The Collective Is Seeking New Members!
The Centre for Women and Trans People at York University is seeking new Collective members from both York University and the larger Toronto community.
We actively prioritize the contributions that individuals from marginalized communities bring to our organization, and invite First Nations, Metis and Inuit people, black people, people of colour, members of racialized groups, Muslim people, two-spirited people, low-income people, queer people, trans people, sex workers, gender variant, gender fluid, and genderqueer people, working-class people, single parents, migrants, disabled and mad people, and members of the D/deaf community to apply.
Deadline to apply: Untill positions are filled.
CWTP is governed by a volunteer feminist collective. The Collective is fully responsible for the smooth operation of CWTP and acts in accordance with its constitution, vision statement, mandate, collective agreement and other relevant centre policies. The Collective takes responsibility for staffing, policy, programming, services, development, budgeting, and other initiatives and operates within a non-hierarchical model of consensus decision-making. The Collective is especially looking for people with a demonstrated commitment to feminist, anti-oppressive politics (challenging cis-sexism, racism, anti-black racism, ableism, etc.) strong communication and leadership skills, and experience with non-profit organizations.
Collective Member Responsibilities
- Be familiar with and act in accordance with the Centre’s constitution, vision statement, mandate, and other relevant centre policies as well as have a working knowledge of the Centre, its operations and resources
- Be familiar with the Collective Agreement with CUPE 1281 and fulfill duties of the employer
- Commit to collective membership for a minimum of one year
- Prepare for, attend, and contribute during Collective meetings 2-4 times per month.
- Complete annual mandatory Centre training sessions and Collective development workshops.
- Facilitate/lead 1 committee and participate in other committees (Hiring committees) and roles (such as Staff Liaison) as necessary. Standing committees include Library & Resources, Collective Development & Training, Programming & Outreach, Finance and Space Maintenance, Policy, Peer support, Trans Integration, or any other portfolio deemed necessary by the Collective.
- Hold office hours 2-3 hours twice week.
- Complete mandatory relevant training offered by the Centre, as outlined in the constitution
- Ensure that the Centre is a safer space for all members including staff
- Self-advocate within the consensus decision-making model
- Support the Centre’s space through two weekly office hours
- Attend weekly collective meetings. They shall be responsible for their own presence at meetings and in the event of their absence, conveying their regrets in a timely fashion.
- Organize two events or workshops, whether collectively or individually, on behalf of the organization for the fall and winter semesters
- Join local committees and/or coalitions on behalf of the Centre, to develop community relationships and help in an advisory capacity
- Minimum of 6 months working or volunteer experience in relevant organizations.
- A commitment to creating a welcoming and safer space for all of our members, one that is rooted in challenging settler colonial violence, racism, anti-black racism, xenophobia, islamophobia, anti-semitism, fatphobia, classism, ageism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, misogyny, mysoginoir, transmysoginy, ableism and sanism, discrimination on the basis of religion/spirituality, and institutionalized oppression within the university setting and in the wider community.
- Prior non-profit/ student based board experience
- Previous anti-oppression and trans* 101 training
How to Apply:
- Submit a written application form comprised of a completed Member Application Form, and a 1-page Statement of Intent.
- If the Collective accepts your initial application, you will be invited to attend an interview.
- The collective will invite all applicants successful in the interview process to attend 2 consecutive Collective meetings and to participate in Collective responsibilities for 1 month.
- After 2 meetings, you will review your experience and involvement with current collective members and mutually decide whether you may begin your full, 1-year term as a full Collective member.
- Printed forms are available at the Centre as well. (4700 Keele Street, 322 Student Centre, York University).
- Applicants can drop it off in person, or e-mail their application to firstname.lastname@example.org
All information provided on this form will be accessible only to staff, and collective members for the purpose of recruiting collective members. Submitting an application does not guarantee your acceptance as a Collective Member.
Thanks for your interest!
For more information
Please come by 4700 Keele Street, York University Room 322 Student Centre
or visit our website at http://cwtpyork.ca/
YUBSA Video and Statenment on Anti-Black Racism at York
*TW: Anti-Black Racism
Black Students at both Keele and Glendon as a collective have faced 4 major incidences of anti-black racism in the month of March alone.
On March 1st around 8pm Black community member and former YorkU/Seneca student was met with multiple police officers who were called upon by YorkSecurity. Students in the community arrived at the scene and were told the black student was detained due to allegations of harassment but failed to see why an overwhelming amount of Toronto Police Officers was required at the scene. The situation quickly escalated well beyond reason in what turned to a triggering scene for many black students. In attempting to assess his mental health once an ambulance arrived sedation was discussed as a method to ‘calm down’ the student even though he was able to articulate quite coherently that he wanted to go home.
The York United Black Students’ Alliance wanted to offer CPR Certification training to Black students on campus. As a Community Service Group that prioritizes Black Students on campus we create initiatives,programs and services dedicated to our members. The Executives were faced with anti-black racism and anti-black sentiments not only within Canada but even abroad from the United States and the United Kingdom. In our attempts to address the violence perpetrated by York students and internationally to the University we were met with silence and a lack of support.
On March 14th and March 15th, York University received reports from various students on Glendon regarding anti-black and anti-semitic graffiti. At theGlendon Townhall Students expressed that on both campuses anti-black incidences of this nature are not known to each other and creates a safety concern for the student communities that were affected by this violence. It is impossible for students to stand in solidarity, a united front and with a positive response if they and the rest of our student community are left unaware
An Incident occurred on March 24th with a student named Tayjun Rodney who sustained an ankle injury as well as torn ligaments by a Loss Prevention Officer at Shoppers Drugmart. This incident was made aware to the students by being posted on YUBSA’s Facebook Page. https://www.facebook.com/YUBLACKSTUDENTS/videos/1180471868730839/
New video highlight the four instances of anti-black violence in march https://www.facebook.com/YUBLACKSTUDENTS/videos/1187338794710813/
Gofundme campaign for the student whose leg got injured https://www.gofundme.com/support-tayjun-rodney
YUBSA demands to the university
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