If you read the title of this post, and are still reading, I commend you and your steadfastness. The purpose of this post is to give you a little more of an insight into what exactly the ULSU External Policies are, as well as to not so subtly plug the Advocacy Advisory Committee which develops them.
First off, what are External Policies? Well, they are documents which state the position of our organization, at least in relation to things within the realm of the governance decisions of the University of Lethbridge or the actions of different levels of government. These documents give our advocates positions from which to present their arguments for things such as why tuition should be capped at CPI, for instance. These, alongside the policies of CAUS and CASA, the two lobby organizations of which we are a part of, allow us to have more meat in our arguments when we discuss post-secondary issues with decision-makers. Furthermore, it provides organizational continuity, as least in the beliefs of the organization relating to post-secondary advocacy, and, in many cases, it takes multiple years of advocating on something in order for that change to be implemented, making these policy statements absolutely vital.
So how can you help?
The ULSU has a committee charged with advocacy, known as the Advocacy Advisory Committee. It’s main roles are to create and maintain our external policy statements, as well as to assist the Vice-President External and President in other efforts, such as campaigns. And, anyone can join it! Students at large are welcome, and in fact, highly sought after! If you enjoy being a part of the creation of policy, have a love of lobbying, or really enjoy putting on campaigns, then this is the ULSU committee for you.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by my office in SU180.