• Volunteer
  • Waterloo
  • 2022-10-04

Website Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association

Term: September 2022 through April 2023
Hours: Approx. 4-8 hours per month (some committees may meet more frequently)
This role is hybrid, so undergrads can still apply if they are unable to attend meetings in person as virtual options will be available.

Qualifications:

  • Current undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo
  • Available to meet at least once per month for the duration of the role

Key Competencies: 

Note: We do not expect candidates to possess all these competencies 

  • Passion and motivation to advocate for, and alongside, students
  • Able to listen and take diverse perspectives into account
  • Knowledgeable about issues that affect University of Waterloo students
  • Flexible and creative problem-solving focus
  • Skilled at providing specific, actionable, and constructive feedback
  • Experience synthesizing and drawing themes from experiences and rich data

Responsibilities: 

  • To attend the meetings of the committee
  • To read prepared materials in advance of meetings
  • To identify barriers faced by students at the University of Waterloo through knowledge of student life and through research data presented;
  • To propose policy stances, from time to time, to WUSA’s Board of Directors on issues of major and ongoing concern to students.
  • To investigate policy changes at all levels, from classrooms and faculties, to University and community-wide services, or at various levels of government.
  • To have respectful professional discussions at committee meetings

Below you will find a list of the various committees looking for at-large student members. The function of committees is to have topic-specific discussions and work with WUSA’s Advocacy and Research teams to present findings and recommendations to WUSA’s Board of Directors. This is also a great opportunity for anyone who might want to explore further leadership roles in the future.

No resumé necessary. Please include a statement outlining your interests and any past relevant experience from other roles. It is important to state which committee(s) you are interested in and why you would like to work on that committee. 

 

  • Government Affairs Committee
    • The Government Affairs Committee will provide recommendations to the Board on matters relating to provincial and federal advocacy and policy papers from external student advocacy groups.
  • Academic Affairs Advisory Committee
    • The Academic Affairs Committee is concerned with matters affecting the teaching, learning, research, assessment, tuition and course-related fees, faculty society advocacy (as it pertains to academics), university policies, textbooks and other learning materials, student financial aid, degree requirements, and course calendar.
    • Academic stressors that could be the subject of discussion of a student advisory committee include academic appeals, academic integrity, student-facing academic policies and procedures, and academic resources such as textbooks, OER (Open Educational Resources), and learning platforms.
  • Municipal Affairs Committee
    • This Committee advocates for students on a regional and municipal level regarding issues such as student housing (on and off campus housing), transit, active transportation, unsanctioned street gatherings, By-law enforcement, regional policing, and neighborhood community engagement.
  • Student Experience Advisory Committee
    • This Committee will provide guidance on non-academic on-campus issues, campus wellness, campus safety, on-campus housing, sexual and gender-based violence response and prevention, equity, issues with specific on-campus support units and environmental sustainability.
  • Co-operative and Experiential Education Committee
    • This committee provides a forum for students to advise committee members and Co-operative Education Department staff of attitudes and opinions towards existing operations relating to co-operative education and to provide suggestions and advice for improvement.

No resumé necessary. Please include a statement outlining your interests and any past relevant experience from other roles. It is important to state which committee(s) you are interested in and why you would like to work on that committee. 

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