HOW 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: Becca Carscience, Joshua Onwugbonu

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 upheld.

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD

Members: Jared Barkman

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: Jared Barkman

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

CAMPUS PLANNING COMMITTEE

Members: Becca Carscience, Sam Schroeder

Its purpose is to examine and determine all renovations
and building projects on campus.

COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE

Members: Joshua Onwugbonu

This committee helps oversee the publications as well as
the hiring of editors.

DOCUMENT REVIEW COMMITTEE

Members: Matthew Greidanus, Jared Barkman, Becca Carscience, Caleb Barkowsky, Courtney Connor

Reviews the governing documents of the Student Association.

DINING SERVICES COMMITTEE

Members: Laura Evans, Rich Nickel II

Meets to bring TWUSA, Student Life and Sodexo together.

ECOLOGICAL STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE

Members: Aaron Baker

Meets monthly to advise the administration in regards to issues such as tree removal and ecologically safe campus expansion.

 

HOUSING APPEALS COMMITTEE

Members: Aaron Baker

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: June Na, Victoria Suen

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: Drew Eliason, Caleb Barkowsky, Joshua Onwugbonu, Corissa Landis, Jared Barkman, Braden Barwich

Meets to discuss the future plans for the TWUSA office.

PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL

Members: Jared Barkman

A snapshot of the community with representatives from various departments campus-wide.

PRESIDENT’S ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Members: Tricia Jeranie, Jared Barkman, Caleb Barkowsky, Braden Barwich, Laura Evans

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

 

RECREATION ENHANCEMENT

Members: Charissa Hielema, Kyleigh Thomson

This committee oversees the spending of the new Recreation Fees.

SENATE

Members: Matthew Greidanus

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

 

UNDERGRADUATE ACADEMIC COUNCIL

Members: Matthew Greidanus

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

BOOKSTORE COMMITTEE

Members: Courtney Connor

This committee discusses changes to consider making to the structure of the campus bookstore.

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.