What is OASIS?
OASIS is the Student representative body within the faculty of arts. We are made up entirely of undergraduate students within the faculty, and our job is to make sure that arts students' voices are being heard on all levels of university governance. OASIS was established in 2014, and represents over 6000 undergraduate students on campus. Our goals include: fostering Arts pride, creating an inclusive and welcoming community and providing students with services and events to enhance their time spent in the Faculty of Arts.
What do we do?
OASIS advocates for Arts students to make sure everyone is being adequately represented to the university.
We offer programs, events and services that make life on campus more enjoyable and accessible such as free printing in our Humanities office, giveaways, volunteer opportunities and locker rentals.
We also work with the Arts Faculty, University and outside sources to provide opportunities for Arts students. OASIS offers granting for Department Associations, student groups and students and publishes an annual student academic research through our Crossings Journal, which is a peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal featuring interdisciplinary voices.
Essentially, if you have an issue or a question about student life in the faculty of arts, OASIS is here to help.
OASIS is comprised of the Executives, Councillors, Directors, Crossings Team and Standing Committees.
Vice President Academic
Vice President Internal
Vice President External
Vice President Finance
Vice President Outreach and Events
Executive members of OASIS take on the biggest load of work, with each exec working on a specific portfolio that they are entirely responsible for. On top of their specific portfolios, all executive members are required to be active in any advocacy that OASIS is working on. This includes meeting with the Student Union, Representatives from the Faculty of Arts, Department Associations, other student organizations on campus, and many others. These are elected positions, so executives are directly accountable to Students.
Councillors don’t have the specific portfolios that executives do, but instead tend to be advocacy focused. Executives report to council, and council ensures that the executive team is accurately representing students, and adds an extra layer of accountability. Councillors also host office hours, where they offer support and services to students.
Executives hire directors in order to support the executive fulfill a specific task within their portfolio. These positions are lower commitment and a great way to strengthen particular skills and serve as an introduction to the University Governance community.
Crossings is OASIS’ peer reviewed undergraduate journal. It offers students an introduction to the peer review process, both as authors and editors. There are 30+ members of the team that makes crossings possible. This ranges from editors, to section heads, to Editor in Chief.
OASIS currently has 3 standing committees, composed of members of the executive and council. Standing committees are permanent bodies that take on specific tasks and assist executives in larger projects. Committees include the Finance committee (chaired by the VP Finance), the Outreach and Events committee (Co-chaired by the VP Outreach and VP External), and the Governance Committee (Chaired by the President). Appointments to committees are by self-nomination, and are then approved by council in a majority vote.