About Your Students' Union
What Is the Students' Union?
As an undergraduate student at Laurier, your student fees help to fund your Students’ Union. All undergraduate students are automatically members of the Students’ Union, and are encouraged to access the services, representation and programming that we provide.
Who Are We?
In a word, we’re you. The Laurier Students’ Union is comprised of over 19,000 undergraduate students across Brantford and Waterloo. By choosing Laurier, you’re automatically a member of the Students’ Union, so if you’re new, welcome to the team. If you’re coming back to us, it’s good to see you again.
What We Do
Do you want to start an event, spark a movement, or change a nation? We’re going to give you the tools to do it.
The Students’ Union gives you the opportunity to take your university experience outside of the classroom. We head over 300 clubs and volunteer committees, work to represent your interests to the University as well as the Provincial and Federal Governments. The Union is a great way to get involved, either by joining a club, attending event, using a service like Food Bank or Foot patrol, or volunteering.
You can start small or dive right in, we’ll be here to help every step of the way. Check out our SU Story Video.
What We Accomplish (Together)
We are more than our volunteers and staff – it’s every student that makes the Laurier culture so special.
We are driven by students.
Providing the best student experience to our members.
Members are empowered to achieve.
Our Guiding Principles
The Students’ Union shall be Student-Driven in everything we do. Our activities, efforts, and outputs are driven by the vision and guidance of our students in order to enhance the undergraduate experience.
The Students’ Union shall Provide Opportunities for holistic growth and personal development to all members. Our members will benefit from access to our wide variety of elected, volunteer, and paid opportunities.
The Students’ Union shall be Accountable to our student members. We believe that all students have the right to know how their student fees are used and be confident in the financial management of the organization. Furthermore, we will be responsible for our actions and will look to explain, clarify or justify all decisions that we make.
The Students’ Union shall be a Community-Focused organization. We will strive to promote and foster a culture of inclusivity and advocate for a safe, sustainable, and empowering environment within the greater Laurier multi-campus community. We will remain cognizant of our unique Laurier culture and make decisions accordingly.
The Students’ Union shall be Adaptable to change. The organization will react to all emerging trends within the post-secondary environment and advocate for an affordable, accessible, and high-quality academic experience. We will prioritize ongoing and comprehensive outreach within our membership to understand the evolving needs of undergraduate students.
The Students’ Union strives to be Approachable and Accessible to all Laurier students. We will work to eliminate systemic barriers that prevent members from considering volunteer and paid positions. The organization will constantly work to assess and improve the quality of services and programs provided to students.
As a collaborative partner in the development of Laurier’s Statement on Freedom of Expression, the Students’ Union believes that freedom of thought, association, and expression are fundamental principles of an open, fair, and inclusive campus, and are core to the discovery, critical assessment, and effective dissemination of knowledge. We recognize our collective responsibility as members of the Laurier community to build, maintain, and continuously protect an inclusive and respectful institutional culture that champions free expression in the pursuit of knowledge.