Vice-President Advocacy

spearheading student life and academic advocacy

LUSU’s VP Advocacy spearheads student life, and is in charge of academic advocacy at the individual and policy levels. They serve as the main support for students with academic grievances, and are the LUSU liaison to the Lakehead Senate, the body responsible for the university’s academic policies. The VP Advocacy oversees LUSU’s student centres and events programming, including Orientation and Winter Carnival, and is the primary support for student clubs organized through the student union.


The Vice-President Advocacy shall either sit on, or deliver reports to, the boards and Committees on which they hold a position. They are responsible for the planning and promotion of the Thunder Bay Campus Orientation with the assistance of the Executive Director.

The Vice-President Advocacy is the Executive responsible for overseeing the student Centres and establishing an overall strategy and vision. They will collect and review the recommended budget of each Centre and forward it to the Vice-President Operations & Finance by the second week of February.

Budgetary Responsibilities

The VP Advocacy is responsible for the appropriate use of the Vice-President Advocacy discretionary line in the budget for the current fiscal year. They are responsible for recommending to the Finance and Operations Committee a budget for the office of the Vice-President Advocacy for the upcoming year.


They produce a written Summer Report, which must be submitted to the Board of Directors, by the first Board Meeting in the Fall Term. The Summer Report shall include:

    • Information related to all material work or business carried out between May 1, and September 1 on behalf of the Corporation.
    • An evaluation of the success of any projects undertaken by the Corporation between May 1, and September 1
    • Tentative plans for the remainder of the Academic Year. 

The Vice-President Advocacy also produces a written Final Report, which must be submitted to the incoming Executive Committee by April 30th of every given calendar year. This Final Report shall include:

    • A general summary of the Vice-President Advocacy term in office
    • An account of any material issues encountered by the Vice-President Advocacy during their term in office, and how they were addressed
    • Recommendations for the incoming Vice-President Advocacy and Executive Committee.

Student Life & Events

The Vice-President Advocacy directs all LUSU events. They are also responsible for ensuring the proper operation of all Thunder Bay Clubs.

Academic Grievances

The Vice-President Advocacy is the primary LUSU Executive authorized to consult with individuals or groups with academic grievances.


The Vice-President Advocacy is nominated as our representative to the Lakehead University Senate. They are the primary LUSU Executive authorized to communicate with Lakehead University’s Provost and Vice-President (Academic) and Vice-Provost Student Affairs and they recommend Members to sit on the Senate pursuant to Operational Policy #6. The Vice-President Advocacy or their designate will attend at least one (1) provincial meeting of the Canadian Federation of Students.



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