Students' Union Advocacy
Send Your Own Message
If you would like to compose your own message to send to University stakeholders, here are some key individuals to contact:
President Dr. Indira Samarasekera - email@example.com
Board Chair Douglas Goss Q.C. - firstname.lastname@example.org
Acting Provost Dr. Martin Ferguson-Pell - email@example.com
Vice President Facilities and Operations Don Hickey - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dean of Students Dr. Frank Robinson - email@example.com
Director of Residence Life Dima Utgoff - firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of Residence Operations Geoff Rode - email@example.com
Alumni Association President Jane Halford - firstname.lastname@example.org
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To: President Dr. Indira Samarasekera
CC: Board Chair Douglas Goss Q.C.
Acting Provost Dr. Martin Ferguson-Pell
Vice President Facilities and Operations Don Hickey
Dean of Students Dr. Frank Robinson
Director of Residence Life Dima Utgoff
Director of Residence Operations Geoff Rode
Alumni Association President Jane Halford
Dear President Samarasekera,
I would like to express my deep concern and disappointment with the proposed changes to Lister Centre posted on the University of Alberta's website on July 23. The proposal, and the manner in which it was communicated, shows a callous disregard for student input at a residence whose culture and reputation exists thanks to the engaged students it has housed over the past 50 years.
Although the merits of the proposal itself are dubious, the process by which it was enacted is even more concerning. The University of Alberta purportedly prides itself on the involvement of its students, yet it failed to elicit any feedback from student representatives on a proposal that will vastly change the residence experience for current and future generations of Lister residents.
This proposal indicates a severe lack of consideration for how the LHSA's operations will be affected. The LHSA's staff – FCs, RAs and VPs – are being poached by the University with a monetary incentive, and therefore severely compromising its ability to provide the social and academic support that it has done successfully for years. These types of malicious practices should not be expected from a university that aims to join the world's elite institutions of higher education.
In your position as President of the University of Alberta, I strongly urge you to halt any current progress on this proposal until proper consultation can occur with the affected student groups. I thank you for your attention to these concerns and look forward to your swift response.
Students' Union Executive and Administrative Offices
Students' Union Building
University of Alberta
8900 - 114 Street NW