Equity Education

Organizing Equality Student Coalition (OESC) – 2017

OESC, an ad-hoc student coalition with the Faculty of Information & Media Studies’s Organizing Equality conference.

2016-2017 has been a year of heightened tensions. Whether between racialized groups and the state, or between self-proclaimed free speech advocates and marginalized persons fighting for acknowledgement of their identity, students have brought these tensions to a forefront at Western University. The OESC led programming throughout the year to unpack these tensions, fostering courageous discussions between polarized viewpoints and building the capacity of young organizers throughout the process.

Community Roundtable in Collaboration with the University Student Council

Panel Discussion



Photo by Double Jay Collective, Jenny Jay
From left to right: Mohammed Soufan, Lily Yosieph, Sarah Barzak, Marie Kamukuny, Nancy Xu, Serwaah Phebih, Shahad Rashid, Shervin Xy, and Rowa Mohamed.

Organizing Equality International Conference 

An international conference about addressing inequality, was held at Museum London, on the weekend of March 24. The event was hosted by members at the Faculty of Information and Media Studies (FIMS) at Western University.

The three-day conference featured over a hundred academics, activists, artists, and organizers who presented their work, research, and art among their peers. The speakers featured included Dr. Vandana Shiva, Glen Coulthard (University of British Columbia), The Beehive Design Collective, and Black Lives Matter Toronto, among many others.

Thank you to Jenny Jay for documenting the conference on behalf of OESC.

Photo by Double Jay Collective, Jenny Jay