Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance Conference Delegate

Twice per year the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association sends a group of dedicated individuals to represent the students of the University of Waterloo at the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) General Assembly. We are looking for you to join us this year and have your voice heard! This semester, the Spring General Assembly will take place fully online!

Call for OUSA Delegates!

Twice per year the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association sends a group of dedicated individuals to represent the students of the University of Waterloo at the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) General Assembly. We are looking for you to join us this year and have your voice heard! This semester, the Spring General Assembly will take place fully online!

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, at University of Waterloo this is the WUSA Vice President Education.

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 March 18 to Sunday March 21, 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

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

Application deadline: February 28, 10pm eastern

If you have any questions please contact WUSA Vice President Education, Megan Town, via email at vped@wusa.ca

If you require an accessibility accommodation for this application please contact Megan via email or phone at 226-243-7728

This is a volunteer opportunity, if you have any financial barrier that might prevent you from attending, please reach out to Megan directly at vped@wusa.ca.

 

To apply

Email vped@wusa.ca with the following information.

Full name:

Preferred name:

Program:

Term/year:

Email address:

Phone number:

Please answer the following questions using no more than 150 words per question.

Why do you want to be an OUSA delegate?

Describe why you would be a great OUSA delegate

Describe any experience you may have previously had with OUSA, advocacy, a policy environment, or when you've identified and worked on solving a policy related problem.

Participating in a General Assembly requires respecting people with differing opinions and allowing for fair and balanced discussion. How do you deal with conflict or disagreement with those you seriously disagree with when the stakes are high?

Describe your ability to think critically and analytically, and expand by describing any experience where you used critical and analytic thought.

Participating in a General Assembly requires the ability to clearly communicate and participate in discussions. Do you have anything that might prevent you from participating, and if so, what could be done to help you participate?

At this General Assembly we will be discussing three policy papers: Student Health and Wellness, Racial and Religious Equity, and Indigenous Students. Which of the policy papers interests you the most and why?

If you are comfortable, please let us know if you are part of any of the following groups, or another marginalized group: Indigenous student, racialized student, LGBTQ+ student, or are a woman.

Is there anything else you'd like to tell us about yourself/your application?

Are you available for the general assembly dates Thursday March 18 to Sunday March 21?