University Affairs

University Affairs Department

University Affairs

 

What We Do for You

The University Affairs department is the voice of advocacy for the students, representing them on matters concerning academics, access, funding and more at the university, municipal, provincial and federal levels of government. The overall goal is promote a high quality academic and social environment for the students while maintaining fair cost sharing. We are the people who turn student gripes into advocacy, and students are encouraged talk to the UA department about the barriers they face in accessing a high quality, reasonably priced education.

Stephanie Bellotto

Vice President: University Affairs
suvpua@wlu.ca
519.756.8228 x 3420
Office: Waterloo

zana talijan

Associate Vice President: University Affairs
suavpuab@wlu.ca
519.756.8228 x5527
Office: Brantford

shannon kelly  

Associate Vice President: University Affairs
suavpuaw@wlu.ca
519.884.0710 x4567
Office: Waterloo

Outreach Committee

The Outreach committee is tasked with creating relationships with students, developing a fluent two-way dialogue, and acting as representatives for the University Affairs department at the student level. We run educational campaigns to inform students about issues they may encounter in their time as a university student. The Outreach committee devises creative strategies and strives to push the boundaries in reaching out to all Laurier students to create awareness of the research that has been completed and any advocacy outcomes that have been obtained.

Outreach Coordinator Brantford | lboutreachsu@mylaurier.ca

EMILY REZKALLA

Outreach Coordinator Waterloo | outreachsu@mylaurier.ca

Student Rights Advisory Committee

The Student Rights Advisory Committee (SRAC) is a committee which features a peer support service for academic or landlord- tenant questions and issues.  The underlying value of this committee is based on the ability to conduct high quality research and improve university policy through strong advocacy. Through peer support and policy review, SRAC will contain an extensive library tailored to answering student concerns. SRAC provides confidential, one- on- one support in the following areas:

– Academic Policy
– Landlord- Tenant Rights
– Appeals Processes

With extensive training, our volunteers will have full capabilities and the resources they need to provide students with an exceptional service.

JORDAN TEED

Student Rights Advisory Committee Coordinator Brantford | lbstudentrights@mylaurier.ca

ZEMAR HAKIM

Student Rights Advisory Committee Coordinator Waterloo | studentrights@mylaurier.ca

Our Allies

Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance

OUSA is a not for profit advocacy and research group that is made up of  8 student associations in Ontario who represent over 145,000 students. As a part of OUSA our Union pays a small fee in order to shape the direction of the organization and to share in the results of its work. OUSA has a long history of successes around access, financial aid and quality in education through its work with the Provincial Government and the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

 


RESOURCES 

WHAT ELSE CAN YOU GET OUT OF UA?

  • Have the opportunity to meet with local representatives, counselors, MPPs, MPs (example, local advocacy week students can personally lobby representatives on certain issues facing students)
  • Can also connect with on-campus partners
  • Volunteering in the University Affairs department can open or show new opportunities students would be interested in
  • Promotion and interpersonal skill development through Outreach Committee that run fun educational campaigns that promote the existence of the University Affairs Department and collect feedback from students to better advocate on their behalf. This is also a volunteer ran committee for those who enjoy event planning and have a creative mind.
  • Apply to be a delegate for the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) General Assembly in the Fall or Winter where you can have the opportunity to work with other member schools and discuss, change, and approve policy which will be lobbied to the provincial government
  • Can volunteer as an executive on the SRAC committee and work on student landlord and tenant cases
  • Opportunity to have your voice heard
  • Be part of the change/the process
  • Can help to build more student leaders that are passionate and driven

What is University Affairs?

The University Affairs department is the voice of advocacy for the students, representing them on matters concerning academics, access, funding and more at the university, municipal, provincial and federal levels of government. We aim to represent all 17,000 undergraduate students here at Laurier. We do this through effective representation, advocacy and partnerships on campus, across Ontario, and Canada.

What is advocacy?

Advocacy ensures that people have their voices heard on important issues. The University Affairs department serves as the collective voice of Laurier students to the university, and to the municipal, provincial, and federal governments. We advocate for you on issues including: accountability, quality, accessibility, and the affordability of post-secondary education and the student experience on campus.

What is the provincial advocacy fee?

Each member institution of OUSA must pay a membership fee. The provincial advocacy fee costs $3.15 pers student, per year. This fee will allow the Students’ Union to continue its influential provincial advocacy efforts, including initiatives supported by the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance.

I am interested in volunteering… What volunteer opportunities are available for me?

The University Affairs department offers several volunteer opportunities:

  • The Outreach Committee works to promote the University Affairs Department as well as gather feedback from students for the department to better advocate on behalf of Laurier students. This committee is great for those who are creative and enjoy event planning.
  • The Student Rights Advisory Committee works to provide guidance to Laurier students with Landlord Tenant issues, as well as those seeking help with academic appeals or petitions. This is a great opportunity for those seeking a career in law or those who just have a general passion for helping others.
  • We also have a research assistant volunteer position who works directly with the Associate Vice President: University Affairs to conduct the research on student issues in order to improve the department’s advocacy efforts.

How can I get more involved with my local representatives?

The Students’ Union University Affairs Department works with an extensive network of partners both internal and external to the university. This is done to identify issues affecting the accessibility, affordability, accountability and quality of undergraduate education in Ontario while also developing credible and constructive recommendations to address these challenges.

The University Affairs department’s goal is to build and maintain strong relationships with all local representatives in Waterloo, Kitchener, Brantford, and Cambridge from all levels of government. There are many ways to connect students to our local representatives, and vice versa.

In January, the University Affairs department hosts a Local Advocacy week where students have an opportunity to sit in meetings with local representatives to discuss current issues facing students today. This is a great opportunity for students who have a passion for advocacy and public policy.

Students can also volunteer for the University Affairs department committees: Outreach and SRAC. Students are the main drivers in our advocacy efforts.

What is Local Advocacy Week?

Local Advocacy Week typically takes place in the beginning of January where students have the opportunity to meet with local representatives at any level of government to discuss issues facing students.

The goal is to maintain a strong and long term relationship with each politician and political staff by interacting with them in formal and informal settings. We want to facilitate access to politicians for all students so they can advocate for their priorities, while also providing resources so they are fully prepared to discuss their issues with decision makers. The end goal of building relationships and helping all students become advocates is to be able to influence decisions, in order to do this we must make sure that all decision makers are presented our positions clearly and at every opportunity.

What is Outreach Committee?

The Outreach Committee is a volunteer committee that works to promote the University Affairs Department. This is done through fun and educational campaigns. This committee allows for volunteers to get hands on event planning experience and the opportunity to engage with students. This committee also works as a two way medium, while the committee works to promote the department it also works to gather feedback to increase the department’s advocacy efforts. This committee offers executive, general as well as coordinator volunteer positions with differing levels of responsibility.

What is SRAC?

The Student Rights Advisory Committee (SRAC) is a committee of 4-5 volunteers who works to assist students who are having landlord tenant issues or need help navigating an academic appeal or petition. The committee allows its volunteers to get hands on experience working with cases and research. This committee has one coordinator and 3-4 executive level volunteer positions.

I am having Landlord and Tenant issues, who can I talk to?

The Student Rights Advisory Committee gives students guidance if they are having landlord tenant issues. This is a committee that is comprised of 4-5 student volunteers. Our volunteers are all trained to work with landlord tenant issues in both a professional and confidential manner.

Academic appeals?

The Student Rights Advisory Committee gives students guidance if they are in need of guidance for filing an academic appeal or position. This is a committee that is comprised of 4-5 student volunteers. Our volunteers are all trained to work with all academic appeal cases in both a professional and confidential manner.

What is OUSA?

The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is a not for profit advocacy and research group that is made up of 8 student associations in Ontario who represent over 145,000 students. The day-to-day activities are carried out by full-time office staff.

OUSA’s approach to advocacy is based on creating substantive, student driven, and evidence-based policy recommendations. Their professional government relations practices ensure that there is access to decision-makers in order for OUSA members’ voices to influence provincial legislation and policy.

OUSA is non-partisan and their policies are written and ratified by students during Spring and Winter General Assemblies.

What is an OUSA General Assembly?

Each year OUSA holds two General Assemblies during the academic year. These weekend long conferences are hosted by a different member school on a 3-year rotation. The General Assembly is the highest governing body of the Alliance and conducts the passage of policies, breakout sessions for current issues, and directs the focus of the Alliance.

How can I get involved in the OUSA General Assembly?

Laurier selects two delegates for the fall General Assembly and one for the Spring. Any student on campus that would be interested can apply! For more information and dates contact the University Affairs department.

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