Student-Led Review of Traill College

I hope by now most of you have heard that Traill College is undergoing external review this year.

Though I am personally hoping that the review will result in a reinvestment in Traill College, the importance of gathering widespread student opinion on the subject cannot be overstated.

With this in mind, representatives from LEC Cabinet, Champlain College Cabinet, Otonabee College Cabinet, the Graduate Student Association and myself from the TCSA gathered last Wednesday evening to discuss how the elected student leaders wanted to respond to the review.

Though no one from Gzowski Cabinet was able to attend the meeting, they later confirmed their participation.

We have formed a student taskforce to undertake the collection of student opinions, with the end goal of creating a comprehensive student-led review of Traill College.

Over the past couple of months the TCSA executive and Student Senate Caucus (all the student senators, two from each cabinet) have been pushing for the inclusion of student voice during the review of Traill.

Previously we had discussed how to get a student onto the review committee (now a single external reviewer), and how to center student voices in the discussion.

TCSA President Alaine Spiwak and I had several meetings with Dr. Leo Groarke, the president of Trent University, during the fall exam period.
Though the administration took the time to listen to our concerns, ultimately the decision to remain with a single external reviewer remained final.

Out of this context, during the meeting on Wednesday we decided that collectively the College Cabinets and the TCSA should actively try to engage students in the
review process.

To this end, for two weeks, from Feb. 1 until Feb. 12 there were tables at Champlain College, Lady Eaton College, and Otonabee College during Cabinet office hours. The Gzowski Cabinet Office wasalso be open during this time to collect feedback.

There were also people tabling at Bata Library on Feb. 1 and Feb. 9, and at the Trend at Traill College throughout the week.

The goal was to collect student feedback and questions about Traill and the review that is happening.

Please take the time to fill out our online survey about Traill College that we will be circulating though Cabinet newsletters and on social media.

Once as much student feedback as possible has been collected, we will consolidate the results and make the feedback public.

Beyond participating in the conversation or asking questions at any of the tables, we would love for any student to get involved in the taskforce.

Our sole task at the moment is to collect all student opinions in as unbiased a way as possible, any opinions or lack of opinion is still important to recognize.

If you are interested in volunteering for the taskforce, please email me at or contact any of the college cabinet senators.