July 29, 2022
OUSA Releases “RGB: Issues in Ontario’s Post-Secondary Education,” a Photo Series by Vivian Chiem
TORONTO - On Friday, July 29th, 2022 OUSA released RGB: Issues in Ontario’s Post-Secondary Education, a collection of photographs and data to visually highlight some key themes from the 2020 iteration of OUSA’s rigorous bi-annual research undertaking, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Survey (OUSS). RGB (red, green, and blue) features 9 color-coded photographs on sexual and gender-based violence, affordability, and mental health, accompanied by text featuring data from the 2020 OUSS and other sources.
“To be honest, students have really been struggling to feel safe and valued on campus,” said Vivian Chiem, OUSA’s Advocacy and Communications intern for the summer, and the mastermind behind RGB: Issues in Ontario’s Post-Secondary Education. “I wanted to find an impactful and beautiful way to respectfully bring attention to some of our stories.”
Each triptych in the photo series follows a colour theme associated with each of the three categories: red for sexual and gender-based violence, green for affordability, and blue for mental health. Every photo is accompanied by a caption on each of the three categories, sharing findings from the 2020 OUSS as well as research from OUSA policies. The text also highlights some of OUSA’s own policy recommendations concerning these issues, well-researched and written by undergraduate students in Ontario.
“Ultimately, solutions to our struggles must be rooted in our collective vision for accessible, affordable, accountable and high-quality post-secondary education,” said OUSA President and Vice-President of External Affairs at the University Student Council, Jessica Look. “What kind of institution should a university be to its students? What kind of learning environment promotes meaningful education for a thriving society?”
The photo series was released in three parts over Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, July 27th to 29th. The complete lookbook is available for viewing now on our website here.
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OUSA represents the interests of 150,000 professional and undergraduate, full-time and part-time university students at eight student associations across Ontario. Our vision is for an accessible, affordable, accountable, and high quality post-secondary education in Ontario.
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Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance