Council Meeting Summary, May 30, 2018

Here are notes from the regular AMS Council meeting of May 30, 2018:

New/Old Speaker: Council appointed Abdul Alnaar, a former Speaker of Council, to be Speaker again.

Land acknowledgement and Indigenous issues: Student at Large Rodney Little Mustache said Council’s land acknowledgement should be done earlier in the meeting.  He also spoke about a letter he had written on Indigenous issues and about the lack of food at a meeting of the Indigenous Advisory Group.

AMS President Marium Hamid apologized for the delay in responding to the letter.

VP Academic & University Affairs Max Holmes apologized for the lack of food at the Indigenous Advisory Group meeting.

Academic Experience Survey: VP Academic & University Affairs Max Holmes reported on the survey’s findings on food and housing insecurity, sexual assault, and discrimination, saying:

One-fifth of respondents report they face food insecurity on a monthly basis.

Housing affordability is affecting grad students more and is an issue to advocate on.

One-tenth of respondents said they had experienced sexual assault or misconduct while at UBC.

Non-Caucasian respondents report more discrimination than Caucasians, international students more than domestic students, women more than men, LGBTQ more than non-LGBTQ, and older students more than younger.

Executive Goals: Council agreed to postpone consideration of the Executive’s goals and directed the Governance Committee to look into the timeline for the goals as well as other issues surrounding the policy on Executive goals.

Preliminary Budget: Council asked about the increase in Events Department spending and other issues, then approved the AMS’s preliminary budget.

POS software: Council approved the allocation of $156,808 from the Capital Projects Fund to pay for a new point of sale (POS) software system to handle sales in the AMS outlets.

Appointments: Council filled vacancies for students at large on five of its committees.

Tonality: Council discussed how to be more welcoming.

Website: Board of Governors rep Jeanie Malone asked about updating the website, saying some of its content is out of date.

New AMS Policy Advisor: Jason Tockman was introduced to Council.

Other new hires: Council was told that two former senior manager positions (for Student Services and for Finance) are being brought back.

Minimum wage increase: Council approved a new hourly wage structure in response to the increase in the minimum wage.

Detainment of former student: Council approved a statement on the detainment of former UBC student Loujain Al-Hathloul in Saudi Arabia.

Next meeting:  
The next regular Council meeting will be at 6 pm on June 20, 2018 in the Michael Kingsmill Forum on the fourth floor of the Nest.


Sheldon Goldfarb

Archivist & Clerk of Council