CUSA seeks consultation on Service Centre changes

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) will be hosting a Town Hall meeting on November 27 to seek student feedback on changes to its student-run service centres.

CUSA is in the process of renewing and restructuring the service centre program to better serve the changing needs of students. This will include location changes, renovations, and rebranding for a number of centres.

The November 27 meeting will focus on collecting feedback regarding current service centre use and the future of the spaces. CUSA invites all students to attend the meeting and give feedback on potential changes.

“It’s important that we consult students when we make changes to our service centres. We need to collect information on how our services are being used in order to improve them,” says Vice President Student Services Alexis Oundo.

The Town Hall meeting will take place from 1-2pm in the University Centre atrium.

For more information or media inquiries:
Alexis Oundo
VP Student Services
613-520-2600 x1606

Kelsey Gilchrist
Public Relations Coordinator
613-520-2600 x6687

Service Centre location changes in effect

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) has moved a number of service centres and offices to make better use of the limited space in the University Centre. The following location changes are in effect as of October 1:

The International Students’ Centre has moved from 129B to 316A
The Wellness Centre has moved from 314A to 426 F
The new CUSA Scholarships office has opened in 314A
The Mawandoseg Centre has moved from 316A to 426I

Other improvements have been made to many of CUSA’s service centres to improve their appearance and functionality, including the addition of new paint, chalkboard walls, and more storage. Additionally, the wall between the Clubs & Hatch offices has been removed in order to create more space for meetings and collaborative work.

For more information or media inquiries:

Alexis Oundo
VP Student Services
613-520-2600 x1606

Kelsey Gilchrist
Public Relations Coordinator
613-520-2600 x6687

CUSA Service Centres welcome back students

Fall Orientation is continuing all month at CUSA’s Service Centres with a variety of workshops and welcome back events. CUSA Service Centres aim to promote diversity, advocacy, and community on campus through a rich array of programming and events, and this year is no different. CUSA’s Service Centre coordinators focus on creating inclusive spaces for students of varying identities and backgrounds, while providing the services students need.

New and returning students alike are invited to take advantage of these upcoming service centre events:

CDAC and GSRC Social Night – Join the Carleton Disability Awareness Centre and the Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre in a night of board games at The Loft. Gaming fees are on us! The Loft Board Game Lounge | Sept. 21 | 6:30pm – 11pm

Rainbow Frosh – LGBTQ+ students and allies are invited to a week of events organized by the Gender and Sexuality Resource Centre (GSRC), including a Queer 101 workshop and the annual GSRC Town Hall. 427 UC | September 18-21 | Various events

Womyn’s Centre Scavenger Hunt – Come to the Womyn’s Centre for an epic campus-wide scavenger hunt! The goal — get to know all the many resources that are available to you as a student. 308 UC | Sept. 18 | 7pm – 10pm

ISC World Cup – Register as a team or an individual for Carleton’s very own international soccer tournament. Carleton University Fieldhouse | Oct. 6 | 6pm – 11pm

International Coffee Day – Grab a free cup of coffee in the atrium, brought to you by the CUSA Food Centre. UC Atrium | Sept. 29 | 11am – 3pm

For media requests or more information contact:

Alexis Oundo
Vice President Student Services
613-520-2600 x1606

CUSA presents: American Horror Story’s Jamie Brewer


The Carleton Disability Awareness Centre is pleased to be hosting Jamie Brewer from American Horror Story on Friday November 25 at Carleton University Residence Commons. Brewer will be speaking about her time working at American Horror Story, as well as disability representation in the media. The event will also include a Q&A portion.

Brewer’s first role on American Horror Story was in season 1 as Jessica Lange’s daughter, Adelaide ‘Addie’ Langdon. She then returned in season 3 in the lead role of ‘Nan,’ and season 4 as ‘Marjorie’ playing opposite Neil Patrick Harris. Brewer has also appeared in the crime drama Southland, and was the first model with Down Syndrome to walk in New York Fashion Week.

As an activist in the Down Syndrome community, Brewer has been involved with a number of organizations advocating for people with disabilities. She served on the ARC Governmental Affairs Committee for Texas to improve legal rights and recognition for disabled people, and was active in arguing against the use of the word “retarded” in legislation.

The event is taking place in partnership with the Campus Activity Board (CAB) and Rideau River Residence Association (RRRA). It will include a special VIP meet and greet for five lucky winners. Click here to enter the draw.

Doors open at 7:30. Visit the Facebook event page for ticket information.

Media requests:

Céline Brown MacDonald & Brett Babcock
Carleton Disability Awareness Centre (CDAC)
613-520-2600 ext. 6618

Ashley Courchene
Vice President Student Services
Carleton University Students’ Association
613-529-2600 ext. 1610

CUSA renames Aboriginal Centre

The Carleton University Students’ Association is proud to announce a name change to one of its service centres. The CUSA Aboriginal Centre – a space for students to explore and celebrate Indigenous cultures – has been renamed the Mawandoseg Centre. Mawandoseg is a word from the Algonquin language known as Anishinaabemowin that loosely translates to “coming together.” FBProfilePic_SC_12

This name change comes shortly after the university’s Board of Governors made an effort to put Indigenous studies at the forefront in the university by renaming the School of Canadian Studies as the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies in June. The renaming and rebranding of the Aboriginal Service Centre continues this revitalization by taking steps to both normalize Algonquin language and acknowledge that the university rests on Algonquin land. Changing the name is a great first step, but CUSA is also working on other ways to incorporate Indigenous ways of knowing and being into its programming as well.

This year Mawandoseg Centre will be hosting a number of cultural, community, and nation building activities, as well as continuing educational programming and workshops for non-Indigenous students. New events include Full Moon Ceremonies and beading workshops. The new programming revolves around the idea of coming together and learning from each other, while exploring different ways of thinking and experiencing the world.

For more information contact:

Ashley Courchene
Vice President Student Services
Carleton University Students’ Association
613-520-2600 x1610

Tess Laude
Mawandoseg Centre Coordinator
613-520-2600 x1268

Hatch Selects Cohort

Hatch selected its student entrepreneur cohort for the 2015-2016 year on October 27th 2015. A total of 9 cohorts of student businesses and founders were selected, including sixteen Carleton University students. Cohorts were selected after they were invited to pitch their current business or startup idea to a panel of community judges at the 1125@Carleton innovation space at Hatch Pitch Night on October 7th. Judges included Jason Daley, Tom Duxbury, Nick May, Ludovico Prattico, and Pablo Srugo. Cohorts will benefit from Hatch programming, co-working space, seed funding, and mentorship over the course of 8 months. Cohorts were selected based on the feasibility of their idea, their business model, and the identified challenge, which they plan to overcome during the 8-month program. A variety of cohorts were selected to ensure a diverse ecosystem of businesses and ideas. Some cohorts included packaged crab apple jelly, NFC bracelets, and a mobile application for social event discovery.

Hatch is an incubator for entrepreneurs funded by both the Carleton University Student Association and by Lead To Win. Hatch was created in 2014 and is in its second year, currently co-directed by Michael Cacho and Melissa Vong, both current Carleton students. To become a mentor for the Hatch cohort or for sponsorship inquiries, please contact

Hatch 2015-2016 Cohort Students:

Glen Smyth

Eropa Stein

Joshua Reyes

Connor Hicks

Alex Vierich

Fuad Alami

Wilson Yeung

Cole Miller

Ahmed El Mahrakawy

Brandon Schurman

Mitchell Vickers

Goerge Siblesz

Aly Gemae

Ghaith Dalla-Ali

Omar Samhan

Jordan Edgecombe

Hatch Year End Report 2014-2015

In the 2014-2015 academic year, the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) launched Hatch – a student entrepreneurship centre. The following is a report on the success of the program in its initial year. Students interested in participating in the Hatch program can email

Hatch Year End Report 2014-2015


NOTICE: CUSA Food Centre Temporary Relocation

The CUSA Food Centre has been temporarily relocated to 302 University Centre (The Spot! Student Life Centre) while their primary office undergoes renovations. This move does not affect the services of the centre – all operations will continue as per usual.

For questions, the Food Centre Coordinators can be contacted at or 613-520-2600 ext. 2265

CUSA Launches Future Funder Campaign for Accessible Fitness Equipment

CDACToday, through the Carleton Disability Awareness Centre (CDAC), the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) launched an accessibility campaign with Future Funder – Carleton University’s exclusive crowd-funding platform. The Accessible Fitness Fund hopes to raise enough funds to purchase Carleton’s first accessible chest press machine. The campaign is reflective of Carleton’s and CUSA’s continued commitment to being a national leader in accessibility; among Canadian post-secondary institutions.

Although CUSA has been working on the project for some time, the campaign remained a secret until it’s reveal in the University Centre Atrium at noon today (March 12th, 2015). CUSA, Carleton University Athletics, and representatives of the University’s Administration were all in attendance at the event.

To kick-start funding for the campaign, CUSA made a monetary donation of $2000.00 towards the total goal of $6500.00.

CUSA Vice-President Student Services Adil Tahseen, spoke about his time as a CDAC Coordinator and how the campaign came to fruition.

“This has been a project we’ve been working on for some time. I worked in CDAC for about two and a half years. Something we always discussed was investing in accessible fitness equipment. When the current CDAC coordinators – Nate and Arif – were hired, part of their mandate was to ensure that we saw this project through.”

In discussing the use of the Future Funder platform Tahseen said the goal was to ‘involve students.’ “We looked at a lot of ways we could go about this. Lobbying administration, funding the equipment directly from CUSA’s budget, but at the end of the day we thought it was important that we involved the students in this. We wanted students to have an avenue to contribute to their community and feel proud of our accessibility achievements. Carleton is recognized as one of the most accessible campuses, why not work together to become the most accessible campus.”

Carleton has a history of being at the forefront of accessibility in education. 2013 Para Triathlon training site designation, the work of the Paul Menton Centre, the Attendant Services Program and the Research, Education, Accessibility and Design Initiative (“READ” for short) have all contributed to Carleton’s recognition as a national leader in accessibility.

The Accessible Fitness Fund campaign will run until June 8th, 2015. Currently the fund is just shy of one third of the way to their $6500.00 goal.

CDAC Coordinators – Arif Jaffer and Nathan Bragg – say investing in an accessible chest press machine is just the first step. The ultimate goal is bring an entire set of accessible fitness equipment to Carleton Athletics.

For more information on the Accessible Fitness Fund or to contribute to the fund please visit: