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Thu August 9

CSU monitoring status of Saudi Arabian students

2018-08-09T16:33:40+00:00

The Capilano Students’ Union is closely monitoring the ongoing situation involving international students from Saudi Arabia. With news that the Saudi Arabian government is recalling their state-sponsored students enrolled in Canada, the CSU is aware of the difficulties that are faced by those students.

This is a tense situation for students who don’t know if they can complete the studies they’ve undertaken here. Our key message to our members is that we are looking into it and working with the university to ease the burden on these students.

The CSU’s elected executives have already met with the university executive to raise their concerns regarding Saudi Arabia’s announcement and plans are  in place to continue discussions to identify ways for the CSU to support our members during this challenging period of time.

Any students impacted by the ongoing political situation should call the Center for International Experience (CIE) at 604.990.7914 or email cie@capilanou.ca. The CIE will be able to assist with academic and immigration advising as well as refer students to Capilano’s counselling services should they wish to talk to someone about this.

Anna-Elaine Rempel, president
Capilano Students’ Union
president@csu.bc.ca

Harsha Sharma, international students liaison
Capilano Students’ Union
international@csu.bc.ca

CSU monitoring status of Saudi Arabian students2018-08-09T16:33:40+00:00
Tue July 17

BOARD SHORTS: June 8, 2018

2018-07-17T15:57:17+00:00

Here are the highlights from the June 8 meeting of the CSU board of directors.

The board selected a new president through secret ballot and Anna Rempel is the CSU president 2018-2019. Joey Sidhu was selected to be the Alliance of BC Students Representative and Anna Rempel as the alternate. Vanessa Lewis was selected to sit on the Director of Continuing Studies & Executive Education Search Committee and acting Dean of Arts and Sciences search committees

The board has been discussing the smoke-free campus policy and will continue the discussion to next board meeting.

To read the full set of June 8 board minutes, please visit the CSU website. The next board meeting is scheduled for June 15, in Birch 126.

BOARD SHORTS: June 8, 20182018-07-17T15:57:17+00:00
Tue July 17

BOARD SHORTS: May 4, 2018

2018-07-17T15:54:08+00:00

Here are the highlights from the May 4 meeting of the CSU board of directors.

The board approved in principle a collective agreement with the CSU’s staff, represented by Canadian Union of Public Employees, local 1004.They also released $4,740 for up to six delegates and the CSU’s vice-president external and accessibility justice coordinator to attend the Alliance of BC Students skills and training conference. The board also decided to send four delegates to a Canadian Society and Executives (CSAE) MLA Networking event in Victoria. Finally, the also opted to send the CSU’s incoming vice-president finance and services and one board member to the Studentcare stakeholder meeting.

 

To read the full set of May 4 board minutes, please visit the CSU website. The next board meeting is scheduled for May 25 in Birch 126.

BOARD SHORTS: May 4, 20182018-07-17T15:54:08+00:00
Tue July 17

BOARD SHORTS: February 23, 2018

2018-07-17T15:49:08+00:00

Here are the highlights from the February 23 meeting of the CSU board of directors.

The board passed several important motions at the meeting including the recommendation of Capilano Courier Referendum question to be added to the Spring 2018 referendum to the board and to direct the Executive Director  to cause an audit to be performed on Capilano University policies, practices, and physical facilities, in consultation with the Queer Students Liaison, in support of trans, two-spirit, and gender non-conforming people.

The board also passed a motion to make changes with how the Social Justice Committee will be composed. The changes include: all inclusive liaisons and the vice president of equity and sustainability will be part of that committee instead of having 2 members at large and 2 members from the board.

Questions raised about the Yes! Campaign, Consent campaign, Semi-annual general meeting, BOG/Senate nominations and Board self-evaluation.

To read the full set of February 23 board minutes, please visit the CSU website. The next board meeting is scheduled for March 9, in Birch 126.

BOARD SHORTS: February 23, 20182018-07-17T15:49:08+00:00
Tue February 13

CSU applauds on-campus housing in throne speech

2018-02-15T10:58:19+00:00

NORTH VANCOUVER – February 13, 2018 – The Capilano Students’ Union would like to thank the provincial government for including on-campus student housing in today’s throne speech. Post-secondary institutions have been unable to build on-campus housing for the past 10 years, forcing students to compete for limited rental housing available in Metro Vancouver.

“Everyone has been impacted by the housing crisis, including post-secondary students,” said Noah Berson, the CSU’s vice-president external. “Moving students on campus and out of market rental will benefit everyone and help make universities a better place.”

There are a range of benefits to on-campus student housing, including reducing traffic congestion in the region by decreasing the number of students that have to drive or transit over the Second Narrows Bridge to get to Capilano or drive through the heavily congested North Shore. Student housing will reduce the number of students competing for the rental market, where they are often competing for the low end of the market. Student housing will also ensure that there are more suites available for rent by those who need them most. Universities and colleges will become more vibrant education hubs with a major expansion in student life.

The CSU supports initiatives that improve access to education, and affordable on-campus housing is a key component in accessibility. “Students that are able to live on campus will save both money on housing and time spent commuting, allowing them to focus on their studies. This is a big win for accessibility,” concluded Berson.


Spokesperson:

Noah Berson, vice-president external
Capilano Students’ Union
e vpexternal@csu.bc.ca
p 604.831.1159

CSU applauds on-campus housing in throne speech2018-02-15T10:58:19+00:00
Wed February 7

Capilano Students’ Union recognized as a living wage employer

2018-02-07T11:45:43+00:00

NORTH VANCOUVER – February 7, 2018 – The Capilano Students’ Union (CSU) has been recognized by the Living Wage for Families Campaign as a living wage employer. This means that the CSU has committed to ensuring that its direct and contracted workers receive a combined wages and benefits package that totals at least the living wage for our region; for Metro Vancouver, this is calculated to be about $20.62 per hour.

The CSU’s board of directors recently approved a living wage policy, making it organizational policy to pay all direct and contract workers a living wage for their work, and determining that the CSU should be a public advocate for ensuring that all workers receiving a living wage.

“The CSU’s continued advancements in providing services, events, and advocacy for our members would not be possible without the work of our professional and dedicated team of staff,” says Christopher Girodat, executive director of the student union. “Our staff team, student and non-student team members alike, works hard everyday to support students; I appreciate this formal recognition that we are committed to supporting them in return.”

According to Perry Safari, president of the student union, paying a living wage is also about leading by example for other employers. “We know first-hand the barriers that our members face when navigating through post-secondary education,” says Safari. “When employers pay a living wage, including to student and part-time workers, it helps to reduce student debt, and reduces barriers to accessing post-secondary education.”Click edit button to change this text.

Spokesperson:
Perry Safari, president
Capilano Students’ Union
e president@csu.bc.ca t (604) 910-5963

Background:
Christopher Girodat, executive director
Capilano Students’ Union
e cgirodat@csu.bc.ca t (604) 990-7965

Capilano Students’ Union recognized as a living wage employer2018-02-07T11:45:43+00:00
Mon December 18

BOARD SHORTS: December 1, 2017

2017-12-18T15:56:24+00:00

Here are the highlights from the December 1 meeting of the CSU board of directors.

There was a presentation on the university’s plan of events for Capilano University’s 50th anniversary which will run from September 2018 to June 2019. There will be a focus on involving Capilano alumni and current students into the celebrations.

Andrew Willis, the CSU’s vice-president academic, informed the board on the concerns of students who live at the university’s residence. The board is looking to aid those concerns through a residence relationship committee.

The board approved contributing $750 to the student society emergency aid fund, which is a bursary matched by the provincial government for unexpected costs. The board also released $4,365 for the let’s get consensual campaign. Several board members also volunteered to attend a training workshop for the campaign.  

To read the full set of December 1 board minutes, please visit the CSU website. The next board meeting is scheduled for December 15, in Birch 126.

BOARD SHORTS: December 1, 20172017-12-18T15:56:24+00:00
Mon December 18

BOARD SHORTS: December 15, 2017

2017-12-18T16:10:16+00:00

Here are the highlights from the December 15 meeting of the CSU board of directors.

Paul Dangerfield, Capilano University president, gave a presentation to the board on his perspective of the university and its future. Providing students with an “experience second to none” was a focal point of the presentation.

The board shifted funding from capital expenditures to events within the intramurals and recreation fund.  

Plans annual Rail Jam event were presented to the board. Plans included a partnership with Blueprint Events, and further included plans for a DJ booth and beer garden. Board members raised concerns surrounding event costs and exclusivity and ultimately decided to simplify the event in order to increase accessibility. The recreation portion of the event was approved and the CSU’s vice-president student life was asked to revise plans for the social side of the event, to be decided at the first board meeting in January.

To read the full set of December 15 board minutes, please visit the CSU website. The next board meeting is scheduled for January 12, in Birch 126.

 

BOARD SHORTS: December 15, 20172017-12-18T16:10:16+00:00
Fri November 17

BOARD SHORTS: November 17, 2017

2017-12-12T15:41:44+00:00

Here are the highlights from the November 17 meeting of the CSU board of directors.

The university is in the process of creating a Campus Master Plan. This is a plan that pans until 2030, and encompasses the main structures, but not defining what is set inside the buildings. At phase 1 of dialogue, the CSU is in the works of ensuring a stand alone space for the CSU be included with the research of the Campus Master Plan

The board nominated several members to fill in vacancies for standing committees. A budget of $15,000 has been approved to go towards the 2018 Annual Retreat, being held May 14-16th, 2018.

To read the full set of November 17 board minutes, please visit the CSU website. The next board meeting is scheduled for December 1, in Birch 126.

BOARD SHORTS: November 17, 20172017-12-12T15:41:44+00:00
Fri November 3

BOARD SHORTS: November 3, 2017

2017-12-12T15:40:23+00:00

Here are the highlights from the November 3 meeting of the CSU board of directors.

VP Academic, Andrew Willis, conducted a survey reporting on any issues or concerns students were facing regarding student housing. After spending four days and nights going door to door, Willis recommends that the Residence Relationship Committee be reinstated with five board members and two student at large living on residence. This motion has been carried with the number of board members being reduced to three, along with the VP Academic, and 3 students at large.

The board has approved Massage therapy planning tool for $1900; Studentcare will be sponsoring $900 for the event.

To read the full set of November 3 board minutes, please visit the CSU website. The next board meeting is scheduled for November 17, in Birch 126.

BOARD SHORTS: November 3, 20172017-12-12T15:40:23+00:00