The past month has quite eventful. Starting off the monthly board meeting and AGM on the 1st, I nominated to convene the newly formed Welfare Committee. With Natansh and Jordan, we will meet once a month to discuss issues and ideas regarding student welfare. I also had a meeting with Bridget this month to go over my roles as the convenor, essentially I will be facilitating the discussion that goes on and generate ideas on how we can improve student welfare which will be reported back to the board to make final decisions. Our first meeting will be held on the 31st of May and our current main focus in on the student Brekky Bar.
Also, on May 5th, at the NLS AGM, I officially became a member!
Utopia was on this past month during weeks 9 and 10. Hope you all enjoyed coming to chat to our USASA reps or just pet a dog and relax just before exam period starts!
In other events this month, we have had a number of protests, the biggest with an almost 200 student turn out, was the Make Education Free Again protest. On 17th of May students around Adelaide gathered outside Parliament House to protest against the $2.8 billion cuts to funding and increased uni fees.
Coming up, we have the second City East student catch-up which will be held in the student lounge in the Playford building. Come around 3-4pm on 31st May to talk to us about any issues you are having at uni or just for a chat. Also, on that morning, we will also have a SSAF campaign stall which will be in the Centenary student lounge from 9-11am.
- Finance Committee Meeting 25th May
- Welfare Committee Meeting 31st May
- SSAF Campaign Stall 31st May
- Student Catch Up 31st May
- June Board Meeting 5th
I look forward to catch up with you all!
My main focus this month was preparing for, and working at the Women’s committee “Consent stall” at UniTopia. I hope that some of you had a chance to pop by and say hello! The student engagement was motivating, as lots of people were interested in hearing about consent, women’s support services, and the women’s committee. Unfortunately, I was sick for about two weeks of the month, so I was unable to attend the Women’s committee meeting, USASA board meeting, and the first policy review working group (regarding prevention of, and response to, sexual assault and rape on campus). The Governance committee meeting was also cancelled this month. Although I attended less meetings than I usually do, I got to engage with a lot more students than usual, because I spent a lot of time at UniTopia.
6 March – Governance Committee Meeting, USASA Board Meeting; the Governance Committee was extremely productive particularly when discussing the prospect of creating a student representative council (SRC).
USASA Report – Julie Baum Student Representative
What happened in April?
PAC CRAWL!!!!!! Yep we had the Pac crawl, it was great to be a part of what all of UniSA was doing, all on the same night. We only had a small number attend, but those of us that went had a great time, 4 pubs, crazy antics, scavenger hunt, lot’s of laughs, and the ‘Nut Bush’ to top it of! Thanks to everyone that came along, it was a fun way to kick off the swat vac.
However you coped with the first half of semester one, I hope it went well for you, and that you have all had a chance to get a break during the swat vac.
This month I had achieve by setting up our first meeting with International Student Sub- Committee, and have the usual meeting with Events and Marketing Committee. I’m still in progression on recruiting students to be part of the Events and Marketing Committee. Besides, I’m in progression with both Healthy Food Video and Personal Finance.
The activities I had done this month was not that much, but I’m trying to concentrate the things I would like to achieve this year. Plus, I have some exciting stuff happening in the next few months.
Read the full board report: <May 2017>
It was an exciting beginning of the new month for the City West Campus Representatives-both Ryan and I, as we arranged the first ever student catch-up on the last day of March. I was eager to spend the month of April and rest of the term based on all the feedback we get from the catch-up. Those of you who couldn’t make it on our first catch-up, I am sure we will see you at the next one at the end of this month. This is your opportunity to shape your experience on your own campus.
March 30, 2017:
Student catch-up was held at the student lounge. We are expecting a lot more interaction with all of you in the next one.
I hope you’ve all had a great mid-semester break, and are looking forward to smashing out the rest of this semester. I’d like to start by taking a moment to congratulate Ryan Colsey, the new Magill Student Representative, I look forward to working with him throughout the remainder of the year. For those of you who worked on the public holidays over the Easter break, spending time away from your family and friends, thank you. You deserve your penalty rates, and I know first-hand the importance of penalty rates for students at UniSA. This month, the National Union of Students Welfare Department has launched its #ISupportPenaltyRates photo campaign, which I’ll be bringing to Mawson Lakes during upcoming student catch-ups.
This month I have spent some time as the Acting President of USASA, while Kayla has been on leave. I’ve been working hard with the Women’s committee to develop, plan, and organise our proposal for a Consent stall at UniTopia. This week I attended a meeting, at which the stall was approved, and now I am working on organising it, organising volunteers, and developing the plan and budget. It’s been a busy time, while I do a lot of “behind-the-scenes” work. Hopefully next month, my work will come to fruition with the Consent stall and some other projects that I’m currently working on. Please come along to UniTopia when it’s on your campus, and drop past the Consent stall to say hello to me! Read below for everything else I’ve been doing this month… Continue reading
Month of April
Welcome to the month of April, and welcome particularly to our new Magill Representative Ryan Colsey! I know he will do great things with the role. You can learn more about him here.
USASA is busy getting ready for Unitopia, our stress less days held ahead of the exam period for students come and relax before the final exams and assignments. It will be held across May 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th and 17th across all six UniSA campuses. Dates and times here. I also appeared in The Advertiser discussing student mental health and how events like Unitopia can help students de-stress.
Key activities throughout the month have been a focus on preparing for the release of the Human Rights Commission survey, Unitopia, a visit to Mount Gambier, and preparing our submission about UniSA Online.
On April 7 I was elected unopposed to be the USASA Student Representative of Magill Campus, a position that had previously been vacant. I would like to thank everyone at USASA for accommodating me so quickly and welcoming me with open arms. Starting at this position in the middle of the academic year presents some challenges, but I am focused on quickly getting myself up to speed with the role.
Currently I am a second year student at Magill studying a double of Journalism and International Relations. Further information about me can be found on the USASA website under the Student Board tab.
So far I have met with several people in USASA as I continue finding my feet. On April 10 I had a meeting with Kayla (President) and Daniel (General Manager) where I was given information on the board structure, student welfare programs, and other committees.