Motion for Alternate Grading Option for UWinnipeg Students to be Voted on by UWinnipeg Senate on December 22, 2020

December 16th, 2020

The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association President, Shawna Péloquin is working with UWSA Senators and UWinnipeg Faculty towards providing students with a flexible grading option for the Fall Winter 2020/21 Term. An amended version of the GPA Calculation Motion that was passed by the UWinnipeg Senate on April 8, 2020 will be voted on by the Senate on December 22, 2020.

If passed, students will be able to access this option when their grades for the current term are released up until February 12, 2021.

We recognize the academic, financial, and personal challenges that many UWinnipeg students are facing due to the pandemic and the impact it has on their education. UWSA is working with UWinnipeg departments and boards towards providing students with options to alleviate some of your hardships.

Updates on the motion will be available at the UWSA website on December 23, 2020. Until the motion is passed, we would like to strongly encourage students to access support if and when they need it. Some of the available supports are listed below:

  • Academic and Career Services Advisors are there to provide guidance with appeals and exam accommodations. Students can contact them at 204.786.9257 or advising@uwinnipeg.ca.
  • UWSA Staff can help you with academic advocacy or appeals. Please email vpsa@theuwsa.ca for more information.
  • Student Counselling staff are currently working remotely and would be pleased to assist you via phone or Zoom video counselling. Student can reach them at 204.988.7611 or studentwellness@uwinnipeg.cafrom Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.
  • UWinnipeg’s Remote Teaching, Learning, and Research Hub provides valuable tips and resources to help students and educators succeed while working remotely.

In solidarity,
The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association

We're Hiring a Chair of the Board!

August 11th, 2020

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Do you want experience working on a non-profit board? We’re hiring a Chair of the Board at the UWSA!

The Chair of the Board of Directors acts as an essential component of the UWSA, setting the meeting agenda and ensuring that all directors are able to participate fully in the operations of the Board. A successful applicant should have a strong belief in the mission and mandate of the UWSA, and a willingness to invest in the success of the membership in a variety of different capacities.

Read more and apply here: UWSA Job Opportunities

U-Pass @ UWinnipeg: Community Consultation

June 23rd, 2020

The UWSA Board of Directors want your feedback on whether the UWSA should offer the U-Pass in the Fall 2020 term. Please submit your response via this survey here: U-Pass @ UWinnipeg: Community Consultation.

Questions? Please read through the FAQs below before you select your answer. 

How much is the U-Pass?  

The U-Pass fee for Fall/Winter 2020-21 is $200 per term. Students will pay this fee with their other registration fees at the beginning of each term. The U-Pass program is mandatory for all full-time students. 

What options do I have in the absence of U-Pass? 

In the absence of the U-Pass, students can purchase monthly or semester post-secondary passes. The post-secondary pass costs $81.65/month or $278/semester.  

Starting May 1, 2020, eligible adults can apply for a WINNpass, a monthly transit pass for individuals with low income. Please click here to check your eligibility. 

If you don’t plan on using transit frequently, you can choose to purchase e-cash or cash tickets on a pay-per-use basis. A full list of fares can be found here. 

Why do I have to decide now?  

In order to provide U-Pass in the fall, the UWSA and Winnipeg Transit need to start preparing in the summer. UWinnipeg and UWSA staff also need to input registered students’ data and collect financial information two-three months before classes start. 

How often will I have to travel to the campus in Fall 2020? 

As of now, the University has not made an official announcement regarding Fall classes. We have been told that a vast majority of classes will be offered remotely. According the provincial health guidelines, post-secondary institutions can provide learning in settings where learning and/or research requires hands-on experience. Examples may include, but are not limited to, laboratories, studios, trades instructions and practicums. 

If I select yes, does that mean U-Pass won’t be available all year?  

The U-Pass fee is assessed on per term. Your survey response will help guide us for the Fall 2020 term from September – December 2020. Depending on the public health situation, the U-Pass fee may or may not be charged for the Winter 2020 term.  

What if the public health situation improves by the Fall? 

The U-Pass fee is assessed at the beginning of the term. So, we will not be able to provide it in the middle of the term. Later in 2020, the UWSA Board of Directors will decide whether to offer U-Pass in Winter 2020-21 from January – May 2020/21. 

Is it safe to travel on the bus? 

Winnipeg Transit has made changes to service and operation in light of COVID-19. Please visit this link here to review their guidelines for social distancing and reduced schedules.  

Can I Opt-Out of U-Pass? 

Enrollment for full-time students is mandatory, as per the student referendum and legal Winnipeg City Council directive. However, select students, including but not limited to those who live outside city limits and/or use handi-transit are eligible to opt-out. Please click here to check if you qualify.  

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.

Black History Month Resources

February 23rd, 2021

To celebrate Black History Month, we have compiled a list of black resources recommended by UWSA directors and staff. You can find different local organizations and businesses to support, books to read, influences to follow, and much more!

Read:

  1. The Skin We’re In by Desmond Cole
  2. Black Life by Walcott & Abdillahi
  3. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  4. Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo
  5. The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
  6. The Journey of Little Charlie, Bud, Not Buddy, and more by Christopher Paul Curtis

Buy:

  1. Vintage clothing: Velvet Tundra Vintage
  2. Silk masks: Clems Studios
  3. Hair and beauty:
  4. Ethnic foods and hair products: Dino’s Grocery Mart
  5. Art: Tanisha Salakoh

Watch:

  1. The Skin We’re In
  2. When They See Us
  3. Moonlight
  4. 13th
  5. Time: The Kalief Browder Story

Listen:

  1. Ordinary Black Girl Podcast
  2. Gentler by Maya Fleming

Follow:

  1. @pegcitylovely
  2. @kendramorous
  3. @iharterika
  4. @adriennemareebrown
  5. @migrantscribble
  6. @sandymhudson
  7. @strategiccharmboutique
  8. @stylemydreams
  9. @miss_chi_fitness

At UWinnipeg:

  1. Student organizing: Black Students’ Union
  2. Courses: ENGL-3708: topics in Canadian Literature: Black Canadian Writers

Attend, Donate, and Support:

  1. blackownedmb.com: Black business director
  2. west.afrobiz.ca: Black business directory
  3. bhmwinnipeg: Fundraisers, events, and training
  4. Pilgrim Baptist Church: Black History Month Events
  5. @theblacklabelwpg: Winnipeg’s Black Creatives’ Collective
  6. Black Space Winnipeg: Events, artist demonstrations and workshops
  7. QPOCWinnipeg: Events for Queer and Trans Identified Black, Indigenous & People of Colour
  8. Justice4BlackLivesWPG: Community Organizers in Winnipeg

For a PDF copy, click here: Black History Month Resources

 

 

 

Next UWSA Board of Directors Meeting: Wednesday, February 24, 2021

February 22nd, 2021

The next UWSA Board of Director Meeting will be conducted over Zoom on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at 5.30 PM.

Please review the documents below

February 24 Board Meeting Open Session Package

February 24 Board Meeting Agenda

Election Reform 2021 Package

All UWinnipeg students are welcome to attend Open Session. Please email t.hanan@theuwsa.ca by 4.30 PM on the day of the meeting for the Zoom link using your UWinnipeg webmail address and your Student ID Number.

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

UWSA Elections Reform Proposal Feedback

February 12th, 2021

We want to hear your thoughts on the new UWSA Elections Reform Proposal! You can view the proposal on page 18 at the February 10 Board Meeting Open Session Package.

We encourage all UW students to provide feedback by attending the February 24 Board of Directors Meeting or filling out the online form.

UWSA Elections Reform Proposal Feedback Page

Justice for Eishia: A message and call to action on ending police brutality towards Indigenous youth

February 5th, 2021

On Thursday, January 28, 2021, the Independent Investigation Unit (IIU) of Manitoba recommended that no charges be filed in the murder of 16-year-old Eishia Hudson.

UWSA President, Shawna Péloquin says, “This is a clear message to Indigenous people in Winnipeg and beyond from the Winnipeg Police Service (WPS), which is that there is no transparency or empathy when an Indigenous life is taken as a result of police intervention. The show of force demonstrates that as Indigenous people in this city, our life is not a guarantee but is subject to police approval. It a reminder for all the Indigenous student in this institution and myself that we are surviving a genocide in action, and that our Indigenous youths and elders are disproportionally targeted.  The opportunity to attend University was stolen from Eishia Hudson, yet the WPS continues to defend that the officer who was armed and trained to serve and make him a victim in this tragedy somehow. Why should this police officer be given another chance to open fire at an Indigenous youth? This is not a tragedy of police intervention. It a recurring pattern of power and violence imposed upon Indigenous families and communities empowered by the colonial nature of police services.”

The University of Winnipeg Student Association stands in solidarity with the Hudson Family, our Indigenous students and Indigenous youth. We support Hudson’s parents’ call for an inquiry, which would be broader in scope than the inquest required under the Fatal Inquiries Act and examine issues of systemic racism.

Support Eishia’s family by following the results of the upcoming inquest and raising awareness on social media using the following hashtags: #JusticeforEishia #JusticeforEishiaHudson and #NotAnotherIndigenousLife, or by donating to the family in their fight for justice through this Go Fund Me page.

Notice of Resignation for UWSA VPSA, Melanie William

February 4th, 2021

On January 27, 2021, The UWSA Board of Directors accepted and ratified the resignation of the 2020-2021 UWSA Vice President of Student Affairs, Melanie William. In August 2020, former UWSA President, Jibril Hussein and VPEA, Breanna Belisle had also tendered their resignations to the board.

Over the summer, former executives shared several experiences of harassment and discrimination while at the UWSA, following which the 2020-21 Executive team were placed on administrative leave. During this period, they experienced significant mental harassment and threats on social media from the UWinnipeg community as well.

The UWSA acknowledges the experiences shared by the former executives in their letters and strongly supports the decision to center their mental health. As an organization, we commit to doing more to prioritize students’ well-being and safety over institutional expectations.

We recognize the role UWSA plays in protecting and nurturing the well-being and potential of UWSA members. Oppression or harassment in our communities – online or offline – is never okay and we plan to work towards creating safer and non-violent spaces for discussion.

We recognized that we are working and learning in racist and colonial system, and that we have to be uncomfortable, transparent, and resilient to outroot these realities from our communities. For information on the steps we’re taking to address institutional racism at the UWSA, please refer to our previous post here.

To review Melanie’s letter of resignation, please click here: January 27 BOD Open Session Minutes (Draft)

Meet your Directors! UWSA Game Night

February 4th, 2021

Join us for the first UWSA Game Night on Thursday, February 11, from 4-6 PM. The virtual game night is a bi-weekly event on alternate Thursdays.

Meet your fellow classmates, play games, hangout, and get to know the UWSA directors while playing JackBoxTV!

Zoom Meeting ID: 951 2759 2336

Passcode: JACKBOX

Dates:

  • February 11
  • February 25
  • March 11
  • March 25
  • April 8
  • April 22

For more information, email s.sarty@theuwsa.ca or p.stubson@theuwsa.ca

UWSA Executive Virtual Office Hours

February 3rd, 2021

Students can book 20-minute appointments with the UWSA President, Shawna Péloquin, and the UWSA Vice-President External Affairs, Jonathan Henderson! You can discuss issues and concerns you are dealing with or get to know your UWSA Executive!

Shawna Péloquin virtual office hours:

  • Monday, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.

Click here to book an appointment with Shawna!

Jonathan Henderson virtual office hours:

  • Wednesday, 2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Click here to book an appointment with Jonathan!

Responsibility, Decolonization, and Integrity in the UWSA Election Process

January 29th, 2021

Over the past few months, the UWSA has been working to restructure our bylaws and policies to minimize the harm caused by our election process. To guide us through the process and figure out the best path forward, the UWSA Board of Directors have been working with an external consultant at Catalyst Research & Communications.

On October 15, 2020, we released a statement outlining some emerging conclusions, where we acknowledged the need to increase transparency, encourage safe and open discussions, and address racism and oppression. One of the ways that the UWSA committed to doing this is to restructure the elections process to make it safer for candidates and voters.

To ensure that the harm done during the 2020 General Election is not repeated, and work on creating an anti-oppressive election framework, the UWSA Board of Directors voted to postpone the 2021 General Elections from February-March, 2021 to March-April ,2021. This change shifts the nomination period, where candidates can apply to run for a director, senator, or regent position to March 1 – 11 and moves the voting period to March 29-31.

The UWSA has also restructured the role of the Chief Elections Commissioner and created two Elections Campaign Facilitator positions to increase accountability and support the elections better. Interested candidates can apply for both roles through the UWSA website by clicking here.

The UWSA will release some election reform proposals with new campaign rules, director roles, and a safer complaint process in the upcoming weeks.

While these are just the initial changes, creating structural change at the UWSA is a continually evolving and collaborative process. To facilitate this, a student feedback process will be available by February 12.

All UWinnipeg students are welcome to attend the UWSA Board of Directors Meeting on February 10, where the election reform proposal will be presented before final approval on February 24. To register and receive the Zoom meeting link, please email Administrative Assistant, Thomas Hanan, at t.hanan@theuwsa.ca by 4:30 PM using your UWinnipeg webmail address and your Student ID Number.

In solidarity,
The University of Winnipeg Students’ Association

Health Plan Opt-Out/Change Deadline January 19, 2021

January 13th, 2021

Tuesday, January 19 2021 is the final day to Opt-Out/Change from the UWSA Green Shield Health Plan for students that have started their first term of 2020/21 in the Winter Term.

Click here to Opt-Out before January 19, 2021. Coverage is mandatory for International students studying for over six months.

Opt-In/Opt-Change Form 2020-21:  Use this fillable PDF form to opt-in or change your plan type and submit it to optchange@theuwsa.ca.

For more information, contact Emmanuel Iwuoha at health@theuwsa.ca or visit theuwsa.ca/healthplan

Snowed In 2021

December 24th, 2020

Join us for Snowed In, our annual winter welcome back event in January where we come together to celebrate the start of the Winter Term! Jan 6-8, 2021
All-day, All online!

Join us for some frosty funs this year with:

🎁 Snowed IN-STAGRAM Giveaway!
🎨 Cozy Crafts w/ Arts Junktion
🤸Intro to Hip Hop w/ Studio 393
Mentally, I Am Here w/UW Wellness
🧩 Stay Home, Stay Cool: Snowed
Know your Directors: Aprés Ski!
🎬 Last Holiday! Snowed In Netflix Party
🎉 Snow Ball: Snowed In Virtual After Party w/ Lucky Sharms, Shael, and Boogey The Beat

Schedule and registration at theuwsa.ca/snowedin/

All programming is FREE for students and community members but students may need to pre-register for some events.

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @theuwsa for updates!

Questions? Reach us at events@theuwsa.ca

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