Fayza Ibrahim for
Why I’M RUNNING?
I recognize the responsibility that comes with advocating on behalf of all students and representing their diverse needs. As VPED, I will bring forward my passion for student life and my ability to work with all students to effect meaningful change on our campus. I have had the pleasure to work on advocacy campaigns promoting the legal aid service, student housing rights, and OUSA policies. These experiences have given me the opportunity to connect with countless students and hear their thoughts and insights on the various issues affecting them. It will be my priority as VPED to maintain these connections to ensure a genuine focus on students.
Why I’M Qualified?
My ability to connect with diverse groups of students enables me to gain critical insight into what students are satisfied and dissatisfied about on campus. I have worked with student advocacy groups like the Black Association for Student Expression, the Women's Centre, and with our new student-service RAISE. Throughout these experiences, I have gained a wealth of insight on the unique challenges different groups are facing and respond to these needs accordingly.
Creating a Co-op Bill of Rights
You can be on your first or last Co-op job but it can be confusing to navigate rights that are owed to you. And we want students to have an immediate document that highlights their rights at the workplace. We want to ensure that their rights are apparent. We want to do so by having an agreement with the University and the Federation of Students which should act as an extra layer of protection that can provide accountability if need be.
Currently, students are having to pay $729 for their co-operative experience every single term and approximately $18 for their work term report to be graded. Although, we understand this fee cannot necessarily be decreased. We want to continue working on advocating on your behalf that the current 0% fee increase remains in place.
Mental Health And Wellness
Standardization of Mental Health
We want students to feel comfortable approaching their professors with any mental health concern that they may have. The first step to allowing students to feel more comfortable is to ensure that they believe that their instructor is an individual that will address their concerns in a conducive manner. We believe the best way to achieve a standard is to create one by ensuring that amendments are to syllabi during the introductory period. We believe including mental health resources on the syllabi could aid students. We also believe it important that instructors should mandate a small fraction of time discussing the importance of mental health.
In order for to students to be excused from their academic duties they must provide a Verification of Illness form and that can be a barrier for some students due to the costs associated with it. Currently, OHIP does not cover VIF’s and that can be a source of financial strain for students. We want to advocate that this cost be covered through OHIP or reduced. It is not fair that a student does not gain access to an important document because of their financial background.
Providing Optional Training for Professor
In order to fit in with our theme of students feeling comfortable addressing professors with their health concerns, we want to provide to sensitivity training sessions about mental health, physical health and intersections that can effect one’s health. The more information readily available the easier it can be to have these kinds of communication.
OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
Advocating for Online Accessibility
We understand that the costs of textbooks are significantly high and that can pose as a barrier for students. Therefore, we will advocate that all assigned academic documents to be read should be accessible online at no cost to the student. We will advocate with OUSA’s support to the university, the provincial and federal government.
Advocating for Restoration
Given the recent changes by this provincial government, we want to take the time to advocate on your behalf that these changes be reversed and we will do so by working with organizations such as OUSA and lobbying the provincial and federal government about these changes. It will be our top priority as we understand the impact of this policy. We understand that accessibility to education is important and this new policy is a hindrance rather than a convenience. Saving approximately $660 on yearly tuition does not amount to the benefits that students were receiving from OSAP. The new policy also indicated a removal of the six month grace period on loans and we will advocate in order to restore and ensure progression.
Regulating International Fees
The Predictable Framework
International Fees are deregulated in Ontario and that means costs of post-secondary education can continuously go up without any sort of predictability for international students. In 2015, OUSA surveyed students and found that 49% of international students stated that they had difficulty meeting their annual tuition payments. Students should have the ability to make an informed financial decision before attending a higher learning institution. We want to re-enact the predictable tuition frame which allowed for international students to see a predictable rise in their tuition and budget accordingly.