The university elections are upon us, and this means that we all must consider how we would like to be represented. For the Student Council, this is about broad representation. Representation of the students’ interests, but also (and perhaps even more so) representation of the students’ lines of study. Our solution? An organization that ensures that any student, through their most local study environment, can have their voice heard and their opinions expressed. That same voice and opinion has the opportunity to move up through an internal structure, so that we all ultimately have the power to be heard about our studies, our universities, and even our national education policy. An education policy which, moreover, must first and foremost be independent of partisan political interests.
The Student Council’s candidates therefore do not stand as individuals, but as representatives of HUM, SAM, HUM-TEK, NAT, internationals, and for the climate agenda, respectively. Our candidates elect to speak with their fellow students about what they think and feel, so that they can have an even better understanding of who they aim to represent. It is our opinion that it is far more rewarding for students that we take part in dialogue with directly with them, rather than engage in debate between organizations.
If anyone wishes to openly discuss policy with our elected officials or candidates, they are more than welcome to attend all of our meetings. Prior to external meetings, our representatives discuss and formulate their positions at policy development meetings (called UNIPOL), where all RUC students can participate equally. In these meetings, students prepare compromises that are presented in a united front to the administration. We students are more likely to get something done if we are not being played against each other.
That being said, it is certainly important for students to know the differences between the two organizations. This, too, we believe is best achieved through dialogue where we discuss our own structure and beliefs. We have therefore advised students throughout the election that if they wish to know more about Frit Forum and their political foundation, they should speak with them directly. We stand side by side, both in the canteen and on the road to RUC, so that students have a rich and equal opportunity to know both organizations and make their own assessments on that basis.
So while we are underway with the election, we do so with a broad invitation to all students. An invitation for a cup of coffee, a chat, and to help us understand how we can best represent them. This is how we ensure that no one is forgotten when we, as elected representatives, must represent ALL students.