The Equity & Accesibility Office was formed in September 2013 to address issues of systemic and institutional oppression at Dalhousie University and within the Dalhousie Student Union. We were initially funded as a one-year pilot and the 2014/2015 DSU Elections we ran a referendum question, asking Dalhousie students to vote for a Equity & Accessibility levy. We were successful! The Office is completely funded by the student body and as such we strive to serve you to the best of our abilities.
The Office strives to implement a framework of anti-oppression in our work. By anti-oppression, we mean the practice of challenging all forms of oppression based on race, gender, sexuality, class, religion, immigration status, country of origin, age, physical ability, and mental health status. These oppressions perpetuate hierarchies that benefit dominant or privileged individual persons and groups. We recognize that the Dalhousie community perpetuates oppression—both explicitly and implicitly—and this has very real and tangible consequences.
The Equity & Accessibility Office's mandate is as follows,
- To create educational campaigns focused on specific and institutional issues of anti-oppression.
- To assess, provide insight, and propose changes concerning Dalhousie University and Dalhousie Student Union policy and documents.
- To assess, provide insight, and propose changes concerning extracurricular events on Dalhousie campus.
- To build relationships and collaborate with other student groups, associations, societies, etc. at Dalhousie University.
- To provide a source for students to file complaints or submit their grievances with the University and the Dalhousie Student Union.
- To keep an ongoing file on complaints regarding equity and to produce short and long-term research and recommendation to address those complaints.
- To work with the DSU VP Internal to address internal inequities within the Dalhousie Student Union