WHAT IS THE AUCSA
The Amsterdam University College Student Association (AUCSA), founded in 2010, is the umbrella organization that provides a platform for all the social activities of students at AUC. Activities include sports tournaments, parties, MUN-conferences and other initiatives proposed by groups of students of all sizes.
The association has around 900 members – all AUC students are included in the AUCSA body. Of our members, around 210 are in a board of one of the dozens of committees. These committees form the heart of the social life at AUC, and organize almost every event.
AUCSA is part of the University College Student Representatives of the Netherlands (UCSRN), a joint initiative by all University Colleges around the country to unite, support, and foster competition between them. We are proud of our active role in supporting the UCSRN, and even more so to have won the last four annual tournaments in a row.
WHY IS THE AUCSA HERE
The primary role of the AUCSA is to facilitate and coordinate student endeavours: the actual organization and realization of events and activities is done by the committees and their respective boards. Together with all its members, the AUCSA Board strives for the further development of extra-curricular student activities at AUC. In order to achieve this, AUCSA encourages all students to take initiatives and become involved in one of the many projects and activities available, or realise an idea themselves. By encouraging these ideas put forth by enthusiastic students we fill the student’s agenda’s with exciting events throughout the year. Together, AUCSA and the committees endeavour to foster an active student community so that all students take full advantage of their time as an AUC student.
While our beloved Student Council is concerned mainly with academic matters, improving the curriculum, student welfare and other topics, the AUCSA is concerned with all social aspects of the community.
The AUCSA provides funding and an organizational framework for the committees, thus creating a platform that enables students to develop themselves professionally and organize fun and social events. The committee boards have a set structure with clearly divided tasks, comprising at least of chair, secretary, and treasurer, all of which are vital for the functioning of committee boards. Furthermore, the AUCSA strives to create a great, open, and interactive social community at AUC, to create a full community feeling for the students. It adheres to its six pillars, which guide every decision made.
Committees, Commissions, & Teams
Committee Board Members
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AUCSA Board Members
— The primary role of the AUCSA is to facilitate and coordinate student endeavours —
Our coexistence with the world rests on our everyday actions and behaviors. Sustainability is our association’s ability to exist in this way without abusing the resources we are fortunate enough to have. We strive to increase awareness on sustainability and more actively integrate it as a pillar in our decision making. We aim to work closely with the Sustainability Commission (SUSCOM) which is a direct advisor to the Board and acts as its extension by providing members with policy briefs and a green letter, thereby informing members on how to act more sustainably. We believe it is our responsibility to ensure a healthy future for the association, its committees and members.
Our association stands on transparency, inclusivity and clarity. Internal Communication for our lovely bubble of 900 students is of utmost importance to us to ensure a fluent exchange of information amongst the board, committees and members. We aim to provide a clear framework for all committees, commissions, and teams, and provide them with the necessary tools and skills to efficiently communicate within our association. We strive to create clear communication streams and centralize this through our newly launched website to ensure information is accessible to all individuals. In pursuit of this, we want to foster a continual feedback system through the complaints tab on the website and feedback forms. Finally, we want to nurture an atmosphere where members feel comfortable and we are approachable.
Sense of community
Without the efforts of the AUCSA’s committees, commissions and teams creating a platform for social activities and student endeavours, studying at AUC would never be the experience it currently is. Supporting these initiatives are of utmost importance to the association and we are fully devoted to helping during challenges that the year may bring. Next to this, we value active participation and the first year experience. The enhanced engagement of AUCSA members improves activities and events in addition to the interactive discussions and decision-making at General Assemblies. Finally, by connecting and collaborating with other student associations and the Alumni Network, we hope to build a greater sense of community.
Our community brings together a range of diverse experiences from students of varying walks of life. AUCSA as an inclusive association strives to foster an environment where there are equal opportunities for all students and their varied perspectives and interests are recognized. The Diversity Commission (DIVCOM) strives to do exactly this, and our association will work closely with DIVCOM in pursuit of this. We want to nurture a safe space at AUC that gives voice to all students by asking for input, and keeping this in mind during decision making. We want to encourage and cultivate an environment where a range of opinions and perspectives are expressed in the social activities and endeavours we facilitate.
The AUCSA values making healthy and long lasting relationships with external parties outside the association. We aim to broaden the horizons of the AUC community and ‘break the bubble’, by working closely with our Acquisitions Commission to offer more opportunities to our members and grow our network. We encourage and foster relationships among committees, commissions and teams with local communities and organisations in Amsterdam. In this way we hope to form friendships and collaborations and explore academic, professional and extracurricular interests outside the association.
The Structure of the AUCSA
The general structure of the AUCSA is made up . The General Assemblies, AUCSA Board. AUCSA has around 900 members and almost 40 committees, commissions, and teams yearly. There are three types of membership: Members, Honorary Members, and Donors. Read more about the AUCSA in our Policy Manual and Statutes!
The current board members: Clelia, Ankita, Rein, Oliver, Lena & Sarah.