ADVOCACY

In addition to offering free and confidential academic advice, information and representation, the Saint Mary’s University Students’ Association (SMUSA) represents and advances the external interests of Saint Mary’s students in cooperation with Students Nova Scotia (StudentsNS) and the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA). We work with our colleagues across the province and across the country to make post-secondary education as affordable, accessible, innovative, and student driven as possible. 

Students Nova Scotia

Students​ ​Nova​ ​Scotia​ ​(StudentsNS)​ ​is​ ​a​ ​not​-​for​-profit​ ​and​ ​non-partisan provincial advocacy​ ​group​ ​that​ ​represents​ and advances ​the interests and priorities of Nova​ ​Scotia​ ​post-secondary​ ​students. We represent 37,794 post-secondary students at 6 institutions across the province: Annapolis Valley NSCC, Marconi NSCC, Kingstec NSCC, Acadia University, St. Francis Xavier University, and Saint Mary’s University. Collectively, we work towards our vision of a Nova Scotia post-secondary education system that is accessible, affordable, of the highest quality, and that includes students in decision-making.

What We Do

  • Conduct research to identify issues affecting the accessibility, affordability, accountability, and quality of post-secondary education in Nova Scotia
  • Develop credible and constructive policy to address these challenges
  • Communicate research and policy to both educate and affect the opinions of stakeholders, Nova Scotians, and government
  • Lobby the provincial government to affect their post-secondary education policy
  • Organize campaigns to effectively articulate the needs and interests of students
  • Build partnerships to accomplish our vision

Key Areas (2018-2019)

  • Modernizing Student Financial Aid
  • Welcoming International Students
  • Investing in Student Employment
  • Sexual Violence Prevention
  • Post-Secondary Mental Health
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Click here for the full StudentsNS Student Advocacy Week 2018 documentInnovating Accessibility and Affordability: A Student Vision for Nova Scotia’s Post-Secondary System

Contact Us

Have any questions, comments or concerns? Contact your StudentsNS representatives!

Dénis Amirault

Dénis Amirault

Vice-President Advancement | Primary SMUSA Delegate - StudentsNS

[email protected]

Ossama Nasrallah

Ossama Nasrallah

President | Vice-Chair - StudentsNS

[email protected]

Visit our website at studentsns.ca, and follow us on social media:

Canadian Alliance of Student Associations

The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is a national voice for Canada’s post-secondary students. We are a non-partisan, not-for-profit student organization composed of student associations from across Canada. We advocate on behalf of over 350,000 post-secondary students to the federal government. When Canada’s leaders make decisions affecting our post-secondary education system, they turn to CASA for solutions. 

Through its member-driven structure and grassroots approach, CASA’s mission is to advocate for students using policy development and research, awareness campaigns, government relations, and partnerships with other stakeholders. Our vision is that Canada will achieve an accessible, affordable and high-quality post-secondary education system whose students enjoy an excellent quality of life.

What We Do

  • Conduct research to identify issues affecting the accessibility, affordability, innovation, and quality of post-secondary education in Canada
  • Develop and review credible and constructive policy to address these challenges
  • Communicate research and policy to both educate and affect the opinions of stakeholders, Canadians, and government
  • Lobby the federal government to affect their post-secondary education related policies
  • Organize campaigns to effectively articulate the needs and interests of Canadian students
  • Build partnerships to accomplish our vision

Key Areas (2018-2019)

  • Co-ops and Internships for International Students
  • Helping International Students Navigate the Immigration System
  • Expanding the Student Work-Integrated Learning Program
  • Preventing Sexual Violence on Canadian Campuses
  • Increasing Direct Research Funds for Students
  • Financial Aid for Inclusive Graduate Studies

Click here for the full CASA Advocacy Week 2018 document, Students Bring Fresh Ideas to Improve Post-Secondary Education

Contact Us

Have any questions, comments or concerns? Contact your CASA representatives!

Ossama Nasrallah

Ossama Nasrallah

President | Primary SMUSA Delegate - CASA

[email protected]

Dénis Amirault

Dénis Amirault

Vice-President Advancement | Secondary SMUSA Delegate - CASA

[email protected]

Visit our website at casa-acae.com, and follow us on social media:

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