Despite being the shortest month, February sure has been hectic! Reading Week is close, so let’s push through this last week until the break. In the meantime, check out my February 23rd Report to the Legislative Council for all of the updates.
Recent UA highlights:
- McGill Senate approved a motion to formally recognize & celebrate Black History Month every year
- Proposed Policy Against Ancillary Fee Increases will be presented to the Winter General Assembly
- Bringing SSMU Policy against Unpaid Internships, revised Equity Policy and revised Indigenous Solidarity Policy to Legislative Council this week for approval
- Releasing research report on students coming from foster care in the coming days
- Currently reviewing new draft Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) from the administration
Winter goals completed to-date (italics = since last report):
As an undergraduate student on the downtown campus, you are automatically a SSMU member. SSMU defends your interests to the University, the local community, and the government. It’s your advocate and support, providing you with resources and opportunities, ensuring that your money is put to good use, and voicing your concerns to the University and other groups.
Do you want to know what each Executive does? What are their plans for this academic year? Check out the SSMU Executive Goals & Objectives (2016-2017).
Some highlights from the Vice-President (University Affairs) include:
- Working for the smoother integration of Mental Health & Counselling Services;
- Combatting abuses of ancillary fees, including ending central overhead deductions;
- Advocating for an effective McGill Sexual Violence Policy;
- Implementing a Fall Reading Break in the academic calendar;
- Passing a SSMU Policy Against Unpaid Internships;
- Establishing dedicated racialized student support resources;
- Developing a more consistent & equitable model of academic accommodations.
Have questions about these objectives? Watch for bi-weekly reports from the VP University Affairs to the SSMU Legislative Council, or get in touch now.