What We Do
Have you ever considered how change comes about? Before a change is made, there is planning and before planning, comes an understanding of what needs to be put into the action to make a situation better. Advocating is the process of research, promotion, lobbying and direct action to make a change that will better the community as a whole. Being an advocate means standing up for what you believe in, as well as what is best for your community, and lobbying for that belief to become reality.
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The Advocacy Department
Together, the Vice President of External Affairs and Research Coordinator work to engage, inform and lobby for students on issues that affect post-secondary education, and the life of the modern student. The team writes policy papers used to advocate for students' needs and interests to various levels of government through the Ontario University Student Alliance, participates in nation-wide advocacy initiatives, organizes campaigns on campus and more.
Vice President, External Affairs (VPEA)
The VPEA is responsible for representing the student voice on all levels of government through advocacy and lobbying efforts. They focus on working with our provincial lobbying group, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA), and on fostering relationships with local politicians and community stakeholders to advocate for the needs and interests of students.
The Advocacy Coordinator assists in the planning and execution of on campus advocacy campaigns. Campaigns are primarily found on the @BUSUadvocacy Instagram page
Meet the Team
Director, Governance and Advocacy
Vice President of External Affairs
Consultation for OUSA Policy development
Our student leaders are looking for your feedback to ensure Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) policy development reflects the concerns and needs of all students.
OUSA is a student-led, provincial advocacy organization that represents the interests of undergraduate and professional students across the province. The policies developed will inform our advocacy work as they are written and ratified by students and outline principles, concerns and recommendations on a given issue.
Attend one of our group feedback sessions, which will be held via Zoom, and receive a $10 Starbucks voucher.
Register for as many group sessions as you like below:
- Responding to Covid (Thursday Aug 5th at 4pm)
- University accountability (Friday Aug 6th at 4pm)
- Transferring Schools (Monday Aug 9th at 4pm)