WHAT IS THE BLACK STUDENTS’ UNION?

CSU collectives represent self-identified members of various constituency groups at Capilano. They meet regularly to work on ways to benefit the students they represent , these activities include:

  • organizing events to help students build support and friendship in their community
  • executing campaigns to raise awareness of issues facing their group
  • facilitating discussions and seminars on important issues in the community
  • finding ways to break down stigma in the broader society
  • improving accessibility for students to resources, programs and events on and off campus

SUMMARY

WHO WE ARE

The Black Students’ Union is made of up Black students studying at Capilano University. We seek to foster community and create a safer space for Black students on campus and beyond. Membership in the Black Students’ Union is limited to self-identifying members only.

WHAT WE DO

The Black Students’ Union meets to discuss issues, plan events and workshops, and offer resources to Black students at Capilano University. The Black Students’ Union was established in 2021, but past events organized by the Capilano Students’ Union to focus on and celebrate Black culture and representation include the Black History Month Cabaret, a live discussion with Grammy-nominated Black American jazz singer Jazzmeia Horn, and workshops on topics such as Ethiopian cooking and Black hair.

RESOURCES

SUPPORT

Black Youth Helpline
The Black Youth Helpline focuses on community development and support for Black youth across Canada. They are available by phone, email, or social media.

Capilano University Health & Counselling Services
During Capilano University’s reduction of on-campus services, counselling appointments may be booked via phone (604.984.1744) and email ([email protected]). 

Empower Me Mental Health Resources
Empower Me, a mental health and wellness service offered through the CSU’s health and dental plan provider, provides access to professionals with various domains of expertise to support you and respond effectively to diverse needs. Services are available via secure telephone- or video-conferencing. Capilano students can call Empower Me’s 24-hour helpline at 1.833.648.5589.

BC Mental Health Support Line
BC Mental Health Support Line is available at 310.6789 (do not add 604, 778 or 250 before the number). This number will connect you to your local BC crisis line without a wait or busy signal, 24 hours a day. Crisis line workers are trained to help provide emotional support as well as mental health information and resources.

ALLYSHIP & ANTIRACISM RESOURCES

How To Be Actively Antiracist
This resources list, adapted from a Google Document curated by Sarah Sophie Flicker and Alyssa Klein, is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen their anti-racism work.

Guide to Allyship
The Guide to Allyship is an evolving open-source guide to help you become a more thoughtful and effective ally.

Anti-Racism Tools for Educators
This resource list was developed for educators interested in teaching the histories and present-day realities of race and racism in Canada. It is curated by the Anti-Racism Resource Centre, based in Peterborough, Ontario. 

10 Steps to Non-Optical Allyship
This 10-step guide created by writer and activist Mireille Cassandra Harper as a starting point for those interested in becoming allies.

Mental Health Issues Facing the Black Community
This article form Sunshine Behavioural Health discusses how racism causes mental health problems for Black people.

LOCAL AND CANADIAN

Black Lives Matter Vancouver
Black Lives Matter’s Vancouver chapter can be found here.
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Hogan’s Alley Society
Hogan’s Alley Society is a non-profit organization committed to researching, preserving, and publicizing black history in Vancouver and BC.

Black in BC Community Support Fund for COVID-19
This fundraiser provides low-barrier, emergency, micro-grants for black people in BC who are experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CONTACT

Feven KidaneBlack Students Liaison

MEETINGS

Check the CSU calendar for meetings!