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The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is a coalition of student associations from across Ontario that works to advance the interests of Ontario’s undergraduate students by providing research and ideas to governments on how to improve the affordability, accessibility, accountability, and quality of post-secondary education in the province.

Twice a year, representatives from each of OUSA’s member schools meet to debate and provide feedback on its policy recommendations. This semester, General Assembly is set to take place in-person at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario from Thursday, March 2nd Sunday, March, 5th.

This conference will focus on generating recommendations for the provincial government on the following topics:

  • Teaching & Assessment
  • Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ Students
  • Accessibility and Disability Inclusion

At the General Assembly you will:

  • Discuss issues affecting undergraduate students with other passionate student
    leaders
  • Debate and approve OUSA’s policy and advocacy priorities
  • Network and make connections with students from all over Ontario

What’s the commitment?:

The Spring General Assembly will be held fully in-person at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. Delegates should ensure they are available for the full period of Thursday, March 2nd to Sunday, March 5th. Travel, accommodations, meals, and social activities for the conference will arranged and paid for by WUSA. Delegates should also plan to be available on Saturday, February 18th from 10:00 am to 3:00pm for training.

**If you’d like WUSA to send an email to an instructor requesting you be excused from a class/lab, we’d be more than happy to do so. **

Delegate Selection

Each OUSA-member school selects its delegates based on different criteria. As a student organization, WUSA believes that our delegation should consist of both experienced student leaders, and students euthanistic and interested in dipping their toes in student advocacy for the first time. As such, several seats are reserved for those not formally occupying positions within WUSA.

Qualifications

  • Passion for the improving the student experience
  • Knowledge of public policy and/or a willingness to learn
  • Ability to thoughtfully consider diverse opinions/feedback
  • An understanding of the values of and barriers faced by UW students

Compensation

This role is a volunteer position, however WUSA will be covering the cost of travel, meals, accommodations, and social activities during the conference and training session. **If you are interested in this role and are experiencing financial barriers that may prevent you from attending, please reach out to Steph (pres@wusa.ca) to discuss options**

Application deadline: Saturday, January 21st at 11:59 pm

Additional Information

What is OUSA?
The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) represents the interests of over 150,000 professional and undergraduate, full-time and part-time university students at eight student associations across Ontario. OUSA is run by a Steering Committee made up of elected student representatives from each of our member associations.

OUSA’s approach to advocacy is based on creating substantive, student driven, and evidence-based policy recommendations. Our professional government relations practices ensure that we have the access to decision-makers we need in order for our members’ voices to influence provincial legislation and policy. OUSA is non-partisan and our policies are written and ratified by students. It is a tool in which YOUR voice as an undergraduate student can be made heard in the political world of Ontario and beyond!

What is the General Assembly?
The General Assembly of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is the highest governing body of the organization. Decisions made at General Assembly are binding upon OUSA, and advocacy stances passed become representative of students across Ontario.

General Assembly is composed of roughly 60 students from across OUSA’s member schools. The number of delegates each student association gets is determined by its size. With roughly 35,000 undergrads, WUSA is tied with Western’s USC for the largest delegation at 11 delegates each.

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