Dear OCADFA members,

I am writing to urge our members to sign a public letter in support OCADFA’s Alternative Budget and to attend Monday’s Board of Governors meeting (4:30-7:30 p.m.). To secure a zoom link to the BoG meeting on Dec 7th please email Christine Huang ( 

You can read our primer on the Administration’s budget here.

We will also be meeting this Friday at 11:00 a.m. to go over speaking points ahead of Monday’s meeting – please let our Executive Director Graeme Reniers ( know if you’d like to attend that Friday meeting. 

We need a budget that prioritizes community over capital. The OCAD U 2020/21 Alternative Budget speaks to the need to reinvest in OCAD U and offers concrete mechanisms to do so.  It proposes viable changes to the operating budget that re-centre the student learning experience while also contributing to the long-term financial and community health of OCAD University. 


Surendra Lawoti