Students tackle social injustice


The third annual DisOrientation Week was hosted last week by UTMSU’s Ministry of Social Justice and Equity. With a “student activism” theme, this year’s DisOrientation Week included a trip to Interim Place, a women’s shelter, a student poverty workshop, and an open mic night.

“It’s something we try to raise awareness about in the Ministry of Social Justice and Equity,” said Ro’a Saafan, the VP equity. “We try to get students involved outside of the academic sphere. We focused on issues that affect students.”

Twenty-three students made it out to Interim Place on Tuesday and hosted different activities for the women and kids, including henna and nail art. There was also a non-perishable food and school supplies drive for the shelter.

“It was successful,” said Saafan of the week’s events. “We had a big turnout for each event. We were happy to change things up.” (This is in reference to the inclusion of the women’s shelter instead of the food bank this year.)

Involved in the planning process was Saafan, her associates, and the LGBTQ, accessibility, bursary, and food bank coordinators.