Introducing Austin Hurley, VP External Affairs at Brock University

Hey everyone, my name is Austin Hurley. I'm the Vice President of External Affairs for the Brock University Students' Union (BUSU) and the representative for Brock students on this year’s OUSA Steering Committee.

A little background on who I am:

I'm originally from Sault Ste. Marie, but I’ve lived across Canada, from Edmonton, Alberta to St. Catharines, Ontario, where I currently call home. Moving around as much as I did while growing up proved difficult, but the life lessons, experiences, and skills I've acquired have made me grateful for the experience.

In addition to serving my second term as the VP of External Affairs at BUSU, I’m also finishing my degree in Kinesiology. In my free time, I enjoy biking and hiking around the Brock campus, which is located in the UNESCO Biosphere! If it's a rainy day, you're more likely to find me reading a book with a cup of tea or watching Netflix. 

When it comes to advocacy, I strive to ensure every student has equitable access to the best education possible. To this end, my advocacy priorities are student financial aid, student health and wellness, and the modernization of post-secondary education. I will continue to advocate for student financial aid to ensure every student can fund their post-secondary education. Student health and wellness - specifically mental health- is another significant priority for me. I believe that students should have access to mental health resources to ensure an equitable and sustainable atmosphere for learning. Lastly, I'm interested in how technology and technological advances can change how we learn.

I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of the OUSA team again this year, advocating alongside our amazing student leaders, and I can't wait to see what this year has in store.