OTTAWA, September 1, 2017 – During CASA’s 2017 Policy and Strategy Conference, its members unanimously voted to accept Capilano Students’ Union (CSU) as a new member of the advocacy organization. The CSU’s membership becomes effective starting today.
Capilano Students’ Union, from Vancouver, British Columbia, has been attending CASA’s conferences as an observer for several years to learn about the inner workings of the organization and evaluate where it might fit in with their own advocacy goals. After passing a referendum on campus to levy a fee for external lobbying, the CSU officially applied for CASA membership on July 10, 2017.
“We have been consistently impressed with CASA’s ability to turn advocacy and evidence-based policy into wins for students, as well as the dedication of the staff and elected student leaders who take part,” commented the CSU’s VP External, Noah Berson. “We couldn’t be happier to join this team of passionate student advocates and look forward to making a difference for students in Canada.”
As a member, Capilano Students’ Union can relay their students’ concerns directly to CASA, vote on advocacy priorities, develop policy positions for the organization, propose national campaigns, and advocate to federal decision-makers throughout the year and during CASA’s annual Advocacy Week. The CSU will also benefit from being able to collaborate with student leaders from all different parts of the country.
"We're so excited about CSU joining CASA!,” expressed CASA’s Board Chair, Shifrah Gadamsetti. “It is clear that CSU is going to be a valuable addition to our membership, and we are thrilled about increasing our regional representation within BC. I look forward to working with them throughout the year."
With the new addition of Capilano Students’ Union, CASA now has 22 members and represents 255,000 post-secondary students from coast to coast.
Established in 1995, the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit, student organization composed of 22 student associations representing 255,000 post-secondary students from coast to coast. CASA advocates for a Canadian post-secondary education system that is accessible, affordable, innovative and of the highest quality.
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