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ENVIRONMENT - EQUITY - ENGAGEMENT

Hi there! Being VPFO for 2017/2018 year has truly been a year of growth and learning. A year isn't enough time to understand and deconstruct an organization, but here I have listed some of the things that I have done, and things I want to complete if re-elected. I am here to finish what I have started. Feel free to reach out to my email with any questions at chantalkhoury@dal.ca.

My current portfolio includes the following:

The VP Finance and Operations has the opportunity to oversee the finances of the union; Write the annual budget; Consult regarding the annual budget; write budget revisions; Provide treasurer training to society treasurers; Oversee the investment portfolio; Head Grants and Sponsorships Committee, Budget and Finance Committee, and Ethical Investment committee. The VPFO also oversees the DSUSO operations and budget line, and audits the finances of levied and faculty societies.

On the operations side, the VPFO oversees contracts, both individual working contracts and income contracts (Chartwells); Member of the President’s Advisory Council on Sustainability; Member of the Transportation and Security Committee of the University, and has the opportunity to report to the Budget Advising Committee of the University.

THINGS I'VE DONE: 

ENVIRONMENT

  • Grants and Sponsorship applications are now paperless!

  • Working with DSUSO to establish a system to counteract food waste with Chartwells,  SUB food provider

    • Within this project, food that would otherwise be thrown out, be a given out to students for free at the end of operations hours

  • Influenced the executive and sub-committees to use environmentally-conscious alternative options for programming and events throughout the year.

    • This includes: ordering food from restaurants that use local suppliers when possible

    • Eliminating styrofoam from O-Week planning committee meetings and O-Week events

    • Using recycled materials throughout programming and events

ENGAGEMENT

  • Met regularly with Dalhousie Association of Graduate Students, Dalhousie Undergraduate Engineering Society (DUES), and other faculty societies regularly 
  • Had an extremely successful treasurer training turnout - over 100 society treasures trained on fiscal responsibility and literacy
  • Allocated financial resources to the Sexton T-room for lighting fixture and operation upgrades
  • Hosted events in the T-Room in collaboration with DUES

EQUITY

  • Racial Justice Symposium Planner and sponsorship coordinator
  • Supported Food Bank by allocating more financial resources for much needed shelving and HVAC upgrades
  • Supported Market by allocating resources for space upgrades, met regularly with coordinators
  • Investigated feasibility to implement an accessible Tiger Patrol Vehicle

 

IF re-elected:

Environment

  • Establish and institutionalize food-waste reporting system with Chartwells
    • Advocate for food-waste reporting system from Aramark, the University's food supplier
  • Conduct an operations sustainability audit on our offices, services and individual exec operations
  • Continue to advocate to the university to conduct an accessibility audit
    • Ensure the respective communities are being consulted
  • Write a SUBstainability handbook for current SUB operations, offices, execs and students with more environmentally-friendly alternatives to access on campus
    • this would include food options when catering for meetings and events, as well as materials for campaigns, etc.

Engagement

  • Work with executives to create a consultation framework to engage societies and community groups on campus.
    • Institutionalize bi-weekly communication channels between faculty and levied societies for council and operations updates
  • Collaborate with Faculty societies to host more programming on all four campuses
  • Increase student jobs!!!
    • Turn commissioner positions into part-time jobs to increase accountability and engagement
    • We currently hire 80 part-time students -- whereas some student unions of similar size hire over 100 students
    • For example, I hire two finance commissioners throughout the year to assist with the budgeting process and audits. Increasing their pay would allow me to shift more of the administrative duties on those students. As of now, our current structure bogs down the executives with administration. This shift in responsibility would allow the executives to spend more time engaging students.
  • Provide both paid positions and low-commitment volunteer opportunities. 

Equity

  • Institutionalize equity hiring processes and cultural safety training for all full-time staff
  • Expand DSU Food Bank Operations
  • Centralize communication for all Food Justice work, create permanent SUB space for their work
  • Advocate for BIPOC and LGBTQ2S++ representation in counselling services and in our own health plan
  • Implement an international students health plan panel
  • Implementing accessible Tiger Patrol

 

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