About

The University Students’ Council (USC), University of Western Ontario (UWO), is a student-led organization that first and foremost exists to advocate for and represent undergraduate students at Western University. Since 1965, we have grown beyond an advocacy organization, becoming one of the largest student governments in Canada and one of the largest nonprofits in London. Each day, we work to support, improve and enhance your student experience, because we believe that students have the power to change the world.

The USC is a nonprofit organization incorporated under the Ontario Nonprofit Corporations Act. For more information check out the link below.

Executive Team

Zamir Fakirani

President

Your USC President is the spokesperson for the Western undergraduate student body. They consistently work to provide a more accessible, diverse, and enjoyable student experience for those attending Western and provide support to the other members of the Student Executive.

Eunice Oladejo

Vice President External Affairs

The VP External of the USC is your advocate to the decision-makers. They bring up the issues that students face on a day-to-day basis to all levels of government: municipally, provincially, and federally. The Vice President’s team works on crafting evidence-based policy recommendations that work in the best interest for students, which the Vice President then advocates on, alongside the President, to enact change.

Ziyana Kotadia

Vice President University Affairs

The VP University Affairs shares much of the same reponsibilities as the VP Internal, execpt her focus in on the way students interact with the University. 

Maddie Osborne

Vice President Student Support and Programming

The VP Student Support and Programming is responsible for managing all of the student-run services and programs that contribute to your Western experience. They are your resource for all things student engagement as they work to support and inspire all students taking on their own leadership positions in the community.

Nathan Szierer

Vice President Governance and Finance

The VP Governance and Finance is here to demystify the financial and corporate world of the USC and make sure you’re well informed about the decisions being made. Their number one goal is transparency and they are constantly working to ensure all members of your Students’ Council are acting in line with the USC’s policies to serve the student population.

Callista Ryan 

Vice President Communications and Public Affairs

In the growing digital world we live in, the VP Communications and Public Affairs ensures that the USC’s message and initiatives are being heard loud and clear by all students on campus. They coordinate important public relations campaigns, interviews, and off-campus media coverage so that you’re always in the know about what’s going on at Western.

Advocacy

University Affairs

The Vice-President and their team is responsible for guiding the advocacy policy making process, the information gathering, and advocating on behalf of students regarding issues within the university. The priorities for the year are brought forward by the Executive Team, the Advocacy Standing Committee, and the Council. In working with the university administration, as well as campus groups and stakeholders, the Vice-President strives to meet the needs of our students and helps to provide them with a higher quality undergraduate experience at Western University. The USC believes their priorities reflect the betterment of students, however, input and communication is welcome regarding these advocacy priorities and affairs

Multi-Year Accessibility Plan (.pdf)

  • This 2014-21 accessibility plan outlines the policies and actions that the University Students’ Council will put in place and maintain to improve opportunities for people with disabilities.

Ancillary Fees (.pdf)

  • A standing policy of the USC advocating for student controls on ancillary fees and the nature and affordability of such fees.
  • Original Ancillary Fees “Purple Paper”, published in 2012.

Mental Health at Western University (.pdf)

  • This policy outlines the recommendations to improve student mental health at Western.
  • Approved by Council in February 2021. For review in 2023/24.

COVID-19 Mental Health Policy Paper (.pdf)

  • This policy outlines the recommendations to improve student mental health at Western in light of COVID 19.
  • Approved by Council in February 2021. For review in February 2022.

Pedestrian Safety (.pdf)

  • This policy outlines the recommendations to improve pedestrian safety both at Western and in the City of London.
  • Approved by Council in February 2017. For review in 2021/22.

Student Employment (.pdf)

  • For the USC, student employment should be a top priority because of the benefits it adds to the lives of students.
  • Approved by Council in February 2018. For review in 2020/21.
Student Financial Aid (.pdf)
  • This student financial aid policy paper was written at the request of the 2020-2021 Students’ Council. This paper is intended to give comprehensive recommendations about post-secondary student financial aid for Western University, Government of Ontario and the Government of Canada.
  • Approved by Council in January 2021. For review in 2022/23.

Student Transit in London (.pdf)

  • This policy outlines the recommendations to improve transportation within the City of London.
  • Approved by Council in February 2017. For review in 2020/21.

Early Outreach (.pdf)

  • A standing policy of the USC advocating for the continued growth and support of early outreach programming at Western and in the London community.

Experiential Learning Policy Paper (.pdf)

  • A standing policy of the USC intended to give comprehensive recommendations about post-secondary experiential learning for Western University and the Government of Ontario.
  • Passed by Council in February 2021. For review in 2023/34.

Open Educational Resources  (.pdf)

  • A standing policy of the USC advocating for the creation and implementation of an open educational resource pilot project.
  • Approved by Council in March 2016. For review in 2022/23.

Performance Based Funding  (.pdf)

  • PBF is a system whereby a portion of an institution’s funding allocation is contingent on meeting specific performance metrics.

Purple Paper: Fair Trade Western (.pdf)

  • A standing policy of the USC advocating for the visibility and availability of Fair Trade Certified products on Western’s campus.

Teaching Stream Tenured Faculty (.pdf)

  • A standing policy of the USC advocating for the implementation of teaching-focused faculty within the University and a greater emphasis of teaching as a responsibility of faculty.
  • Approved by Council in March 2016.  For review in 2022/23.

Tuition Based Funding (.pdf)

  • This paper is intended to give comprehensive recommendations about post-secondary student tuition for Western University and the Government of Ontario.
  • Approved by Council in February 2021. For review in 2023/24.

Womxn’s Policy Paper (.pdf)

  • This policy outlines recommendations to improve the safety of Womxn on Western’s campus

Governance

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Students have the power to change the world.”

USC Mission Statement

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