Your AMS top 10 achievements in 2019
After the last day of classes and once the exams are done, the campus is mostly empty! With just a few of us holding the fort here, it’s time to reflect and think back to all the great things the AMS has brought to you this year. These are our top 10 achievements of 2019.
1. Sexual Violence and Anti-discrimination policy (SVPREP)
In September, the AMS council approved the Sexual Violence Prevention and Respectful Community and Workplace Policy. This will apply to all AMS staff and student members across UBC. Read the full policy here.
2. More funding for SASC, Indigenous Student Fund and U-pass renewal
In March, you agreed to continue your support for the Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC), to create an Indigenous Student Fund and to extend the U-Pass program for another 5 years.
Plus, you put two questions forward to establish a thrift shop and to re-structure the campus culture and performance. They both passed the referendum. Well done UBC!
3. The Norm Theatre re-opened
This well-loved space reopened last month after being closed for three years for a revamp. Read more about it here.
4. A renovated Clubs Resource Centre opened
Planted between Iwana Taco and the Pit in The Nest, this space is here for you to hang out with friends, get some work done or take a nap. The whole space was renovated to make it more accessible and modern.
5. Interest-free student loans
In early 2019, the BC Government announced the elimination of interest for all current and future student loans.
This is the result of years and years of student advocacy and campaigning for the provincial government to recognize the financial difficulties of students in higher education.
6. Divesting from fossil fuels
Last year, we committed to being fossil fuel-free and we shifted our investments. We are also working closely with the university to divest from fossil fuels.
7. We put up a Lennon Wall
Installed on the first floor of the Nest, it quickly filled up with notes about the events that took place in Hong Kong.
8. Zero Waste Campaign
Plans and policies to implement a zero-waste campaign across campus were finalized. Starting in January 2020, all food outlets will reduce their disposable-cups usage.
9. Textbook Broke campaign
This year, we focused our campaign on pushing for alternatives to expensive textbooks. The development of open educational resources will help to reduce the cost of textbooks.
10. The 30th anniversary of Tiananmen Square
We organized a ceremony at the Goddess of Democracy statue, which was restored for the occasion, to mark the 30th anniversary of the events of Tiananmen Square.
None of this would have been possible without your support and hard work. So, a big thank you to all of you!