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TMU Midwifery Course Union
The TMU Midwifery Course Union (MCU) was founded in 1997 as a collective of support, advocacy and action for Toronto Metropolitan University MEP students. MCU has monthly meetings as well as an annual general meeting. To date, MCU has, among other things, provided student representatives for program committees (Management, Curriculum, Admissions committees and the Advisory Council), initiated a mentorship program for incoming students, hosted welcoming BBQs, published issues of the student newsletter - warm fuzz, participated in the review of the social science courses, and hosted other social and educational activities. MCU has advocated on behalf of students’ issues, and has worked to implement changes in the MEP based on students’ needs and concerns. The MEP BIPOC Student Collective leaders have been committee members of MCU since 2016 and facilitate some of their activities out of the MCU annual budget. They work closely with the MEP Director and MEP Mentorship Team to support and advocate for BIPOC students.
MCU receives annual funding from the RSU, the Ryerson Students Union, and the FCS Dean’s office.
The monthly meetings provide us with a forum for discussing issues which have included the Midwifery Language Proficiency Test that the College of Midwives of Ontario instituted in 1999, equity issues, classroom and placement challenges, and other student concerns.
Meetings between MCU and faculty provide an opportunity for free discussion of a variety of topics.
Some of our ongoing objectives are:
- To improve the student experience in the MEP
- To ensure that the student environment is free from discrimination, including discrimination based on age, ethnicity, gender, ability, national origin or citizenship, religion and sexual orientation.
- To encourage a collaborative relationship between students, not limited to midwifery students or TMU students, to develop a stronger community
- To remind students in the MEP that there is more than academia in the midwifery lifestyle
Executive Committee members have a year long role within MCU. Any member of MCU can become part of the executive committee, and partake in tasks such as responding to emails, event planning, meetings, budgeting, etc.
All Toronto Metropolitan University MEP students are welcome to take part in MCU. Contribution is based on your interest and what your schedule can accommodate. We encourage all students to get involved!
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