Our President, Ossama Nasrallah (pictured left) and Vice-President Academic & Advocacy, Lexa Ali (pictured right) recently attended the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) Policy & Strategy Conference in Kananaskis, Alberta with fellow CASA and Students Nova Scotia (SNS) members Acadia Students’ Union and St. FX Students’ Union.

According to the CASA website (see link below), the purpose of this conference is to set the direction of CASA’s advocacy efforts for the upcoming academic year. “Members discuss a host of topics relating to the concerns and ideas of the students they represent. After carefully debating these topics, the members define their policy objectives and devise strategies for how best to achieve these over the year”.

The following are the 2017-2018 CASA priority topics:

  • Health & Wellness: Advocating for a quality student experience with supports for mental & physical wellness, sexual violence prevention, etc.
  • Indigenous Students: Advocating for affordable & accessible education, with support for indigenous students
  • Educational Materials: Advocating for affordable & accessible educational materials for students
  • International Students:  Advocating for affordable & quality education for international students
  • Financial Barriers: Advocating for affordable  education & access to student financial aid

CASA is a national voice for Canada’s post-secondary students. Established in 1995, CASA is a non-partisan, not-for-profit student organization composed of student associations from across Canada. At its core, CASA advocates on behalf of 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.

More information on SMUSA’s advocacy efforts: https://smusa.ca/advocacy/

More information on the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA): http://www.casa-acae.com/about

More information on Students Nova Scotia (SNS): http://studentsns.ca/about/