UASU Welcomes Provincial Mandate Letter Commitments

News Staff - Thu Jul 27, 2023

The University of Alberta Students' Union (UASU) welcomes the recently issued mandate letters to the Minister of Arts, Culture and Status of Women and the Minister of Advanced Education, which resonate with our long-standing asks and stated priorities. The letters outline a series of crucial commitments and initiatives aimed at advancing key areas that align with our vision of supporting Alberta's students and maximizing opportunities for all.

“We're eager to engage with the government in more detail about the announcement”, said UASU VP External Chris Beasley, “especially about the annual $4 million in additional funding toward mental health. We know that together, we can achieve remarkable outcomes to strengthen Alberta’s college and university system, and we hope to be a strong partner in making sure all students have the resources and services they need to be successful.”

The stated commitments to critical areas — such as sexual and gender based violence prevention, increasing mental health funding, more opportunities for women in STEM, and strengthening research grants — demonstrate a shared vision that will benefit post-secondary students in significant ways. Several of the mandates reflect students' advocacy priorities and aspirations, after many tough years and difficult financial situations.

“As students' representatives,” said UASU President Christian Fotang, “we have consistently highlighted the significance of gender equity, improved mental health resources, and research funding. We look forward to working with Ministers Fir and Sawhney to increase access to educational opportunities.”

As the UASU, we extend our willingness to collaborate and partner with the ministries to ensure that these programs and initiatives yield the maximum benefit for Albertans and students at the University of Alberta, especially regarding gender-based violence prevention and dedicated mental health funding for students while in post-secondary education.

About the University of Alberta Students’ Union

The UASU is the official representative of 35,000 undergraduate students at the University of Alberta. It advocates for students’ needs and priorities to the University of Alberta and at all levels of government.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Ari Campbell

External Relations Specialist

University of Alberta Students’ Union

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