Mission

AVEQ exists to unite Quebec’s university students so as to defend their pedagogical, political, social, and economic interests, by means of research, representation, and mobilization. For this reason, major social issues are at the heart of the national association’s concerns, particularly those related to the realities lived by students.

Values

DEMOCRACY

Students are at the heart of our participatory decision-making process. To that end, AVEQ favours the exchange of necessary information and is open to the criticism and needs of its members. AVEQ’s elected representatives work based on mandates adopted by its members, and they remain accountable to those members at all times.

Respect for local autonomy is at the centre of AVEQ’s operation. As such, it cannot seek to influence the decisions made by its member associations. It must take equally into account the diverse realities lived by local associations.
AVEQ recognises the necessity for transparency, particularly as it relates to the sharing of information, as part of its goals of representativity and democracy. Accessible information helps to maintain students’ trust and participation in the organisation’s life. That is why all of the association’s documents are public and accessible.
AVEQ develops its own political ideas and may consequently support or critique any political decision, regardless of its nature. However, it cannot be partisan. As such, it will neither support nor promote any political parties.

SOLIDARITY

AVEQ recognises that solidarity stands at the heart of social change. It creates space for collaboration and sharing, allowing links of solidarity to develop within the student community.

The national association is conscious that it belongs to a larger collectivity. As such, it supports student engagement, both within its structures and within society.

EQUITY

AVEQ acts to ensure that its members have an equal and equitable right to speak, to be heard, to vote, and to participate in its meetings and activities. To do so, it must take different local realities into account.

The association puts in place practices that seek to fight against all forms of discrimination based, among others, on ethnicity, language, class, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical or other impairments, or religion. Furthermore, it uses feminist principles and analyses, including the use of gender neutral language in all of its texts and documents.
Education must be accessible for all, regardless of socioeconomic status, geographic location, or for any other reason. Education must also be of a high-quality in order to foster the growth of critical thinking and to contribute to human and social development.
AVEQ places education at the centre of a global analysis of social justice and the democratization of society. An equitable redistribution of wealth and political power, as well as an environmental justice movement that prioritises the interests of marginalised communities, are essential for a transition to a sustainable and fair society.

Structure

The Association for the Voice of Education in Quebec is organized according to democratic principles that seek to stimulate debate and aid in reaching consensual decisions among its member associations. All of which operates according to a logic that endeavours to create strength from diversity.

The Members’ Assembly

Composed by all of its member associations, the Members’ Assembly holds the ultimate decision-making authority in AVEQ. It has the power to elect AVEQ’s executive and board members, adopt the positions book, ratify amendments to the by-laws, establish the association’s overall orientations, and call special meetings of the commissions as needed. Every member association has voting rights in the Assembly.

The Institutional Commissions

Graduate Studies Body

The graduate studies body is a meeting of individuals, delegated by each member student association that has students registered in graduate programs, that is charged with developing discourses and argumentation to defend the rights and interests of students registered in Masters or PhD programs. Although still accountable to the Members’ Assembly, the graduate studies body has a much greater autonomy than the institutional commissions.

Commission on Education and Research

This commissions is charged with the responsibility to examine all questions related to the day to day activities of students. It is also responsible for coordinating the production of research based on the mandates provided to it by the Members’ Assembly.

Commission on Sociopolitical Affairs

This commissions is charged with the responsibility to examine all questions related to sociopolitical issues, primarily by developing argumentation and discourse on large social issues. To accomplish this, it must engage in ongoing discussions on these subjects and take charge of the association’s relationships to relevant external organisations, based on the mandates provided to it by the Members’ Assembly.

Commission for Mobilisation and Associative Development

This commission is charged with the responsibility of identifying the different member associations’ needs and offering support and advice for their internal development and communications with their members. Particularly as related to ensuring a continuous mobilization on those subjects it deems relevant, based on the mandates provided to it by the Members’ Assembly.

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The Board of Directors

The board of directors oversees the association’s financial management and the legal character of decisions made by AVEQ’s other bodies. It is composed by one member elected by each member association as well as the general coordinator and secretary general.

The Executive Council

  • General Coordinator
  • General Secretary
  • Coordinator of Mobilization and Associative Development
  • Coordinator of Sociopolitical Affairs
  • Coordinator of Education and Research
  • Coordinator of Graduate Studies