The following is a letter to Western University from the USC.
Dear Dr. Prichard, Mrs. Logan and Mr. Chelladurai,
On behalf of the University Students’ Council at Western University and the 35,000 undergraduate and professional students we represent, we write to share our thoughts on the priorities for next year’s university budget.
The USC was pleased to see that the 2021/2022 budget included investments in EDI, Sustainability and Student Financial Aid. We firmly believe that the university’s work in these areas should continue, and would like to see the university build on advancing student-facing priorities by considering further investments in Racial Equity, Gender Equity, Sustainability, and Work-Integrated Learning.
In the 2022/2023 budget, we urge you to address challenges that have been consistently identified as important to the student body: the distribution of free menstrual products on campus, investments in anti-racist equity, diversity and inclusion work, the development of robust work-integrated learning opportunities, and the prioritization of sustainable initiatives.
We believe these priorities, put forward by students, align with the goals of Western University as outlined in Towards Western at 150: Western University Strategic Plan, where investments in work-integrated learning, creating a more equitable and inclusive Western, advancing sustainable initiatives, and enriching the student experience all feature in the plan.
The USC is committed to the success and wellbeing of the undergraduate and professional population, the creation of new opportunities for our students, and the dismantlement of barriers preventing the leaders of tomorrow from reaching their full potential. We appreciate your leadership and welcome the opportunity to discuss these ideas with you, in the context of the
2022/2023 university budget, at your earliest opportunity.
Vice-President University Affairs