Nominations are open for undergraduates to get involved in BUSU and Brock’s governing bodies for the 2023-2024 school year, including BUSU’s Board of Directors, Brock University Senate, and Brock Press Board of Directors.
“Getting involved in governance provides students with opportunities to have a real say on important topics and decisions,” said BUSU’s Vice-President, University Affairs, Andrea Lepage. “Student senators and BUSU Board members are important to the integrity of BUSU and University because they provide vital student insights.”
BUSU Board of Directors is the organization’s governing body that oversees the strategic direction of the organization, and makes decisions regarding finance, human resources and legal matters. 100 per cent of voting members are students. Currently, there are 12 seats to fill for the 2023-2024 year, both one year and two-year terms are available.
The Brock Senate oversees the academic policy of the University. Brock Senate seats approximately 70 members including six elected undergraduate students plus BUSU’s Vice-President, University Affairs. Being a member of senate is a great opportunity to advocate on behalf of students. All undergraduate Brock Senate seats are two-year terms.
The Brock Press Board of Directors meets periodically throughout the year and is made up of members of The Brock Press editorial staff, as well as one elected student representative. The student representative is responsible for attending all Board of Directors meetings throughout the year and vote on matters that affect the company, such as budgets and staffing.
The nomination period for both BUSU Board of Directors, Brock Senate and Brock Press Board of Directors will run from Feb 27 to March 10. Submissions must be completed and submitted to the Returning Officer or the BUSU Office by 4:30 p.m. on March 10. You can download your nomination package online, on the BUSU website.
After nominations have been submitted, there will be an allotted week for candidates to prepare for their campaign. Beginning March 20 candidates will have the opportunity to campaign around campus and online as to why they should be elected. Campaigns close on March 30.
Voting will begin at midnight on March 28 and closes at 9:00 p.m. on March 30. All Brock University undergraduate students will receive a ballot via their Brock email. Voting is simple, students will click the link provided in their email and will be directed to an online ballot. Results will be announced shortly after 9 p.m. on March 30 on BUSU’s Instagram @BrockBUSU with full results found on the BUSU website the following day.
“Together, students voices are powerful and have the ability to create real change.” Said Lepage. “Voting allows students to have agency over their student experience and guide the direction of BUSU and University.”
This year students will also find a referendum on their ballot and are encouraged to vote on changes to the terms associated with the new Student Centre that was already approved back in 2019 via Referendum. This Referendum will enable BUSU to move forward with the next steps in the process for building. Additionally, The Business Student Association will be asking Goodman Students to approved updates to the terms associated with their fee.
To learn more about the election, referendums, or to download your nomination package, visit the BUSU website. Be sure to follow @BrockBUSU on Instagram during the campaign period for updates and announcements.