Kiran Gupta, Charlotte Ainsworth, Joseph Yang and Winny Li
Week 11, Semester 2, 2020
Donation of OB Budget to Asylum Seeker Centre
The Portfolio made the decision to donate the OB budget of $500 to the Asylum Seeker Centre in Newtown. This was intended to support a collegiate food drive initiative but our understanding is that this has been postponed until 2021 due to COVID-19. We hope that the intercollegiate community and wider USyd community believe that this is a worthwhile use of our budget.
Representation of the Intercollegiate Community
Even in a challenging year, the portfolio is proud of the work we have done to represent the intercollegiate community. This has involved advocating for fair and balanced discourse in the general university community as well as publishing our thoughts in The Sydney Morning Herald. We believe that these steps are in line with our overall intention to mediate some of the needlessly antagonist dialogue on both sides of the university college debate and we will continue to advocate to this effect for the rest of the year.
Advocating for Fair and Reasonable Dialogue
We have been somewhat disappointed with the exclusion of certain perspectives in Honi Soit earlier this year regarding the residential colleges. We attempted to publish an article as a response to the allegations published in Honi Soit earlier this year in our capacity as Office-Bearers but were unable to publish anything despite multiple attempts. We hope that some effort will be made in future to allow for a more complete picture to be presented. We also hope that the attendance at a residential college will not preclude anyone from writing for the student newspaper in the future.
Welcome Week 2020
Attempts to Move Forward
We have sent multiple emails to the previous Office Bearers to facilitate an amicable handover of required documents. To date, we have not received a response. We hope for an amicable resolution as soon as possible.
Allocation of Budget
The previous Residential College Office Bearers in their report declared a budget of $650. Despite repeated attempts to contact them regarding these finances, we regret that we have not received a response with regard to these funds and any previous expenditure. If/when we receive them, we will take suggestions as to the allocation of these funds for thirty (30) days after receipt of funds. If no suggestions are provided, the budget will be allocated to a nearby charitable organisation (subject to SRC regulations). Please email suggestions to email@example.com.
Creation of a Radical Discussion Forum
Kiran Gupta and Claire O’Connor (St Andrew’s College) have created a discussion forum, with the backing of the SRC and St Andrew’s College. The aim of the forum is to promote healthy discourse between the university and colleges and to educate participants on a range of topics through healthy discussion with invited guest speakers. Anticipated topics include religious freedom, queerphobia, structures of whiteness and intimate partner violence (and other issues associated with consent). Although this event will initially just involve St Andrew’s College members and invited participants from the University, it is hoped that this will expand to the Intercollegiate community in the near future.
Upcoming Charitable Initiatives
St Andrew’s College is organising a food drive for the Asylum Seeker Centre, with the assistance of the Residential College OBs. This supplements current charitable work with Newtown Mission. The Residential College Office Bearers would like to extend an open invitation to the Intercollegiate community to join in on the food drive for a very important cause.
The Residential College Office Bearers welcome suggestions as to their potential involvement in serving the University and Intercollegiate community in line with our elected goal of bridging the gap between the university and colleges. Please send these suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students' Representative Council, University of Sydney