Funds for Canada conference trip divide RUSU SUC

By Claudia Long | @ClaudiaLongsays

Funds for a trip to Canada have unearthed tensions on the RUSU Student Union Council (SUC) after representatives clashed over partially covering travel costs for representatives and a staff member to the International Summer Institute on Students as Partners.

Former president Ariel Zohar and general secretary Emily Hansen opposed the provision of $4,400 for RUSU president Abena Dove, communications officer Ella Caulfield and campaigns officer Sarah Firth to travel to Ontario for the conference at the April 12 meeting.

RUSU President Abena Dove and RUSU Campaigns staff member Sarah Firth (pictured) attending the Change Institute’s ‘Students as Partners’ conference at McMasters University in Ontario, Canada.  (Image sourced from RUSU Facebook Page)

RMIT’s education portfolio covered the bulk of costs for RUSU representatives to attend the four day conference from May 8th to 11th at McMaster University which, according to it’s website, seeks to engage students as co-creators, co-researchers, co-teachers, co-producers and co-designers in learning and teaching.

RMIT representatives attended the ‘Change institute’ stream of the conference where they planned the roll out of a potential students as partners program at RMIT.

Observers of the April SUC meeting told Catalyst former RUSU President Ariel Zohar said he was uncomfortable with RUSU providing funds for the trip which lead to tense debate.

The strained discussion allegedly culminated in Ms Dove telling Ms Hansen to “chair properly” after having to request multiple times to not be interrupted by Mr Zohar. 



The motion for $4,400 was passed by the majority of council but Ms Hansen, Mr Zohar, City Campus Coordinator Umer Tahir and Bundoora Coordinator Alex Borsato voted against the motion. Neither Ms Dove nor Mr Zohar replied to Catalyst’s requests for comment before deadline.


300-101   400-101   300-320   300-070   300-206   200-310   300-135   300-208   810-403   400-050   640-916   642-997   300-209   400-201   200-355   352-001   642-999   350-080   MB2-712   400-051   C2150-606   1Z0-434   1Z0-146   C2090-919   C9560-655   642-647   100-101   CQE_Exam   CSSLP  

Catalyst has been the student publication of RMIT University since 1944. We may be older than your parents but we’re still going strong!

Sign up for Catalyst Magazine

Get the latest on what's happening
* = required field

powered by MailChimp!
More Stories
Living in the Big Smoke