STU Senate Briefs Sept. 19

Enrolment increase

As of Sept. 1, St. Thomas University’s student population sits at 1,958.

President Dawn Russell said this includes 669 first year students, an increase of 18 full-time individuals from last year.

Russell also said there were increases in international, transfer, mature and returning student populations.

This number usually changes between now and Oct. 1, but she confirmed it’s a steady increase from last year.

Russell said the university’s ideal student number is approximately 2,000, and it will be adjusting to strive for that goal in the next few years.

STU Pride Week

St. Thomas University president Dawn Russell announced the university’s pride week will take place during Sept. 24 to 30.

She encouraged faculty to not only remind students, but to participate themselves.

Indigenization conference

Vice-president academic and research Kim Fenwick spoke at length about the university’s upcoming conference on Indigenization.

She said the conference, which will take place Sept. 27 to 29, will inlude keynote speakers, panel discussions, and opportunities for break-out discussions. Feedback gathered will be collected and circulated.

Lectures will focus on topics such as becoming an Indigenous ally, western and Indigenous perspectives and how to integrate Indigenous material into university courses.

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