Below you will find relevant resources to the ACE initiative:

Faculty of Environmental Studies Equity Committee
Disability and Accessibility Report 2014/15

Excerpt from report:

“As a mature, racialized, female bodied student with physical and mental challenges it can be difficult to navigate various institutional settings, including York University. Thus, it was imperative that I have the opportunity to participate in the FES Equity Committee to ensure equitable and transparent accessibility for all students and specifically marginalized York students. With a solid employment history of equity and advocacy work, I was confident in my skill set that would be required to engage in research and outreach regarding systemic barriers that exist in York’s programs and services.

This report documents my experiences as a York student trying to access York’s support services for students with disabilities.”

Things I wish I knew in my first year of grad studies at York – Survival Guide

Created from the questions and answers at a workshop organized by Masters in Environmental Studies student and ACEr, Anique Jordan, with the support of other ACE members, this invaluable resource has many pointers for helping masters students navigate the often tricky terrain of graduate studies at York University. From where to look for funding, to internships and your integral relationship to your supervisor, this is your grad school survival guide!!!

Green is Not the Only Colour: Reflections on the State of Anti-Racist Environmentalism in Canada 

Article excerpt by Beenash Jafri and Karen Okamoto:

“CAN THE ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENT in Canada continue to organize on an agenda of “green” politics, devoid of any critical engagement with issues of race? Given Canada’s multicultural reality and the long-standing history of colonialism and racism in this country, we think not. The history of environmental justice activism sends this clear message: the movement must evolve by linking environmentalism to counter-colonial, anti-racist struggles. In other words, there is a need to redefine “green.” Eco-feminism has made significant changes to environmental politics, connecting feminism with environmentalism. We want to see a similar transformation towards an anti-racist grounding for the environmental movement.”