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OUSA

OUSA General Assembly delegate applications are open until September 17! If you are interested in representing McMaster undergraduate students in developing provincial advocacy policies, click here to apply. The topics at the Fall 2017 OUSA GA are:

  • Indigenous Students (how the Government of Ontario can support Indigenous student on and off campus) 
  • Accountability (Offers recommendations to improve quality assurance and strategic goal-setting in Ontario’s universities) 
  • System Vision (Students short and long term vision for Ontario’s Post-Secondary Sector)

For details on the location and duration of the conference, please see the application on the MSU jobs portal.

Provincial Lobbying Organization

The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) represents the interests of over 140,000 professional and undergraduate, full-time and part-time university students at eight student associations across Ontario, including McMaster. OUSA is run by a Steering Committee made up of elected student representatives from each of our member associations - including the MSU's own VP Education. Day-to-day activities are carried out by five full-time office staff.

OUSA’s approach to advocacy is based on creating substantive, student driven, and evidence-based policy recommendations. Our professional government relations practices ensure that we have the access to decision-makers we need in order for our members’ voices to influence provincial legislation and policy.
OUSA is non-partisan and our policies are written and ratified by students. Read more about its organizational history here.
 
The MSU does the majority of its provincial lobbying through OUSA. You can get involved with OUSA by attending one of the General Assemblies as a McMaster delegate. Each term, OUSA hosts a general assembly where delegates from all member schools debate and pass policy. These policies then become the official stances of OUSA and guide its advocacy efforts for the next three years. Check this page during October and February for application information!
 

Vision

OUSA's vision is for an accessible, affordable, accountable and high quality post-secondary education in Ontario.
 

Mission

  • Conduct research to identify issues affecting the accessibility, affordability, accountability and quality of undergraduate education in Ontario
  • Develop credible and constructive policy to address these challenges
  • Lobby the government to affect their undergraduate education policy
  • Organize campaigns to effectively articulate the needs and interests of our members
  • Communicate research and policy to both educate and affect the opinions of stakeholders, Ontarians and government
  • Build partnerships in the post-secondary education realm to accomplish our vision.

Check out OUSA's website here.

 

For more information on OUSA or Provincial Affairs, please contact the VP Education or the AVP Provincial & Federal Affairs.

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