AUSU Committees at a Glance
Let’s take a moment to reflect on the fantastic work done by AUSU committees, each made up of members of the Executive Team, Students’ Council, and student members-at-large. AUSU committees help shape the services, supports, and advocacy efforts your Students’ Union provides to all AU undergraduate students.
Part of my role as Vice President Community and Wellness (VPCW) involves committee work. I had the incredible privilege of chairing two committees this term: the Member Engagement and Communications Committee (MECC) and the Student Advisory Committee (SAC). I also co-chaired the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee (EDI) alongside Councillor Amber McDuffe, and served as an executive liaison to the Indigenous Circle at AUSU (IC). The Finance Committee this term was chaired by Vice President of Finance and Administration (VPFA) Leah Campbell, and the Awards Committee by Councillor Regan Johnson.
First of all, thank you to all of the amazing execs, councillors, and members-at-large for your hard work this term! And congratulations on everything you’ve accomplished!
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee
During its first successful term, the EDI Committee worked on various initiatives, including increased accessibility for disabled, chronically ill, and/or neurodiverse students, as well as students with accessibility needs, and focused on underrepresentation in student leadership. One of the Committee’s largest initiatives, AUSU’s first-ever Pride Weeks in June and October 2021, included Pride-themed AUSU Open Mic Podcasts, AUSUnights, social media campaigns, and contests. We were also able to host two fantastic AUSU Speaker Series presentations, Dr. Tobias Wiggins presenting on October 29 and Two-Spirit novelist Joshua Whitehead on November 25, 2021. The Committee also recently celebrated Black History Month, with an AUSU Speaker Series presentation by Husoni Raymond on February 23, 2022, Open Mic Podcast, AUSUnights, and a month-long social media campaign.
Member Engagement and Communications Committee
MECC worked hard to expand on last term’s Virtual Food Assistance Program, with increased support for AU students facing food insecurity, as well as to review services like VMock Resume Review, LinkedIn Learning, Peer Course Reviews, and the Annual Student Survey.
Indigenous Circle at AUSU
The Indigenous Circle came together, worked incredibly hard, and accomplished a great deal in their first term. Find full details about their two main goals (of representation and of guidance to AUSU in addressing the Truth And Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action) and initiatives, available in their own words on the Indigenous Circle at AUSU homepage. For further information, the IC can be contacted at email@example.com.
Student Advisory Committee
The Student Advisory Committee provided input about the student experience throughout the term on a variety of priority topics including choice in textbooks, events, and tutors.
The Awards Committee put in a lot of great work distributing double the amount of usual awards and bursaries to AU undergraduate students, as well as working on developing several new ones. Check out more on AUSU’s Awards and Bursaries here, as the Spring awards cycle opens on April 1!
The Finance Committee was busy overseeing the financial matters of the organization and making budget recommendations.
Are you interested in getting involved this term? Member-at-Large nominations for committees will open in the new term, so stay tuned for more information! Questions or comments? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Natalia Iwanek (she/they)
Vice President of Community and Wellness (VPCW)