Student GovernmentWant to find out a bit about what we REALLY do at the USC?
“To enhance the educational experience and quality of life for all undergraduates at Western University.”
“Students have the power to change the world.”
To accomplish this mission, the USC functions in three main ways:
As a advocacy group: Student council members advocate to the university administration, local groups, political bodies (on all levels of Canadian government) and police to get the best deal for students and make sure their voice is being heard.
As a service provider: The USC maintains a variety of commercial operations to provide quality service to students. This includes two campus restaurants, a movie theatre, a clothing store, a bike shop, a printing shop and more. The USC also facilitates the student health, dental and buss pass plans. These initiatives, combined with the many events (such as concerts, speakers and festivals) make up most of the organization’s budget.
As a student leadership developer: The USC offers hundreds of paid and volunteer positions for students at Western. These can include internships with business managers, working closely with the student executive, and volunteering on one of the many programming or service files. The core of the USC will always be student leadership and decision-making.
Board of Directors
Broadly, the Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the corporate sides of the organization. They are assigned with approving Council’s yearly budget and assesing finacial risks or opportunities. Other important functions include developing strategic plans to assist the USC in fulfilling their obligations to undergraduate students, as well as participating in the development of the USC’s organizational plan and annual review. Learn More
A councillor is an undergraduate student who is elected by peers to represent their interests on the council floor. These students come from all the undergradtae faculities and professional schools, and are responsible for understanding the business of council – suggesting changes to policies or initiatives as they see fit. Learn More
Members of the Executive Council are charged with overseeing the affairs of the organization, along with supervising the Coordinators and Commissioners that run the programs within their portfolios. The undergraduate students elect the President and Vice-President of the Executive Council each February, while the other Executive Officers are chosen through different means. They serve a 13 month term in office from May to the following June, with May acting as a transitional month for the incoming Executive.