Lobbying, tuition, and a new Pride Centre: November updates from your Representation Executive Council

The Representation Executive Council (REC) works to represent your interests to Mount Royal, all three levels of government, and beyond – but lots of that work happens outside of the public eye. We’ll be publishing monthly newsletters from your REC to keep you informed and to give you a peek at what your student reps are working on behind the scenes.

  

President – Andrew Nguyen

We are halfway through the semester! This past month I have prepared for expected announcements from the Ministry of Advanced Education regarding revisions to the Post-Secondary Learning Act, and will provide an update next month. I also accompanied MRU President David Docherty for a joint advocacy initiative to the federal government regarding post-secondary education. In our lobby meetings, we discussed items such as work-integrated learning, access copyright, increased student funding and grants, and Indigenous access to post-secondary education. This month we also celebrated the grand re-opening of our Pride Centre, which provides a great supportive place for our LGBTQS+ students.

Vice-President Academic – Cordelia Snowdon

Hello MRU and Happy November! At the October General Faculties Council meeting, I brought up the concerns that students have raised about profs denying academic accommodations, and I am continuing to work with partners across campus to prevent this from happening. The campus community has been receptive to calls to address these issues, so I am confident that we will be able to improve responses to academic accommodations. Work is also underway planning the second annual #MRUOERdays, and details on this will be available soon. There will be opportunities to sign advocacy letters and visit an OER Fair and Petting Zoo! 

Vice-President External – Amanda LeBlanc

Hello MRU students! I hope you are all doing well as we enter midterm season. I personally delivered all the letters you signed during our Fall Tuition Campaign to the Alberta Legislature! The Tuition Campaign was a success; we collected hundreds of letters to send to the Minister of Advanced Education! As well, I was delighted to see many of you during Clubs Days and to talk with you about the Student Refugee Program. Lastly, I am excited to announce that SAMRU’s membership in the Calgary Student Alliance is official and our next meeting will be hosted by SAMRU!

Vice-President Student Affairs – Shayla Breen

This month we celebrated the SAMRU Pride Centre Grand Re-Opening, and I was honored to speak at the celebration on the importance of the only dedicated space on campus for LGBTQ2S+ students. The Pride Centre is more than just a space; it promotes education, support, and advocacy. I also attended the Mental Health for All Conference in Montreal, Quebec presented by the Canadian Mental Health Association. This conference provided me with new knowledge in harm reduction and cannabis, triaging for counselling appointments, and implementing mental health policy. I am excited to share and put into practice my newfound knowledge.

 

Please contact us if you have questions:

Andrew Nguyen – president@samru.ca
Cordelia Snowdon – vpacademic@samru.ca
Amanda LeBlanc – vpexternal@samru.ca
Shayla Breen – vpstudentaffairs@samru.ca

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