Representation & Lobbying

One of SAMRU’s main jobs is to represent students to Mount Royal University, all three levels of government, and the public at large. By participating in University boards and committees, as well as partnering with external lobbying organizations, SAMRU’s representatives take student voices to the places where decisions are made.

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Mount Royal University Representation

MRU’s governance structure follows a bi-cameral model, meaning the Board of Governors makes management decisions and General Faculties Council makes academic policy decisions. SAMRU representatives serve on both the Board of Governors and General Faculties Council as well as their subcommittees.

SAMRU’s Representation Executive Council serves students by representing their opinions on dozens of additional university committees on a very broad range of topics from academic scheduling to valedictorian selection and everything in between. This work requires input and participation from SAMRU members through a variety of feedback mechanisms and through volunteer opportunities.

External Representation

SAMRU partners with other student organizations to represent students’ interests municipally, provincially and federally. SAMRU is a member of the Council of Alberta University Students (CAUS), which advocates for students on post-secondary issues such as tuition fees and university funding. As the provincial government is largely responsible for the post-secondary sector, CAUS is the primary avenue for effecting change for our university. For the 2016/17 year, SAMRU’s VP External was chosen as the Chair of CAUS.

The Canadian Alliance of Students’ Associations (CASA) is the federal group in which SAMRU holds membership. It advocates on national issues of accessibility, affordability, innovation and quality.

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Getting Involved in Representation

There are various ways to become involved in representing students at SAMRU. You can be elected to office as a Representation Executive of SAMRU. You can also volunteer to participate as a member of a representation committee focused on one of two areas:

Vice-President Academic Advisory Committee (VPAAC)

The Vice-President Academic Advisory Committee (VPAAC) is a body of students who discuss the academic matters at MRU. This group connects to General Faculties Council (GFC), the MRU body that makes decisions related to academic planning and policies at the university. Students can participate in these discussions by volunteering as a Faculty Council Representative, GFC Student Councillor or VPAAC student volunteer. An honorarium is available to students who sit on General Faculties Council. Members of VPAAC gain valuable skills and experience including practical meeting skills, experience working with University professionals, and experience representing student concerns on one of the most important decision-making bodies in the University.

For more information or to apply for VPAAC, contact your Vice-President Academic at (403) 440-6402 or at vpacademic@samru.ca.

Student Life Committee (SLC)

The Student Life Committee (SLC) meets monthly to discuss upcoming SAMRU events, club initiatives, mental health activities and student life projects. Beyond regular meetings, members of this committee will assist the VP Student Life set up for events and activities on campus. Members of this team will actively promote various SAMRU events and programs and will help the VP Student Life increase student understanding about what SAMRU is and how the organization benefits students at Mount Royal.

SAMRU’s VP Student Life is looking for outgoing, positive and enthusiastic students who are hoping to get more engaged and work to make MRU a better place.

For more information or to apply for SLC, contact your VP Student Life at (403) 440-6407 or at vpstudentlife@samru.ca.