YUBSA has implemented a new working group initiative and will be taking applications for volunteer “working groups” on a wide range of environmental and social justice issues.
WHAT IS A WORKING GROUP?
Working groups are a central aspect of YUBSA. They are made up of students and community volunteers who organize around specific issues relating to the environment and social change. YUBSA engages students interested in critiquing, researching and acting on pressing social/environmental issues. YUBSA is committed to change at York University but we ALSO envision larger community interaction. We want to blend student organizing with grassroots activism to ensure broad social and environmental change.
At the moment, working Groups do not receive base funding from the YUBSA office, but will be provided ongoing support and training.
Working Groups use a consensus decision making model to ensure equal access to power within groups, and are expected to take an anti-oppression workshop, offered for free each term.
HOW DO I START A WORKING GROUP?
YUBSA accepts applications for Working Groups in the spring and again for the start of the winter term. Applications are reviewed by our Board who meet with applicants to ask questions about the proposal before deciding which groups will be accepted. You can apply through here.
Start by reading the YUBSA WORKING GROUP POLICY.
Fill our our online application. (Please read the working group policy before applying.)
You will meet with our Board for an interview, after which the Board will approve or deny your proposed group
Deadline for 2015-16 FIRST TERM START UP applications – 12pm noon, Thursday, July 24th, 2015
WORKING GROUP ORIENTATION (for approved groups) TBD
CONSENSUS DECISION MAKING WORKSHOP: TBD
ANTI-OPPRESSION WORKSHOP: TBD
To find out more, please contact the YUBSA office in the Student Centre room 436, advocacy(at)yubsa(dot)com or view the events calendar, or apply for a working group!