January Updates from the 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.

Welcome back to campus! We hope the winter break was an opportunity to rest and see loved ones.

President – Andrew Nguyen

Welcome back! We are in full swing this month to make sure that students are properly represented through SAMRU. We also continue to celebrate the implementation of Bill 19, which received royal assent last month—this Bill will become law effective February 1st. Your team is continuing to work closely with MRU in implementing these changes and ensuring that post-secondary education remains affordable and accessible for students. As we enter this new year, I encourage everyone to look at different ways to engage on campus, whether through MRU or SAMRU!

Vice-President Academic – Cordelia Snowdon

In December, I was invited to present at the Provost’s first Academic Town Hall. This event was an opportunity to provide an update on academic initiatives at MRU, and I had the chance to talk about my priorities including Open Educational Resources and academic accommodations. More information about the event can be found here. I have been able to make progress on my goals for this academic year, and look forward to kicking off the new year with OER Advocacy Days on January 7th and 8th! Come by our booth on Main Street to help advocate for textbook affordability.

Vice-President External – Amanda LeBlanc

Welcome to 2019, MRU students! I finished 2018 with a strong and busy Advocacy Week in Ottawa, organized by the Canadian Alliance of Students’ Associations (CASA). I got to meet with federal representatives from across the country to discuss post-secondary education in Canada. Advocacy for international students is top of mind for many student representatives across the country and accounted for two of CASA’s advocacy points. You can check out our full advocacy document here. 2018 was a great year for post-secondary education in our province, and I look forward to what 2019 will bring!

Vice-President Student Affairs – Shayla Breen

December was spent prepping and hosting meetings in order to get ready to hit the ground running in January. I have been sitting down with many stakeholders across campus to discuss the issue of sexual violence and how the members of our community are affected. Sexual violence is an issue on campuses across Canada, and it is important that we are dealing with this issue as a community. Keep a look out for more information on samru.ca about my advocacy as the semester progresses!

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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