University Budgets and the Case for Fairer Cost Sharing
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It’s September, and if you are an undergraduate student like me, that means you are likely paying tuition, figuring out your budget for the coming year, and spending at least a small amount of time with your head in your hands thinking about your financial situation. For many students, this can be incredibly stressful as university education becomes more unaffordable, and it can be difficult to know where to start if you want to see changes. My suggestion is to start by looking at university budgets, which helps to frame how universities make decisions and the role that the provincial government plays in how much your tuition costs.
The experience of being an international student is fundamentally different from being a domestic student. What challenges should we be aware of when advocating for international students?
As summer winds down and the fall semester nears, it has been an extraordinarily busy time for OUSA.
This month, we were invited to participate in an additional consultation with the Ministry of Colleges and Universities on international education, microcredentials, and work-integrated and digital learning. We took this opportunity to highlight the immense financial challenges international students face due to unregulated tuition and minimal financial assistance, and how these challenges have been exacerbated by COVID-19. We also emphasized the need for quality digital and work-integrated learning opportunities to ensure students can have high-quality and impactful experiences despite the challenges that we’ve seen with online and remote learning.
As we've learned in recent weeks, anti-racism changes don't happen overnight. What can educational institutions do to move forward and combat racism on their campuses?
The recent resurgence of the #BlackLivesMatter movement has given us the opportunity to reflect on our perspectives on racism and the roles we play when it comes to either perpetuating or combatting racism.
What does decolonizing post-secondary education look like? In today’s episode of Perspectives on Campus, Zamir and Alyssa discuss the tricultural mandate at Laurentian University.
Student clubs and other extracurricular activities often help students feel a sense of belonging and foster community throughout undergrad. For racialized students, however, this is not always the case. Racialized students often face roadblocks and barriers to accessing these opportunities.
In January, I attended a guest lecture on civilian harm reduction during armed conflict. At the time, I was enrolled in a course studying transitional justice and was quite interested in the lecturer’s research interests. Attending this lecture, however, was one of the most uncomfortable and alienating experiences of my undergraduate career.
"When coming to a new university, students should be worried about what courses they are taking or who their professor is. They shouldn't be worrying about what types of racism they will be enduring on campus or within the London community."
I hope everyone is doing their best to enjoy a little bit of their summer while staying safe! We’ve been enjoying our summer at OUSA, tackling a lot of new projects and exciting opportunities this month.