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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 Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario from Thursday, October 27th to Sunday, October 30th, 2022.

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

  1.  Tuition
  2. Student Entrepreneurship, Employment, & Employability
  3. Ancillary & Incidental Fees

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 is a critical part of OUSA. It is the convergence of student leaders to discuss and debate policy and advocacy priorities for OUSA over the next few months and years.

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?

Full availability for the OUSA GA Conference during the day Thursday, October 27th to Sunday, October 30th, and willingness to spend time (approximately 8 hours) in preparation for the conference. You will also need to set aside time before the conference to read the policies that are up for approval and meet with the delegation to debate them.

**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.

Qualifications

  • A solid understanding of the University of Waterloo and WUSA is an asset as you will serve as an ambassador and may be directed questions about WUSA and University of Waterloo and will be representing your peers

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.

Compensation

This role is a volunteer position, however WUSA will be covering the cost of travel (via coach bus), meals, accommodations, and entertainment for the conference.

 

Application deadline: Saturday, October 1st

Please provide a statement of interest answering some of the following:

  • Why do you want to be part of WUSA’s delegation to the General Assembly
  • What background/experiences do you bring

**No resume necessary

For further information, please email pres@wusa.ca.

**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**

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