Human Rights Committee

TRUFA Committee Terms of Reference

Through legislation and collective agreements, educators are entitled to workplaces that are safe and free of harassment and that provide an environment in which diversity is respected. TRUFA members care deeply about equality and social justice, not only in our working lives, but also in society at large. The Human Rights Committee works on strategies for achieving equality in our institutions and in our communities.


  1. To promote human rights protection and education among faculty and staff, students and administrators.
  2. To join with existing human rights groups within the community for the purpose of exchange of information and the promotion of strengthened human rights protection in BC.
  3. To preserve and enhance fundamental standards of humanity, peace and human rights legislation, on the national as well as the international level.
  4. As peace is essential to ensuring the quality of life, to work cooperatively with national and international NGOs and labour organizations whose mandate it is to promote human rights worldwide.
  5. To encourage the discussion of human rights and international solidarity issues in the context of academic freedom at our university.
  6. To help members utilize existing human rights legislation, in conjunction with the collective agreement, to prevent discrimination.
  7. To provide resources and education on human rights legislation and issues.
  8. To join with other groups/individuals in the community to support issues of human rights.
  9. To liaise with the local’s other committees on matters concerning human rights.
  10. To monitor the progress of human rights protection in the university.
  11. To liaise with local, provincial, national and international organizations which advocate for international solidarity on global justice and human rights issues.
  12. To inform members on linkages between local and international human rights and international solidarity issues.
  13. To advise the TRUFA executive on human rights and international solidarity issues.
  14. To advocate for international solidarity on global justice and human rights issues.
  15. To protect and enhance academic freedom at TRU.


Any members of the TRUFA may join who wish to work to put the committee mandate into effect. Members of the community and students may be associate members.


The Chair of the committee will be a TRUFA member elected for a two year term at the TRUFA AGM, as per Article VI.5 of the TRUFA Constitution & By-laws.

FPSE Committee Terms of Reference

Reporting: Reports regularly to the FPSE President and the Presidents’ Council.

Composition: The Human Rights & International Solidarity Committee is composed of one designated representative from each local.

A member will be appointed by the Executive Committee, with voice but without vote, to act as liaison between the Standing Committee, the Executive, and Presidents’ Council.

The Non-Regular Faculty Committee may appoint one person to the Committee.

Locals should consider including their HRISC member on their local Executive.

Term of Appointment: Locals shall endeavour to elect or appoint representatives for a two year term.

Meetings: Such meetings as are required to fulfill its responsibilities, limited only by the funding allocated to the Committee. The Committee may substitute or include a workshop or conference for a meeting.

Chairperson: The Committee shall elect a new Chairperson at the last meeting of the Committee held prior to the convening of the Annual General Meeting and Convention.

The Committee shall endeavour to elect a Chairperson who has served on the Committee a previous term as a local representative.

The Chairperson or designate shall have observer status at meetings of the Presidents’ Council with voice but no vote. The responsibility of the Chairperson includes attendance by the Chairperson or designate at the Presidents’ Council meeting immediately subsequent to a meeting of the Committee or upon request of the FPSE President.

The Chairperson shall attend the Annual General Meeting and Convention. The Convention shall provide orientation and planning opportunities for Committee Chairpersons and facilitate their meeting as a group.

The duly elected Chairperson of the Committee must be the designated representative of a local to continue being Chairperson.

Observers: By invitation of the Chair.

Quorum: A majority of locals.

Voting: Positions adopted by consensus among designated representatives; otherwise by simple majority of those voting (By-Law #6).

Funds: As allocated in the annual budget.



Human Rights Committee – 2 Yr. Term

Sasha Kondrashov, Chair Social Work & Human Services AE275 250-377-6192 April 29 21 April 30 23
Manu Sharma, Co-Chair Education & Social Work AE387 250-371-8535 Aug 2021 April 30 23