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University of Ottawa launches community enhancement, anti-racism fund for student initiatives

Thursday, March 11, 2021 @ 8:24 AM | By John Chunn


The University of Ottawa Common Law Section announced the creation of the Common Law Section Students Community Enhancement and Anti-Racism Action Fund to support community enhancement initiatives stewarded by students from Black, Indigenous and racialized communities. The fund will also support students engaged in the development and implementation of projects, partnerships or events that promote anti-racism initiatives at the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section.

“The Common Law Section recognizes that intersectional forms of systemic racism, including systemic anti-Black racism and systemic anti-Indigenous racism and colonialism, has had, and continues to have, adverse effect on Black, Indigenous and racialized communities,” dean Adam Dodek said in a press release.

Through the community enhancement stream, funding will be available to students or groups from Black, Indigenous and racialized communities at the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section for student-led community enhancement initiatives during the summer 2021 and the 2021-22 academic year.

Through the anti-racism action stream, funding will be available to students or groups from all communities within the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section for student-led anti-racism initiatives during the summer 2021 term and the 2021-22 academic year.

The press release states that the Common Law Section Students Community Enhancement and Anti-Racism Fund is intended to support an array of activities including costs affiliated with student-led programming and events, materials for creative work and cultural production and professional development and workshop fees affiliated with anti-racist work. The fund will generally contribute $500 to $1,000 to support projects and initiatives proposed by individual students and student-led groups. A total of $10,000 is available for each of the summer 2021, fall 2021 and winter 2021 terms.