UTSU Campaigns to Allow International Students to Serve on Governing Council

Source: UTSU News Release via Academica | February 11, 2015

The University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU) is calling for changes to The University of Toronto Act that would allow international students to sit on the institution’s Governing Council. This year, 3 students were deemed ineligible to appear on the ballot because they were not Canadian citizens. “International students just want to be equal members of the University. Our tuition fees are the highest at the university, we lack equal access to healthcare, and yet we contribute so much to the university community. We want a say in our education,” said Cameron Wathey, an international student from St Maarten who serves as the UTSU’s VP Internal & Services. uToronto is reportedly just one of 5 institutions in Ontario at which international students are not able to represent their peers on governing councils or other similar bodies.