B.A. students, alumni and faculty are gathering at a small campus in Vancouver’s northwest this week for the first time in more than three years to consider running for office, according to students, former alumni and the school’s president.
The event, called B.E.
A: Student Leadership & Education, was hosted by the B.I.T.M.
E School of Business administration and is aimed at fostering students’ desire to be involved in the political process, said the university’s president, Steve Ritchie.
The school’s students are among those who have taken part in a recent initiative called B-Day for Democracy, which aims to mobilize students in the B-Schools to make their voices heard at the provincial and federal levels.
“It’s not a partisan event,” said Ritchie, who added the event was aimed at encouraging students to join the B, S&E and P-School leadership groups, which are now co-hosted by the school.
“It’s about getting students to see themselves in the bigger picture and to feel that they can have a voice.”
While Ritchie acknowledged the event is not an official political event, he said he has seen the potential to build on the momentum the event has garnered in recent months.
“I think it’s important for students to be able to participate and be involved at all levels in politics and to make sure that they’re doing their part,” he said.
“We’re really focused on developing this kind of student movement in the next four years.
So we’re excited to see what students are up to.”
The B.T.-E School is one of only four schools that offer a B.
Ed. degree in business administration and economics at a B-level.
The other two are the BH-S&E School and the BIS-B.
A School of Law.
Students from the B&A School, which was founded in 2013, will be the first students to receive a degree in economics and business administration in Vancouver since it became a B+ business school in 2010.
Students will work in partnership with B.B.T., the University of British Columbia and the School of Information Technology to explore their options in the field of business administration.
The B&As students will study economics at the Bistro de Montréal, an award-winning restaurant, and will then complete a master’s degree in the business of management at the school, which offers a bachelor’s degree and two masters degrees in business, administration and management.
The master’s is a certificate that is awarded for the best work in the management field in Canada.
Students will then apply for a job with the School’s faculty.
“The business of business management is really about developing a culture and understanding the challenges that businesses face,” said student Jasmin Nair, a fourth-year business administration major.
“That’s the big challenge for the Barts students right now, is developing that culture and to have a vision of what that means for the next generation of Barts graduates.”
The school’s alumni are not the only ones taking part in the event.
Students from the School for Leadership and Innovation and the College of Business at the University are also on hand, as are the school staff and alumni.
“There are a lot of opportunities that are available to students right across the province and they’re really interested in exploring these options and learning about the opportunities they can be a part of,” said Chris Loo, the school president.
“I think that it’s an opportunity for students of all backgrounds to have that dialogue.”
The students are not just being invited to the B & A campus, either.
A group of about 15 people will be in Vancouver for a two-day conference in the coming weeks, hosted by B.R.C.-based political activist Paul Caligiuri.
The conference will discuss a range of topics, including education, policy, politics and social justice.
The conference will be co-organized by the School and Caligiiri’s new group, the Belsite Action Party.
The group will be a “bundled group of students who are all part of this grassroots movement,” said Loo.
“They’re going to be participating in these discussions and I think it’ll be very interesting to watch how this all unfolds.”
In the coming months, the student group plans to host a series of events, including a series called BETA: Belsites, in which the BETA students will be asked to participate in “bargaining and political discussions.”
The BETA meetings will take place on weekends and during the school day, with the Bots, the students’ political activist group, having the final say in the format of the events.
“When I say bargains, I’m talking about the kinds of things that you’re going in with your classmates,” said Jasmin.
“The way that the political debate will play out is going to reflect that, so that