Fee Increase to Support New Student-Run Service Passes at General Meeting

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Lisa Umholtz
Communications and Media Relations Specialist
Wed, 03/21/2018 - 16:45

A proposed fee increase to subsidize a new, student-run service to support the needs of racialized students on campus was passed at the Federation of Students’ March General Meeting.

“We are thrilled that our members decided to support this initiative and to support their fellow students who have expressed a need for it,” Feds president Antonio Brieva said.

Feds has a long history of supporting the needs of marginalized students on campus. From The Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity to The Women’s Centre, Feds Student Food Bank to Sustainable Campus Initiative (SCI), and International and Canadian Student Network (ICSN) to MATES, Feds has proudly supported the services created to address the gaps, inequities, and social and systemic barriers students may face on campus.

“Although we believe that it is within the University’s mandate to meet the needs of all marginalized students on campus, the reality is that they are not,” Brieva said. “Our students expressed to us that their needs weren’t being met, and as their student union, we listened.”

UWBASE (University of Waterloo Black Association for Student Expression) spearheaded this project by articulating a need to develop services for racialized students on campus in 2017. In consultation with UWBASE and other students, a new Feds student-run service was proposed.

The fee increase to support the service was brought to Feds General Meeting on March 21 as an agenda item for students to vote on. Now that students have approved the fee increase, the proposal will be brought to Students Council on Sunday, March 25, who will vote on the creation of the service.

The proposed service will seek to fulfill its vision of eliminating xenophobia and racial inequity on campus in addition to addressing the underrepresentation of racialized students in the post-secondary sector and creating a culturally-inclusive campus. It will aim to achieve this vision through education and advocacy; peer-to-peer support; and events and community building/outreach. This service will be available for all UWaterloo students to volunteer with and to access.

“We have consulted with students throughout this process,” said vice president internal Jill Knight. “As we move on to the next stage, there will be additional opportunities for students to provide input on what this service will look like.”

For more information or to get involved in the consultation process, please contact your faculty councillor.