Who is OUSA? The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) represents over 150,000 professional and undergraduate, full-time and part-time university students at eight student associations across Ontario. As a member of OUSA, TDSA advocates to improve the accessibility, affordability, accountability and quality of an undergraduate education in Ontario. TDSA, in collaboration with seven membership universities, assists in conducting research to identify issues within the post-secondary education sector and throughout the year, TDSA will be involved in developing credible and constructive policy to address these challenges. Aside from research and policy, TDSA and OUSA lobby the provincial government to address inequalities within undergraduate education policy, while organizing campaigns to effectively articulate the needs and interests of undergraduate students and assist in communicating research and policy to both educate and affect the opinions of all stakeholders. Finally, we work to build partnerships in the post-secondary education realm to accomplish an accessible, affordable and high-quality education for undergraduate students across Ontario. What can you do? There are many opportunities for students at Trent University Durham to become involved with OUSA and support the advocacy aimed to serve undergraduate students in Ontario.
GENERAL ASSEMBLY DELEGATE OUSA is a two-level representative structure. The first level is the Steering Committee, which is composed of annually-elected student leaders, one from each member institution. Each school has one vote at this level. TDSA's Steering Committee member is represented by the Vice President of University Affairs. The second level is the General Assembly , which is a larger body that meets at least twice a year. At General Assembly meetings, each member institution has one vote from the Steering Committee, one vote from the President and one additional vote for every three thousand students it represents. TDSA currently has 2 votes.
OUSA's first General Assembly takes place in the fall (usually in October) and the second General Assembly takes place during the spring (usually in March). This provides students from its member campuses the opportunity to approve policy and to set direction for future policy and research initiatives. General Assemblies are held at member campuses, as determined by Steering Committee members. Click here for a description of OUSA’s policy development.
If you would like to be a delegate at the next OUSA General Assembly or have any other questions about OUSA's General Assemblies, please contact the Vice President of University Affairs.
WRITE FOR OUSA OUSA publishes regular blog posts, a monthly newsletter, and an annual magazine. OUSA is always looking for interested writers. To find out more about how to write forOUSA's blog or Educated Solutions, please contact the Vice President of University Affairs to learn more.
STEERING COMMITTEE 2020/2021
We respectfully acknowledge that we are on the treaty and traditional territory of the Mississauga Anishnaabeg. We offer our gratitude to the First Nations for their care for, and teachings about, our earth and our relations. May we honour those teachings.
OFFICE HOURS The TDSA Office is currently closed to the public due to COVID-19 precautions and construction but will be available September 10th. Staff and Executives are available via email and by curbside appointment in the interim.
ADDRESS Trent Durham Student Association 55 Thornton Road South - Room 118 Oshawa, Ontario L1J 5Y1