Our institution is currently facing extreme financial shortfalls due to the recent provincial budget cuts. As VP External, I’ve spent this past summer emphasizing to the government the importance of quality within the classroom. I’ve also worked hard to ensure the government keeps Premier Redford’s promise; that these cuts will not fall on the backs of students. The Students’ Union has made it quite clear to the government how more regulations are needed to ensure the University cannot drastically increase the cost of our education during financially tough times.
Want to get involved and help me make a difference? Join me with the Students’ Union’s External Advocacy Team, which will be starting up in September. The EAT will assist in running any externally-focused campaign the Students’ Union engages in, and you will be providing lobby training so you can learn how to effectively advocate. You may even be presented the opportunity of attending an actual lobby meeting with an MLA.
As many of you are aware, Edmonton will hold City elections in the month of October. As a means of getting students engaged in this process, the Students’ Union will be working together with the Students’ Association of MacEwan University and the NAIT Students’ Association in order to mobilize the student vote.
On this particular project, the Students’ Union and City of Edmonton need your help. We are looking for seven students to help run the U of A’s on campus advanced voting station. Students will receive training on the 12th of October in SUB, and then be asked to spend all day on the October 17th running the voting station. You will be paid $135 total for both training and working the station. In order to participate, you must not be visibly involved in any municipal election campaign. If you’re interested, please shoot me an email.
That is all I have to update you on at this time. If any of you want to talk government or better understand the SU’s stance on something, feel free to call my office. My door is open and I am always happy to set up an appointment.