Our Mandate and Goals
STARS (Student Teachers Anti-Racist/Anti-Oppressive Society) Regina promotes anti-oppressive education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina. We work to understand, identify, and address individual and systematic forms of oppression based on race, gender, sexuality, socio-economic status, religion, age, disability, and other socially constructed categories. As a group, we will analyze the roots of inequality in curriculum, school, and society, critique norms, and work to deconstruct our common sense notions of school. Additionally, we work to recognize privilege and power relations and focus on ourselves in relation to others, recognizing that our positionality affects our teaching. We aim to normalize conversations about oppression within the teaching profession and to help our peers to see the importance of anti-oppressive practices. Finally, we understand that anti-oppressive teaching is not something one can ever achieve; rather it is an ideal and a goal we must continually work towards.