Equity Commissioners

All Equity Commissioners, in addition to that stated in their individual descriptions, shall:

i) Run at least one awareness campaign or three events pertaining to their portfolio per year;
ii) Represent the interests and concerns of their constituency regarding regular Association business;
iii) Be a member of the Association’s Orientation Week staff, if available;
iv) Be entitled and encouraged to form working groups related to the issues of their portfolio;
v) Wherever applicable, work with related Canadian Federation of Students caucuses and components on activities related to their portfolios;
vi) Assist in the development of issues policy related to their portfolio

Further, all directors shall:
 

i) Sit on at least one Standing Committee of the Association and at least one other committee that may be of the University or the Association, attend meetings of these committees as required and create a written report that can be presented to the Board of Directors;

ii) Attend the Board of Directors Orientation Retreat;

iii) Participate in weekly check-ins with a member of the Executive Committee;

iv) Assist with and attend two (2) Association events per semester

v) Attend meetings of the Association Board of Directors and provide a brief, verbal report detailing work completed on behalf of the Association at each meeting.

 

Vacant Positions

Anti-Racism Commissioner

The Anti-Racism Commissioner must be a student who self-identifies from a historically marginalized “racial” group and shall:

  1. Work to address and raise awareness of issues of racism on campus and in the
  2. Peterborough Community;
  3. Work with relevant groups and organizations on and off campus such as the Ontario Public Interest Research Group and the Race Relations Committee of Peterborough;
  4. Act as a liaison between the Board of Directors, the Office of Student Affairs, the Human Rights Advisor, and the Ontario Public Interest Research Group on campus regarding issues of racism;
  5. Assist racialized students in pursuing a barrier-free education through representation and advocacy.

Ethical Standards Commissioner

The Ethical Standards Commissioner shall:

  1. Act as a liaison between the Association and the Trent University Administration to ensure fair and ethical standards in the procurement of goods and services by the University and in the operation of Trent University;
  2. Ensure compliance with policies on ethical purchasing including non-sweatshop apparel and fair-trade certified products;
  3. Promote solidarity campaigns that support labour unions and fair working conditions, both within and outside of the University;
  4. Engage in outreach activities to Trent University student organizations to raise awareness about ethical procurement practices;
  5. Work with allied Trent University and Peterborough community groups to further issues of social and economic justice;
  6. Sit as the Association’s representative on the Fair Trade Task Committee of the Colleges and Student Services Committee.

Environment & Sustainability Commissioner

The Environment & Sustainability Commissioner shall:

  1. Act as a liaison between the Association Board of Directors and various environmental organizations within Peterborough and Trent University such as the Trent Nature Areas, Sustainable Trent, and the Ontario Public Interest Research Group, on the organization of events actively publicizing environmental concerns and promoting environmental preservation;
  2. Sit as the Association representative on the University Environmental Advisory Board;
  3. Work with the University’s Physical Resources Department and the University’s food service provider to ensure environmentally friendly operations and advocate for changes as necessary.

Indigenous Students Commissioner

The Indigenous Students Commissioner must be a North American aboriginal student (status or non-status) and shall:

  1. Act as a liaison between the Board of Directors and aboriginal groups on campus, in the Peterborough community, and national organizations such as the Assembly of First Nations;
  2. Work with aboriginal student groups such as the Trent University Native Association on the organization of events actively publicizing aboriginal student issues;
  3. Attend, if possible, the annual meeting of the Aboriginal Caucus of the Canadian Federation of Students.
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International Students Commissioner

The International Students Commissioner must be a student holding citizenship in a country other than Canada who has lived abroad for the majority of his or her life or who is an elected member of the Executive of the Trent International Student Association at the time of nomination and shall:

  1. Investigate and act on disputes concerning the international student body both within and outside of the University;
  2. Act as a liaison between various organizations representing the interests of international students within the University, such as the Trent International Students Association, the Trent International Program, Amnesty International, and the Trent Chapter of the World University Service of Canada, and the Association;
  3. Represent and promote international education at Trent University and within the Peterborough community;
  4. Sit as a non-voting member of the Trent International Students Association Executive, unless otherwise elected to that body;
  5. Act as a liaison between the Association and various internationally oriented organizations within the Peterborough community such as the Kawartha World Issues Centre and the Ontario Public Interest Research Group.

Mature and Transfer Students Commissioner

The Mature Students Commissioner shall be a student who is registered as a mature student with the University and shall:

  1. Act as a liaison between the Board of Directors and groups working on issues relevant to mature students on campus, in Peterborough, and nationally, and provincially;

  2. Assist mature students in pursuing a barrier-free education through advocacy and representation;
  3. Work with the Part-Time Students’ Commissioners on issues relating to mature students.

Queer Students Commissioner

The Queer Students Commissioner shall be a self-identified member of Trent’s queer and / or trans community who shall:

  1. Act as a liaison between the Board of Directors and individuals and groups working on issues relevant to the queer community on campus such as the Association’s Women Students Commissioner, the Trent Queer Collective, the Centre for Gender and Social Justice, and the Office of Student Affairs;
  2. Work with relevant off-campus organizations such as the Rainbow Service Organization, Parents Family & Friends of Lesbians and Gays-Peterborough, the Peterborough AIDS Resource Network, and the Peterborough Pride Commission;
  3. Work to create “positive space” and queer and trans support services both within the Association and Trent University;
  4. Work to inform the Trent community on issues of sexual health and safety as well as to publicize information on local health support services;
  5. To co-ordinate queer and trans positive events during Orientation Week and, if possible to be present on campus to serve as a resource for new queer and trans students during Orientation Week.

Students with Disabilities Commissioner

The Students with Disabilities Commissioner shall be a student who is registered with Student Accessibility Services of the University and shall:

  1. Act as a liaison between the Board of Directors and groups working on issues relevant to students with disabilities on campus, in Peterborough, provincially and nationally;
  2. Work with on-campus organizations such as the Trent Student Accessibility Services;
  3. Assist students with disabilities in pursuing a barrier-free education through advocacy and representation;

Women Students Commissioner

The Women Students Commissioner will identify as a woman and shall:

  1. Act as a liaison between the Board of Directors and the Centre for Gender and Social Justice and other women’s groups on campus, women's groups in the City and County of Peterborough and external women's issues organizations;
  2. Inform students of women's issues and events through the campus media;
  3. Work with the Association’s Women’s Issues working group and other women's groups on the organization of events actively publicizing women's issues.

Gender Issues Commissioner

The Gender Issues Commissioner will identify as a member of Trent’s trans and/or gender variant community and shall:

  1. Act as a liaison between the Board of Directors and individuals and groups such as the Association’s Queer Issues Commissioner, the Women Students Commissioner, the Centre for Gender and Social Justice, the Office of Student Affairs, Counseling Services, and Health Services;

  2. Work with relevant off-campus organizations such as the Peterborough AIDS Resource Network and the Rainbow Service Organization;

  3. Work to create a positive and inclusive space within the Association and Trent University;

  4. Work to develop trans and or gender variant resources within the Association and Trent University;

  5. Coordinate trans and or gender variant positive events during Orientation Week and create a visible presence for new students;

  6. Coordinate trans and or gender variant awareness campaigns and events such as the Trans Day of Remembrance and a Trans Access.

Part-Time Student Commissioners (2 seats)
Each Part-Time Student Commissioner shall be a student registered in less than 1.5 credits per semester with the University and, working together, shall:

  1. Endeavour to liaise with other part-time students for the purposes of outreach, polling, and other related matters;
  2. Run at least one activity or service for part-time students;
  3. Sit on the Nominating and Governance Subcommittee of Senate;
  4. Work to educate and inform part-time students about such issues and information as necessary including items related to Trent University, and the activities, services, advocacy and political work of the Association and the Canadian Federation of Students.
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