The goal of this session is to explore the possibilities for feminist organizing on university campuses and examine what role students, staff and faculty can have in such a movement. Within the context of continued cuts by the Canadian federal government to programs that support women and other social justice initiatives in Canada, and as raucous debates about abortion, rape and civil rights resurface in both Canada and the United States, the organized presence of feminist groups has become more visible. How is this translating to the university context? What does feminism look like on Canadian campuses? How might feminist-identified groups think about integrating those that may have been previously less involved in feminist organizing (such as university staff, racialized groups, and men)? Panelists may present the results from grass-roots organizing initiatives or more traditional research projects; however, presenters will be asked to limit the length of their formal presentations in order to ensure that there is time for discussion with audience members.
Session Organizer and Chair: Rebecca Godderis, PhD, Wilfrid Laurier University, email@example.com
Session Code: GS7