Miscellaneous

One-off reports or periodicals on a variety of subjects.

Habitats: Students in their Municipalities 2021

Each year, students from OUSA’s member institutions highlight the successes and challenges they face in their municipalities in Habitats: Students in their Municipalities. Habitats is a series of case studies on municipal-level topics and issues affecting undergraduate students across the province. 

 

Articles in this year’s edition of Habitats explore persistent and ubiquitous concerns around housing – including those related to quality, affordability, and availability – and access to community resources to address food insecurity and mental health. Others offer insights into opportunities that have been borne out of the global pandemic, exploring questions about what it means to live in one’s community and how students can play an important and critical role in our pandemic response and recovery efforts. 

 

Ontario’s post-secondary institutions are integral parts of their respective municipalities, and collaboration and coordination between universities and their local municipalities is an important aspect of facilitating a mutually beneficial relationship. A healthy, productive environment born out of collaboration and coordination allows both students and municipalities to thrive by fostering an environment of trust, growth, respect, and community.

Shared Perspectives: A Joint Publication on Supporting Students During and After COVID-19.

Ten student organizations across Canada have released Shared Perspectives: A Joint Publication on Supporting Students During and After COVID-19.  This year's publication looks at how governments, institutions, and higher-education stakeholders can better support students and recent graduates as Canada responds to and recovers from COVID-19. Post-secondary students share their perspectives on issues facing the sector, including student mental health, quality of online learning, student financial aid, and support for marginalized students.

Report on the Status of the Indigenous Students Policy Paper and Next Steps Spring 2021

At OUSA’s Spring 2021 General Assembly in March, the authorship team working on OUSA’s Indigenous Students policy paper presented a Report to the General Assembly on the Status of the Indigenous Students Policy Paper. Our team includes:

 

Emily DuBois Brooks. Indigenous Undergraduate Student representing Wilfrid Laurier University. Proudly Algonquin and application in progress for Métis status through the Alberta Métis Nation. Proud Mom.

Connor Lafortune. Anishinaabek nini. Indigenous Undergraduate Student representing Laurentian University. Indigenous Student Circle representative. Okikendawt, Dokis First Nation.

Page Chartrand. Anishnaabekwe. Indigenous Undergraduate Student representing Laurentian University. Indigenous Student Circle representative. N'Swakmok/Sudbury.

Alyssa Trick. Indigenous Undergraduate Student representing Laurentian University. Indigenous Students Circle Senate Representative. National Ambassador of Hope for We Matter. Mixed Anishinaabekwe descending from Alderville First Nation.

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Julia Pereira, Vice President of University Affairs of Wilfrid Laurier University Students' Union, OUSA President.

Malek Abou-Rabia, Vice President Education of Laurentian University’s Students’ General Association, OUSA Steering Committee Member.

 

Student Advocacy Conference: Recap for 2020

Student leaders representing over 150,000 undergraduate students from across Ontario attended OUSA’s annual Student Advocacy Conference from November 16th to the 19th. Delegates attended virtual meetings with over 50 MPPs from four political parties and sector stakeholders to discuss the future of post-secondary education in Ontario and advance OUSA’s advocacy priorities. Over five days, the student leaders discussed student financial aid, quality of education, racial equity, and student mental health. 

Habitats: Students in their Municipalities 2020

 

The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is proud to release the most recent edition of Habitats: Students in their Municipalities. Each year, students from OUSA’s member institutions highlight the successes and challenges they face in their municipalities through a series of case studies on municipal-level topics and issues affecting undergraduate students across the province. This year, despite the exceptional circumstances of a global pandemic, our contributors have once again demonstrated the dichotomy of students in their municipalities, simultaneously sharing in community-wide challenges with a unique and often overlooked perspective. 

 

Pride, Policies, and Post-Secondary Spaces

The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is proud to release “Pride, Policies, and Post-secondary Spaces,” a series of blogs about pride and the LGBTQ+ experience written by students across Ontario. We encourage and support you to be unapologetically proud of your identity.

Habitats: Students in their Municipalities, 2019

The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is proud to release the most recent edition of Habitats: Students in their Municipalities. Each year, students from OUSA’s member institutions highlight the successes and challenges they face in their municipalities through a series of case studies on municipal-level topics and issues affecting undergraduate students across the province.

Shared Perspectives: A Joint Publication on Preparing Students for the Workforce

This publication features student perspectives on several issues in post-secondary education, including employability, skills development, and experiential learning opportunities and includes submissions from Alberta Students’ Executive Council (ASEC), the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA), the College Student Alliance (CSA), the New Brunswick Student Alliance (NBSA), the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA), Students Nova Scotia (StudentsNS), and the University of Prince Edward Island Student Union (UPEISU).

 

Shared Perspectives: A Joint Publication on Preparing Students for the Workforce is a joint report from seven partners, representing over 570,000 students.

Statement to our Members: Response to Freedom of Speech Directive

During the 2018 Provincial Election in which the PC Party of Ontario was elected to a majority government, the party pledged to mandate the universities uphold free speech on campuses and in classrooms. On August 30th, the Ontario government announced that post-secondary institutions in Ontario will be required to develop free speech policies by January 1, 2019.

Habitats: Students in Their Municipalities, 2018

The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is proud to release the 2018 edition of Habitats: Students in Their Municipalities. This annual publication is comprised of a series of case studies on municipal-level topics and issues affecting undergraduate students. Written by students from OUSA’s member institutions, these submissions aim to highlight both successes and challenges in municipalities across Ontario, providing insight into how students feel about issues within their communities.