Presidential Update - December 2018

Hello everyone!

It’s been a busy couple of weeks at OUSA. During our annual Student Advocacy Week, we sat down with over 60 government officials to discuss the need for safer and healthier university campuses and how the government can help universities better prepare graduates for the workforce.  Our meetings included different Members of Provincial Parliament, the Minister of Training, Colleges, and Universities, Critics for Post-Secondary Education, and the Premier. We outlined our key priorities including, ending sexual violence on campus, keeping international students healthy, solving the mental health puzzle, post-graduation finances, experience while learning, and technology in education. We were really happy to have so many interactions with all parties, and it’s amazing to see how much that post-secondary student issues resonate with our provincial representatives. We’re looking forward to continue fostering these relationships!

We also finalized our policy papers from our Fall General Assembly in November. To read our papers, follow these links:

In the new year, we will be conducting consultations with students and student authors to prepare for our next round of policy papers: Student Financial Assistance, Student Employment, and LGBTQ+ Students. Our next General Assembly will take place from March 1-3, 2019 at the University of Waterloo.

As we near exam time, remember to practice self-care. I know that I’ve practiced some bad habits during my undergrad, and if I’ve learned anything, it’s that preparation, solid sleep, and taking the time to de-stress will help you be your best this exam season.

All the best and chat soon!