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Mahsa Amini’s legacy is alive at Dawson

May 17th, 2023

In September 2022, Mahsa Amini was arrested in Iran for not wearing a hijab correctly. Eyewitnesses say she was severely beaten. Hours later, she died at the age of 22. Mahsa had just been admitted to university and intended to pursue law. Her death sparked protests in Iran and around the world.

At Dawson, the Mahsa Amini Initiative was created by students Kiana Lalavi, Shaneli Yaghoubi, Kiera Robak and Lina Adda. Their work was recognized on May 4 with the Forces Avenir Award in the category of Mutual Aid, Peace and Justice. Their project has also advanced for consideration at the provincial level.

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Professional Photography students staff grad portrait pop-up studio

May 3rd, 2023

The Dawson Professional Photography students partnered again this year with Campus Life and Leadership (CLL) and members of the Dawson Web Group to offer graduation portraits to over 600 of 2023 Dawson grads. The collaboration is an excellent example of communities working together to achieve mutually beneficial goals.

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Meet Dawson’s 2023 Forces AVENIR cohort

May 3rd, 2023

Every year, Dawson has had extraordinary students, teachers and staff who enrich our community with their projects, perseverance and passion.

This year, Dawson is recognizing individuals: student Kitenge Kayembe and faculty member Joel Trudeau for their commitment; and student Fred-Dgennie Louis for her perseverance. Dawson is also recognizing students for their great projects: Narcisse Hassan and Kaligua Rochon for the Dawson Sustainability Project in the Environment category; and students Kiana Lalavi, Shaneli Yaghoubi, Kiera Robak and Lina Adda for The Mahsa Amini Initiative in the Mutual Aid, Peace and Justice category.

The local ceremony will be Thursday, May 4 at Dawson. Both projects are moving forward for consideration at the provincial level of Forces AVENIR. Check the next D News on May 17 for a feature on our 2023 laureates.

Students learn leadership skills and make lasting friendships at Model UN

April 19th, 2023

About 60 students were able to participate in the Dawson College Model United Nations (DCMUN) para-academic activity this year thanks in part to funding from the Student Academic Enrichment Fund of the Dawson Foundation.

Model UN has a long history at Dawson College, with the activity running on and off since the late 1990s. The current iteration of DCMUN was established in the 2010-2011 academic year and has been running ever since.

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Rocking out at Dawson VIB event March 29

April 5th, 2023

A lively event stopped by Dawson on March 29 to move and inspire students and staff. The VIB event is touring campuses across Quebec to promote well-being and health. The event featured a Pound also known as “rocking out” workout, pictured; photo courtesy of RSEQ.

One of College Nurse Julie Gosselin’s student health ambassadors reported: “The participants really enjoyed the event and they liked their free merch. People seemed to really enjoy the Pound session as well since most of them had never done it before

“I think the event was really cool! It was a great way to promote physical activity during a time period when students are stressed and tend to forget the little things we should do to stay healthy.”

VIB Tour stops at Dawson March 29

March 22nd, 2023

A fun and free event promoting well-being for all and physical fitness is coming to Dawson Wednesday, March 29 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. in 3C.1.

Students are invited to register for free on the VIB-Essence app for La Tournée VIB-Essence. The program includes Pound (“rocking out”) fitness sessions, glow-in-the-dark yoga, free snacks and fun. If there is space, staff are also welcome to attend.

“The VIB tour only makes a few campus stops every year so I think Dawson students are lucky to have this opportunity,” said Julie Gosselin of Student Health Services, Dawson’s VIB coordinator. The event is sponsored by the RSEQ, Sports Experts and the Quebec Government.

An evening with Oliver Jones at Dawson March 10

February 22nd, 2023

Honouring legendary Montrealer and musician Oliver Jones and inspiring students are the objectives of a special evening being organized by members of Dawson’s Legacy Club with support from Dawson staff, including the Campus Life and Leadership team, Community, Recreation and Leadership Training, Continuing Education and Community Services and the Communications Office.

“Oliver grew up in the Little Burgundy neighbourhood, home to the historic Union United Church, which is very close to the former Selby Campus of Dawson College," said Simeon Pompey of the organizing committee. "Through his work/fame, he has influenced a lot of young Black people in Little Burgundy and Montreal to pursue higher education. It is very fitting that the College has endorsed the initiative to honour him.

“Directly and indirectly, young people’s lives were positively impacted. Through his charity work, Dr. Jones supported initiatives to help youth pursue post-secondary education.”

The evening will include performances, tributes and opportunities for students to ask Dr. Jones questions. There will be guests from community organizations but the VIPs will be Black Dawson students and students who are personally invited.

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Meet Dawson’s first 2SLGBTQIA+ Community Worker

February 22nd, 2023

Hello! I’m James McKye, the new 2SLGBTQIA+ Community Worker at Dawson. This new position is primarily to support 2SLGBTQIA+ students, but that can happen in many different ways. I would like to offer myself as a resource to Dawson staff and teachers as well. Feel free to invite me to drop by your class or…

Vigil held at Dawson for MMIWGT2S

February 22nd, 2023

The First People’s Centre organized a vigil in the Oliver’s student space at Dawson on Feb. 14 to commemorate the MMIWGT2S (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Trans and Two-Spirited.) There is an epidemic of violence against Indigenous women in Canada. The National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls has reported that Indigenous women and girls make up 24 per cent of female homicide victims in Canada, despite only making up four per cent of the country’s female population.

The report cited research that “Indigenous women and girls are 12 times more likely to be murdered or missing than any other women in Canada, and 16 times more likely than Caucasian women. … Other than murder, statistics also reveal how Indigenous women consistently experience higher rates and more severe forms of physical assault and robbery than other groups in Canada. Sexual violence is a huge problem in all its forms: Indigenous women are sexually assaulted three times more often than non-Indigenous women, and most of the women and children trafficked in Canada are Indigenous.”

MMIWGT2S to be remembered on Feb. 14

February 8th, 2023

The red dresses currently hanging in the atrium are there in memory of the lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Trans, and 2 Spirited (MMIWGT2S) peoples across North America.

Several Dawson students, including Indigenous students working in collaboration with the First Peoples’ Centre, will be organizing an awareness-raising vigil on Feb. 14. Valentine’s Day, typically a day to show love to a significant other, was determined to be the best day for the annual awareness campaign by Indigenous communities. The day is an opportunity to show love to those affected by such violence and to raise awareness of the international crisis.

The entire Dawson community is welcome to join the First Peoples’ Centre at 12 p.m. on the Feb. 14 for a vigil in Oliver’s (2C.17).

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Last Modified: May 17, 2023


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