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JSU NAC, spring forum 2020

During the 12th to 13th of February JSU National Advocacy Committee hosted its Spring forum, where student representatives from Malmö Student Union, Flins (Linköping Philosophical Student Union) and SSCO (Stockholm Central Student Union). This year’s theme for the Spring forum was integration and internationalisation.

What is the JSU-NAC Spring forum?

JSU National Advocacy Committee conducts two forums a year with the goal of building up networks for national collaborations between Student Unions. Last autumn focused on local connections, with Borås Student Union and West University Student Union attending. The Spring forum holds a national focus, meant to further national collaborations in for SFSFUM (The National Student Union of Sweden’s Annual General Meeting). This year’s theme was integration and internationalisation.

What did we talk about?

One of the main questions was Integrated student democracy – Why do we succeed to reach out and integrate certain groups, while we fail with others? Where we discussed different integrations problems. Both we here at JSU and Malmö had some problems integrating Swedish students into certain more international situations. The problem was mainly with students whom hadn’t been integrated into the international situations early on in their time on campus. It seemed like nervousness over switching languages was a typical problem. It helps to have one primary language everyone can understand, and JSU’s English first approach seems to be a good way of integrating all students into one student-life.

We also discussed The Swedish National Union of Students (SFS) related questions such as housing and the propositions from the SFS Board. THS (The Royal School of Technology’s Student Union) has gone out and advertised the need for a new political program for student-housing from SFS. There is a problem of more and more expensive student apartments being built because of the lack of student housing. The current political program does not consider differences in city size. This is a problem since bigger cities like Jönköping, Gothenburg and Stockholm are have a very different housing problem then a city like Östersund or Kristianstad.

During day two we also discussed the possibility of political collaborations with Malmö Student Union. We’ve had a long tradition of working together on different political projects. We both are two student unions with a lot of international students and are also both previous members of the E4 Student Party. We talked about the need for better information about student politics in English, since there is plenty of problems that mainly effect international students, but they are currently not very well represented in SFS.

Definitions:

The Swedish National Union of Students (SFS): An umbrella organization working for Students rights in Sweden and Europe. They are a part of the European Students’ Union.

JSU-NAC: JSU National Advocacy Committee. A Board committee working to support the JSU Boards Political Secretary.

E4 Student Party: A political grouping previously active in SFS. It was officially dissolved in 2019, but has not been active since the early 2010’s. Previous members where: Södertörn Student Union, Mälardalen Student Union, Malmö Student Union and Jönköping Student Union.

Proposition: A motion (formal proposal) from a Board or president to a democratic body.

Motion (formal proposal) formatting:

1 Descriptive title

2 Motivational text

3 Att-satts (proposal in exact form)

Motion example:

Title: Make yellow and purple the official colors of JSU

Motivation: JSU has a long tradition of communication with yellow and purple is the color of JU. With these traditions in mind we propose to make the colors official.

Att-satts (exact proposla):

TO add (how) yellow and purple as official colour of JSU (what) to the JSU communications guideline (where).

Att-satts:

Proposal in exact form. Normally 1-2 sentences. Normally not allowed to be over 3 sentences. Shall contain the what, how, and where (sometimes also who, when) of a decision.

Att-satts example:

TO add (how) yellow and purple as official colour of JSU (what) to the JSU communications guideline (where).

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