Statement Regarding GAP Anti-Abortion Displays on Campus

In recent weeks, members of the Genocide Awareness Project (GAP), an pro-life group external to the University of Calgary, have appeared unannounced on University property with graphic, false and misleading images and pamphlets against abortion.

The Women’s Studies and Feminist Club executive team has heard from many students who are concerned about the resurgence of GAP, especially as GAP is now operating apparently outside University regulations, allowing them to appear without warning on campus green spaces and inside buildings.

The WSF executive team shares these concerns. We are currently in communication with Campus Security, as well as members of the Student’s Union and administration, seeking to have a meeting with them in order to get clarification regarding their response to this situation, and will report back with their reply.

We have also heard from students who have experienced verbal and physical harassment from GAP protesters, and want to bring these experiences to the attention of the University. If you have experienced harassment or other harms due to GAP, you can submit a description of your experience through this form, with the option to submit anonymously.

As well, to ensure that we are ready to mobilize a counter protest if GAP returns again, we will be making pro-choice posters during our End of Year Feminist Rage Night at LDL, Friday, April 1 from 6:30-9:00pm. We will have materials with us, but everyone is welcome to drop by and bring their own materials, or donate old posters. We will have another poster-making session next week, date and time to be announced. These posters will be stored by WSF on-campus so that we will have immediate access to them on days when GAP appears on campus.

If you need support, peer support volunteers are available at the Women’s Resource Centre (MSC 482) and Q Centre (MSC 210) Monday-Friday 8:30am – 4:30pm. You can also call the Distress Centre at 403-266-HELP.

Community Service Learning course to be offered Winter 2016

WMST 501.XX – Feminist Approaches to Community Service Learning

Application deadline extended to December 11th

Prerequisites: WMST 201 + 1.0 additional HCE in gender- or sexuality-related courses (flexible)

If you are involved in volunteer service with a clear gender and/or sexuality component, you can apply to enroll in a Community Service Learning course taught by Dr. Rebecca Sullivan. You will be expected to find your own volunteer practicum and engage in 20-24 hours of volunteer work over the course of the Winter 2016 semester, to perform readings related to community service learning, and to engage in a feminist/queer analysis of the student’s own practicum.

The course will meet five times throughout the Winter 2016 semester, and all meetings are mandatory. The meetings will be held between 2-4:45 PM on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, January 19
  • Tuesday, February 9
  • Tuesday, March 1
  • Tuesday, March 22
  • Tuesday, April 12

Students interested in enrolling in this course should email an application to Dr. Sullivan at by December 11, 2015. The course will be capped at 15 students, with priority given to students who are within two years of graduation. This course will also be offered in the 2016-2017 academic year for students who are unable to take it in Winter 2015. Student applications must include the following information:

  • An outline of your community work
  • The organization with which you will be associated
  • The name of your supervisor (or, if operating in a collective/non-hierarchical structure, the names of two peers who can vouch for you)
  • A description of your activities within the organization
  • The timeframe in which you will be volunteering

Applications must not be any longer than 300 words; longer applications will be discarded.

Students may retroactively use an existing volunteer position, provided that the student has engaged/engages in 20-24 volunteer hours between September 8, 2015 and April 12, 2016, and can arrange for supervisory feedback.

Administrative note: Approved students will be enrolled in the course automatically. The course is not currently listed Student Centre but will eventually be listed as WMST 501.XX – Directed Reading.

Rage Night: November 27th

Join us for our final Rage Night of the semester Friday, November 27 @ the Last Defence Lounge (right room) at 6 PM. There will be fun feminist discussions, games, and a chance to meet our execs and other fantastic feminists here on campus! Anyone is welcome to attend, members and non-members alike, so bring your friends! WSF memberships will also be available for purchase. Click here to check out the event page.

Welcome to Ashley, our new VP Communications!

On October 21st, WSF held a special by-election to elect a VP Communications. We are pleased to announce that the wonderful Ashley Morrison has been elected for the position. Ashley is involved in a variety of organizations on campus, including the Women’s Resource Centre, as well as the Consent Awareness and Sexual Education club, where she also serves as VP Communications. We’re so excited to have her on the team, and look forward to working with her this year! Check out her bio below:

Ashley Morrison is a fierce feminist. She is passionate about raising awareness about sexualized assault and consent. Ashley works hard to advocate for women’s rights, and finds solace in the works of Audre Lorde, bell hooks, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, Miranda July, and Maya Angelou. Ashley is excited to be starting a position as Project Assistant with the Women’s Resource Centre and starting her new position with WSF!

Congrats Ashley!