The Women’s Centre Collective is comprised of a dedicated team of undergraduate and graduate student volunteers. The primary goal of the Collective is to support and advise Women’s Centre staff on the needs of SFU students and ways to best support them. The Collective also participates in developing programming, resources and community-building, and preserving the history of the Centre.
The Women’s Centre Collective is committed to decolonization. This is an ongoing process that requires recognizing the continuing atrocities of colonialism, and translating this awareness into meaningful action and solidarity. Because the Collective’s anti-oppressive work takes place on unceded Coast Salish territories, it is essential to acknowledge the ancestral homelands belonging to Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), Stó:lō, and Kwikwetlem peoples.
The Women’s Centre Collective seeks to include all diverse, marginalized groups on campus, including Black, Indigenous and Racialized students in actively participating and sharing their needs with the Women’s Centre Coordinator.
All Collective members are involved in the following:
- Advising staff on the activities and programming of the Centre
- Selecting the theme of the monthly book display and communicating that selection to the Centre’s Outreach and Resource Assistant
- Suggesting relevant books, magazines, or any other media to include in the Centre’s library
- Keeping the Coordinator informed on all ongoing projects of the Collective, including communication with other organizations and groups
- Raising awareness of issues on campus raising awareness on issues related to the Women’s Centre mandate
- Promoting awareness of the Women’s Centre and its services and resources
- Centering the voices of Indigenous, Black and racialized students within Collective and the Centre including the voices of trans, intersex, and non-binary students.
- Support the recruitment and retention of an active network of volunteers and collective members
- Collaborating with the Centre’s staff to organize and facilitate events such as the annual open house night and pancake breakfast
The Women’s Centre Collective meets bi-weekly at the All-Genders Resource Area for no more than one hour. Regular meetings times will be determined at the end of each semester.
Procedures for New Collective Members
All volunteers can request to be considered for the Collective after three months of active volunteering at the Centre. Active volunteering involves at least 8 hours per month of volunteering. In addition, new Collective members must sit in on three Collective meetings before being a full member. Once a potential member shows interest in being part of the Collective, current members of the Collective will vote by consensus to welcome a new Collective member. Also, Collective members and the centre staff can recommend potential members as well and invite them to participate to three consecutive meetings.
All volunteers of the Women’s Centre and other students are welcome to attend Collective meetings. They are encouraged to contribute ideas for the Collective’s initiatives and programming of the Women’s Centre, but cannot vote on decisions. As with all volunteers, Collective members are bound by confidentiality within and outside of the Centre.
If you are interested to be part of the Women’s Centre Collective, please send us an email of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org