This year’s AGM was always going to be a challenge. We had a hard act to follow with last year being the first quorate AGM of USW, especially since so many ideas generated passion and contention from the student body. But I can honestly say that I could not have been prouder of our students during last week’s AGM.
We smashed quoracy very early in the evening and were able to hold it all night. In total, there were 12 ideas submitted from passionate students, all with the same objective: to instigate change within the University and Union.
What impressed me the most during the meeting was the debate and engagement from students. Some really hard-hitting questions were raised from the floor and directed to the idea proposers. There were some students that contested the ideas brought forth, a heap of amendments made and most important of all, an amazing show of solidarity to fellow students on issues they could relate to.
Two proposals in particular stood out during the evening. The Michael Lewis Award proposed by Liam Powell, honoring the memory of one of USW’s students and Ieuan Denton’s call for more support, awareness and streamlining of Mental Health and Wellbeing services.
Witnessing the unanimous sea of green ballot papers approving both ideas was incredible – and I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say how impressed I was with the bravery and sensitivity put into these submissions.
All in all, it was a great night. Harambe may have fallen, but we’ve got work to do. We’ve got calls to action to address and a plan to formulate to bring these ideas to fruition.
We want to make sure you all know what happens next, so be sure to keep checking back to find out how we’re progressing.
Lastly, it isn’t too late to get involved, we have Student Council meetings throughout the year so do get in touch if you want your policy suggestion submitted.
Students' Union President