More than 150,000 students were represented at a recent meeting held at Brock University.
Earlier this month, the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU) hosted the 50th General Assembly of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) in Brock’s Charles A. Sankey Chamber.
OUSA is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization, made up of eight Ontario undergraduate student unions and associations that represent the interests of more than 150,000 students from across the province.
The three-day gathering allowed the more than 60 delegates in attendance to participate in breakout sessions and discuss policy papers, with particular attention given to the topics of accessibility, sexual diversity and ancillary fees.
Niveditha Sethumadhavan, BUSU’s Vice-President, External Affairs, said the biannual meetings give delegates the opportunity to dive into issues of critical importance to students attending post-secondary in Ontario.
“It is remarkable to see the power of advocacy and the strength of what OUSA does as an organization in order to achieve affordable, accessible and quality post-secondary education for students,” she said. “It’s also great to hear student perspectives on topics of inclusivity and sexual diversity, because those are so important in making our campus feel like home.”
In addition to the extensive policy discussions, Sethumadhavan and the other BUSU hosts also took time to show delegates their favourite local sites, including restaurants, event centres and Niagara Falls.
“It gave us the opportunity to show off our campus and our region,” said Sethumadhavan. “Hosting the meeting and having Brock be the place where these policies came to life was a very special moment for me and crucial for OUSA as a whole.”
The next OUSA General Assembly will take place at Western University from March 13 to 15.