Students’ Union executives have begun consultations with the 21 largest clubs on campus to strengthen the relationship between clubs and the SU.
“If we want to improve engagement then we need to take into consideration the students that are already engaged and optimize their experience,” said vice-president student life Ben Cannon.
The clubs consulted range from the Engineering Students’ Society, U of C Ski Club and the Muslim Students’ Association. Each club has over 200 members and collectively represent over 9,000 students from various backgrounds.
Academic-focused clubs are also included. Cannon said he wants to meet separately with their presidents to tailor to their individual needs.
Club space was one of the pressing issues discussed at the meetings. Other issues included attendance at events, resources and funding and the inability to secure room bookings.
Cannon has also been organizing Presidents’ Circle meetings, which are informal, information-sharing meetings for club presidents held in the Den. The Presidents’ Circle happened once this September and there are plans to hold another in January of next semester.