Interested in writing for OUSA? Contact Tiffany Li Wu, our Operations & Communications Coordinator.

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.

Presidential Update November and December 2023

Hello friends!


November has been a whirlwind of events after events.


Firstly, the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (CICMH) hosted their annual conference where I got to co-host and where OUSA once again had the chance to present. Our brilliant RPAs, Octavia and Ananya, as well as our superstar MSU representative, Abby, facilitated a session on the mental health experiences of marginalized students in an evolving social-political climate. We were thrilled to see over 120 attendees at their presentation, and appreciate all the hard work of the CICMH staff in their planning and execution of the event!

September & October Presidential Updates 2023

Hi wonderful people,


I hope your days have been filled with care. It has been a while and a LOT has happened…


I want to begin my update by acknowledging the loss of our friend, Stephanie Ye-Mowe. I am sincerely thinking of my colleague, Steph’s family, friends and loved ones during this time. Stephanie was an amazing advocate and friend, who was strongly committed to amplifying the student voice and had an incredible intellect to match, carrying a critical lens in all the spaces they interacted with. We miss Steph dearly, and are always thankful for what they brought to OUSA and our lives.

For those keeping scores at home, this is OUSA’s 58th General Assembly Recap!

Another successful General Assembly (GA) is in the bag for OUSA!  This fall GA, we gathered at Wilfrid Laurier University in Kitchener-Waterloo where student leaders spent four intensive days discussing and approving student-written policy papers. The conference brought together all of our member schools in person with the new addition of the Ontario Tech Student Union, taking our membership slate to represent nine schools and over 160,000 students in Ontario! The excitement from seasoned GA delegates and some of the nervousness of 1st time-goers made for a riveting weekend with laughter, hugs and inside jokes.

Remembering Stephanie Ye-Mowe

OUSA is deeply saddened about the passing of our former board member and VP Finance, Stephanie Ye-Mowe. 


Steph was a fierce champion of student-led advocacy, and stood up for students with conviction, passion, and an intersectional view of how robust policy could best address the diverse needs of students. She made immense contributions to OUSA, always thinking about and acting on ways to improve our work and organization as a whole. They encouraged their peers to think critically about the decisions guiding OUSA’s work and kept students’ best interests at the forefront of everything they did.

Introducing Avina Li, Communications Assistant

Hi everyone! My name is Avina (she/her), and I’m so excited to be joining OUSA as the Communications Assistant!

I’m headed into my 3rd year of Medical Sciences at Western, specializing in One Health. I was drawn to this specialization within the program because of its interdisciplinary nature, which tackles the broad topic of human health through a variety of natural and social science perspectives.

August Presidential Update 2023

Hi folks!


August has definitely slipped away into a moment in time. This is the calm before the storm - before students return back to campus! 


Last week, I spoke at a Possibility Seeds press conference, Taking Action to Protect Students from Sexual Harassment in Experiential Learning. This is the first national research-to-action project on this issue, and in order to safeguard students against sexual harassment during experiential learning, we urge post-secondary institutions and provincial governments to adopt these recommendations. The release of the preliminary findings also coincides with the one-year anniversary since the Our Campus, Our Safety action plan was released. 

Why Advocate? : A Podcast Series

Charlie Martin is the Communications and Advocacy Intern with OUSA for the Summer of 2023. The purpose of starting this show was partly due to completing his capstone project. Charlie wanted to use his project to highlight the works of those he advocates beside and learn more about what it truly means to advocate for students. Through each episode, Charlie brings on a special guest with a unique perspective on a student-related issue to discuss the importance of advocating and bringing awareness to others. Moreover, Charlie discusses how each guest became aware of advocacy and delves deep into their journey to becoming a student leader.

We're Hiring! Communications Assistant



DEADLINE: August 15, 2023 at 11:59PM.

POSITION:  Communications Assistant (Part-Time)

EMPLOYMENT TERM: 32 weeks between September 5th, 2023 to April 30th, 2024

COMPENSATION: $20 per hour, 15 hours per week