REGINA — From October 30 to November 3, the University of Regina Students Union (hereinafter referred to as URSU) is organizing Lobbying meetings while introducing the “Fund the Future: Accessible Post Secondary Education for All” advocacy document. This document comprehensively outlines our recommendations to the Government of Saskatchewan, addressing critical areas within the post-secondary education landscape.
The members of the URSU Executive and student delegates from the University of Regina are meeting with Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs) to advocate for our key priorities, which include student debt, scholarships, international students, mental health services, sexual violence support, and food insecurity.
“The goal of Lobby Week is to bridge the gap between students and change-makers, igniting urgent conversations to build a brighter future for post-secondary education in Saskatchewan,” says Tejas Patel, President of URSU. “We continue to engage with stakeholders during Lobby Week to address the critical issues students face in post-secondary education. In these challenging times, their voices must be heard across the province.”
This year, the URSU is bringing key recommendations that are integral in making postsecondary education accessible in Saskatchewan. These recommendations include eliminating interest on student loans, extending the grace period for repayment of loans, creating scholarships for indigenous, international, and graduate students, urging the government to support efforts in fighting food insecurity, addressing mental health needs on university campuses, and adopt an accountability framework requiring universities to review and update sexual violence policies.
“This document is a visual representation of months of consultation from students and our board members who have dedicated their time to serving student needs. Investing in Post-secondary Education and making it accessible is vital to the sustainable future, economic growth, and transformation of our province.” Says Oghenerukevwe Erifeta, VP External at URSU. We seek the continued support of our stakeholders as we advocate for student needs, further breaking the barriers to an accessible, affordable, inclusive, and quality postsecondary education in Saskatchewan.
Learn more by reading the full report found here.
The University of Regina Students Union represents over 15,000 college, undergraduate, and graduate students studying at the University of Regina
For more information:
Tejas Patel, President, University of Regina Students Association, email@example.com, 306-586-8811