- Brescia’s Student Code of Conduct: Know your rights at Brescia and understand that racism is not tolerated on our campus. Always reach out to a trusted staff member if you have any questions or need help.
- Ontario Human Rights Commission: Understand your rights in Ontario and know that the province recognizes that racism exists and the province stands against it.
- Student Life Centre’s Health and Wellness Support at Brescia: We know the situations occurring around the world and the systemic injustices take a toll on your Mental Health and Wellness. Remember we have services at Brescia that will support you when you are feeling overwhelmed.
- Reach Out: Contact Lissette Ochoa, Special Advisor to the Principal on Diversity & Inclusion at Brescia for resources that are meant to empower you as a Black student. There are many webinars, panels, and tools online to support you. Additionally, Lissette will connect your to organizations such as:
- Black Youth Helpline – Focuses on the education, health and community of Black youth as students of colour.
- Federation of Black Canadians – Gives Black youth and people of colour a voice while inviting them to join a movement happening in Canada regarding representation and involvement across all systematic levels.
- Black Lives Matter – Join in the fight against white supremacy and racism both locally and globally through powerful intervention opportunities.
- Black Health Alliance – Provides resources centred around overall health for Black youth and individuals.
- Harriet Tubman Community Organization – Focuses on the learning and growth of Black individuals through the creation of innovated programs that can support Black youth.
- The Most Nurtured – Focusing on the holistic wellbeing of Black individuals offering panels yoga sessions and a safe space for Black people.
- Black Women in Motion – Empowering Black women and supporting them in leading successful lives.
- Caribbean African Canadian Social Services – Works to strengthen services for Black individuals in Canada.
- Multi-Cultural Club and Agents of Change at Brescia: Connected with the Brescia University College Students’ Council and our Special Advisor to the Principal on Diversity & Inclusion, we are currently working to bring back this club. The Multi-Cultural Club will highlight education, culture and diversity. This allows students of colour an opportunity to lead, be heard and have a safe space at Brescia.
- Agents of Change will raise awareness of racism on campus while hosting programs and activities to amplify the voices of all students of colour at Brescia.
I know you are currently suffering, but please know you are not alone. I know it is mentally exhausting to have to educate people on what you are going through as a Black student or a person of colour. We know the trauma can feel overwhelming, but know that there are resources to help you. You are important, and your skin is beautiful. We can have conversations on how to bring up race in an all white classroom, or how to respond back to unacceptable racial remarks made by anyone on campus. These conversations are important to have and we can explore ways to articulate your feelings and resources.
You can model your strengths, teach others and become an activist on campus.
If you are experiencing racial battle fatigue, know there are other strong Black women, men and other people of color who have done endless work for the general population on how they can educate themselves to be allies. These allies can research and reach out to the Student Life Centre on campus and to myself for resources and education on racism and privilege. For you, my black students and other students of color, I want you to focus on the importance of your voice and how we can amplify your voice and experience at Brescia.
Please reach out: firstname.lastname@example.org and we can talk. – Lissette
Cultural Clubs at Western
Connect with students from similar backgrounds to build strong communities on campus with some of these clubs at Western. Click here for a more extensive list of Clubs and Organizations at Western.
- African Students Association
- Black Students Association
- Caribbean Students Organization
- Spanish American and Latin Student Association
- Ethno Cultural Support Services
Community Organizations to Make a Difference
If you are looking to get involved beyond campus, there are community groups within the City of London you can get involved with to make a difference, spread education and awareness. Our Special Advisor to the Principal on Diversity & Inclusion can share more with you, but here are three strong organizations to get involved with:
- LUSO Community Services – This organization has a Multi Cultural Outreach program that increases education and awareness on culture and diversity. If you wish to support other youth in the community, reach out to Leroy to ask to volunteer and make a difference.
- Key contact: Leroy Hibbert
- Congress of Black Women (London Chapter) – The congress hosts workshops, community events, educational activities and other festivities to celebrate culture. Reach out to get involved in supporting their programs and festivals in the community.
- Canadian Latin American Association – Hosts cultural workshops and events to spread diversity and knowledge on the Latin American culture. They are in need of volunteers yearly.
- Key contact: General Email
Books by Black Authors
These books will enhance our knowledge and empower you. They will give you tools to continue the fight. Knowledge is power.
- The Isis Papers: Dr. Frances Cress Welsing
- Becoming: Michelle Obama
- Small Doses: Amanda Seales
- A Journey through my life: Yvonne Brown
- The Skin we’re in: Desmond Cole
- Post traumatic slave syndrome: By Joy Degruy
- Being Brown: Rosemary Brown
- Policing Black Lives: Robyn Maynard
- Powernomics: Claud Anderson
- Until we are free: A collection of essays and poetry.
- The New Jim Crow: Michelle Alexander
- The unapologetic guide to Black mental health: Navigate an unequal system. Learn tools for emotional wellness and get help you deserve: Rheeda Walker PHD
- The Destruction of Black Civilization: Chancellor Williams
Black Female Leaders
- Angela Marie MacDougall: @angela_marie_1223
- Cicely Blain: @Cicelyblainconsulting
- Denise Goldberg: @djdenise35
Learn About Canadian Black History
We know Black students may have feelings of fear reaching out to police during these times, but if you have become a victim of a hate crime, or are experiencing discrimination, please report to the London Police. If you need support please contact our Special Advisor to the Principal on Diversity & Inclusion or Vice Principal of Students.
Remember, our diverse student voices is what makes Brescia strong. We are committed to be here for you.