From the Department Student Council Co-Presidents, 2018-2019
Our names are Addy Egan and Auston Pierce, and we are two fourth year Politics students and the 2018-2019 Department Undergraduate Student Council (DSC) Presidents. Over the past year we have been active in trying to implement our two main goals of fostering a sense of community within the department and supporting students.
With the aim of fostering a sense of community among Politics students, we have carried on a number of traditions within the department, such as pub nights, ‘Drinks with Profs’, and Politics branded clothing sales. To try to create increased engagement with the DSC, we have also created new events such as ‘Trivia with Profs’, and hosted the first ever Politics semi-formal, which was a huge success for its first year with almost 100 participants from all four years. Our final social event for the year was to hold a Fourth Year Graduation Dinner to celebrate all the accomplishments of Politics students at the end of their four years. The dinner was attended by both students and professors and was a wonderful way to commemorate the past four years.
Our other goal for the year was to provide support to Politics students from all years. We carried on the tradition of the DSC hosting a POLS250 midterm study session for students each semester with an attendance of about 50 students each semester. A new initiative that we brought not only to the department this year, but also to Queen’s, making Queen’s the first Canadian post-secondary institution to participate, was the U.N. International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
As part of this initiative, we worked with the university to light up Summerhill in purple, and ran an awareness booth in the Queen’s Centre. Finally, to better support students in a variety of ways, we developed an equity questionnaire in collaboration with the Politics Department Equity Committee for undergraduate students to fill out should they wish to share any feedback with the department.
It has been an incredible honour to be the Politics DSC Co-Presidents for this year, and as we graduate and become alumni ourselves, we are so excited to see all the growth and work that the undergraduate students in the department continue to do.Addy Egan and Auston Pierce
DSC Co-Presidents, 2018-19