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The Equity Studies Students’ Union (ESSU) is a student-run organization that supports individuals in the Equity Studies Program by offering resources and services to complement in-class education. Our members work alongside department administration, the University of Toronto and the community at large to host extra-curricular activities, such as our annual “Decolonizing Our Minds” conference. We ensure that all of our events are free and wheelchair accessible with ASL interpreters and gender-neutral bathrooms. ESSU strives to provide spaces where people can openly discuss experiences with discrimination whilst bringing in knowledge from their Equity Studies courses. As such, we operate through an anti-oppressive framework that seeks to deconstruct the sexist, ableist and racist ideologies embedded in the structures of everyday life, particularly the academic sphere. The exceptional relationship with our professors has enabled ESSU to witness significant growth and success in the past few years, a tradition we hope to continue in 2013-2014. Between September and April, ESSU will hold weekly meetings open to anyone interested in issues of social justice. If you would like to get involved with ESSU, please feel free to send us an e-mail at uoft.essu@gmail.com. We will also have office hours in room 500-A of the New College Student Centre. Please take some time to explore our website and then drop by to get to know us!