Female student politicians face racial discrimination, misogynist graffiti

April 2, 2015

A student politician at Concordia University has filed a complaint with the Quebec human rights commission against 2 male colleagues and the student association she was a part of. The student alleges she faced a toxic environment when elected to a position on the Arts and Science Federation of Associations (ASFA), consisting of racial discrimination and sexism. The students said her tipping point came when she discovered a Facebook chat about herself between the 2 colleagues when one of them left his account open on a public computer. The student was told by university administration that there was nothing they could do because the conversation in question was “private.” Concordia’s Center for Research-Action on Race Relations (CRARR) filed the complaint on behalf of the student, and is asking for moral and punitive damages as well as sensitivity training for ASFA executives for the next 2 years. Meanwhile at Dalhousie University, 2 female Dalhousie Student Union executives recently discovered misogynist and threatening graffiti that they believe is directed at them. Dal has removed the graffiti and is attempting to find the perpetrators. Montreal Gazette | Chronicle Herald