Policy and Advocacy (PA)  Portfolio

About PA

The Policy and Advocacy (PA) portfolio's mission is to bring people together to critically discuss policies that connect to the issues they care about and learn to advocate for more effective and equitable policies.

Projects & Initiatives

Vision

A welcoming community keenly aware of policy that affects us as students, engineers, and global citizens, and communities around us; with the passion and skills to advocate for necessary changes to these policies.

Mission

To educate the community about policy affects, and find a way to bring people together to advocate for changes to policy.

Getting Involved in PA

General Learning Meetings

Our general learning group has two parts:

  1. Monthly events

  2. Weekly discussions.

1. Weekly Discussions

Our weekly discussions are a space for students to learn about policy and advocacy together and take place on 🗓Wednesdays from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. via Zoom. We will have different topics & discussion points every week. This semester we are also attending monthly events where you get a chance to dive a little deeper into different advocacy topics!

 

https://utoronto.zoom.us/j/85205663812

Meeting ID: 852 0566 3812

Passcode: PA

2. Monthly Events

Our monthly events will be an opportunity for members to learn about policy and advocacy outside of our discussion group. This may involve attending workshops, town hall events, any other external event of interest to our members. During weeks where we attend an event, we will not host a weekly discussion.

In the next couple of weeks, we will have a short 30 min meeting on 🗓Wednesday, January 19th at 8:30 p.m. and 9:00 pm via Zoom. In this meeting, we will discuss our plans for the semester. This is a great opportunity to make suggestions for topics you would like us to discuss or events that interest you so we can plan our semester accordingly!

https://utoronto.zoom.us/j/85205663812

Meeting ID: 852 0566 3812

Passcode: PA 

Our January event will be on 🗓Monday, January 31st at 7pm. We will be attending a workshop called City Hall 101, hosted by Progress Toronto. The importance of municipal government is often underestimated. In Ontario, the list of municipal responsibilities is actually greater than that of provincial and federal responsibilities combined [source]. Ranging anywhere from public health to police services, municipal policy has a huge impact on equity issues you see around you. In this workshop, we will learn more about the legislative process, who the key players are influencing decisions, and how to advocate on the city level. For more information please join our discord channel.

Policy Pod Meetings

Have you ever wanted to make a podcast? Join us from 7-8 pm on Mondays via Zoom to get involved with The Policy Pod, no applications necessary! Join our team for the chance to create (or even host!) a podcast. The podcast is about student advocacy at UofT and we cover topics such as mental health advocacy, student finance advocacy and imposter syndrome, with the goal being to highlight student activism, help others understand how advocacy works on campus. For past podcasts, visit this link: Policy Pod on Spotify

Weekly Meetings:

https://utoronto.zoom.us/j/81979157457 
Meeting ID: 819 7915 7457

Passcode: PA

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KEEP UP WITH PA

Email us at pa.uoft@gmail.com

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