HOW DO WE ADVOCATE?

TWUSA works in a number of ways to advocate for the student body. Each elected member was chosen by you, the students. From the elected, we chose appointed members for positions with a more specific skill set. Every member of our team is available to present the student voice in committees, informal and formal meetings, administrative planning, events, and more.

We understand that not every student is alike. In order to listen to your concerns effectively, each faculty has a representative. These are the members of our team which you have elected to be the voice of your major or school and represent your diverse opinions. Faculty representatives are available to listen to your interests and concerns, whilst communicating them to the council, the representative assembly, the administration of the faculty or school pertaining and the administration of TWU. Furthermore, faculty representatives are able to connect you with faculty clubs and Deans who can help strengthen your university experience.

COMMITTEES

Each member of the Representative Assembly is seated on a committee. They are responsible for presenting the student voice in matters such as course changes, campus upgrades, housing appeals, etc.

ACCOUNTABILITY COMMITTEE

Members: Jennah Dohms, Tobin Voth

Meets on the basis of necessity. It is designed to keep the community accountable to the rights of membership, and analyzes cases where these have not been up held.

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD

Members: Jenna Kastelein

Meets monthly to discuss the future of the Alumni Association, alumni topics and speaks into the role of membership and alumni relations.

BOARD OF GOVERNORS

Members: Jenna Kastelein

Meets three times a year to discuss university affairs, the direction of the university, and how to move forward on many issues regarding TWU.

COMMUNITY COUNCIL

Members: Julie Merchel, Caleb Spyksma

DOCUMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE

Members: Jenna Kastelein, Tobin Voth, Ruben Jimenez, Monique Bouchard, Julie Merchel

Reviews the governing documents of the Student Association.

DINING SERVICES COMMITTEE

Members: Rachel Schnitzer

Meets to bring TWUSA, Student Life and Sodexo together.

ECOLOGICAL STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE

Members: Julie Merchel

Meets on a needs basis to advise the administration in regards to issues such as tree removal and ecologically safe campus expansion.

FAITH & REASON TASK-FORCE

Members: Josh Onwugbonu

A planning body that helps to plan activities that facilitates good discussion around topics of faith and reason.

HOUSING APPEALS COMMITTEE

Members: Victoria Froehlich

This committee meets sporadically and is designed to deal with appeals in regards to the rule of students living on campus or at home until they reach the age of 21.

LIBRARY COMMITTEE

Members: Angela Parberry. Andrew Richmond

This committee discusses where the library is heading in relation to their online databases, online cataloging and new books to be ordered.

OFFICE RENOVATIONS COMMITTEE

Members: Cheyanne Makelki, Mollie Beugelink, Joshua Onwugbonu, Alex Gust

Meets to discuss the future plans of the TWUSA office.

PROPOSAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Members: Brandon Bustard, Jennah Dohms, Jenna Kastelein, Joel Hansen, Ruben Jimenez

This committee ensures that all documents are prepared before going before the Representative assembly.

RECREATION ENHANCEMENT

Members: Jamison Derksen, Monique Bouchard

This committee oversees the spending of the new Recreation Fees.

SENATE

Members: Tobin Voth

This body oversees all campus policy and procedure including potential changes in the core.

SENIOR GIFT COMMITTEE

Members: Victoria Froehlich

The committee is responsible for the organization and fundraising for the Senior Gift.

UNDERGRADUATE ACADEMIC COUNCIL

Members: Jennah Dohms, Tobin Voth, Rachel Schnitzer

This committee deals with anything to do with undergraduate academics, including courses, times for courses, changes in syllabi, etc.

WE ARE SPARTANS TASK FORCE

Members: Jamison Derksen

This committee discusses ways to improve the Spartan atmosphere around campus.

OMBUDSMAN

TWUSA offers a valuable service for all undergraduate students. If you feel you need to approach the University to resolve a conflict, the TWUSA Ombudsman can assist you. The Ombudsman is a valuable resource to assist students in conflict with the University.

Students can contact the Ombudsman who will then provide information, resources, and support through the conflict resolution process. If you have a problem and are not sure where to turn, the Ombudsman can point you in the right direction. Areas of involvement include, but are not limited to:

  • Accountability
  • Academics
  • Registrar’s Office
  • Financial Awards
  • Parking and Security

Some of the Ombudsman services include:

  • Facilitating conflict resolution between students and the university
  • Preparing students to meet formally with university representatives
  • Helping students with appeals
  • Advising students about their options and resources

THE OMBUDSMAN IS NOT:

A lawyer for students. The role does not overlap with formal or informal legal representation and/or advice. The Ombudsman  is not mandated to defend the policies or authorities of the university. The Ombudsman works to promote understanding and reconciliation between all involved parties for the benefit of the TWU community.

WHO IS THE OMBUDSMAN?

The role of the Ombudsman is fulfilled by the VP of Student Relations, Joshua Onwugbonu

IS THIS A CONFIDENTIAL SERVICE?

Yes. In all activity related to this function, the Ombudsman will maintain strict confidentiality on all prior and current cases.

HOW MUCH DOES THIS COST?

This is a free service offered by TWUSA.

HOW CAN I CONTACT THE OMBUDSMAN?

You can email the Ombudsman at jonwugbonu@gmail.com or visit the TWUSA office to arrange a personal meeting.