Help inform the advocacy efforts of the MSU

November 28, 2019 at 12:00 pm

The advocacy efforts of the MSU are a core pillar of the organization. Over the past few years, the MSU has broadened its advocacy front, comprised of University Affairs, Municipal Affairs, Provincial & Federal Affairs, and the Advocacy & Policy Research Assistants. Led by the Vice President (Education), the education team of volunteers and employees lobbies to various groups and levels of government, writes policy, and runs advocacy campaigns.

The MSU regularly creates opportunities to seek and collect feedback from students to inform their advocacy efforts. Currently, there are three advocacy-related surveys available: the Health Services Survey (available here), the McMaster Indigenous Student Experience Survey (available here), and the Off-Campus Lighting Survey (available here).

The Indigenous Student Experience Survey will help inform a policy report for enhancing the quality, affordability, and accessibility of the educational experience for Indigenous students at McMaster.

“This policy report is used as a university, provincial, and federal level lobbying report,” says Harneet Hothi, Advocacy & Policy Research Assistant. “The survey and focus groups have been created to ensure that we are incorporating feedback from students who will directly be impacted by this paper and to ensure that our advocacy priorities are aligned with what the community is currently seeking.” 

The Off-Campus Lighting Survey aims to gather student feedback on the effectiveness of city lighting in student neighborhoods close to McMaster.

“Based on the results of the survey, the Municipal Affairs Committee will visit any areas where students have indicated any concern with lighting and assess how they may be addressed to improve student safety,” says Ryan Tse, Associate Vice-President Municipal Affairs. “At a later time, we will work with our ward councillor and other councillors to advocate for any necessary improvements.”

For more information, please contact:

Shemar Hackett
Vice President (Education)
vped@msu.mcmaster.ca

(905) 525 9140 ext. 24017

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