And so, the Federation of Students, affectionately known as Feds, was born in 1967 and since that time students have collectively been working together to help shape the undergrad experience, both in and outside the classroom, on the University of Waterloo campus. In 2019, the organization started exploring ways to develop a new perception on campus that more clearly represents who we are and what we do, thereby building a stronger relationship with our members. Then came an organizational rebrand where ‘Federation of Students – Feds’ became Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association, or WUSA.
For more than 50 years, WUSA has represented the undergraduate student voice on advocacy issues like tuition, housing, campus safety, and transit. It has also evolved to include other initiatives to meet changing student needs as our student population has grown and diversified. In addition to advocacy work, essential services and support and opportunities to develop campus community has made our association into a supportive core of campus for undergraduate students.
WUSA is now lead by a Board of 13 Directors, has over 200 volunteer and part-time staff roles for students, facilitates 11 student-run services, supports over 250 clubs and several Faculty and program-specific student societies, operates a number of businesses, and facilitates special events like Orientation and Welcome Weeks.