October rush is what I’m coining this month for the OUSA home office who have activities lined up for almost every day this month. The research team is no exception; we continue to ride our September momentum with Hire Education focus groups and fall interviews with students living with disabilities. So far we have had an amazing turnout of support with these research initiatives from our Waterloo, Windsor, Trent-Oshawa, and Brock University campuses and we look forward to hearing from the students and disability service providers across our other member campuses.
This month we are also putting the finishing touches on our three fall policy papers, covering issues around rural & northern students, students living with disabilities, and student financial aid, which we couldn’t have done without the enthusiasm and hard work of our steering committee authors. We will also be releasing an issue brief on mental health in post-secondary education that will revisit many of the recommendations introduced in our most recent health submission while setting the stage for our upcoming mental health campaign.
Although I am looking forward to a much-needed winter break, I am loving the opportunity to visit our member campuses in person and to hear directly from students about their experiences on campus.