Office of Human Rights

Open house donations “priceless” for Colombian children

Donations by guests at the Office of Human Rights Equity and Accessibility open house on December 10 have put a smile on the faces of some children in Bogota, Colombia.

The office collected clothes and a variety of school supplies for the Children of the Andes Foundation as well as a gift of $30 from an off-campus donor and one of $250 from a campus “secret Santa.”

Organizers issue call for participation in Accessibility Awareness Day

Organizers of Accessibility Awareness Day, March 5 on the University of Windsor campus, have issued a call for proposals inviting presenters to share their expertise and experiences on the theme “Building an Accessible Community.”

The interactive day will provide an opportunity for members of the University community as well as members of the broader Windsor-Essex community to come together to learn about and discuss accessibility initiatives.

Topics to be discussed include:

Open house to outfit Colombian schoolchildren

An open house reception in observance of International Human Rights Day, December 10, will support schoolchildren in Bogotá, Colombia.

The Office of Human Rights, Equity and Accessibility is hosting the event Monday from noon to 2 p.m. at 310 Sunset Avenue. The campus community is invited to mingle, to enjoy some light refreshments and finger foods, and to help to a good cause.

New Convocation tradition reflects diversity on campus

The institution of a moment of reflection to replace prayer during University of Windsor Convocation ceremonies will create a more inclusive atmosphere, says Kaye Johnson, director of the Office of Human Rights, Equity and Accessibility.

“We operate to make things as inclusive as possible—widening the circle,” she says. “A moment of silent reflection will allow people to use this time as they need to, not as someone else decides.”

Funding available for women’s campus safety initiatives

The Women’s Campus Safety Grant Committee is seeking applications for funding for initiatives to promote safety for women on campus.

A presidential standing committee established to address women’s safety issues on campus, it invites creative, innovative proposals from members of the university community, including individuals or groups, faculty, staff and students. The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities has funded the grant since 1991.

Submissions are required to support one of the following broad categories/objectives:

Specialized maps to assist visually impaired in navigating campus

New maps will help people with visual disabilities to make their way through the campus, says Anne Mullen of the office of human rights, equity and accessibility.

The maps are available in large print format and in Braille—which employs raised print for interpretation by touch.

“It boils down to independence,” says Mullen, manager of accessibility and human rights. “Everyone should have the opportunity to navigate the campus on their own.”

Many in motion to celebrate nation’s difference makers

Do you know someone who has made a difference?

The Rick Hansen Difference Maker Team will recognize individuals who have made a significant impact in the area of accessibility, researchers who have advanced discoveries related to spinal cord injuries, community leaders and youth who have put “service above self” to make an extraordinary difference in the lives of others.

Reception to celebrate opening of multi-faith space

Students, staff and faculty are invited to celebrate the official opening of the new campus Multi-Faith Space, from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18.

The space is intended for prayer, meditation or contemplation, and is located in room B-08 on the lower level of the CAW Student Centre.

Kaye Johnson, director of the University’s Office of Human Rights, Equity and Accessibility, called the multi-faith space a “typical model” on Canadian campuses.