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Formed in 1992, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization that strives to effectively and responsibly represent Ontario’s full and part-time undergraduate students to lobby for an affordable, accessible, accountable, and high-quality higher education system. In order to achieve these goals, OUSA provides research and policy solutions to the government, organizes campaigns, communicates its priorities, and develops partnerships with post-secondary education sector stakeholders. With a membership of approximately 160,000 undergraduate, professional full- and part-time students, OUSA is one of the largest and most respected student organizations in the country.

Presidential Update March 2024

Spring has sprung! Welcome back to my March update.

 

To kick this season off, we headed to McMaster for our Spring General Assembly. After four days of discussions, we passed three papers: Addressing Racism and Religious Discrimination, Gender-based & Sexual Violence Prevention and Response, and International Students and International Education. It was amazing to be a part of an authoring team for the first and final time, shoutout to the ARRD paper! Thank you to MSU for hosting us and making sure we stayed hydrated with the cool water bottle merch. We also want to thank Shemar Hackett, our Chair for Plenary, for being a steadfast facilitator and for taking time out of his weekend to support our discussions!

The motion to stay hydrated carries to OUSA’s 59th General Assembly recap!

What a great General Assembly we just had at McMaster University in Hamilton! Student leaders once again gathered for four days to discuss and approve student-written policy papers- this time with a big water bottle in hand, courtesy of our host, McMaster Students Union. This was a refreshing GA with some changes to the itinerary to give delegates more time to submit amendments, authors more time to conduct rewrites, and a plenary session that ended at 5:13 pm with all papers passed (if you know, you know). 

 

Reclaiming Radical

When you hear the word “radical”, what kind of images appear in your mind? Many different things perhaps, but it’s probably accompanied by a great deal of apprehension or even fear. It’s no wonder why, since many people today use it as a synonym for, or coupled with, “extreme.” Combining this “extreme” connotation with its usage in political contexts makes for a very scary word indeed. Turning on the news or listening to public discourse, you will regularly hear it used as a pejorative for factions or political actors that are opposed to the talking head you’re watching. “We simply can’t support these radical positions; they’re completely outrageous!” and so on and so forth. Well, I’m here to tell you that “radical” has been treated quite unfairly by our modern discourse and that radical solutions to the many critical problems we face today may not be so “radical” after all.

Presidential Update February 2024

Hi and Happy Black History Month!

 

Within a blink of an eye, we are already through the second month of the year.

 

To start off OUSA's birth month, we launched the What is OUSA? campaign on social media. First, our Action Plan, which outlines the organization's annual goals, was published. Our summer internship applications opened and concluded, and we are excited to see who the new team will be. We also held a campus sweater giveaway in recognition of our 32nd birthday and our 3 winners were contacted! Finally, our campus visits reel series is now available for viewing on Instagram - this was a fun way to connect with students and listen to their concerns around OSAP and insights on post-secondary education!

Throw the Stone; Limitless

We are all authors and storytellers. Following along with the pages and chapters, opportunities and barriers of our lives; a time before, during, and after this moment, and every other moment. My story, not dissimilar to yours, began inside a glass house, witnessing the unfolding dynamics around us. Uniquely, my story underscores that we carry a sacred duty to connect with our heart. Through this we possess limitless potential, striving for a collective liberation, rooted in the cultivation of wisdom.

 

Summer 2024 Internships - OUSA

OUSA is thrilled to offer two internships this summer for undergraduate students at our member schools! We are hiring for the positions of:

  1. Advocacy and Communications Intern
  2. Research Intern

Applicants are welcome to apply for one or both positions, but will only be invited to participate in one interview. Please visit the attached links above for more information on both internships.

Internships are open to students at our member schools who are represented by our participating student associations; these include:

  1. Queen's University - Alma Mater Society (AMS)
  2. Brock University - Brock University Students' Union (BUSU)
  3. University of Waterloo - Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA)
  4. McMaster University - McMasgter Students Union (MSU)
  5. Laurentian University - Students' General Association (SGA)
  6. Trent University Durham GTA - Trent Durham Student Association (TDSA)
  7. Western University - University Students' Council (USC)
  8. Wilfrid Laurier University - Wilfrid Laurier University Students' Union (Laurier SU)
  9. Ontario Tech University- Ontario Tech Student Union (OTSU)

Presidential Update January 2024

Hey, hi, hello! 

 

Happy New Year dear friends! I hope 2024 has been treating you well thus far, and only continues to be as fulfilling.

 

Does Every Political Science Student Go Down the “Pre-Law” Drain?

As I enter the 4th and final year of my undergraduate journey, I am left pondering my countless career-induced meltdowns, as the post-graduation navigation of jobs is overstimulation at its finest. Although it seemed like an isolating process where only I could possibly be contemplating what to do after my time at McMaster, it was oddly comforting to see my peers in political science face the same dilemmas. 

 

One thing about political science students: they will do their very best to look like they got it all figured out, no matter the costs.