Hey Golden Hawks!
Today marks the end of my team’s first official month in the office, it’s crazy how fast time is flying by! I hope you have all had a chance to enjoy the nice weather and you have found new and creative ways to connect with friends and family while maintaining social distancing restrictions.
Over the last month, our Programming and Services departments have been running programming 3 nights a week on our Instagram page and supporting committees as they plan for the fall semester. They have been working tirelessly towards finding alternative methods of delivery of orientation week as well as all other programming and services for students both on and off-campus.
Our Clubs and Associations department has been supporting faculty associations and working through club renewals, while also working towards alternative delivery of clubs for the fall.
Our Finance and Administration department has been working on hiring for the remaining Students’ Union volunteer positions as well as online training for all of our volunteers.
Our University Affairs department has been providing support for students with landlord-tenant issues through the Student Rights Advisory Committee (SRAC), advocating to the University on behalf of student needs and concerns regarding online and remote learning courses, as well as updating our social media pages to ensure students are informed about the government funding available to them.
Speaking of our University Affairs department, the VP: University Affairs, Julia Pereira, and I attended the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) Welcome Conference Monday and Tuesday of this week. Over the course of the two-day conference, we participated in training and development sessions and engaged in discussions with our counterparts from the seven other undergraduate institutions that OUSA represents. I would also like to extend my congratulations to Julia as she was elected as the OUSA President on Tuesday, the Students’ Union is extremely proud of her and excited to see the great things she accomplishes in this role.
My final update for this week pertains to the external webcam requirements for the Spring/Summer term. At this time we are still communicating with the University on behalf of students in order to represent your concerns, as well as our own. There is no formal resolution as of yet, but I am hoping to have a proper update for all students by the end of next week.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns around remote or online learning (or you are just looking for someone to chat with) please do not hesitate to contact me.
Stay safe & stay golden,
President and CEO