Students of Concordia University College,
On behalf of ASEC’s Executive Committee and the ASEC Community I would like to extend our warmest welcome to the organization’s newest member, the Student’s Association of Concordia University College.
The Alberta Student’s Executive Council (ASEC) is this province’s largest student-led advocacy organization. ASEC members, drawn from 16 member association, speak for in excess of 175,000 Albertan students and the number continues to grow. Our goal is to unite students, student leaders and students’ associations/unions to generate students’ consensus on the future direction of Alberta’s post-secondary system. Every member has one vote at our table and one vote only, regardless of their school’s enrollment or budget. As a result, even the smallest among us can have equal say when deciding our priorities. ASEC governs by consensus, and we are excited to represent yet another sector of this province’s learners.
Concordia is the first Sector 5 School to have a students’ association that is also an ASEC member. As an Independent Academic Institution, Concordia has unique relationships with Alberta’s post-secondary; ASEC cherishes the diversity that the Concordia Students’ Association (CSA) brings to the table. On November 2 & 3, 2013 ASEC hosted a conference to approve policies, our government relations strategy along with internal bylaw changes, the CSA played a key leadership role in those discussions. CSA delegates exemplified professionalism and collaboration, contributing innovative ideas and being very vocal in support of their goals. ASEC has one single overarching goal: advocate for an affordable, accessible and quality post-secondary system for all Albertans; we are honoured to have another ally that shares this vision.
With Concordia’s students, ASEC now represents every kind of publicly funded post-secondary institution in Alberta. Together we discuss the issues that affect all students including, but not limited to, tuition, fees, mental health, program transfers and quality, and work collectively to generate solutions. We take our solutions to those that need it most: administrators, business and government. Furthermore, we connect student leaders so they can share their successes or practices to build-up Alberta’s student movement. Through collaboration and professional development we can work toward positive outcomes for all Albertan learners.
ASEC looks forward to a long and productive partnership with the Concordia Students’ Association. We welcome the innovation and collaboration Concordia’s students have brought, and continue to bring to the organization. Together we will build the system that all Albertans deserve!
ASEC – Chair
SAITSA – VP External