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.
Everyone has been settling into their roles after meeting all of the new students at O’Week and getting ready for the year. The campus representatives have been organising student catch-ups to get feedback from students at UniSA, and USASA has been busy with ClubsFest and gearing up for our pac crawl which has sold out!
February has been very exciting, while everyone has been getting prepared for O’Week and seeing the new students in. It was great to meet all the new students, promote our new diary and services, and chat to them about what they’d like to see in 2017. It was fantastic to see all the new volunteers getting involved throughout the week as well. February was also spent meeting with Board members and establishing their KPIs for the year.
Happy to introduce myself as the new University of South Australia Student Association President for 2017. January so far has been spent setting up for the new year and getting ready for the students to come back in March. USASA has been busy preparing for events such as O’Week and ClubsFest at the beginning of the semester. I’ve had various meetings with the USASA staff to map out the year and focus on what our strategic goals for the year are. I have been meeting with the UniSA Wellbeing team to map out how USASA can engage with the Wellbeing Action Plan being rolled out in 2017, with a particular interest in the mental health and sexual violence on-campus campaigns and initiatives.
The last couple of months of the year were packed with final assignments, USASA and conferences! Students were going through their final exams, so the Board helped out at our USASA Examinaid shifts, providing students with free pens, calculators and a shoulder to cry on throughout the exam period. USASA looked toward 2017, beginning to map out our events for the year. Continue reading
Hey everyone, it is getting to the business end of the year and these past couple of months have been filled with major assignments, USASA board elections, our various campaigns and academic reviews!
August was hectic!
Blue Stocking Week ran mid-August, across the 15-19th this year.
As part of this, the Women’s Committee and the Women’s Collective started rolling out the National Union of Students’ “Support Student Safety, Stop The War on Women” campaign. It follows the 2015 Talk About It survey that found that 72% of students had experienced some form of sexual harassment, assault or violence while undertaking their university studies, with incredibly low rates of reporting and a lack of support from universities.
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July was a busy month! I attended two conferences on behalf of USASA – the Education Conference and the NOWSA conference. They were both incredibly informative and I learned a lot about student activism across the country.
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This month we have been focused on the final weeks of the semester, as students rush to their major assignments and exams (including us)! Chris and I both participated in Unitopia at Magill, which was a great success with many students attending. We got to chat to students and ask them about the things they want to see at Magill, pet some cute barn animals and have a go at the arts and crafts! As it is crunch time with exams, we have been out at the Adelaide Showgrounds with USASA’s Examinaid, helping students out with free pens, pencils and jelly beans! Students could also borrow calculators and rulers, while using our iPads to search for their exam room!
Month of March
March was a great month! Through the USASA Women’s Committee we were able to commemorate International Women’s Day and start building the Women’s Collective. I met with staff in order to roll out initiatives to raise awareness around sexual assault. In particular we discussed the roll out of the Respect Now Always campaign that aims to highlight the issues around sexual assault and domestic violence. We also discussed the screening of the Hunting Ground, an American documentary based around sexual assault on residential campus’; in which the company has paired with Universities Australia and the National Union of Students to bring it to an Australian context and audience. Along with fellow representative Christopher Ghan, I am connecting with experts to establish a domestic violence workshop to be run at UniSA. Currently we are organising meetings and hoping to discuss logistics and content.