Election buzz has filled the halls of Durham College (DC) this week. Even though many students may have the DC/UOIT Student Association’s election in mind, DC’s Board of Governors (BOG) is also accepting nominations for the student governor position for the 2016 – 2017 academic year, until March 10.
Each year students have the opportunity to nominate and elect one of their own to bring the student perspective to discussions and decision-making to the BOG, which oversees and makes decisions on issues that impact the functionality of the college.
According to Jennifer Clark, corporate and board secretary at DC, this is an important role in decision-making at the top level.
“It’s important to be sure that there’s someone at the table that can bring [the student] perspective to [discussions]. So they can talk about how these kinds of decisions might impact a student. We feel it’s important to have that voice at the top as well,” says Clark.
The board contains 17 governors, five of those are elected within the college and under provincial legislation include one student, one academic staff member, one administrative staff member and one support staff member.
Clark says the elected student is a full voting member and is on the same level as the college’s president when making decisions. The board oversees decisions on matters such as approving new programs and program suspensions, approving the budget and this year, approving the college’s strategic plan put forth by management.
According to Clark, this is a great opportunity for students to obtain leadership and governance experience while still in school.
“All private corporations must have a Board of Directors, all public sector organizations are required to have a Board of Trustees or Board of Governors and it’s an important part of how our whole economy operates,” says Clark. “So what a wonderful opportunity to find out about that while you’re still a student and to have that experience that you’re able to take with you when you graduate and are looking for a job.”
According the Clark, the ideal person for the position is someone who cares about the long-term reputation of the college, who’s willing to do the work required and come to meetings ready to ask questions in a formal setting, keeping the college’s best interest in mind.
Students are able to nominate themselves or another student, but they must be enrolled through the active period (September 1, 2016 through August 31, 2017). Nomination forms for the student governor position are available online and through the BOG’s office. Forms must be submitted in person and will be accepted through March 10 in the BOG’s office at the north Oshawa campus. Nominations close on March 10 at 4:30 p.m.
Nominees are required to follow campaign and canvassing procedures set by the college, such as adhering to campaign material, message distribution and canvassing restrictions.
- Candidate campaign period begins: March 14 at 8:30 a.m.
- Candidate campaign period ends: March 18 at 4:30 p.m.
Voting will be accessible 24-hours a day through the voting period and will take place online through MyCampus.
- Online voting period begins: March 14 at 8:30 a.m.
- Online voting period ends: March 18 at 4:30 p.m.
Election results will be announced by March 24. For more information on the nomination and election process, students may contact Jennifer Clark through email at Jennifer.email@example.com or by phone at 905.721.2000 ext. 3292.