The OCAD Student Union is an independent, democratically run student organization with approximately 5000 members, incorporated as a not‐for‐profit corporation. The OCAD Student Union operates a variety of programs and services on campus at OCAD University including access to: legal services, student advocate, campus food bank, coffee shop and snack bar, produce delivery program, community drop‐in lunch, student grants, social events, and workshops.
The OCAD Student Union is also a representative body, advocating for the best interests of the OCAD U Student body at large with OCAD U administration, governance bodies, and with all levels of government. The OCAD Student Union represents the OCAD University student population within the Canadian Federation of Students. Within the Toronto art and design community, the OCAD Student Union is represented by its subsidiary, Xpace Cultural Centre. Xpace Cultural Centre is a membership driven artist‐run centre supported by the OCAD Student Union and dedicated to providing emerging and student artists with the opportunity to showcase their work in a professional setting.
The OCAD Student Union is committed to ensuring that the University campus and broader OCAD U community are inclusive spaces where all members are treated with respect and dignity. OCADSU encourages applications from everyone, including but not limited to women, Aboriginal peoples, visible minorities, people with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations or gender identity.
Mission & Mandate
The commitments of the OCAD Student Union to its diverse membership are: to advocate with them, enhance their experience as students, provide useful services, and to represent students at OCAD U in its administrative capacity. Working under principles of equity, social justice, and anti-oppression, we will directly address issues of oppression and discrimination in order to change and end oppression on campus and in the larger community. Since many systemic inequalities exist which affect how students from equity-seeking groups access post-secondary education, we are committed to working internally and externally to eliminate systemic barriers at OCAD U, the surrounding community, and wider society. Within this framework, the objectives of the OCAD SU are to administer the affairs of OCAD U students including:
- The investigation of any matter or problem that may arise concerning the student body, especially those concerning students who face systemic inequalities.
- The development, enforcement, and revision of policies governing the student body.
- The promotion of students’ educational, cultural, social, professional, political, and recreational activities at OCAD U.
- To develop and manage services, campaigns, and activities which promote social justice, sustainability, provide for student well-being, and enhance the educational and creative environment at the University.
- To provide students with an effective role in democratic, engaged, and transparent decision-making at the University and to support them in bringing social change.
- To represent the student body officially in communicating, consulting and negotiating with:
- the Faculty Association, OPSEU Staff Association, University Administration, and Governing Council, the general public, other educational institutions, and all levels of government.
- To administer the business interests, assets, or funds generated by the Union in a professional manner for the benefit of the OCAD Student body.
- To be responsible for the execution of the OCAD Student Union Bylaws and Policies
OCAD University acknowledges the ancestral and traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishnabe and the Huron-Wendat, who are the original owners and custodians of the land on which we stand. See more here.
“The state of Canada would not be possible were it not for the generosity, compassion, and political cooperation of the Indigenous Nations on Turtle Island. We were never conquered, nor were we defeated in any war. Canada’s very sovereignty (vis-a-vis other states) rests entirely on the prior and ongoing sovereignty of our Indigenous Nations. In other words, the state of Canada could not exist without us – either practically or in law.”
Dr. Pamela Palmater, Presentation to Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security on Bill C-51. Tuesday, March 24, 2015 Ottawa, Ontario