Amanda Fitzpatrick for
VP Student Life
why i’m qualified
Double major in Speech Communication and Women’s Studies
Glow Centre Coordinator for 3 terms
Glow Centre Exec (Social Director, External Director, Advocacy Director)
Facilitator for the Making Spaces program where I taught staff and faculty about LGBTQ+ inclusion
LGBTQ+ Speakers Bureau
Glow Centre Peer Support Volunteer
Women’s Centre Volunteer
Beyond this I have supported numerous other equity campaigns and have always aimed to build relationships and collaborate with other student leaders
Why I’m Running
Throughout my undergrad, I’ve dedicated myself to improving the campus experience for all students. My studies, volunteer commitments, and work experiences have focused on promoting equity through community engagement. Through my experiences working with LGBTQ+ students and marginalized groups on campus I understand the existing barriers that inhibit the student experience in campus life and academics. In this position, I want to break down barriers both in Feds and throughout campus so that everyone has access to the quality education that we all expect and deserve
Support racialized students
Work with RAISE and the Equity office to create a Making Spaces training specific to anti-racism
Advocate to the university to create an emergency fund for Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre in the case where their funding has been cut by the government.
Support the ISA and WISC with the Indigenization strategy
Create an equity training for dons focused on LGBTQ+ needs, anti-racism, and harm reduction
For many students, especially in first year, residence is where we spend a lot of our time. If this is an unsafe or unfriendly experience it directly affects how well we do in school and our likelihood to get involved in student life.
Continue working to make name changes on Quest easier
Create spotlight series to showcase student initiatives
Continue to work to get free menstrual products on campus
Purchase a CART Captioning system to be used at big Feds events like General Meetings
Communication access real-time translation (CART), also called open captioning or real-time stenography, or simply real-time captioning, is the general name of the system that court reporters, closed captioners and voice writers, and others use to convert speech to text.
Ensure Feds marketing as well as all clubs and services include image descriptions on social media posts
Advocate for more gender neutral bathrooms
In order for all students to be able to access public space bathrooms need to be accessible to everyone. If someone doesn’t have an accessible bathroom in their building they will have to spend extra time walking across campus to find one which takes time away from learning.
Health and Wellness
Create a comprehensive mental health resource
As VP Student Life I will work with all the clubs and services on campus to create an upstream mental health resource. It will open with an identity/interest checklist that lists items such as gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion, program, if someone has faced food insecurity, if they are an international student, etc. After checking off what applies all the applicable resources will come up including food bank, Glow, BASE, accessibility services, etc. By showing more resources than are simply mental health specific we will be able to help students find community spaces on campus that can fill gaps that peer support and counselling may miss. This form will be anonymous and not shared with Feds or the university.
Establish a harm-reduction working group to assess steps Feds and the University can take to improve accessibility on campus for students with addictions
Work with Athletics to start up Women and Trans only gym hours
Clubs and Services
Work with VP Operations and Finance to increase access to funding by going into a cost-sharing agreement with the university
Streamline an uploading system as part of the clubs and services event form that uploads all of the student life events onto a Feds calendar
Continue the use of a coordinator committee but split it in half to create an equity specific committee
The coordinator committee that was initiated this past term was helpful however due to the different forms of services we offer it would be more helpful to create two separate groups
Continue to take part in meaningful consultation with Sustainable Campus Initiative in order to move forward their service’s goals and objectives
Support SCI’s 5-year plan.
Raise awareness about initiatives SCI already has in place and celebrate their wins. It’s important that students know about all of the incredible work that is already taking place on our campus.
Work with SCI to find a permanent space for a second hand clothing store
Give more compensation to students involved in working groups and committees
Even if this is a small amount it is important to show our gratitude to students that take part in these important groups, especially since many of these working groups pertain to equity issues. Marginalized students do a lot of unpaid work on our campus to make it better, I think its about time people start getting compensated for their labour.
Get service coordinators paid $15 an hour
Service coordination is a huge job which can work out to 20+ hours a week. The work that these students do on our campus often goes unrecognized and by being unpaid makes it difficult to fill these roles. I believe there are plenty of students on our campus that want to get involved and take these jobs however putting in this amount of work for a small honorarium is simply not feasible to the average student. Its important to note that many universities across Canada have already begun making these paid positions.
Some services are able to get offloaded to the university if they have a formal offices as a part of UWaterloo. By offloading these services Feds can use their funding to go towards paying coordinators. If it will cost more than the available funds we will enter a cost-sharing agreement with the university. For offloaded services the student positions will still be available under the university.
Continue to work with Amanda Cook, the Sexual Violence Response Coordinator, to ensure consent programming is highly visible and accessible to all staff, faculty, and students.
Run a campus safety audit, including robust student consultation, to indicate where students feel most unsafe on campus in order to implement effective safety measures
Complete needs-assessment for implementation of a walk-home program on campus to ensure students feel safe on their way home
Work with the President and VP Ed to advocate to the university and CECA for WaterlooWorks employer co-op placements to have mandatory sexual violence policies
Complete satellite campus visits more frequently to ensure students’ needs are being met
Ensure that services work to provide fully accessible services and resources to all satellite campus students
Implement virtual peer support hours so students aren’t limited to campus resources by distance
Start a satellite campus consultation group made up of student volunteers from each satellite campus to act as a first-point of contact to facilitate communication regarding needed services and resources
Compile an online resource guide specific to each city so that students can access counselling, food banks, LGBTQ+ groups, and more in their local community