We ensure that full-time and part-time undergraduate students have access to the full range of programs, services, and resources at the University of Toronto Mississauga Campus needed in order to improve the quality of their undergraduate educational experience. We endeavour to ensure that the rights of all part-time students are respected, by providing cost-saving services, organizing educational and social programs and events, and representing the voices of part-time undergraduate students across the University and to all levels of government.
We are fundamentally committed to the principle of access to education for all, meaning our top priority is working to remove barriers to help meet the academic and social needs of all undergraduate students.
As members of the University of Toronto Mississauga Students’ Union, mutual respect, cooperation and understanding are our goals. We shall neither condone nor tolerate behaviour that undermines the dignity or self-esteem of any individual or create an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.
It is our collective responsibility to create a space that is inclusive and welcomes discussion and participation. Any form of discrimination and harassment will not be tolerated. Hate speech rooted in, but not limited to, anti-Muslim, anti-Semitic, racist, classist, ableist, homophobic, sexist, or transphobic sentiments and/or remarks will also not be tolerated. We all have an obligation to ensure that an open and inclusive space, free of hate, is established.
Acknowledgement of Land
We can never work to end systematic and institutional violence if we do not center the narratives of Indigenous folks in our collective decision-making for social justice and equity. As settlers in Turtle Island, we directly benefit from the colonization and genocide of the Indigenous people of this land. Therefore, it is incumbent on all of us to engage in resistance, solidarity, and decolonization. A preliminary step in that process is acknowledging the land on which we stand.
That being said, we would like to acknowledge that the UTMSU operates on the traditional territory of the Huron-Wendat, the Seneca, and the “Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation” peoples - the traditional caretakers of this land. We would also like to pay our respects to their elders past and present, and to any who may be here with us today, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
- Successfully lobbied to:
- Introduce Credit/No Credit Policy and its subsequent extension
- Introduce Late Withdrawal Policy
- Introduce Course Retake Policy
- Introduce Self Assigned Sick Note Policy
- Remove $35 Exam Remark Fee
- Introduce Free Menstrual Products in Womens Bathroom
- Add Heated Bus Stop Shelters
- Opened the Duck Stop Convenience Store
- Implemented a free weekly nutritional breakfast program – feeding over 400 students
- Hosted the very first UTM Pride Flag Dropping Ceremony
- Introduced the Mentorship Program for Academic Societies
- Re-opened the UTMSU Food Centre and revitalized the UTM Food Bank
- Hosted the largest concert at UTM featuring Tory Lanez
- Introduced the Fall Reading Week
- UPASS Program
- CCR Recognition for clubs and societies
- Eliminated Access Copyright fees saving students over $1.5 million per year
- Lobbied to split tuition fee payments starting 2014
- Lobbied to include the student rights and equity statement on the syllabus
And many many more…..