Learning in Social Action: Students of Color and the Québec Student Movement

Lena Palacios, Rosalind Hampton, Ilyan Ferrer, Elma Moses, Edward Oh Jin Lee

Abstract


It is clear that neoliberal policies, along with austerity measures, serve to reinforce and further the oppression of marginalized groups such as poor and working class, Indigenous, racialized, migrant, LGBTQ, and women. Racialized people, especially racialized women, systematically earn less income that their non-racialized counterparts, end up in more precarious employment, are 2 to 4 times more likely to live in poverty, encounter structural discrimination within the labour market and take longer to pay off student debt. Consequently, tuition hikes disproportionately impact racialized communities, systematically excluding even more racialized people from university education. Through their participation in the 2012 Québec student strike, members of Students of Colour Montreal asserted that broader issues of systemic inequality are considered and that links be made between the predominantly White student movement and ongoing struggles for Indigenous, racial and migrant justice.


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