Elections happen every year in February. This is where students select their major representatives for the following school year. These positions include:
- Students' Union President & CEO
- Students' Union Board of Directors
- Wilfrid Laurier University Senate
- Wilfrid Laurier University Board of Governors
The best fit for these positions are students who are passionate about their education and their Laurier community. These positions offer a chance to offer real change that positively effects the student body.
President & CEO
The President & CEO oversees all operations of the Laurier Students' Union as well as regularly works with key university and community personnel to advocate on behalf of all undergraduate students.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors oversee’s the President & CEO of the Students’ Union and ensures that he or she is acting in a manner that advocates for students and is properly utilizing the fees collected by the Union in a manner that enhances student life.
There are 15 spots on the Board of Directors for undergraduate students.
The Senate engages a wide range of activities that involve the academic operation of the university. Members of the Senate can make recommendations to the Board of Governors related to matters about the use of University money that is involved in modifying academic units (i.e. starting a new faculty or department).
There are seven students elected to the Senate by the undergraduate students, with one spot reserved for a Brantford student.
Board of Governors
The Board of Governors oversees the property and revenues of the university and conducts their business and affairs. They have a hand in the planning and implementation of the physical development of the University as well as establish the fees and charges for tuition and services offered by the University and much more.
Two undergraduate students are elected to the Board of Governors
What Do I Need to Do?
Just because campaigning starts in January, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start thinking about elections now. Take some time and talk to some of the members of the organization you’re interested in. Ask them questions about their position to get a feel for what you can expect should you be elected. Find out what the responsibilities of the position are. Nothing’s worse than going to the Open Forum’s without realizing what a Board of Director is supposed to do.
Use Your Resources
As the election period gets closer, there will be a series of information sessions that will help you get a better understanding of the roles open for election, your responsibilities as a candidate, and what to expect during the campaign period. Each session will have current student representatives on hand to answer any questions regarding these open positions. While these aren’t mandatory, it’s a good idea to aim to attend one or two and get an idea of what you can expect from the election process and beyond.
These are the nomination packages from the 2013-2014 election period. While some of the rules are still subject to change, this can give you a good idea of what you can expect from the election process as well as offers full descriptions of the position you’re interested in.
Who Can I Talk to About Elections?
We get it, sometimes it's more helpful to talk to someone in person.
You can chat with Kaipa, our Head Deputy Returning Officer about the elections process or what you'll need to get started. Hit her up at email@example.com
Matt is our current Chair of the Board of Directors. He's also able to take your questions - and he's been through the elections process a couple of times himself. Reach out to him at firstname.lastname@example.org