My name is Shuna Talbot and I am in my 4th year of my B.F.A in Theatre Studies. I lived in residence for the first three years of my university career. My involvement in the Organization of Residence Students (ORS) allowed me to participate in a lot of the ULSU events and clubs on campus. In my 3rd year I began volunteering for the University of Letbridge Students’ Union (ULSU). I was heavily involved in internal committees as well; because of this involvement I received the ULSU Volunteer of the Year Award.
This past year I have had the opportunity to be involved with the ULSU directly as the VP Internal. This has been a great experience I have helped organize great events such as HvZ IV and Frostbite. This year the rest of the executive, the ULSU Legislative Review Committee (LRC), and I took on the task of restructuring the executive to allow for more focused positions and result in better representation, advocacy and service. I have the experience and the relationships with University administration needed for the position of President.
My platform falls under four major pillars:
• Allocation of space for a Multi-Faith Prayer Room
• Strengthening Relationships
• Further Development of the new Executive Structure
I plan on continuing our advocacy efforts through CAUS and CASA and improving further on our advocacy efforts both within the university and in the municipal government. It is important that the University of Lethbridge students concerns are addressed. Some specific advocacy issues that need to continue to be addressed are mandatory non-instructional fees and ensuring that our tuition cap remains a regulation in the provincial government.
MULTI-FAITH PRAYER ROOM
As of right now we have no university space allocated for prayer or meditation. It is important that students have access to these safe spaces because it is important that students have the opportunity meet there religious needs along with there social and academic needs. This space needs to be available all the time especially for those students in residence who might not have access to transportation and have no way of celebrating there faith or religion. During the planning stages of the destination project is the time to ensure that the University will allocate space for this safe place.
It is a priority for myself to strengthen the relationships with Lethbridge College, The Lethbridge Community and further our relationship with University Administration.
FURTHER DEVELOPMENT OF THE NEW EXECUTIVE STRUCTURE
The structure of the executive will need to be re-evaluated throughout the year to ensure that the foundation of each of the specific roles is well established. This will allow future executives to expand these roles further while ensuring accountability to the students.