HOW DO WE ADVOCATE?

Advocacy is the act of pleading for, supporting, and/or make recommendations. At TWUSA, we work in a many number of ways to advocate for the student body. Each of our elected members were chosen by you: the students at TWU. You thought we would be the best at representing you. From those elected, we chose our appointed members for positions with a more specific skill set. Every member of our team is there to present the student voice to committees, meetings (both formal and informal), decision-making, events, and so much more.

We understand that not every student is alike. In order to make this efficient to listen to all of your concerns, each faculty has a Faculty Representative. This means that there is someone that you and the people in your major/school have voted for to represent your diverse opinion. Faculty Representatives are available to students in their respective school to listen to the interests and concerns of their faculties, and then communicate them to the Student Council, the Representative Assembly, the Administration of the Faculty/School and the Administration of TWU. They are also able to connect you with faculty clubs and Deans.

COMMITTEES

Every single member of the Representative Assembly is seated on a committee. They are responsible for executing the student voice in matters such as course changes, campus changes, housing appeals, etc. The hope is that we actively engage with our committees, and that the student opinion will be heard and acted on.

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 is willing to offer an important 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 student in conflicts with the University.

Students can contact me, Cheyanne Makelki, and I will 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.

The primary function of the Ombudsman is to assist in the facilitation of conflict resolution between students and Trinity Western University. Areas of involvement include, but are not limited to:

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

The Ombudsman is committed to assisting students by providing conflict resolution services. Some of the Ombudsman services include:

  • Facilitating conflict resolutions between students and the university
  • Preparing students for meeting with university representatives
  • Helping students with appeals
  • Advising students about their options and resources

WHAT IS THE OMBUDSMAN?

The Ombudsman will serve several unique and distinct roles, including:

Serving as a valuable resource to students, providing relevant knowledge and expertise to assist them with conflicts with the university, guiding students through various university processes, particularly appeal processes. In doing so, the Ombudsman will advise students about their options, provide them with pertinent information, direct them to any relevant external resources, and otherwise providing confidential counsel, as needed; Prepare students for meetings with University representatives by providing assistance through the various procedural stages, outlining expectations and requirements, and, when requested and appropriate, attending meetings in a supportive role.

THE OMBUDSMAN IS NOT:

A lawyer for students. The role Ombudsman will never involve formal or informal legal representation and/or advice of any kind. In addition, the Ombudsman will never serve as a student representative in any form. When explicitly requested by a student, and when deemed appropriate, the Ombudsman may be involved in formal appeal processes but at no point may the Ombudsman formally represent the student. The Ombudsman does not advocate for students, nor is its mandate to defend the policies or authorities of the university. The Ombudsman works to promote understand and reconciliation between all parties for the benefit of the greater TWU community.

WHO IS THE OMBUDSMAN?

The role of the Ombudsman is fulfilled by me, Cheyanne Makelki.

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 cheymakelki@gmail.com or visit the TWUSA office to arrange a personal meeting.