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ENHANCE SERVICES || MORE STUDENT JOBS || INCREASE ENGAGEMENT

ENVIRONMENT - EQUITY - ENGAGEMENT

Enhanced Services

Environmental

  • Food: Expanding food Bank Operations and centralizing food justice work
  • Grants: Restructuring 55/35/15 allocation
  • Creating open food panel with Chartwells

Equity

  • Advocate for BIPOC representation in counselling services and in our own health plan.
  • Implement international students working group around health plan access and communication

Engagement

  • Consultation through feedback systems and assessment

 

More Student Jobs

Environmental

  • Online contracts were implemented this year to reduce paper waste.
    • There have been some administrative challenges but as someone who oversees contracts, I’m committed to improving this process

Equity

  • We currently have no full-time racialized staff, even though we hired 6 new full-time staff people this year
  • Although equity policies and equity hiring policies exist, It is important adequate cultural safety and awareness is communicated through training. As a management student, I have done the majority of my independent projects on the importance of cultural diversity. However, diversity does not necessarily equate inclusion. Institutionalizing adequate training that would create a deeper understanding and respect for cultural differences and values is the best way to combat immediate barriers of inclusiveness.
  • This is also an opportunity to ensure all of our staff are receive relevant anti-oppression training

Engagement

  • We currently hire 80 part-time staff through a given year – some student unions hire up to 300.
  • We need to ensure that students are given opportunities where they want to get involved.
  • For example, I hire two finance commissioners throughout the year to assist with the budgeting process and audits. I had 5 people apply for these two positions. We need to bridge these gaps – the union can provide opportunities for students that the university can’t, and we really need to expand this reach
  • We also need to pay people equitably.  Commissioner positions are paid honoraria’s at the end of the semester – we are also not very consistent in our hiring practices. We have a unique mixture of commissioners versus part-time staff and supervisors to assistant managers.

 

Increased Engagement

Environmental

  • Food panel: The VPFO has the opportunity to engage students in decisions around the current food options of the sub. A food panel, which consists of the VPFO and two other students currently exists and has the opportunity to survey students, however, if elected, I would hold open food panel committee meetings. This would be an opportunity to host open engagement and create an open channel of communication about food options in the SUB, and on our campus.
  • SUBstainability: The university has taken some pretty cool sustainability measures in the last 5 years: Bike lanes, energy shifts, and going paper-less on several different aspects of administration. If elected, I would love to make this a priority. The VPFO has a huge stake in general operations, and has the opportunity to take an intersectional approach on sustainability in decision making.

Equity

  • Education on the importance of equity: Do more programming on different campuses on the importance of equity work. This is also an opportunity to understand the different demographics on campus: who are we making space for? How can we take a more pro-active approach to create space for marginalized folx on our campus?

Engagement

  • Providing more opportunities to get involved! We need both paid positions and low-commitment volunteer opportunities.

 

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