Council Summary – May 17, 2023

Here are notes from the AMS Council meeting of May 17, 2023:

New Committees! Council spent three hours filling its committees, from Finance to Governance and Operations to Advocacy, not to mention Human Resources and Student Life.  It also filled the new Executive Performance and Accountability Committee (EPA) and named representatives to sit on the University’s Ombuds Advisory Committee and the AMS/GSS Health & Dental Plan Committee.

Chairs! Council also named chairs for the committees.  They are:

Advocacy Committee: Kamil Kanji

Operations Committee: Ian Caguiat

Finance Committee: Lawrence Liu

HR Committee: Lawrence Liu

Governance Committee: Ayesha Irfan

Student Life Committee: Karisma Jutla

Students at Large: President Esmé Decker noted the high number of students at large applying to sit on committees (81), and Koda Tootoosis, the Indigenous representative, asked if there would be other opportunities for those who did not get appointed.  It would be good to honour their passion, said the President.

PC1 and PC2: President Decker said work is being done on the policies on sexualized violence and respectful community.  In response to a question from Arts Councillor Anna Shubina, she said the work includes checking out similar policies at other postsecondary institutions and also listening closely to voices at UBC who have expressed concerns.

BC Budget: VP External Tina Tong said the AMS submission to the BC budget process has been drafted and will call for more student financial aid, more funding for sexualized violence prevention, and more funding for food security.

Food Bank: Kathleen Simpson, the Senior Manager of Student Services, said usage at the Food Bank has dropped, which will relieve the strain on the Food Bank team.

Acronyms: After a serious meeting filling committees, the AMS Archivist injected some humour into the proceedings by talking of past committees named Unecorn, ABBA, Robocom, and LSD.

Next meeting:

The next regular Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 31 in the Michael Kingsmill Forum in the Nest at 6 pm. 

Sheldon Goldfarb

Archivist & Clerk of Council

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