MSU Advocacy: Policy Conference registration open until November 9

November 6, 2018 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 their advocacy front, comprised of University Affairs, Municipal Affairs, and Provincial & Federal Affairs. Led by the Vice President (Education), the education team of volunteers and employees lobbies to various groups and levels of government with the goal of implementing changes that will benefit the post-secondary student experience.

“The advocacy efforts of our education team go beyond attending OUSA General Assembly,” says Stephanie Bertolo, Vice President (Education). “We engage directly with students to amplify their voices and understand their perspectives so we can advocate on behalf of their concerns. This was demonstrated through our past #TextbookBroke and #MacVotes campaigns.”

Current advocacy points include accessibility in and outside the classroom, with regard to topics including the an earlier release of the exam schedule and podcasting classes, increasing awareness of tenants’ rights and responsibilities, and making strides toward a more affordable post-secondary experience.

One of the core aspects of the MSU’s advocacy efforts are the policies created by the education team. The policy papers are centered around pertinent issues relating to the post-secondary student experience, such as the ones listed previously, and are used to provide well-researched and evidence-based recommendations to relevant stakeholders.

If students are interested in getting involved in advocacy work with the MSU, the upcoming Policy Conference Fall 2018 is an excellent opportunity to help shape the policies and related advocacy of the MSU. The conference will take place on November 10 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in TwelvEighty, and the policies are related to tuition, campus infrastructure, and student engagement & retention. Students are not required to be experts on these topics, but instead be willing to provide their perspective and feedback. Registration for the conference is available by clicking here and is open until Friday, November 9.

For more information, please contact:

Stephanie Bertolo
Vice President (Education)
vped@msu.mcmaster.ca

(905) 525 9140 ext. 24017

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