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
This is an exciting time for the Senators, as they get a their first taste of their role for the year ahead. We present to you the first biweekly report of the SSMU Senate Caucus.
A few highlights:
- The Senators attended various kinds of training over the past two weeks, including during the SSMU Councillors and Senators retreat two weekends ago.
- They also attended their first Senate meeting, in which they asked a Senate Question regarding for-cost course assessment software
- We completed allocations of students to fill in more than 110 undergraduate representative seats in 47 University-level committees. The Senators themselves sit on many of these spots, and will work on many of their projects from this front. The list of committees (including the description of each committee) and the representatives are available here. Thank you to those who applied!
- Students in many faculties now are allowed to have their first final exam deferral granted, without having to submit any supporting documentation (only for the first ever deferral during the student’s degree). Read about it in the report!
- Teaching and Learning Services (TLS) have just launched a new Steering Committee to plan an Undergraduate Skills Program, which is created to enrich students’ undergraduate education experience by giving them skills they will need in the workforce and beyond.
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. We also sent out our first University Affairs Listserv! Click here to join the mailing list.
Welcome to a new school year! My name is Erin Sobat and I’m incredibly excited to be serving as your SSMU VP University Affairs for 2016-2017. The UA team is responsible for university representation and academic affairs; research, advocacy, and policy development; equity programming and complaints; and the Library Improvement Fund. You can always get in touch via email or drop by my office hours on Thursdays between 10:00AM-12:00PM. Check out my first report to the SSMU Legislative Council to find out what I’ve been up to!
Some project highlights:
Fall goals completed to-date (italics = since last report):