Delegates at OUSA’s Fall General Assembly 2012
A year at OUSA begins after the election of new members of steering committee by their respective member associations, after which the outgoing and incoming members meet for several days to they share information, best practices and continuing goals and projects for the organization. The election of the executive positions is also conducted during this conference.
Strategic Planning Conference
This retreat of the steering committee and home office staff provides an opportunity for OUSA to spend several days engulfed in the planning for the upcoming year-long activities and events. From this, an action plan for the organization is formed and tasked of its staff.
Volunteer Training Workshop
At the beginning of each school year, the Home Office, Steering Committee, Campus Coordinators, Campus Researchers, and other volunteers meet for a day long training, with sessions on the post-secondary education system, OUSA’s role and operations, as well as breakout sessions to plan campus events and research projects for the upcoming year. The most recent Volunteer Training Workshop was hosted by the McMaster Students Union (MSU) on Friday, September 21st, 2012.
Fall General Assembly
Each Fall OUSA holds its 1st of 2 General Assemblies during the academic year. This weekend long event is hosted by a different member school on a 3-year rotation. The General Assembly is the highest governing body of the Alliance and conducts the passage of policies, breakout sessions for current issues, and directs the focus of the Alliance. The most recent Fall General Assembly was hosted by the Federation of Students, University of Waterloo (FEDS) during the weekend of November 2nd-4th, 2012. View photos from 2012′s event here.
Student Advocacy Conference
Before the end of the calendar year, OUSA spends a week at Queen’s Park, where delegates from each member association lobby members of provincial parliament on the most important issues in post-secondary education. During the week, delegates highlight the recommendations OUSA will be making to the government and ministries to the Members of Provincial Parliament. For the 2012-2013 academic year, OUSA’s Student Advocacy Conference took place from March 4 – 7 2013.
Spring General Assembly
Each Spring OUSA holds its 2nd of 2 General Assemblies during the academic year. This weekend long event is hosted by a different member school on a 3-year rotation. The General Assembly is the highest governing body of the Alliance and conducts the passage of policies, breakout sessions for current issues, and directs the focus of the Alliance. The latest Spring General Assembly was hosted by the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU) from March 15-17, 2013, with the Plenary meeting occurring on March 17th. To view photos from our 37th General Assembly, click here.
Partners in Higher Education Dinner
Now a marque annual event in the post-secondary education sector, the Partners Dinner brings together all of OUSA’s stakeholders and partners, from students, administration, faculty, politicians, civil servants, authors, media, and the thought leaders of the sector. To learn more about 2013′s Partners in Higher Education Dinner, click here.