November 3, 2020

The SFSS board of directors had a very engaging month of October. The board met on the 2nd of October for the biweekly meeting, where we approved the agenda for the SFSS 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM). We also passed the motion for the SFSS Faculty Representatives to distribute the Open Educational Resources (OER) faculty survey to their respective Deans and faculties. The second board meeting included discussions regarding Black & Indigenous advocacy. SFU Sustainability Office presented the SFU 2025 Strategic Sustainability Plan, which included three main goals:

• Goal 1: University services innovation where SFU will develop and apply innovations in climate change mitigation operational decisions.

• Goal 2: SFU will mobilize teams of researchers, instructors, students, staff, and community members to identify, test, and pilot solutions to climate change at and beyond the university’s geographic boundaries.

• Goal 3: SFU will provide opportunities for staff, faculty, students, alumni, and external community members to be literate in the causes and impacts of climate change.

The third board meeting of the month included presentations from Ban the Bottle SFU and Student Marketing Association. SFSS At-large Representative Balqees Jama gave an update on the Bipoc Committee. SFU President Joy Johnson and Vice-Provost and Associate VicePresident Rummana Khan attended the last committee meeting. Joy Johnson will release a public statement to address the harm caused by the SFU Athletics Team Name.

On October 26th, SFSS held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) via zoom. Over 600 students participated, and the majority of them raised their voices and supported all by-law proposals. The by-law proposals were passed, and the membership has officially condemned SFU for increasing tuition during the current pandemic. We would like to thank the SFSS council, SFSS staff, and every single student who attended the AGM and contributing to its huge success.

We would also like to wish everyone a very happy Halloween!

October Timeline:

SFSS Board Meeting [October 2nd]

SFSS Board Development Session [October 9th]

SFSS Board Meeting [October 16th]

SFSS Board Development Session [October 23rd]

SFSS Annual General Meeting 2020 [October 26th]

SFSS Board Meeting [October 30th]

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