As the BUSAC March elections approach, students may be wondering what BUSAC is and what BUSAC student representatives do after they’re elected.
BUSAC (Brock University Students’ Administrative Council) is an elected administrative body consisting of current Brock students who are voted in by the student population.
BUSAC mainly consists of councillors for every faculty as well as at-large councillors who represent the entire student body.
After being voted into BUSAC by students or acclaimed by current representation, councillors represent the students by attending bi-weekly meetings, held on the 13th floor of the Schmon Tower every other Tuesday, and often make tough decisions that represent the needs and concerns of the student body.
Councillors will also be responsible for: enacting, amending and rescinding bylaws and other legislation of the corporation, providing political direction and external priorities for the organization, reviewing and approving capital expenditures, club expenditure requests, and audited financial statements, setting election, referendum, and general meeting dates and reviewing the approved budget as passed by the Board of Directors.
“Next year will be my fourth year as the representative of Humanities on BUSAC,” said BUSAC councillor Geoffrey Verrier. “As a BUSAC councillor, I am the voice of the students to BUSU. Being a faculty specific councillor, I am the voice which communicates all of the concerns of my faculty to BUSU.”
Students running for positions do not need to have any previous experience in a political setting, but BUSU has stated that they are looking for student representatives that will have the passion and determination to represent the Brock population during the school year they are elected or acclaimed.
“Individuals involved in BUSAC are regularly involved in leadership, critical thinking, and public speaking, said Istafa Sufi, the current BUSAC Speaker.
For many BUSAC councillors, the position is also an opportunity to learn more about the inner workings of BUSU as an organization More so, many BUSAC councillors go on to bigger positions such as becoming Board of Directors or executive members because they become well known around the school, which gives them a better chance when it comes to election time.
All in all, when you’re choosing who should represent you on BUSAC in the upcoming elections, make sure you pick wisely. BUSAC councillors may not hold a lot of power individually, but together BUSAC councillors have a lot of say in terms of your student experience.