Prab Bassi (Brighter SFU)
My name is Prab Bassi, I am a 4th year Communication, Art, and Technology (FCAT) student and I currently serve as the FCAT Representative for the SFSS Board of Directors. Over my term on Board, I have learned greatly about the Society, planning and executing advocacy campaigns, and catering to student needs. I sit on multiple committees which have enabled me to determine areas for improvement.
For the 2017-18 term, I would like to serve as your next VP External Relations. If I am elected, here is my plan:
1. Advocacy catered to student needs
My goal is to host meaningful campaigns which students explicitly want. This past year the advocacy committee created an Advocacy Survey in which students gave direct input in issues they are passionate about. I would like to continue to focus future campaigns on the survey results which some were unaddressed due to time constraints. Some of the internal advocacy campaigns I would like to focus on based on the survey results are:
a. Sexual Assault Support and Prevention Methods
b. Mental health and wellbeing
c. Safe and Accessible Study Spaces
d. Consistent Teaching Assistants
e. Provincial Elections and SFSS Elections
2. Act as a Liaison for external student groups
As VP External Relations I would like to strengthen the relationships the SFSS has with both on-campus external groups and off-campus external groups.
a. On campus: I would like to host a collective bi-monthly/monthly meetings with all of the SFSS external groups on campus. The purpose of such meeting is to establish a positive relationship between the groups and the SFSS for future agreements.
b. Off campus: I will work with other universities to create a stronger presence when lobbying for common advocacy issues to the provincial government.
3. Work with the Government
The key person that I will be working with is the Minister of Higher Education. My goal is not to lobby as angry demanding students, but instead, present our case in a well-researched and informed manner to strengthen our presence. I want to present the SFSS members as a critical group of individuals.
a. I will continue to pressure the government for a safety plan in relation to the Tank Farm expansion.
b. I will work with the U-Pass Student Caucus to formulate a negotiation plan.
c. I will work with other research institutes to advocate for student campus rental rights
d. Open Educational Resources was one of the top needs determined by Advocacy survey results, I will launch a campaign at SFU to collect empirical data to present to the Government to push for OERs
Ultimately, my goal as the next elected VP External Relations is to cater my work around the actual needs of students in a cohesive and strategic manner. Although my list is not all-inclusive, I truly hope to shine a light on the issues that students are passionate about to create a Brighter SFU.