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  • A statement against racism and inequality in solidarity with the Black community

    June 3rd, 2020

    The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association (UWSA) stands in solidarity with our Black students, staff, faculty, and community against racism, inequality, and discrimination. We recognize the importance of taking the time to address the recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and David McAtee, in the United States, Regis Korchinski-Paquet of Toronto, D’Andre Campbell of Brampton, and countless others in the Black community. The UWSA opposes the violent actions by police resulting in the deaths of members of the Black community.  

    We understand that now is the time for action. We stand with Black students from across the country demanding change. Anti-Black racism, systemic racism, and unconscious bias are real in Canada and there is no place in this world for racism, inequality, or discrimination. We are actively working to support the initiatives of the Black community here in Winnipeg. As well, working collaboratively with Black student groups on campus, such as the Students of Colour Collective (@SOCC.UW) and the Black Student Union (@BSU.UofW). 

    To start, we will be working with our Racialized Students’ Director, student groups, and staff to make sure they are supported in this time. The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association will be taking steps to revise policy to actively consider the role of police on campus and within UWSA spaces. Policy changes within the UWSA will be revisited, to add that calling the Winnipeg Police Service be reserved for extremely selective situations, which require law enforcement to enforce specific criminal statutes. Limiting the amount of police involvement within UWSA spaces, to a minimum, is a concrete step to ensure the integrity of the UWinnipeg community will not be compromised. We will also be reviewing our positive space policy to ensure the needs of Black students on campus are being met.  

    Follow @justice4blackliveswinnipeg on Instagram or their Facebook Event Page for more information regarding movements in Winnipeg led by Black students. Monetary donations can be provided via e-transfer to justice4blackliveswpg@gmail.com

    If you want to connect with a UWSA Executive, our Racialized Students’ Director, and racialized student groups on campus, please reach out to us at president@theuwsa.ca. Please understand that many Black students are organizing, grieving, and healing at this time. Information will be provided as it is available. If you are in a mental health crisis, there are options available:  

    A list of other community mental health resources can be found here.  

    As your student union, we exist to amplify student voices and we are here to listen, make change and do better. We support you. 

    Thank you,  

    UWSA Executive Team 2020-2021 
    Jibril Hussein, President  
    Breanna Belisle, Vice-President External Affairs  
    Melanie William, Vice-President Student Affairs 

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  • Some Winnipeg biking pit-stops to help you maintain your bike over the summer!

    June 1st, 2020

    Does your bike need a tune-up or maintenance? Although the UWSA Bike Lab’s physical location is closed due to University of Winnipeg’s closure and the pandemic, some community bike shops are still open and ready to help!

    The situation is changing everyday so please visit the specified websites or follow them on social to check when they reopen.

    Co-op Velo (Open)
    190 Ave de la Cathedrale
    Tue – 5:30 to 8:30 PM
    Thu 3:00 to 6:00PM
    Sun 12:00 to 3:00PM
    Contact: info@coopvelocite.ca

    Orioles Bike Cage (Temporary Closed)
    444 Burnell St.
    Contact: oriolesbikecage@gmail.com

    South Osborne Bike Hub
    725 Kylemore Ave
    Mon and Thu – 6 to 8:30 PM
    Contact: sobikehub@gmail.com

    The Bike Dump (Temporary Closed)
    631 Main Street
    Volunteers are answering questions via e-mail and Facebook.
    Contact: winnipegbikedump@gmail.com

    The Wrench (Closed till July 1, 2020)
    1057 Logan
    Contact: inquiry@thewrench.ca

    UWSA Bike Lab (Temporarily Closed)
    515 Portage Avenue (The University of Winnipeg)
    Contact: b.hewagamage@theuwsa.ca

    UMCycle (Temporary Closed)
    University of Manitoba
    Contact: umcycle@umsu.ca

    Please note that all community bike shops are DIY shops, which are volunteer-led. Staff and volunteers are there for you to learn how to repair your bikes by yourselves in a well equipped workshop, at no charge.

    Questions? Contact the UWSA Services Manager at b.hewagamage@theuwsa.ca.

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  • UWSA BoD Meeting: June 3, 2020

    May 27th, 2020

    The next UWSA Board of Director Meeting will be conducted over Zoom on June 3, 2020 at 5.30 PM. All UWinnipeg students are welcome to attend the open session. To attend, email j.black@theuwsa.ca for the link using your UWinnipeg webmail address. Please include the following information in the email:

    • Full name
    • Student number
    • That they are a UWinnipeg student currently enrolled in classes, or registered to start or resume classes in the summer or fall.

    Please note that students have to sign into the meeting using their UWinnipeg webmail address, and are expected to mute their mic unless we are in an active question period.  The acting chair of the meeting reserves the right to mute participant mics where necessary.

    Please click here to view the June 2020 Board Meeting Agenda.

    Student can download the June 2020 Board Meeting Package here.

    All participants are expected to abide by the University’s Respectful Work and Learning Environment Policy.

    Questions? Please email us a j.black@theuwsa.ca for more information.

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  • Final Grade Options Deadline: May 28

    May 26th, 2020

    Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, University of Winnipeg students may choose how their grades will affect their grade point average (GPA) calculation for the Winter 2020 and Fall/Winter 2019-20 terms. 

    Students can either request to have a course final mark appear on their transcript but not count toward their GPA, or, choose a pass/fail option (Standing or F) rather than a grade displayed on a transcript.

     You have until May 28 to make your decision and submit your request for either options.

    To request an alternative final grade, please complete one of the following forms and send it, via your UWinnipeg webmail, to Student Central at studentcentral@uwinnipeg.ca

    For questions about progression in your program or prerequisites in your major, please contact your Department Chair.  You are strongly encouraged to speak with an academic advisor prior to making your decision, to ensure you consider possible consequences. Please contact advising@uwinnipeg.ca or call 204-786-9257.

    UWSA representatives are also there to support you through the process. Please contact your VPSA, Melanie William, at vpsa@theuwsa.ca if you require academic guidance.

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