Request to attend for recruitment purposes turned down amid concerns that their presence might make students of colour feel less safe
Christine Beyleveldt // News Editor
Requests made by the RCMP for a recruitment booth at the Clubs and Collectives Day on Sept. 21 were denied by the Capilano Students’ Union (CSU) during their Sept. 8 board of directors meeting.
The RCMP had initially asked for a booth to be organized for the CSU’s Captivate held on Sept. 14, but were told by Yatharth Palat, vice president student life, that accommodation at Clubs and Collective Day was more likely since few organizations would be represented at Captivate. The RCMP intended to sign up volunteers and promote social responsibility.
Students of Colour Liaison Divya Nanray countered that the RCMP’s presence on campus during Clubs and Collectives Day might make students of colour feel less safe. Palat informed the board that he was willing to make sure that no officers would be on campus, but felt the RCMP’s presence would benefit the community. The contrasting views prompted a lengthy discussion before the board voted to disallow the RCMP from setting up a booth on Sept. 21.
Similar concerns were raised about Counselling Services’ request for a booth, as they were neither a club nor an organization, and the CSU board ultimately voted to deny the Capilano University-based department’s attendance.
Notes from the Board
The board also heard from the United Way of the Lower Mainland. After raising $8,000 last year for the United Way through CapU’s annual book sale, two of the organization’s members approached the CSU hoping to run another campaign and double their proceeds this year. The United Way helps disadvantaged residents in the community. The CSU hasn’t decided whether to support the United Way, and following the presentation moved on to internal matters.
Noah Berson, vice-president external affairs, included in his report to the board that he has been meeting with the U-Pass advisory committee. He is preparing the CSU to re-enter negotiations after students voted in favour of continuing U-Pass service nearly two years ago for an additional $1.50 per month starting in May 2016 and another $1.50 as of May 2017.
President and vice-president finance and services Perry Safari is conducting preliminary research into setting up an information technology repair service for students. A referendum is due to be held sometime in the spring semester so students can vote on proposed fee increases that would allow this IT service to be made available. Services will include laptop repairs and maintenance and possibly mobile phone screen replacements.
Safari is also working closely with vice-president equity and sustainability Owen Sigurdsson on a mental health strategy, which aims to promote wellness and improve the mental health of students, staff and faculty. It takes into account best practices at other post-secondary institutions.