Development Student Association (AÉDSA)
As a student in the International Development and Globalization, the International Economics and Development, or le Licence en droit spécialisé en développement international et mondialisation programs (grouped as DVM programs), you are a member of the Development Student Association (AÉDSA). The AÉDSA is a team of undergraduate students also in DVM whose mandate is to represent all DVM students on campus. As well, the AÉDSA are your 101-week hosts when you first arrive on campus. Throughout the year, the association will host various events where you can meet other students in DVM, gain insights into classes to look forward to, opportunities to take advantage of, and gain valuable advice directly from students who have gone through it all.
The association is here to support you. The AÉDSA fights for your rights as a student behind the scenes, represents your interests on campus. It is entirely focused on ensuring your degree at the University of Ottawa is as positive and fulfilling as it can be.
Check out the website to learn more about this year’s executive team, more about how the AÉDSA came to be, or to find out about some . You can also stop by the office on the second floor of the Faculty of Social Sciences building and chat with some of the executives (FSS 2039 - down the hall of student associations towards the communal study space).
The AÉDSA maintains multiple roles on campus. Firstly, they represent DVM students and advocate for your best interests within the University and externally when necessary. This could include ensuring DVM students’ voices are heard during program reviews or reporting to the University of Ottawa Students’ Union (UOSU) on DVM student related concerns. Secondly, the AÉDSA is here to help its members. Undergraduate DVM students can and should use the AÉDSA for anything they might need throughout their degree. You first meet the AÉDSA when they plan and host your 101-week in your first year on campus. Throughout the year, the AÉDSA will host many events where you can meet other DVM students in all years of study. The AÉDSA can answer almost any question, or can help you find an answer on and off campus. Not sure what kinds of electives to take in your upper years? What is the difference between a Field Research Course and an International Internship? Where should you be looking for development-related jobs? Even things such as where are good places to study on campus can be answered by your AÉDSA executive team. Even if we don’t know the answer, we can find someone who does.
The AÉDSA is simply a team of fellow students looking to give back to their program so that younger students have the same positive university experiences.
Your AÉDSA Executive Team has a President and various Vice-President positions, all of which are elected. Elections take place every March to decide the new executive team for the upcoming term running from May to April. After the election, the supporting Directorship positions are opened for application. Information on the various positions, current contact info and office hours are posted on the AÉDSA website.
The AÉDSA hosts numerous events all year long where students can network, make friends, ask questions, get advice, or just hang out with all kinds of people. Major events throughout the year include 101-week in September, annual General Assemblies in October and February (where you can really learn about how the AÉDSA works), and International Development Week in February. Other events that occur throughout the year include trivia nights, international dinners, and professor-student networking events. A full and up-to-date list of events is always on the .
Follow the AÉDSA on any and all of its social media profiles! That’s the fastest and most effective way they communicate with students.