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IGNITE Strategic Plan to be approved at April 11 Board meeting

Three pillars to act as guidelines for the next three years if approved.

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Eli Ridder | Report

One of the items addressed at IGNITE’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday was a Strategic Plan that includes three categories that will act as organizational objectives for the student union’s elected officials if it is approved at an April 11 Board of Directors meeting.

IGNITE has undergone a planning initiative to create a new strategic plan, a process that was started in September 2017 and, after three phases, will be established as the official plan for the next three years, according to a statement from the student union given to those attending the AGM.

Phase One of the planning stage was conducted through “numerous surveys, focus groups and outreach to students at large” over a “series of attempts to collect feedback and data on students’ needs, wants and struggles”, IGNITE said.

A total of 1,080 students were reached face-to-face and online, coming to about 3.6 per cent of the some 30,000 strong student population at Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber.

Phase Two analyzed the data collected by the outreach stage and categorized it into three separate pillars: Student Life, Personal Life and Future Life.

The description of the “Student Life” pillar says the objective is to “support you in getting the most value out of your student experience” — specifically, IGNITE says, to “make life on campus more affordable and enjoyable and improve academic experience”.

“Personal Life” aims to “support your growth as a person” — improving financial security, health and wellness, and expose students to to experiences and people that can enrich their lives.

The third and final bullet point of the Strategic Plan is “Future Life” with teh objective of preparing students for life after Humber College or Guelph-Humber, specifically developing “personal and professional skills”.

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At the AGM, IGNITE executives and Ercole Perrone spoke on how their initiatives fell under the Strategic Plan and how it followed though on it, outlining each initiative and how it impacted student life.


Image of planning from Pexels files.

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