December 4th, 2022: A recap of SAC 2022 is available at this link.
November 15, 2022
OUSA returns to Queen's Park for annual Student Advocacy Conference
TORONTO – This week from November 14th to 17th, twenty student leaders from the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) are meeting with MPPs and their staff to discuss student concerns. OUSA represents 150,000 students from eight universities across Ontario, and our student representatives will be advocating for OUSA’s priorities on Affordability, Gender-Based and Sexual Violence Prevention, Rural and Northern Students, and Sector Sustainability.
“OUSA's very excited to be back in-person and advocate for student needs to our Members of Provincial Parliament,” said Jessica Look, President of OUSA and Vice President External Affairs at Western’s University Students' Council. “We are looking forward to having productive conversations surrounding our priorities of affordability, sector sustainability, sexual and gender-based violence, and rural and northern students.”
OUSA believes students should have access to accessible, affordable, accountable, high-quality post-secondary education as we navigate the pandemic. To achieve this, OUSA recommends improvements to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), trauma-informed and survivor-centric policies on gender-based and sexual violence, equitable access to transit and health care for rural and northern students, and adjustments to operating costs to facilitate sustainability.
“As a student leader of one of the few universities in Northern Ontario, I look forward to advocating for the unique needs of rural and northern students,” said Ana Tremblay, Vice President Education for Laurentian’s Students’ General Assembly and OUSA VP of Human Resources. “We are looking forward to sharing our research and evidence-based recommendations that will support students.”
To follow along with OUSA’s Student Advocacy Conference, use the #OUSAdvocacy hashtag on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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OUSA represents the interesxts 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.
Operations & Communications Coordinator
Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance