The PhD Chapter has been trying to get THS to become more inclusive and representative of the numerous non-Swedish speaking students and PhD Candidates at KTH. A previous motion from the PhD Chapter board about translating the THS vision document (åsiktsdokument) was rejected by the THS student parliament (KF). Last December, the Chapter Meeting decided to send a new motion about investigating the conditions for translating THS' strategic and regulating documents. Unfortunately, it was also rejected today (Feb 13) by ONE vote in the parliament. The main argument against was from the THS board - that they do not want any more work during the spring term - although some argued that this is part of the work they are supposed to do anyway and that it would help in their recruitment of non-Swedish speakers.
We officially protested the decision at the meeting and here is the motivation we sent in today (Feb 14).
The good news is that we had many more supporters this time around and it created quite a debate about THS' work (even if most of it was tangential), including their operational language, communication with, and participation and inclusion of non-Swedish speakers. Many people think that "something needs to be done", even if it is still unclear as to exactly how to get something to happen. We are also starting to try to coordinate with other Chapters that support such developments. Our next move is to try to get THS to include such issues in the 2013/14 annual plan (verksamhetsplan), which we will do in a workshop specifically about this as well as in the next parliament meeting.
If you want to get involved in this effort, please let us know as we could use the help.
Jana (chairperson, PhD Chapter)