Irene Fang, Alexis Bundy, Rachel Jia and Victor Ruifeng Liang
Week 12, Semester 1, 2021
Within the past months, the Residential College Officers, and in particular — Victor and Alexis — has focused on aspects of work in relations to the SRC motion regarding the coordinated dissemination of COVID-19 vaccine information on campus.
During this time, we have expressed to PVC Student Life Professor Susanna Scarparo on the possibility for the SRC to cooperate with the university. We have also received confirmation from Professor Ian Marshall, head of the University Health Services, of the governmental approval which has already been received for the UHS to administer COVID-19 vaccines at least in the current phase of vaccinations — Phase 1b. We have also reached out to St Andrews College and Vice Principal Dr Hester Wilson; with whom Alexis has had an amicable meeting.
We have also been in regular contact with fellow SRC Intercampus Officers, who have compiled contacts for student and staff organisations of USyd’s satellite campuses. This is something which would be especially useful during the next phase of vaccinations, though we are extremely disappointed by the slow rollout of vaccines in Australia at this stage. We are both concerned and disappointed by the PM Morrison’s abandonment of earlier vaccine targets for Australia. This is a move which will only hinder a return to normal and also place students at greater risk of infection, particularly within a Colleges environment which would inherently carry a higher exposure risk for students.
Besides vaccines, in recent weeks, we have also been aware of the proposal from St. Paul’s for the College to accept female undergraduate students. Whilst we have not taken a stance on the matter, and would not wish to express a public stance, we will continue to monitor future developments and to be in communication with all parties should future concerns arise.
Welcome Week, Semester 1, 2021
Hey everyone! We’re Rachel, Alexis, Victor, and Irene, and we’re really happy to be your Residential Colleges Officers for this year. If you have any suggestions, grievances, or ideas; please feel free to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Past Initiatives: In relations to past Residential Colleges Officers’ initiatives; we can report on the Radical Discussion Forum in St Andrews College and its continued management by Kiran Gupta. This initiative will be overseen by Kiran for the foreseeable future; and we would like to thank him for his continued commitment. However, for the Intercollegiate Collective established by the 2019 Residential College Officers; we are rather puzzled that there has been a complete lack of public information on its operations, and even its existence — we cannot ascertain whether it still functions at the moment even after weeks of searching, and we would like anyone with relevant information to please come forward.
Current Initiatives: With the lack of a formal mechanism for feedback to be provided to the SRC from Residential Colleges students; we will begin to conduct college student surveys on a biannual basis in 2021 – to truly have the voices of college students seen and heard. Additionally, we would also continue to attempt to raise awareness of SRC services and activities to college students; whether that be through online noticeboards, or (pending discussion and approval) the placement of posters and handing out informational brochures overall.
Potential Future (In Discussion) Initiatives:For the future, many initiatives are still up for discussion regarding their feasibility, effectiveness, and implementation — both within the SRC, but also between the SRC, Colleges, and Sydney University. These initiatives currently in discussion include potential expansions of the campus distribution of Honi Soit to Colleges and Student Housing; more activities and events subject to participation, enthusiasm, and COVID-safe guidelines overall; and other plans still in the formulation process as a collaboration between SRC Departments. If anyone would like to suggest an idea or a proposal, we would really encourage you to send it to our email, for us to discuss it with you too.