Tag: Sukhi Brar
After months of planning, the members of the committee to develop UFV’s sexual violence and misconduct policy have been determined. The committee, officially called the Sexualized Violence Policy Advisory Team, will work to create a sexual violence and misconduct policy, as mandated by Bill 23, the province’s Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act.
It seems as if every September comes with new changes at UFV, and this time, it’s the Canoe. The Canoe, UFV’s campus restaurant run by the Student Union Society (SUS) has been revamped to be cafeteria-style, differing from its previous restaurant format.
It’s been more than a month since the Student Union Society (SUS) announced their decision to open pride and women’s centres on campus, and now with the new semester getting started, so are the plans for the centres. Although they won’t be open to students for at least the remainder of the semester, SUS is currently asking the student body for feedback on what they’d like to see included in each of the centres.
Following the recent passing of Bill 23, the provincial government’s Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act, all post-secondary institutions in B.C., including UFV, are required to create an official sexual violence and misconduct policy.
Anyone walking through the Student Union Building recently may have noticed the addition of over 50 flags belonging to various countries hanging from the ceiling of the building. The flags are the result of an initiative between former Student Union Society (SUS) president Thomas Davies and UFV International.
At their July board meeting on Monday, the Student Union Society (SUS) unanimously voted to designate two rooms in the Student Union Building (SUB) as a pride centre and a women’s centre.
“The next year is a new era for both SUS and The Cascade, both organizations under brand-new leadership. SUS president Sukhi Brar and Cascade editor-in-chief Vanessa Broadbent are both human beings I respect and trust on a personal level. On an organizational level, only time will tell if we can trust them to reverse the inertia of their organizations’ biases, for the benefit of their impressionable new employees and the information-hungry UFV student body.”
The confluence of international tragedy and events at UFV — beginning with the removal of a pride flag hung following the Orlando Pulse shooting of two weeks ago — has opened up questions of how to mend relations between UFV’s Pride Collective group and the Student Union Society, which have grown increasingly strained over the past year.
The new Student Union Society president on surviving sexual vio-lence, where to find help, and what needs to happen next.