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.
HOW DOES THE AUCSA OPERATE?
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
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— The primary role of the AUCSA is to facilitate and coordinate student endeavours —
We are privileged to have a community of students with a great variety of experiences and outlooks on life. It is our objective to foster a place of equal opportunity and an environment where everyone feels recognized and valued for their uniqueness. We will prioritise including individuals with different cultures, identities, disabilities, amongst others, to express a wide range of perspectives in the social activities we facilitate. We strive for equal opportunity for every member, and so we will implement and follow rules against nepotism and cronyism within CCT’s. There will also be a Diversity Commission advising us throughout the year. Ultimately, we want to nurture a safe space at AUC that provides a voice to all students and allows them to comfortably participate in the decision-making.
The AUCSA strives to facilitate student participation by providing a broad range of activities reflecting your wants and needs. We encourage every student to be an active member of the AUCSA as it will allow them to meet other people and gain new experiences. Both financial and physical accessibility will be heavily considered while organising events. Moreover, we will facilitate a clear communication channel to know when and where events are being held. Information and updates about the social life at AUC will be spread through our Newsletter, Newscast, Instagram, and office hours.
The AUCSA supports the global move towards living harmoniously with the environment. We aim to set an example and prioritise environmental sustainability as much as possible, to ensure the thriving and conscious continuation of the association. We will work closely with the Sustainability Commission (SUSCOM) to integrate greener alternatives into our decision-making. We aim to increase awareness and encourage productive ways to have a more sustainable lifestyle, for instance, through our community garden (Pangea) or the conscious disposal of food waste. The shift towards an eco-friendly and regenerative future is something we consider vital; therefore we will do our utmost to reduce the AUCSA’s environmental impact.
The AUCSA cultivates many committees, commissions and teams that provide activities for students to get together and have a great college experience. We highly value the safety of every member, therefore we will foster an environment in which comfort, safety and well-being are our prime concerns. To further develop our community life, we hope to strengthen our bonds with other bodies within and outside AUC, such Peer Support, the Student Council, and R2E. Moreover, we believe in effective communication and group discussions for our community to thrive, so we encourage students to participate in interactive discussions at our General Assemblies.
Our association identifies the practicality and benefits provided by long-term relationships with external organisations. Through the hosting of events such as SpringBoard, TEDx, and AUCMUN, we wish to strengthen bonds with other parties and motivate students to experience life ‘beyond the bubble’. Over the years, the External Relations Commission has been working towards acquiring sponsors to provide greater opportunities for the student body and our CCT events. Ultimately, to strengthen the academic, professional, and extracurricular facets of AUC, we hope to increase interactivity and collaborative efforts with our parent universities, other University Colleges (through the UCSRN Team), and local organisations in Amsterdam.
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: Bartolomeo, Lucas, Eva, Dhruv, Sam & Francesca.