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Saturday, January 31 • 11:45am - 12:30pm
B1 Micro-Sessions: The Importance of Student Voice - Bringing student trustees to the Edmonton Public School Board / Running for Election as an MLA - What is Required? / Are Student Unions Still Relevant? LIMITED

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The Importance of Student Voice - Bringing student trustees to the Edmonton Public School Board
Claire Edwards

A year and a half ago I contacted the chair of the Edmonton Public School Board with an idea. I wanted to create a student voice framework within EPSB, a key feature being an elected Student Trustee, to give students more of a voice in their education. Student Trustees in Ontario have authored a mental health policy, eliminated bottled water in a school board, assisted policy makers in developing curriculum, made the collection of student fees more transparent, and more! Students are the products and consumers of education. As such, they understand how education can be improved to ensure their success. Our hope is that by empowering students as young as elementary school to see their schools as places they can co-create, they will create positive change for their fellow students and use those skills to be engaged citizens as adults. I am proud to say that a student trustee will be coming to EPSB this fall.

Running for Election as an MLA - What is Required?
Donna Wilson

Running for election - to be an MLA or another elected government representative - is an exhilarating and rewarding experience. I would like to outline why I ran in the recent by-election and more generally what it takes to run in an election for public office. This presentation is designed to encourage students to assist in an electoral process to learn first hand what occurs in this race. This presentation is also designed to encourage and enable students to run now or in the future for public office. Students will be assisted to recognize their potential for leadership and also what can be done to help them develop the skills and knowledge for effective leadership. Another major focus of this presentation is the need for and importance of good government - arguably the aim of all people who run for public office. The importance of the post-secondary sector for society as a whole and for good government will also be explored.   

Are Student Unions Still Relevant? 
Susan Cake 

A recent piece from The Frontier Centre for Public Policy questions whether or not student unions are still relevant to student life. Citing legislative changes in both Australia and New Zealand the article advocates for the equivalent of right-to-work legislation for student unions. This presentation will engage with arguments for and against student unions. Relevant academic literature points to the foundational experiences of collective organizing that can take place in student politics as influential long after students graduate. The Post-Secondary system has the goal to educate but also provide an all-around learning experience, students unions play a vital role in this goal. 

Saturday January 31, 2015 11:45am - 12:30pm
CCIS L2 190 University of Alberta

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