The MSU's advocacy efforts are a core pillar of our organizational function. Through the Education Department, students lobby to the University, city, province, and country to implement changes that will benefit the post-secondary student experience both inside and outside the classroom. This is done through writing policy to identify the MSU's positions on certain topics, writing reports and submissions to the University or government, in-person lobbying, or running advocacy campaigns.
The Education Department is staffed with the VP Education, AVP University Affairs, AVP Municipal Affairs, AVP Provincial & Federal Affairs, and research & project assistants. 3 SRA Standing Committees also fall under the Education Department, each supervised by an Associate Vice President (AVP).
The SRA University Affairs Committee conducts research, writes policy, lobbies, runs campaigns, and carries out projects relating to McMaster University and how it affects students. The SRA Municipal Affairs Committee conducts research, writes policy, lobbies, runs campaigns, and carries out projects relating to the City of Hamilton and how it affects students. The SRA Provincial and Federal Affairs Committee conducts research, writes policy, lobbies, runs campaigns, and carries out projects relating to the Ontario and Canadian Governments and how they affect students.
We're always looking to find new ways to get students involved with the MSU's advocacy efforts. Aside from participating in the Standing Committees, one of the best ways to do that is by participating in the MSU's policy process. Every term (in November and March) we host the MSU Policy Conference, where we take stances on issues important to students. This year, we will be discussing Academic Success, Work Integrated Learning, and Student Health and Wellness in Term 1. In Term 2, we will be discussing Hamilton & On-Campus Public Transit, University Sustainability, and Sexual Violence Response & Prevention.Check out the sidebar for more detail on the current and past projects of the Education Department.
For more information, please contact:
Ryan Deshpande Vice President (Education)
Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 24017
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