The McMaster Students Union

 
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What is the McMaster Students Union?

The McMaster Students Union is the largest organization on campus, representing the approximately 24,000 full-time undergraduate students at McMaster. As per the MSU’s constitution, the purpose of the MSU is to draw into a true society all students at McMaster University. The MSU employs approximately 300 students each year, in addition to dozens of full-time staff, while offering hundreds of volunteer opportunities through our services.

 
 

What does the McMaster Students Union do?

  • Serves students in two main areas; political representation and the enhancement of student life

  • Provides political representation and advocates for decisions that are in students’ best interests at the university, municipal, provincial and federal levels of jurisdiction. 

  • Operates approximately three dozen student-oriented services to enhance student life and provide for the needs of undergraduate students

  • Supports over 350 clubs on an annual basis, offering one of the largest clubs departments in all of Canada

  • Negotiates and facilitates the student health/dental insurance plans, as well as the HSR student bus pass


What has the MSU accomplished?

  • Created Light Up the Night, alongside campus partners (and won a national event planning award!)

  • Negotiated and established the logistical plan to create a new Student Activity Building and expanded fitness space

  • Advocated and secured $45.5 million provincial funding necessary to create L.R. Wilson Hall

  • Enhanced transit via the HSR with expanded bus service at peak times on campus

  • Increased funding and support to all 350+ clubs at McMaster University

  • Introduced a student value menu via negotiations with Paradise Catering

  • Lobbied the City of Hamilton and the province of Ontario respectively to build and fund Light Rail Transit (LRT)

  • Managed infrastructure upgrades to the McMaster University Student Centre

  • Expanded GO bus services to McMaster at peak times throughout the year

  • Advocated for the expansion of the Post-Secondary Student Support Program for the benefit of Indigenous students

  • Implemented all-gender washrooms on campus

  • Established a week-long Fall Break in October for the benefit of McMaster students

  • Created and/or enhanced multiple peer-support services over the last five years including: MSU Maccess, MSU Women and Gender Equity Network (WGEN) and rebranded/renovated MSU Pride Community Centre

  • Hosted large-scale concerts and speaker events, including talent such as The Weeknd, Arkells, Lil Yachty, Post Malone, and Lil John along with speakers such as Bill Nye, Ken Jeong, and Hasan Minhaj.

  • Continuously operated dozens of services that support students in diverse ways, such as food security, identity-based services, academic/personal development, safety, and more

The MSU, through negotiations with the University and the subsequent student referendum, will add 40,000 square feet of non-academic, student-focused space to campus.. The building will include a grocery store, prayer space, event space, a peer support hub, a community kitchen and more.

The MSU, through negotiations with the University and the subsequent student referendum, will add 40,000 square feet of non-academic, student-focused space to campus.. The building will include a grocery store, prayer space, event space, a peer support hub, a community kitchen and more.