Advocacy

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.

Research Coordinator

The Research Coordinator assists in the creation of policy options to the municipal, provincial and federal governments on behalf of OUSA. The research coordinator is responsible for conducting all research as directed by the VPEA, as well as researching information necessary to the campaigns conducted by the advocacy coordinator.

Meet the Team


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Kayleigh Rossetto
Director, Governance and Advocacy

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Alexa Leitch
Vice President of External Affairs

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Hope Tuff-Berg
Research and Policy Writer