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Following its first meeting on Sept. 29, the newly selected 20 members of the Student Advisory Committee (SAC) for Academic Accommodation Support (AAS) announced this week via email their decision to invite the remaining 130, to join four new sub committees.
“We all agreed that we didn’t want to lose that level of enthusiasm or engagement,” said Rachelle Bensoussan, learning and inclusion education developer at AAS, who is one of the four AAS staff members who assists the 20 members of the committee.
The SAC consists of 20 student members who were all selected to represent each faculty of the university and meet every month to discuss their personal experiences and what they wish could be improved, as students with academic accommodations.
The four working groups created by the committee are: education & facilitation, community & events, outreach & resources and mentorship.
“The amount [of things] that got discussed and figured out in one hour was really, really mind blowing,” said Bensoussan.
Bensoussan says the main priority for the next SAC meeting is to figure out the goals for each working group and tackle the professor nominations for the faculty awards in terms of accessibility in their classroom and inclusive learning environments.
The next SAC meeting will take place on Oct. 27. Students have until Oct. 27, to sign up for the sub committees.