Senate Caucus Biweekly Report: Nov 7th 2017 – Nov 27th 2017

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Only four more weeks until winter break!!! As the semester winds down the senators are working hard to create actions plans for winter semester. You can also find our previous biweekly reports here in the Senators’ blog.

A few highlights:

  • Check out our November Senate AMA  where students can ask anonymous questions regarding Senate
  • Discussed the McGill Context
  • Discussed the McGill Climate and Sustainability Action Plan
  • Discussed the Health and Wellness Strategy and its implementation

Minutes of each Senate Caucus meeting is available upon request via email.

If you’re interested in attending a Senate Caucus meeting to learn more about what the Senators do, feel free to email me (the UA Secretary) to get more information. Senate Caucus meetings are held every Monday at 6:30 PM in the SSMU Office.

Senate Caucus Biweekly Report: Oct 24th 2017 – Nov 6th 2017

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Roughly halfway through the semester, and the Senators are still advocating for some things, as seen here in their latest biweekly report! You can also find our previous biweekly reports here in the Senators’ blog.

A few highlights:

  • Discussed bringing a question regarding Bill 62.
  • Discussed creating a Faculty Guidebook –> would consolidate the rules and regulations regarding that govern the different faculties and schools. Would give students a better idea of how other faculties are structured.
  • Discussed the Health and Wellness Strategy that will be going to Senate next month. Compared mental health initiatives across the faculties, and discussed what did or did not work well.

Minutes of each Senate Caucus meeting is available upon request via email.

If you’re interested in attending a Senate Caucus meeting to learn more about what the Senators do, feel free to email me (the UA Secretary) to get more information. Senate Caucus meetings are held every Monday at 6:30 PM in the SSMU Office.

Senate Caucus Biweekly Report: Oct 10th 2017 – Oct 23rd 2017

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Read the full biweekly report here! You can also find our previous biweekly reports here in the Senators’ blog.

A few highlights:

  • Discussed setting up a Reddit AMA the week before Senate for students to anonymously ask questions about Senate motions.
  • Discussed the possibility of AVEQ affiliation, and what the implications of this would be for the various faculties.
  • Muna gave a presentation on the Board of Governors –> she will be including updates in her reports.
  • Discussed Bill 62 and it’s implications, specifically regarding the McGill context.

Minutes of each Senate Caucus meeting is available upon request via email.

If you’re interested in attending a Senate Caucus meeting to learn more about what the Senators do, feel free to email me (the UA Secretary) to get more information. Senate Caucus meetings are held every Monday at 6:30 PM in the SSMU Office Boardroom.

Senate Caucus Biweekly Report: Sept 26th 2017 – Oct 9th 2017

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As we roll into October the senators have begun to attend their first Senate Committee meetings. Check out the highlights from those meetings here in their latest biweekly report! You can also find our previous biweekly reports here in the Senators’ blog.

A few highlights:

  • Discussed the possibility of AVEQ affiliation, and why PGSS chose not to run an affiliation referendum.
  • Discussed our first Reddit AMA specifically about Senate.
  • Discussed the potential creation of a bike facility in SSMU.

Minutes of each Senate Caucus meeting is available upon request via email.

If you’re interested in attending a Senate Caucus meeting to learn more about what the Senators do, feel free to email me (the UA Secretary) to get more information. Senate Caucus meetings are held every Monday at 6:30 PM in the SSMU Office.

Senate Caucus Biweekly Report: Sept 5th – 25th 2017

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Welcome back to the Senator’s Corner! This is where we will be posting biweekly senator reports. These reports will include:

  1. Senate/Faculty Committee Updates
  2. Highlights from Senate Caucus Meetings
  3. Projects the Senators are working on
  4. Highlights from SSMU Legislative Council
  5. and MORE!

Check out the highlights from those meetings here in their latest biweekly report!

A few highlights:

  • Chris Buddle, Dean of Students gave a presentation on the McGill Context, and his work to update the McGill Code of Conduct
  • Suzanne Fortier (Principal of McGill), and Ollivier Dyens (Deputy Provost of Student Life and Learning) attend caucus for the first hour and shared some institutional on Senate and the role of student senators.
  • Discussed the Know Your Rights Campaign, and possible changes for next semester.

Minutes of each Senate Caucus meeting is available upon request via email.

If you’re interested in attending a Senate Caucus meeting to learn more about what the Senators do, feel free to email me (the UA Secretary) to get more information. Senate Caucus meetings are held every Monday at 6:30 PM in the SSMU Office.

University Affairs Final Report 2016-2017

Change at McGill University is most often defined by incremental progress rather than overnight transformation. During the 2016-2017 year, the SSMU University Affairs portfolio has successfully pushed forward numerous initiatives to address critical academic, equity, and support issues facing undergraduate students. The University Affairs Final Report highlights some of these collective achievements in the areas of mental health, sexual violence, student rights, accessibility, and more.

Thank you to the many staff, senators, committee members, councillors, and volunteers who have made this work possible!

Apply to Sit on a McGill Committee: April 6th Council Report

Have you ever wanted to see how McGill works behind the scenes? Are you passionate about campus issues like student services, academic programs, or equity? Do you have a great idea to improve student life? Then apply to sit as a student representative on a university committee! This is your opportunity to get involved on campus and work with the McGill administration and SSMU. Apply by Monday, April 17th at 5:00pm.

This week also marks the final Report of the VP University Affairs to the Legislative Council. However, the current executive term runs until May 31st, so stay tuned for a year-end report! In the meantime, check out some recent UA portfolio highlights:

  • Student working group released open letter regarding issues with campus mental health services
  • McGill’s Provost is holding drop-in hour at Gert’s this Thursday, April 6th from 4-5pm
  • Student senators are submitting April Senate questions on campus Islamophobia & student diversity
  • Library Improvement Fund Committee made final allocations & is reporting to Council
  • Nominations for AVEQ executive elections are open now until Friday, April 7th
  • Open forum on Tuesday, April 11th regarding improved reporting for complaints of sexual violence
  • We are preparing to train the incoming executive team in May!

Winter goals completed to-date (italics = since last report):

  • Launched 2017-18 university committee recruitment
  • Equity Policy revisions approved
  • Made final Library Improvement Fund allocations
  • Sent monthly UA listservs
  • Submitted charter case on academic accommodations
  • Launched sexual violence policy committees & campus study
  • Formed working group on academic accommodation policies
  • Prepared May executive training schedule
  • Released first generation students research report
  • Create Indigenous course content advocacy plan
  • Developed long-term student staffing plan
  • Organized Student Senator Info Session
  • Hosted Add-Drop “Know Your Student Rights” campaign
  • Released foster care students research report
  • Launched University Affairs staff hiring
  • Policy against Unpaid Internships approved
  • Indigenous Solidarity Policy revisions approved
  • Internal Regulations for Board of Directors approved

Spring Soon? March 23rd Council Report

Spring is (technically) almost here! We hope that the longer daytime hours are helping you make it through that midterm-paper grind. Just a reminder that we’re currently hiring for a University Affairs Secretary General and two Equity Commissioners. Apply by March 31st!

Highlights from this week’s Report of the VP University Affairs to Legislative Council include:

  • SSMU Equity is hosting a Comedy Night with Hari Kondabalu this Monday, March 20th at 6:00pm
  • Our Students from Care Researcher is organizing a Cafe Collab consultation session with the Social Equity & Diversity Education (SEDE) Office this Tuesday, March 21st at 4:00pm
  • McGill Senate will be discussing the university budget, proposed revisions to Policy on Intellectual Property, strategic enrolment management & student aid this week
  • The Library Improvement Fund Committee is reviewing project proposals for final allocation decisions
  • Nominations for AVEQ executive elections open on Monday, April 3rd

Winter goals completed to-date (italics = since last report):

  • Policy against Unpaid Internships approved
  • Indigenous Solidarity Policy revisions approved
  • Internal Regulations for Board of Directors approved
  • Released first generation students research report
  • Create Indigenous course content advocacy plan
  • Developed long-term student staffing plan
  • Organized Student Senator Info Session
  • Hosted Add-Drop “Know Your Student Rights” campaign
  • Released foster care students research report
  • Launched University Affairs staff hiring

Work for us next year! Job Opportunities & March 9th Council Report

SSMU is hiring for 2017-2018! Work under the University Affairs portfolio or in another area at SSMU. Available positions include University Affairs Secretary General, Equity Commissioner, and much more. The deadline to apply is March 31, 2017. Contact SSMU Human Resources with your questions or visit recruitment drop-in hours between 11am-4pm every Monday and Wednesday in March.

Wondering what University Affairs staff do? Check out this week’s Report of the VP University Affairs to Legislative Council for some ideas. Recent UA highlights include:

Winter goals completed to-date (italics = since last report):

 

Fostering Post-Secondary Success: Support Programming for Students from Foster Care

SSMU University Affairs has released a new research report, entitled Fostering Post-Secondary Success: Support Programming for Students from Foster Care. This document examines current issues faced by students from the welfare system and their transition to post-secondary education, as well as targeted recruitment, retention, and support strategies in place at other institutions. A survey of student experiences and existing programming indicates that McGill University provides no dedicated support resources for this population, nor do they currently collect relevant demographic data beyond some financial aid applications.

The report makes clear that much more can be done to promote educational access and success for students from foster care entering McGill. Proposed recommendations include developing dedicated financial aid opportunities; conducting targeted outreach and recruitment campaigns; creating specific student mentorship and psychological support programs; and collecting comprehensive data on student admissions and experiences. Any questions regarding the report can be directed to the VP University Affairs.