A Message from OACUHO President Parmveer Mundi
On behalf of the 2023-2024 Board of Directors, welcome to the Ontario Association of College and University Housing Officers (OACUHO). I am Parmveer Mundi, the President of OACUHO, and I am honored to serve this amazing organization that supports all facets of University and College housing operations, student success and the academic mission of the institutions in which each member serves.
OACUHO has always been a pillar of excellence in the field of student housing, and I am committed to upholding and advancing our profession. Our association plays a pivotal role in supporting professionals working tirelessly to create safe, inclusive, and engaging living and learning environments for students across Ontario. We have over 50 member institutions and associates across the country, representing a diverse range of housing programs and services. We also have many corporate partners who provide valuable products and solutions to our members.
Our mission is to provide life-long learning, effective and relevant networking, and support for our membership. We do this by organizing various events, programs, and initiatives throughout the year, such as conferences, webinars, awards, scholarships, mentorship, and more. We also foster communication and collaboration among our members through our website, newsletter, social media, and online forums.
One of our strategic goals is to address racial injustices as it intersects with our members, stakeholders, and the students we serve. Our approach to this work is intersectional, intentional, and directed. Our collective focus is on reducing the oppression of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour) communities at the intersections of their identities - with the recognition that all oppressions are linked and that the work is ongoing.
Together, we will continue to foster collaboration, share best practices, and provide valuable resources to our members. Our collective efforts will ensure that we remain at the forefront of innovation and adapt to the evolving needs and expectations of our diverse student population. By leveraging our combined knowledge, expertise, and experiences, we will empower each other to excel in our respective roles and make a lasting impact on the lives of the students we serve.
As President, my vision for OACUHO is to further strengthen our community of dedicated professionals. I am committed to fostering a supportive and inclusive environment where all members feel valued, heard, and inspired. We will work together to cultivate a culture of continuous learning, professional growth, and personal development. Through networking opportunities, conferences, and workshops, we will forge connections, exchange ideas, and expand our horizons.
I encourage each one of you to actively engage with OACUHO, take advantage of the myriad resources and opportunities available, and contribute to the vibrant community we have built. Your voices, insights, and contributions are invaluable to our collective success.
Thank you for entrusting me with the role of President. I am confident that, together, we will continue to elevate OACUHO and make a positive impact on the lives of students across our association.
Wishing you a wonderful year with many opportunities to build connections with your colleagues.