The IGNITE Board directors representing the University of Guelph-Humber, Erika Caldwell and Julia Ciampa, announced on Monday afternoon that they will host an information session on Wednesday to discuss proposed bylaw amendments that will receive a final vote at a public meeting later in January.
The meetup, branded as “Pizza and Politics”, invites students to the Guelph-Humber Leadership Lounge at any time between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on the same day that IGNITE, at the latest, would be required to release the agenda for the Special Meeting of the Members, or SMOM.
Caldwell and Ciampa both posted the event details across their Board of Directors Instagram accounts and it was shared on IGNITE’s Instagram Story. Guelph-Humber’s current students account also shared details on its Story.
The Board of Directors, IGNITE’s ruling body run by elected student representatives from every major Humber College campus and Guelph-Humber, passed a series of bylaw amendments in September 2019 that could bring significant changes to the student union’s governance if passed by a quorum of full-time students at a Jan. 22 public meeting.
There has yet to be any similar sessions announced by Humber College directors. North Campus is represented by four directors, Lakeshore is represented by three and Orangeville, for the first term in IGNITE history, has a sole seat on the Board of Directors.
Wednesday’s gathering marks the first time since the beginning of the school year over four months ago that directors have made themselves publicly available for discussing the incoming changes with students.
The proposals were passed initially at the Sept. 11 Board of Directors meeting after The Avro Post was denied access to the meeting that appeared to break the student union’s own bylaws.
Despite being cut off by the student union in October for reporting information revealed at a press briefing IGNITE claimed was inaccurate, The Post will send reporters to the Wednesday session in an attempt to gain more insight into the specifics of the proposed amendment package coming forward at the SMOM.