It’s been four years since BMS launched in September 2015. Since then, the program has graduated its first class while undergoing multiple leadership and structural changes.
Julia Burnham was elected AMS VP Academic and University Affairs on Friday night.
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The current Senate student caucus co-chair is running for AMS VP Academic and University Affairs (VPAUA) on a platform he dubs his ‘ABCs’: accessible academics, better mental health and sexual violence support, and collaborative advocacy.
Burnham’s platform includes supporting the Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC), pushing UBC to divest and informing students on advocacy.
The third-year arts student wants to restructure the VPAUA’s approach to advocacy, push for affordability and better mental health support.
After a tepid start, the candidates did their best to separate themselves from their opponents, with mixed results.
On Tuesday, the VP Academic and University Affairs (VPAUA) candidates gathered for the first of two debates for the 2019 AMS elections. Mental health, student engagement and advocacy were among the hot topics of the night for hopefuls Julia Burnham, Vandita Kumar and Nick Pang.
For Blair, landscape painting is more than a hobby. It’s a passion equal to his love of geography and it impacts his approach towards teaching and research.
Another of Hamid’s executive goals was to create a centralized space for feedback on AMS services — but nothing has materialized so far.
“I think we’ve been able to make a lot of changes to start to counteract this because obviously this isn't a problem that kind of just appeared out of thin air.”
Older buildings, like the 67-year-old War Memorial gym, weren’t designed with accessibility in mind — it wasn’t until the 1970s that disability rights advocates helped usher in province-wide regulations.
Between rows of rolling walls in the basement of the Nest are 71 works of art by some of the most celebrated Canadian artists in history. This is the AMS permanent collection and it’s been around since the 1950s.
UBCFA Contract Faculty Committee Chair Sarika Bose said sessional faculty are treated as a “second tier of professors,” whose precarious employment status and low wages impacts every area of their lives.
"What we’re trying to do is recruit from French immersion graduates here in BC, to grow our own population of French language teachers here and to work closely with faculties of arts and language departments,” she said.