TUFA update – events and affiliate activities

Dear Colleagues,

Please note items of possible interest below:

1. CAUT’S Equity Conference, “Activism for Equity,” February 10 to 11

Our national affiliate’s 6th Equity Conference provides opportunities to learn about organizing efforts to advance equity at universities and colleges across the country. Participants will strengthen change-making skills and build networks of support with activists from across Canada. The meeting will be held at the Delta Ottawa City Centre Hotel, with a hybrid option for online participation. The hotel deadline is January 26th, but interested members may register for virtual attendance up to February 7th.  TUFA reimburses certain expenses for members attending affiliate conferences, please contact us directly for more information.

2.  CAUT Survey for Post-Secondary Faculty and Researchers

The Canadian Association of University Teachers’ inaugural “State of the Post-Secondary Academic Profession Survey” closes on January 27th, 2023. The survey will is intended to help CAUT and its member associations advocate for members’ interests. TUFA members are encouraged to complete the survey which asks post-secondary academic staff employed at universities and colleges across Canada about their experiences and attitudes towards selected topics including: attitudes towards the PSE sector, attitudes towards the workplace, and employment conditions / work activities. The survey also requests demographic information (gender, sexual identity and expression, visible minority status, Indigenous identity, self-reported disability, and use of official languages) to enable analysis relating to equity, diversity and inclusion.

3.  ReFrame Film Festival, January 26 to February 3

TUFA is pleased to sponsor Peterborough’s ReFrame Film Festival which is once again making it possible for the 60+ documentary films comprising the festival to be streamed across Canada. If you’re not already planning to do so, we heartily recommend taking in some shows!

4.   Take Action Today: Support Queen’s University Faculty and Librarians

Our colleagues in the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA) have been engaged in bargaining for six long months. Please take a minute to add your name to QUFA’s email campaign in support of their bargaining objectives. QUFA members voted 82% in favour of strike action (if necessary); what they need now is a strong showing of community support. And this is where we come in. . . .  please lend your voice to QUFA’s efforts to address precarity and exploitation at Queen’s. 

5.  CAUT’s December-January Bulletin online

The latest edition of the CAUT Bulletin addresses academic freedom in the context of global political instability.

In Solidarity,

Moira and Marcus