Who gives a $#[email protected]? Youth voter apathy and a crisis of democratic faith
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My name is Sreen (Sreenidhi), and I am super excited to join OUSA as a Summer Research Intern for the next four months. I have spent the past four years at Western University pursuing an undergraduate degree in Genetics and Political Science. Throughout my undergraduate experience, I have been heavily involved in student governance and the campus community. Most notably, I was the Associate Vice President of Peer Programs and the Gender Equality Network Coordinator for the University Students’ Council. I was also an active member of the campus community through my involvement in Western’s Indo-Canadian Student’s Association, Tamil Students Association, and Women in STEM. Through these various activities, I have witnessed first-hand the complex intersecting identities students have and the impact this has on their university experiences.
My name is Vivian Chiem and I’m very excited to be working with OUSA as our Advocacy and Communications Intern this summer.
I am in my final year of university at Wilfrid Laurier, where I am studying Political Science. Through my academics and extracurriculars, I've developed a strong interest in improving the student experience.
Hello and Happy May!!
It’s hard to believe that this is my final presidential update. It has been an amazing and quite unpredictable year serving as President of OUSA. From constant changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to very tough societal issues that have affected our campuses, it has not been easy. Nonetheless, it has been an honour to serve in this role and represent the interests of students across Ontario.
Today, OUSA is launching our Get Out the Vote campaign with the intention of making sure post-secondary students have all the information they need to vote on June 2, 2022. Students and youth voters now make up a huge portion of the electorate and have the chance to make a massive impact on the outcome of the upcoming election.
The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance Teaching Excellence Award recognizes educators who excel at unlocking the potential of Ontario’s young people. Successfully engaging individuals in the learning experience depends on an instructor's ability to spark students' curiosity and desire to learn. It is our pleasure to give these remarkable professionals the recognition they deserve.
An excellent instructor will be able to engage their students in the process of learning and discovery and help them develop the critical skills that form the foundation of a robust education. With this in mind, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance annually presents its teaching awards to professors from each of our member campuses who have taken this role to heart, and who have been selected by their students as examples of teaching excellence.
We are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 OUSA Teaching Excellence Awards!
Hello and Happy April!!! I hope you are all enjoying longer and brighter days!
This past month was a busy one as we started off March with our Spring General Assembly from March 10th-13th! Delegates from our member schools came together to discuss and debate recommendations for our policies on Student Financial Aid, Mature Students, and Tech-Enabled Learning. After three days of great conversations, all three papers passed and will now take their place in OUSA’s policy library. A big shoutout to all delegates who participated in General Assembly, and thank you for your time and commitment to ensuring our policies represent students well! The papers will be coming out over the next few weeks, with the Mature Students policy dropping this Friday on OUSA’s website.
Entering post-secondary can be overwhelming for many students, because now, school comes with a price tag. Regardless of their unique financial situations, many students choose to work while enrolled in post-secondary education. For me, I entered university with the mindset that I would work in the summer and not work during the school year. This was a common decision among my peers as well. However, after my first year, I decided my plan was not realistic. I decided instead that I would need to work throughout the school year as working only four months a year was not bringing in enough income.
Hello and Happy March (and almost Spring)!
Firstly, I want to acknowledge the protests that have taken place over the past month in opposition to a variety of government restrictions. The signs of hatred that have been on display have been infuriating to see and if you are feeling frustrated or scared, you are not alone. Please make sure to take care of yourself and check in on those around you.
In September 2017, I stepped out onto the sidewalk of my first year residence hall unsure of what was to come. My parents and I had just driven about 7 hours from Ottawa to move me into Perth Hall Residence at Western University and to say I was nervous is quite the understatement.
OUSA is thrilled to offer two (2) internship positions to students from our member schools this summer! Applicants are welcome to apply to either or both positions. Please visit the pages below for more information on the role and application process.
Internships are open to students at our members schools who are represented by our participating student associations; these include:
- Queen's University - AMS
- Brock University - BUSU
- University of Waterloo - WUSA
- McMaster University - MSU
- Laurentian University - SGA
- Trent University Durham GTA - TDSA
- Western University - USC
- Wilfrid Laurier University - WLUSU