administration as well as representatives from the local, provincial, and federal levels of government in order to make sure our members’ perspectives are heard. 

I’m not going to sugar-coat this for you, it’s going to be a challenging year. University is no walk in the park, and when our global community is shifting at an increasingly rapid pace around us, there are plenty of opportunities to be pulled away from our studies. Despite this, we have the incredible privilege of pursuing higher education and now is the time to use our knowledge, community connections, and experiences to create the world we want to live in — and leave a legacy that will empower our descendants and communities to thrive for generations to come.

In a time of unprecedented challenge, we must practice unprecedented kindness, unprecedented compassion, and unprecedented love, and we have to do it together. I know that no matter where we are in the world, the students of Capilano University, with the support of their student union, are capable of all that and whatever else this year has in store for us.

So, welcome to the 2020/2021 academic year.

Mon August 24

U-Pass BC program update

2020-08-25T17:30:19-07:00August 24th, 2020|Blog, COVID-19|

compass card held in front of a bus

The U-Pass BC program provides Capilano Students’ Union (CSU) members (Capilano University students) with unlimited access to transit in the Metro Vancouver region. Following the temporary suspension of the U-Pass BC program for the summer term, we continued to work with TransLink, public post-secondary institutions, and student associations across Metro Vancouver to find a solution for the fall term.

After careful consideration and extensive discussion, we can now share that the U-Pass BC program will resume at Capilano University starting on September 1, 2020.

How U-Pass BC works

The U-Pass BC program is structured as a universal and mandatory program for students at participating public post-secondary institutions; it is this universal model that makes the affordability of the U-Pass BC program possible. For students who rely on the U-Pass BC program, this means savings of up to $538 on transit passes every single term.

U-Pass BC fees for the fall term have already been assessed to all students enrolled in classes that would normally be delivered in-person at the main campus or at CapU Lonsdale — this includes classes that are being taught via mixed mode or remote, adapted learning due to COVID-19.

Exemptions and eligibility

Certain students are exempt from the U-Pass BC program, including students with disabilities that preclude the use of conventional transit or HandyDART services, students who hold another transit pass for the entire term, or students who have a valid U-Pass BC from another post-secondary institution.

Students are also exempt if they are both (a) studying entirely online without any on-campus instruction, and (b) are living outside of Metro Vancouver. If you are living outside of Metro Vancouver for the fall term due to the public health emergency, and your studies are online, then this exemption may apply to you.

More information on eligibility and exemptions, including application forms, can be found on the Capilano University website.

Please note that if you intend to apply for one of these exemption options, we recommend that you do not request or load your U-Pass BC onto your Compass Card through the U-Pass BC website, as this may result in one or more months of the U-Pass BC fee being non-refundable.

Eligible students not intending to apply for an exemption can visit TransLink’s U-Pass BC website to request their September pass.

Financial assistance

We understand the financial barriers that students are facing, and the CSU will continue to support students who are struggling financially. Late last week, the CSU board of directors approved a new CSU U-Pass BC Hardship Fund, which provides a bursary equivalent to 50% of the value of U-Pass BC fees for one term for students with demonstrated financial need. The U-Pass BC Hardship Fund application process can be found on the CSU website.

The CSU U-Pass BC Hardship Fund follows a $75,000 donation to CapU’s Emergency Endowment Fund made earlier this year to help students experiencing financial hardship during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Students with immediate need of financial resources are encouraged to reach out to the CapU financial aid & awards department to discuss options for emergency financial assistance.

Feedback?

We understand some students will have concerns respecting the resumption of the U-Pass BC program, given the unprecedented public health situation. We have carefully considered the concerns that have been raised in recent months, alongside the messages we received from students expressing that they wish to continue accessing the U-Pass BC program, and the significant transit savings that the program provides.

If you would like to share your thoughts about the U-Pass BC program, we encourage you to continue providing us with your perspective at [email protected].

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The U-Pass BC program is a universal, mandatory program for all students enrolled in at least one in-person course and provides unlimited access to transit in the Metro Vancouver region. This includes all bus routes, SkyTrain, and SeaBus. It also gives access to discounts on West Coast Express fares. The U-Pass BC program, including the fee, has been approved by Capilano University students in a referendum

The U-Pass BC program is a universal, mandatory program for all students enrolled in at least one in-person course. 

As a universal, mandatory program, exemptions from the program are limited.

A student is exempt if they have a disability that precludes the use of conventional transit or HandyDART services; if they already have another transit pass for the entire term; if they have a valid U-Pass BC from another post-secondary institution; or if they are taking only courses coded as “online” or non-credit courses.

For more information on exemptions, including application forms, click here.

The U-Pass BC program is structured as a universal and mandatory program for students at participating post-secondary institutions, and it is this universal model that makes the affordability of the U-Pass BC program possible. For students who rely on the U-Pass BC program, this means savings of up to $538 on transit passes every single term.

Certain students are exempt from the U-Pass BC program, including students with disabilities that preclude the use of conventional transit or HandyDART services, students who hold another transit pass for the entire term, students who have a valid U-Pass BC from another post-secondary institution, or students who are taking only courses coded as “online” or non-credit courses. 

For more information on exemptions, including application forms, click here.

If you meet the criteria for an exemption, you must complete an exemption application form, which can be found at this linkIf your application is accepted, then Capilano University will reverse or refund the applicable U-Pass BC fees.

If you are living outside of the TransLink service region, and all of your courses are coded as “online”,  , then you are not eligible for the U-Pass BC program. For more information on eligibility and exemptions, including application forms, click here.

In terms of determining residency in Metro Vancouver, the following is an exhaustive list of places defined as “in Metro Vancouver” for the purposes of the U-Pass BC program:

Metro Vancouver

• Anmore
• Belcarra
• Bowen Island
• Burnaby
• Coquitlam
• Delta
• Langley, City and Township
• Lions Bay
• Maple Ridge
• New Westminster
• North Vancouver, City and District
• Pitt Meadows
• Port Coquitlam
• Port Moody
• Richmond
• Surrey, including Barnston Island
• Tsawwassen First Nation
• UBC
• University Endowment Lands
• Vancouver
• West Vancouver
• White Rock

For greater certainty, the following are examples of areas not part of Metro Vancouver:

• Abbotsford (Fraser Valley Regional District)
• Chilliwack (Fraser Valley Regional District)
• Mission (Fraser Valley Regional District)
• Hope (Fraser Valley Regional District)
• Harrison Hot Springs (Fraser Valley Regional District)
• Squamish (Squamish-Lillooet Regional District)
• Whistler (Squamish-Lillooet Regional District)
• Lillooet (Squamish-Lillooet Regional District)
• Pemberton (Squamish-Lillooet Regional District)
• Sechelt (Sunshine Coast Regional District)
• Gibsons (Sunshine Coast Regional District)

Thu July 16

U-Pass BC program remains suspended until August 31, 2020. Plans for fall semester ongoing.

2020-07-16T17:20:15-07:00July 16th, 2020|Blog, COVID-19|

The Capilano Students’ Union worked closely with its partners at TransLink, other student associations, and post-secondary institutions to temporarily suspend the U-Pass BC program from May 1 as course delivery moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We worked hard during our negotiations with TransLink to ensure that as many students as possible would benefit from the program suspension. We understand that some students still use transit services to get to work, run errands, care for loved ones, etc. However, the way that the U-Pass BC program is setup to allow a low-fee for region-wide transit requires it to be an “all or nothing” program and so there was unfortunately no option for individual students who needed it to choose to pay for a U-Pass, or receive a concession fare for transit services.

We recognize that the fall semester is going to look very different for many students. With classes online and COVID-19 still present in BC, many students will be learning from home or reducing their travel and chance of exposure. Others may not even be physically in Metro Vancouver. Financial resources are also tight for students and any extra money in their pocket would be hugely beneficial. On the other hand, many students are still taking classes or conducting research on campus, travelling to and from work, and relying on transit for errands, groceries, and social connections. For these students who rely on transit, the cost of a monthly pass is much higher than the reduced cost of a U-Pass and would be an even bigger financial burden during this challenging time. 

In short, there is unfortunately no easy solution for administering the U-Pass BC program in the fall semester considering the large disparity in the number of students needing the program, the requirement to follow the terms of the U-Pass BC agreement, and importance of respecting the large amount of student support for the program in every U-Pass BC referendum conducted by student associations across the region.

We are working tremendously hard with our partners at TransLink, other student associations, and post-secondary institutions across Metro Vancouver to find the best path forward for this program. We know that a reduced transit pass is a lifeline for many students, while also being a huge financial burden for others during this uncertain time. We remain confident that we will be able to come to a solution that works for the largest number of students, but unfortunately don’t have anything concrete to share with you at this time. 

The suspension is currently agreed to be in place up until the end of August 2020. However, as discussions with partners are ongoing to determine if and when the U-Pass BC program can resume, you may have noticed that your fee statement includes the U-Pass BC fee for fall course registration. Please note, this fee is still subject to change, as no decision has been made yet about the operations of the program. If the U-Pass BC remains suspended for the fall term, CapU will provide those students who have paid the U-Pass BC fee an account-credit or a refund.

Please continue to share your views with us by emailing [email protected] as we are taking all student feedback into account as we continue discussions with TransLink and post-secondary institutions to try and come to a solution that benefits students.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

As summer courses at all post-secondary institutions in Metro Vancouver will be delivered via online learning, the decision was made by TransLink, student associations (including the CSU), and post-secondary institutions to temporarily suspend the U-Pass BC program until classes return to in-person learning.

We worked hard during our negotiations with TransLink to ensure that as many students as possible would benefit from the program suspension. However, the program is “all or nothing” and so there is unfortunately no option for individual students to opt-in to the U-Pass BC program.

The U-Pass BC program suspension is currently agreed to be in place up until the end of August 2020. Students enrolled in courses for fall 2020 have been assessed the U-Pass BC fee but that fee is still subject to change, as no decision has been made yet about the operations of the program. 

If the U-Pass BC remains suspended for the fall term, the post-secondary institution will provide those students who have paid the U-Pass BC fee an account-credit or a refund.

The university issued refunds to those who did not activate their April passes now as well as those who activated their April pass and spent less than $41. Refunds were applied to students’ CapU accounts. 

According to CapU’s website, fee refunds are mailed to the address on your myCapU account about six weeks after the beginning of the term, so students with positive balances in their CapU accounts should have either received their refunds already or be receiving their refunds soon. Check your mail!

Email [email protected] to share your views, as we are taking all student feedback into account as we continue discussions with TransLink and post-secondary institutions to try and come to a solution that benefits students.

Thu June 11

Letter to Capilano University faculty on consideration for Black students

2020-06-15T12:11:16-07:00June 11th, 2020|Blog|

Dear Capilano University faculty members,

The world is rallying around the injustice of the killing of Black folks in the United States and Canada including George Floyd, Regis Korchinski-Paquet, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others. Amidst this, discussions around white supremacy, police violence, and anti-racism are more prevalent than ever. We stand in solidarity and support with our Black community members: students, faculty, and staff.

Black lives matter.

Many Black folks are being asked for emotional labour, or feeling a sense of responsibility to engage online in more dedicated ways than before. Discussions about breaking down systemic racism are critical, but the inundation of information we are receiving — especially in response to such violence — is exhausting and triggering for racialized and, especially, Black students in our community. The Black community in Vancouver is small, and many members of this community have either had direct interactions with the police themselves, or know someone who has. These interactions are negative, violent, and traumatizing — and the current news and social media climate has the capacity to re-traumatize folks with these experiences.

On behalf of our students and the Black community, we ask you to proactively provide academic accommodations to Black students through the summer semesters, in recognition that students’ well-being is the first priority during these exceptional circumstances. While there are ways in which students may ask for accommodations themselves, such as approaching accessibility services or counselling, these are institutional barriers that many don’t have the ability to interface with at this time.

Our appeal is this: treat students with the same compassion you would hope to receive were your community grieving or under duress. We are an institution of higher learning, and right now our students are being called on to be community instructors and educate the world on systemic oppression, police brutality, and what it means to be anti-racist. We call on you to honour this additional labour these students have been forced to undertake, and listen with an open mind and heart when they ask for your support.

______________
Emily Bridge
President, Capilano Students’ Union

CC: Laureen Styles (Vice President, Academic and Provost)
Ted Gervan (Dean, Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts)
Pouyan Mahboubi (Dean, Faculty of Arts & Sciences)
Brad Martin (Dean, Faculty of Education, Health, & Human Development)
Lara Duke (Dean, Faculty of Global & Community Studies)
Capilano Faculty Association

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