August 2017 – Mawson Lakes Rep

Hi everyone,

This month has been extremely busy for me, with assignments and tests of my own, as well as USASA activities. I’m sure you’ve all been busy as the workload for the semester picks up, so I wish you the best in all of your assessments.

Earlier this month, The Australian Human Rights Commission released their report into sexual harassment and assault at Australian Universities. You can read USASA’s press release in response to these results here. If you are feeling distressed about the Australian Human Rights Commission report you can contact the National Hotline on 1800 572 224 for specialised trauma counselling. UniSA students can also book an appointment at UniSA Counselling here.


Now onto what I’ve been up this month:

Brekky Bar – 

We’ve carried on with the Brekky Bar at Mawson Lakes this month, with both International Student Representative – Luke Le, and my fellow Mawson Lakes Representative – Jivan Jothi, helping to provide this great free service. We’ve now run our fifth free Brekky Bar, and will continue to provide this service for the remainder of the year. It is great to see Magill Representative – Ryan Colsey take the initiative and get on board with running Brekky Bar on his campus, and I will call on other campus representatives during the next Welfare Committee meeting to find a way to provide this service to students on their campus.

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Student Connect Meeting – 

On the 2nd of August, USASA President – Kayla Dickeson and I, met with Student Experience and Transition Support Officer – Zoe Zweck, as well as Acting Dean: Teaching and Learning for the Division of ITEE – Delene Weber, to discuss their proposal for a Mawson Lakes student council. The goal is to create avenues for more meaningful student input into decisions around the division, and I will work with them to try and make the council as representative and effective as possible. During the meeting I discussed some of the current issues that Mawson Lakes students have raised with me, in the hope that progress can be made on these issues straight away. I raised car parking, proposed extended library opening hours during exam periods, and explained how the universities Smoke-Free Campus policy is pushing students to the fringes of campus, which poses a risk to student safety, particularly at night time. They were receptive to my concerns and I hope we can start making headway on some of these issues.


Mawson Lakes Enrolment Stall – 

On Wednesday 23rd of August, I set up a stall on campus with information about the governments upcoming non-compulsory, non-binding, statistical survey on whether same-sex couples should be afforded the same rights under the law as everyone else in this country. As demoralising as I find this process, it was great to receive such a positive reception, and to help people enrol, and answer their questions.


Other things I’ve been up to:

  • Brekky Bar – 02/08/17
  • USASA Board Meeting – 07/08/17
  • Brekky Bar – 09/08/17
  • School of Commerce Formal Inquiry – 09/08/17
  • Brekky Bar – 16/08/17
  • Driving Brekky Bar supplies to Magill – 18/08/17
  • Brekky Bar – 23/08/17

What I’ve got planned for next month:

  • Clubs Committee Meeting – 29/08/17
  • Brekky Bar – 30/08/17
  • Welfare Committee Meeting – 31/08/17
  • USASA Board Meeting 04/09/17

That’s all for now, if you see me on campus then come and say hey! In the meantime if you have any issues or concerns feel free to send me an email on mumjp001@mymail.unisa.edu

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