By Paula Barry, AVP Student Experience at MSVU
Well, what a way to kick off the 2019-20 academic year! Thank you for your patience as the University worked through the challenging conditions brought on by Hurricane Dorian. A big shout out to our Facilities Management, Security, Residence Life, and Chartwells staff who worked tirelessly to keep our residence students safe and sound (and fed!) both during and after the storm. These past few days have been stressful for everyone impacted – here’s to getting back on track and having a wonderful school year.
While we have lots of exciting things happening at MSVU, we’ve narrowed it down to the top 10 student experience updates. These include some new faces on campus and an enhanced focus on diversity, inclusion and sexual violence prevention:
1. Diverse new MSVUSU executive
2. New Black Student Support office space
3. New Pride Centre space
4. Renovated Seton Auditorium
MSVU is dedicated to providing an accessible and inclusive learning environment. Have you seen the newly transformed and totally accessible Seton Auditorium? We’re also happy to welcome a new Manager of Accessibility Services, Gloria Johnston.
Pictured above (l-r): Rick Hansen, MSVU Honorary Degree Recipient and Casey Perrin, MSVU grad during the 2019 Spring Convocation ceremony in the newly renovated Seton Auditorium.
5. New doctor on campus
6. Improved access to counselling supports
You asked, we answered. Counselling Services will soon have a new Counselling Intake Worker. With the addition of this new role, you’ll have more timely access to support. Call 902-457-6567 to make an appointment. And who could forget about our adorable new therapy dog, Charlie (pictured above)! Visit the main floor of the Mount Library on Tuesdays from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. to chill with Charlie!
7. New Centre for Academic Advising and Student Support
8. Mood strolls
9. Continued commitment to Sexual Violence Prevention
MSVU is committed to sexual violence prevention and to providing a trauma-informed, survivor-centred response. On April 1, we launched a revised Policy Against Sexual Assault. The policy, our policy guide booklet, and many other resources are available on our website. We’ve also teamed up with Avalon Sexual Assault Centre, Halifax Regional Police and other local universities to bring the Draw the Line campaign to Halifax university campuses. We’ve also created a new student position to assist the University with our sexual violence prevention initiatives.
10. New leadership team members