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Association of Ryerson Midwifery Students (ARMS)

ARMS was founded in 1997 as a collective of support, advocacy and action for the Ryerson MEP students. ARMS has monthly meetings as well as an annual general meeting. To date, ARMS has, among other things, provided student representatives for program committees (Management, Curriculum, Admissions committees and the Advisory Council), initiated a mentorship program for incoming students, hosted welcoming BBQs, published issues of the student newsletter - warm fuzz, participated in the review of the social science courses, and hosted other social and educational activities. ARMS has advocated on behalf of students’ issues, and has worked to implement changes in the Ryerson MEP based on students’ needs and concerns.

ARMS receives annual funding from CESAR, the Continuing Education Student Association of Ryerson. The budget covers expenses of the AGM and the student newsletter, provides honoraria for speakers and facilitators of educational workshops, and has been used in the past to purchase gifts of condolence and make donations for bereaved student families.

The monthly meetings provide us with a forum for discussing issues which have included the Midwifery Language Proficiency Test that the College of Midwives of Ontario instituted in 1999, equity issues, classroom and placement challenges, and other student concerns.

Monthly meetings between ARMS and faculty provide an opportunity for free discussion of a variety of topics.