Since its creation, the University of Ottawa has been a bilingual institution of education for the benefit of communities from both official languages of Canada. This is a source of pride for the university and its students. However, many students notice that there is a lack of courses and educational material in their official language.
Apart from a shortage of academic material, some students have talked about the difficulty in integrating student life in French due to a lack of bilingual events and posters.
Furthermore, it has been several years since the university has undertaken a serious study on bilingualism on campus. Data on the availability of academic programs, language of textbooks and cultural activities are unknown and sometimes not even collected.
In order to better serve every member of the university’s community, the SFUO wishes to carry out an audit about bilingualism on campus. This audit aims to promote transparency and ensure linguistic equality not only from the university, but also from the SFUO and various student organizations for the good of the whole community.
The Town Hall has ended and the working group has created a survey about the state of bilingualism at the University of Ottawa.
You can participate in the Bilingualism Audit by filling out our survey!
Please give us feedback! This survey will lead to a serious study of data collected. For more information about this survey, please contact Nicole Desnoyers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you wish to get involved in the bilingualism audit, you can do so by joining the Bilingualism Audit Working Group. The working group is a group of students passionate about linguistic equality who want the audit to be responsibly and fairly managed.
Members of the Group will work primarily on analyzing data collected during the survey as well as writing recommendations following the survey.
We are very pleased to have had so much student participation during our Fed Body Town Hall in October. The comments made were incredibly informative and will be included in the survey.
Thank you to everyone who participated!