Professor Joe Desloges, one of the faculty chairs of the summit. SHIIJE ZHOU/THE VARSITY
Professor Joe Desloges, one of the faculty chairs of the summit.
SHIIJE ZHOU/THE VARSITY
Professor Joe Desloges, one of the faculty chairs of the summit, assured The Varsity on Thursday that, though the UTSU's withdrawal is potentially problematic, he is sure about the stability of the process and its results, which he says are in their final stages.
Though the absence of the UTSU is expected to have an adverse effect on the overall representativeness of the discussions, Desloges is optimistic, adding that even the reasons submitted by the UTSU for its withdrawal will contribute to the development of a more constructive final report.
"In essence, the submissions themselves contain very useful information about what is agreed and what is disagreed in terms of the discussion.
So the decision not to continue to participate actually adds more information to the process," said Desloges
, adding that, in the eyes of the administration, the summit writ large continues to gain information about the needs and ideas of different student organizations.
expects the report to be based on what the administration refers to as principles of governance, which - despite willingness to debate and wide participation - various student societies differ on.
hopes that though disagreements are common, a resolution of key issues is possible if students continue to engage creatively with the structure of their societies.
agrees that the absence of the UTSU
from these final stages of the discussion is problematic, Desloges
says that the university administration will proceed on track, and that the union's voice, as well as those of other organizations, will be incorporated in the final report and recommendations to be submitted to the vice-provost.
I quick Google search revealed all: Joe Desloges, Principal of Woodsworth College.