Slate: Inspire SFU
Dear SFU Undergraduates,
My name is Jas Randhawa and I’m running to be your next Simon Fraser Student Society President. Throughout my time at SFU, I’ve been a leader in the student community and have worked hard to improve engagement, campus community, and expand leadership opportunities on campus. Most notably, I’ve spent time spent the last year serving as the At-Large representative on the SFSS Board. My long history within the SFSS provides me with the requisite knowledge of the inner workings of the society. If elected, I promise to deliver on the following points, all of which are real concerns:
Improved Support for Student Unions and Clubs
1.) Growing and maintaining our support, funding, and communication between clubs and student unions in their initiatives is key to continuing to grow campus spirit. Student groups are the backbone to engagement and social life on campus. I believe expanding student involvement on campus would lead to students feeling a sense of purpose and community that would eventually lead to an increase in positive well being.
Continuity and Team Culture
2.) Every year, there is a board transition which causes turmoil and complications. Often, recently elected board members with no prior experience will look to restructure the SFSS. While the SFSS always has room to grow, I want to build on the great success of the previous board year by maintaining a team-oriented culture among board members, and using data and experience to drive our decision-making.
Enhance the Tri-Campus Community
3.) Enhancing community among the three main SFU campuses is critical. I will do this by ensuring the continuation of the Surrey Space Expansion initiative, a strong transition into the new Burnaby Student Union Building, by advocating for the development of new projects like the SFU Gondola, and through expanding mental health services on all three campuses.
Thank You for taking the time to read my platform and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org.
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My name is Amar Singh and I am friend, student, family member, farmer, and change maker. I am driven by a deep sense to serve others that is rooted in compassion from lived experiences. The lived experiences coupled with the opportunities I have had with my Bachelors in Business Admin (double
concentration in Entrepreneurship and Innovation + Marketing) minor in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry make me an ideal candidate to serve as president.
Below I have summarized my platform which is based on the research I have done within and for SFU as well as from leading thought leaders and universities that have embraced social innovation to shift the role universities play in society (some may say that universities are being brought back to their original purpose). The three phases of my platform are:
1. SFSS 101: We will focus on building the brand awareness of SFSS. This means that we will actively be creating initiatives to inform students what the SFSS does. In doing so, students can approach us with ways they think we can better serve them.
2. SFU Community Development: We will focus on connecting the different silos in order to create a larger, more unified, SFU community.
3. Holistic Community Integration: We will focus on ensuring students at SFU have the greatest chance of success after university.
The vision is that we have created the infrastructure required to spark a shift in perspective (not just of what an SFU student experience is, but how we as humans fit in society). By building the relationship with students, they can approach us, the SFSS, and have their voices heard. This allows us, as the SFSS, to build a strong community on campus to shift how students see themselves. Instead of a number, they belong to a clan. Instead of being voiceless, they are empowered to pursue their dreams and create meaningful change in society.
I respectfully acknowledge I am a guest on the unceded Coast Salish Territory; the territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.
Slate: Shift SFU
As VP of External Relations, my main focus will be on furthering affordable student housing initiatives, advocating for an increased indigenization of our campus, and building relationships with provincial student union groups such as the British Columbia Federation of Students.
Affordable student housing is an issue that the current NDP government is investing in, however, I believe student unions such as the SFSS need to play a greater role in this conversation. Allocating funds and resources to this initiative is simple, but we need to develop strategic long-term plans as a collective alongside other provincial student unions. Affordable student housing is critical not only for students, but also the greater Vancouver area as it takes pressure off of the current housing market.
Increasing the indigenization of our campus is an issue that is close to the hearts of many. Our campus is built on unseeded territory belonging to the Squamish, Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, Katzie and Kwikwetlem peoples, we need to do more to represent the Coast Salish People on their own land. Weather it is protecting our inlet from the Kinder Morgan pipeline, or reconsidering the historic individuals we chose to name our buildings after, all of these topics need to be spearheaded alongside the indigenous community.
Finally, as VP External Relations my main role is to be a liaison between SFSS and the various stakeholders SFSS interacts with. It is critical for SFSS to have a good working relationship with SFU, the provincial government, and services providers like TransLink. Our student body can also greatly benefit from working alongside organizations like the British Columbia Federation of Students and combining our lobbying efforts with other post-secondary institutions in the province.
Please feel free to email me at email@example.com if you have any questions regarding my platform.
My name is Livleen Sidhu and I am a 3rd year business student. I am running with InspireSFU to be your next Vice President External Relations for the SFSS for the 2018/2019 year. My experiences include:
For the upcoming year I am determined to advocate for student needs and represent the under-represented. My main focuses for my term will be:
This is not an all-inclusive list, but my main focus is to be an exceptional advocate for our students. I am determined to improve your well-being, foster an engaging culture on campus and to represent our university professionally to external bodies. Vote for me and InspireSFU!
I am Vikramaditya Chandhok and I am running to be your next Vice President of Finance in the upcoming Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS) Elections. Having firsthand experience of the challenges faced by students at SFU, my main goal will be to advocate for the interests of all students to the best of my abilities.
A few of the key highlights of my platform are as following:
Apart from keeping the members informed about the budget figures, I would also like to bridge the gap between SFSS and its members through taking on an active rather than a passive approach towards our members. This will provide an avenue for all members to clearly understand what SFSS does.
Thank you for taking your time to read my platform. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
My name is Matthew Chow and I am running to serve as your next Vice President of Finance in the upcoming SFSS election. Over the last three years being involved in the community at SFU, I’ve acquired a passion to build into structure, systems, and most importantly, people. As such, I want to build into the SFSS to improve the distribution of resources to student clubs and organizations. I see importance of good stewardship when it comes to maximizing the value students receive.
My involvement in the SFU community include the following:
If elected, as VP of Finance, my platform shall be as follows:
Support Financial Processes with Information Technology
Disburse Funds Objectively and Ethically
Develop Student Union Building Resource Allocation Processes
Ultimately, my goal is to bring transparency into the SFSS’s policies and procedures and provide an objective standpoint for anything and everything passing through the SFSS. Thank you taking the time to read my platform!
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
I am Sarosha Ali and I am running to make your experience at SFU memorable as your next Vice-President Student Life. I am a 3rd year Molecular Biology and Biochemistry major from the Faculty of Science. I have been working on campus to promote intercultural engagement with Global Student Centre and as a volunteer leader in SFSS for a year.
My platform illustrates the goals I would like to advocate in the upcoming year with the support of other SFSS board of directors.
Represent all SFU Students
Advocate to create more opportunities
Expand events to all the campuses
Promote student well being
Create diverse community
Thank you for your time invested in reading my platform. I would like to answer any concerns or queries regarding my candidacy. I have left my contact information below and would like to receive feedback. Feel free to contact me at any point.
Sarosha Ali: email@example.com
#vote4saroshaali because everyone deserves the best out of their University years.
Slate: Inspire SFU
My name is Reza Mardan and I am a Criminology student. It is my privilege to put my name forth for Vice President of Student Life. I am currently an At-large member in the SFSS Events Committee, through which I actively work on events and initiatives to engage the student body. Furthermore, I was one of the lead volunteers for the Fall Kickoff. Being in the Events Committee has given me an insight into the operations of the SFSS and student needs. With that knowledge and experience, I am looking to further enhance student experience on our campuses.
In the coming year if elected, I am advocating for a more personalized SFU for students. I am looking to do that by:
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Slate: SHIFT SFU
My name is Tawanda Masawi, and I’m running to be your next SFSS Vice President of Student Life. I currently serve as a Vice President of the African Students Association, and previously served as a Student At-large on the Strategic Engagement Committee for the SFSS. I’m also currently a fellow at the Civic Innovation Change Lab where I’ve been exposed to methods in tackling systemic problems by applying design thinking strategies. My platform is based on 3 years of experience as an international student living on and off campus and transferred from Fraser International College to SFU.
Below are my promises to You!
Campus Space – Surrey Space and Hubs in Student Union Building
The issue of space on all three campuses is a growing issue. However, Surrey campus lacks adequate space for students to create meaningful relationships. To create value for students my goals will be the following:
Bridge the Gap between Athletes and Students
There is much more to student athletes than their respective disciplines. Athletes play a vital role in creating school spirit and enhancing the average student’s life. Students as a whole also have a role to play in contributing to the student athletes success at SFU. Ultimately the two are dependent on each other. To address this impact gap, I promise to do the following :
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Slate: SHIFT SFU
My name is Samer Rihani and I’m currently a 3rd year Populative and Quantitative Health Sciences student with a vision for something brilliant. As a student involved in numerous clubs at SFU, my highest personal endeavors include:
Were I to be elected, some initial focuses for my term would include:
Creating a “Club Matchmaker” for prospective students seeking involvement:
The student body at SFU has constantly spoken about issues regarding social atmosphere and available ways to connect with others. Creating a “matchmaker” means implementing a simple online program asking students about their potential interests and hobbies outside of school and based on these answers, offering them recommendations and contact information to truly find what they’re looking for on campus.
Giving rooms in SUB building to clubs who need them:
The current plan will take HALF the available large-scale rooms and use them as bookable spaces for the general student body. This is a concern as there are plenty of spaces that students could potentially be using instead that SFU is not offering as study spaces (ex. 5th floor AQ). My goal is to leave all of the spaces in the SUB building for students who truly need a place to reside, while opening up areas around campus that are almost always empty and offering them as study spaces for students to book.
Thank you for taking the time to read about my platform! For those who are curious, feel free to reach me at: email@example.com or my full platform at: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IV2HMJEsr-Um-uEmKdYsIxBVYdzNAfRpFabPFxZvc8E/edit?usp=sharing
I am confident that SFU awaits to be in the hands of students who want nothing more than to guide it in the right direction. My name is Samer Rihani, and together, let’s Shift SFU.
If I am elected as your next VP of Students Services, my plan is to:
My goal is to identify, prioritize and address the issues that concern students. I will work towards enhancing the student experience by working with members of the campus community and beyond to provide services, programs, and meaningful opportunities that optimize student learning and success.
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Hello SFU Friends!
My name is Colin Fowler, and I’m a third year economics major and business minor running for the position of Vice President of University Relations on the Shift SFU slate. I’ve served as Membership Officer for the Economics Student Society for the past year and Recruitment Chair for Alpha Kappa Psi fraternity. This has allowed me to represent economics students to the department, design engaging events to bring students to the fraternity, and aid in creating one of SFU’s top career nights. Throughout my time at SFU, I have consistently been called “dedicated.” Should I have the honour of being elected, I promise to truly listen to the needs of the campus in addition to carrying out four policies alongside SFU.
I will ensure SFU keeps up with upgrades and maintenance
Many construction projects around SFU are late, such as the education building, while others like the AQ and library would fail during an earthquake. I will work with SFU to ensure maintenance and student space upgrades are occurring on schedule.
I will work with SFU, and others, to bring the Burnaby Mountain Gondola into reality
The Burnaby Mountain Gondola would bring a gondola every 40 seconds, 50% time savings over existing buses and five times the hourly capacity. In addition, 144 and 95 buses could be rerouted to Production in a snowstorm.
I will ensure mental health is taken seriously
Wait lists at SFU Health and Counselling for those desperately seeking help are, by some reports, 9 months long. I will work with SFU to ensure individuals are treated promptly.
I will support athletes and athletics
Numerous athletes have told me they want to have the same feeling of community within SFU that they do within the athletics community. I will work to promote SFU’s Clan and athletes through game day events, better communication of game dates, and televising of athletics games throughout SFU. Higher student engagement in sports could end SFU’s reputation as a commuter campus.
Thank you for your time,
Slate: Inspire SFU
Dear SFU Undergraduates,
My name is Jackson Freedman and I’m running with the Inspire SFU team to become your next Vice-President of University Relations. I’ve gained experience working this year on the SFSS Board of Directors and hope to build on that experience in the University Relations position. The following are a few condensed ideas of what I believe to be important changes I hope to enact. An expanded version of this platform can be found on my Facebook event page.
A Safer University
Increased visibility of SFU’s sexual violence policy
I will ensure that the newly enacted policy regarding sexual violence on campus is made as visible as possible.
Improved campus safety infrastructure
I will work with SFU to increase the lighting and CCTV camera presence on campus. SFU Burnaby campus is notorious for its dark parking lots and inadequate safety infrastructure.
Develop relationship between the SFSS and SFU Campus Security
I will build on the work I’ve done this last year to develop a working relationship between the SFSS and the SFU Safety and Risk Services department.
Expanded Mental Health Resources
Ensure students are at the heart of decision-making regarding mental health
I will sit on the oversight committee tasked with determining the future of mental health services on campus, and advocate for a student-centric approach.
Support mental-health focused student groups
I will engage with mental health groups on campus and further empower them to provide support and de-stigmatize mental illness on campus.
Increase visibility of mental health services
I will work to increase the visibility of mental health services already offered on campus.
Work Collaboratively with SFU Administration
Fostering a healthy relationship between the SFSS and SFU is paramount to the functioning of the SFSS. I will work to maintain this relationship, and also work to develop the relationship between the SFSS and student senators in order to approve our advocacy efforts to the university. I also hope to collaborate on major projects like the development of a Gondola up Burnaby Mountain.
Thank you and remember to vote Inspire SFU!
Hi, my name is Kia Mirsalehi. I’m a third-year computing science major and I’m running for the position of Faculty of Applied Science Representative. I served as an executive of the Computing Science Student Society for over a year and have been Council Chair for the past two semesters. Due to my involvement with the faculty and the society I was fortunate to work alongside the four DSUs, the two women groups, and various faculty and SFSS staff, connecting with them and learning lot about the problems they face. My experiences put me in a unique position where I can communicate with and strengthen the bond between the faculty fairly easily, as I am already a known member, as well as advocating and creating the necessary change since I have been involved with the society and am familiar with its workings.
If elected I’ll focus on:
Space for Surrey Students
One of the major issues is that SoSy and MSE students don’t have any work or study space in Surrey. How are students supposed to solder or get their work done when there is none provided? Therefore, one of my major goals will be to get some space for Surrey students to work on their projects and study.
I think events are a great way to combat the idea that we’re just a commuter school as well as getting people to meet others and create friends. I plan on organizing and running multiple fun different events on all three campuses that allow students to enjoy their time at school while getting a break from studying, connecting with fellow peers.
Transparency is a huge issue, regardless of what faculty you’re in. For too long and in too many cases are students not clearly informed about how their money is being used and what initiatives are being work on. I plan on creating a database of easy to access documents that describe in detail exactly what is happening, as well as regularly updating students on major spending’s and decisions made by the Board of Directors on social media.
Thanks in advance,
Hi, my name is Fuyu Li, I am a third-year Applied Science Student. I am running to be your next Faculty of Applied Science Representative. I am hoping for your trust and support to represent your voice on the student society.
Voting will be from Mar 20th-22nd on your SFU Connect email. Feel free to contract me by email firstname.lastname@example.org .
By being engaging and involving in different clubs and communities in SFU and the faculty of applied science, I have the drive and passion to use my skills and knowledge to represent your voice, and work for the changes you would like to see. My main involvements are:
If elected, a few of my goals are:
All SFU students are true inspiration and hope I will have the opportunity to inspire our university and faculty with your support.
Dear fellow SFU Students,
My name is Mehak Kalra and I am running to be your next SFSS Representative for Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. I am starting my term as a Senator of FASS this year and with your support I wish to go a step ahead and serve my community through the SFSS as well. I am running alongside a dedicated and experienced team, Shift SFU.
Some of the key highlights of my platform are:
Increasing Student engagement with clubs and DSU’s
I wish to involve more students into the existing clubs and promote formation of new clubs as well. Increased Student Engagement would make clubs more visible across the campus community. Furthermore, as a faculty representative I would work towards formulating a platform of increased collaborations between the clubs.
Support FASS Mentorship Program
I have personally benefited from mentorship opportunities available here in the faculty and I would work closely with Brian Fox, Coordinator Student Engagement to promote and support it so that there is greater outreach in the community for the program.
Advocating for smoother enrolment in required courses in FASS
As I represent my faculty in Senate as well, this is one point that I would strongly advocate as being the faculty representative of the student society. Smoother enrolment in required courses at FASS requires strong advocacy and I would work towards fulfilling this goal.
Support Society of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS) with their initiatives
SASS is an important pillar of our faculty and over the year I would work closely with them to support their initiatives and encourage a greater connection between SASS and the SFSS.
I want to serve in this capacity so that I can bring forth the voice of our whole FASS community.
If you feel that these goals would help you personally or would have a positive impact on the SFU community as a whole, please vote for me and support me to accomplish them.
Slate: Inspire SFU
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Hello SFU friends!
My name is Kailyn Ng, and I am a second year student pursuing a degree in Psychology with Forensics certification. I am running to serve as your 2018-2019 Faculty of Arts and Social Science Representative on the Board of Directors in the Simon Fraser Student Society. My involvement in the SFSS Advocacy Committee has prepared me well to inspire positive movements within the university by acting upon the best interests of all students, while supporting and assisting clubs and student unions related to the Arts and Social Sciences.
My involvement in the SFU community:
If elected, I would like to focus on:
Lastly, I humbly ask for your support during the upcoming elections so that I can represent you and your best interests on the Board of Directors. Aspire to Inspire Simon Fraser University by joining the #InspireSFU movement with me!
Thank you for caring about student’s rights and interests.
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Thank you for taking the time to check out my platform. My name is Ali Versi and I am extremely excited to be running as an independent candidate for the Arts and Social Sciences faculty representative at the SFSS Board of Directors. I am a third-year student majoring in Political Science and currently serve in the Political Science Student Union (PSSU) and have in the past worked with NGOs and various political parties. I am confident my experiences will be a valuable asset to this position. I am therefore asking for your support, to help me help you. I have recognized the concerns that students have been challenged by and I would like these to be addressed at the board level. Therefore, I am campaigning based on these issues:
IMPROVING WEATHER RESPONSE
As beautiful as our campus can get during the snow, too many times students have been stranded on campus struggling to keep warm while wondering how to get home safe. Unfortunately, SFU’s response to such weather conditions have not been prompt and timely causing extreme inconveniences to students. Therefore, I intend to advocate with the support of fellow board colleagues and with SFU for proactive measures to prevent such a situation from occurring again.
Don’t we all hate it when a required course for our major is full? Or even worse when it is offered once a year? It can get really frustrating and stressful. Therefore I intend to work in collaboration with the Student Senate to make enrollment more inclusive and accommodative.
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT AND CLUB/DSU SUPPORT
One of the concerns has been the low levels of student engagement in clubs and department student unions, therefore I intend to promote student engagement through providing more support to clubs and DSUs.
ENCOURAGE COLLABORATION BETWEEN STUDENT UNIONS AND CLUBS
It is not common to hear of student unions collaborating in organizing events. Such events would be an excellent space for students from different departments to discover new interests and explore other studies at SFU.
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Thank you for your time and I look forward to your support. If you’d like to get in touch with me, please feel free to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a great day!
Arts and Social Sciences Faculty Representative Candidate.
Slate: Inspire SFU
My name is Jessica Nguyen and I am a third year Beedie student! I am currently running for the position of Business Representative for the SFSS Board of Directors. In my past three years at SFU, I have been extremely involved in the Beedie community in numerous clubs.
My involvement includes:
Through these involvements, I was able to enhance and hone many skills and create meaningful connections. Furthermore, I gained valuable insight on the the disconnect between SFSS and student.. My main goal is to close this gap enabling SFU to no longer be seen as just a “commuter school”. I want to provide student clubs with the necessary resources to help increase student engagement and involvement.
I know this can be done by:
I want to make the lives of the students easier and eradicate many of the barriers clubs may have to denies them reach the pinnacle of their success. I believe that by providing ample resources including support and strong communication to these clubs will strengthen community engagement and involvement. Furthermore, for the general students that I will be representing, I want SFSS to host many events throughout the year that will promote school spirit and allow students to connect with SFSS representatives so we are able to educate them on what we do and how we can help. As previously mentioned, my goal is to close the gap between SFSS and students.
Please let me know if you have any questions about my platform.
Slate: SHIFT SFU
Dear members of my Beedie and SFU family,
My name is Raunaq Singh and I am a third year Beedie student majoring in finance and accounting and I am running to be YOUR next Business Representative. My SFU experience has been quite a ride so far and the most important lesson I have learnt is that it is vital to continuously keep evolving and to never be discouraged from setbacks.
I also was once a shy first year student who often was discouraged by the lack of a community up at SFU. I’ve walked the same streets that many incoming and present students often find themselves lost in. But I have some news for you, there is light at the end of the tunnel my friends. What I have learnt throughout is that once empowered, students can achieve wonders within our community.
Students at Beedie have all the potential to become leaders within the SFU community and with access to proper resources this can and WILL happen. My candidacy is not about making promises filled with rainbows and butterflies. It is about achieving real and measurable goals. It is about implementing change that is long overdue.
My term as the Business Representative will unfold in three stages:
Stage 1- Restoring formal connections between the SFSS and the Business Faculty. Unlike, past reps, I will consider it mandatory for myself to attend the all-clubs-President’s meeting to ensure the consistent flow of communication.
Stage 2- Invite capable Marketing, HR and Accounting students to sit on SFSS committees. This will increase opportunities for involvement and transparency. I’ll advocate to designate clubs as not-for-profit to increase access to resources.
Stage 3- Explore the possibility of projects such as the creation of mural art in the concrete corridors of our University, increase access to study spaces for Beedie students, lobby the senate for reducing 200-level Business course-curves, improve room-booking services.
Thank you for taking the time to read my plan. I can easily be reached at email@example.com or 604-440-5212.
Let’s keep it real.
Hi everyone! My name is Amrita Mohar and I’m running as the next FCAT Representative for SFSS. Currently, I am a second year undergrad majoring in Communication and a huge supporter of collaboration and innovation! I believe those two terms are what FCAT stands for and a #majorkey for success.
Why I would be honoured to take on this position is because:
Three main goals that I have created that I believe will have a major impact not only on the FCAT Department but all students are:
Having experienced working closely with the FCAT Department as a VP Events Coordinator for CMNSU, I have built those required relationships and understand the struggles that this department is currently facing.
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I am in my 4th year and currently completing the Bachelor of General Studies in Education program with a minor in Curriculum and Instruction.
I am running to become the Education Representative mainly because I recognize that the presence of each student in the faculty matters. Thus, I am interested in voicing the needs of the undergraduates within the Faculty of Education, whether that is for one semester or multiple.
Slate: Inspire SFU
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My name is Cameron Nakatsu, and I am a second-year Education student running to be your Faculty of Education Representative on the Board of Directors at the Simon Fraser Student Society.
With this opportunity at hand, I am extremely excited to work collaboratively to improve the experience of not only education students, but the whole undergraduate experience. With insight from a number of Education students, I would like to focus on the following important points, that I, with the help of the SFSS, will work towards.
Creating a Classroom Volunteering Program in the Faculty of Education
As the President of the Education Student Association, one of our main goals was to begin increasing the availability to volunteer opportunities for Education students. I want to work towards bridging the gap between SFU Education, and school boards, surrounding our University, to ensure that each student has an opportunity to begin a volunteering position as pleased.
Continue Building the Faculty of Education Community
While on my term on the executive team of ESA, I personally helped increase engagement in membership within our DSU. As such a small faculty, the Faculty of Education has the opportunity to build a strong community among all students and faculty. An event such as a Faculty of Education FROSH will ease this transition further, allowing connections among students of different ages and years to continue.
Improve the mental health and well-being for all SFU students
At such a stressful time in one’s life, I will ensure the health initiatives that target mental health and well-being in the University will continue to be supported. Further, I plan on joining both the advocacy, and accessibility committees within my time next year. In these committees, I plan to ensure that the experiences and well-being of all students are accounted for.
Above all else. my primary goal is to ensure that your time and experience at SFU continues on a positive note, and I will strive to make that happen.
Hello SFU Students!
My name is Russell Dunsford, current co-chair of the Bachelor of Environment Student Union, and I would like to let everyone know that I am running for the position of Faculty of Environment Representative in the Simon Fraser Student Society. I am currently a second year REM student, looking into a dual major in Sustainable Business.
The primary issues to be addressed during my term are:
First off, there will be an emphasis on safe, open events for all faculty students. These events will target a wide audience to ensure everyone has an opportunity to get engaged. In this way I would like to encourage the faculty to come together as a whole.
There will be pressure applied to the faculty to meet student demands. This includes a strong push for fall reading break. The other faculty service under close scrutiny will be responsible mental health spending, which I will ensure reaches all students equally.
The Faculty of Environment is currently in a very fragmented state. There is little communication between DSUs, and nearly no joint events. I want to change this by hosting joint events and improving the faculty liaison committee. We are a small faculty, so we need to work together to be heard.
Lastly, I hope to improve the quality of our faculty amenities, both for student convenience and environmental interests. This includes water fountains and bottle refill stations, which will decrease the plastic we’re discarding, helping us reduce our carbon footprint.
For any of these promises to come true, we need your help. I am determined to do everything in my power to make SFU a better place for you, but I cannot do it alone. If we all work together as a team, with a goal in mind, nothing can stop us from forging the best years this faculty has ever seen.
Slate: Shift SFU
My name is Yasmin Khalili and I am honoured to have the opportunity to run to be your next Health Science Representative in the upcoming SFSS elections.
I will soon be entering my 5th year of studies at SFU with a major in Health Sciences and a minor in Biology. During my time at SFU I have obtained a diverse repertoire of experience by taking part in Co-op, working in several research labs, assisting with SFU Recreation, writing articles for The Peak, and giving campus tours with SFU Student Central.
As the Health Science Representative, I want to give back to my beautiful HSCI family and be a part of making some big changes and improving the experience of all HSCI students!
My main goals as the Health Science Representative are:
I plan on working closely with the HSUSU, Health Science Undergraduate Student Union, by bringing their ideas to the table at SFSS. Still, I understand that many HSCI undergrads are not a part of HSUSU and thus working solely with them would not suffice. I plan on advocating for students whose voices may not be heard, and by building further connections with professors who have been a part of the faculty’s growth.
Health Science is a Faculty that is experiencing incredible growth in terms of number of students and classes offered. It is important that connections between student unions, clubs, and university professors continue to increase so that accessibility regarding opportunities available for students in maximized.
By working with the HSUSU I plan to build upon the events hosted for HSCI students so we can improve the student experience within our faculty! I also plan on collaborating with my peers in other faculties and creating a stronger sense of unity between faculties, while maintaining our unique identity.
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Hello SFU Friends!
My name is Christina Loutsik, and I am running to be your next Health Sciences Representative in this year’s SFSS elections. I am currently a second year student in the Health Sciences faculty. I have involved myself in various events and initiatives over these past two years in order to bring about a positive change on campus. I have volunteered for SFSS events, and I am currently serving as a chair of the Hi-Five Mental Health Movement at SFU. I hope to use a position on the SFSS Board of Directors to build on my previous experience and improve student life in a number of ways.
If elected as your next Health Science Representative, I will:
Improve student mental health and wellbeing:
Work with DSU’s, Clubs, and Student Groups:
Improve financial services for low-income students:
Thank you for taking the time to read my platform and for making an informed choice. I firmly believe that SFU and it’s students have the potential to form an engaged and involved student community at every level – my goal is to inspire students to build on this potential and make SFU the best possible place it can be. I want to make sure that SFU is the university that us students deserve. Please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com.
Slate: SHIFT SFU
My name is Natasha Birdi, I’m a 5th Year Applied Physics Major. I’m running for Science Representative because through my involvement:
I have come to understand that a strong social community is the backbone of a successful, engaged student body.
I intend on working closely with DSUs to include DSUs in the conversations and decisions from the BOD . I will implement:
Science DSUs have been incredibly successful this year with increasing attendance and event frequency. Personally, DSUs have played a massive role as to why I have become so engaged. I’ve gained lifelong friends that share a common passion to make student life as fulfilling as possible, for each other, and for incoming students. It’s why we make Science FROSH the biggest event of the year.
With all the hard work our DSUs and SUS are putting in, we should be showcasing these communities and their events to all of SFU.
I promise to advertise DSU events and meetings through every avenue possible to increase reach even further. We need:
My goal is to encourage not only departmental engagement in the sciences, but also highlight the interdepartmental collaboration that has taken off this year. It is my hope that with outreach to a greater number of students, more will see the opportunities available to find people they connect with, and become engaged both within their university and beyond.
Sincerely, Natasha Birdi
Hello SFU Undergraduates,
My name is Prince Cheema and I am a second year Molecular Biology student in the Faculty of Sciences, and I am running to be the Science Representative for this years SFSS Board of Directors. I am running for this position to help fellow students become more engaged and comfortable within the SFU community. As a fellow undergraduate I understand how difficult balancing academics, extracurricular involvement, and mental health can be. I would like to hear from and work alongside all students to help make improvements to our community in any way possible.
In my time at SFU I have had the honor to meet many new people and built many relationships along the way. My personal experiences at SFU include:
Research volunteer in the Faculty of Biology
When I first began my journey through university I knew how important it was to get involved and I was privileged to be able to help a graduate student in the Faculty of Biology, with their Masters project. This opportunity allowed me to see practical purposes in regards to my degree, but also to build on my own personal skills.
Vice President, SFU Chemistry Student Society
I was honored to have been elected and serve as the vice president of the Chemistry Student Society. The Chemistry Society, along with other Department Student Societies work on engaging students to help them better integrate themselves within their desired field of study.
If elected I would like to be a voice for the students, and work alongside students to address any issues such as:
Increase opportunities for students to engage on campus
Advocate for the expansion of study space across all campuses
Enhancing the academic experiences for SFU students
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If you have any questions/comments, please feel free to contact me at anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My name is Mohammed Ali and I am a fifth-year international student studying Kinesiology and Education. I am running to be your next At-Large Representative along with my team #ShiftSFU to create a more connected campus community between SFU students, residence, the Clan family and Fraser International College (FIC).
While I have been at SFU I have always been engaged in various capacities with the Society and associations. For example:
If elected, I will help in fostering open communication between the Society and the student body, to understand student issues, and to help find solutions the Society can provide.
Here are few of my goals:
I am running in this election with a team of dedicated individuals who all want to make the SFU community UNIFIED!
Thank you for taking the time to read my platform, so that you can make an informed vote!
Link to full platform: http://www.sfu.ca/~maabdelh/
Link to my Facebook event page: http://bit.ly/VoteMo4Large
If you have any questions or comments feel free to contact me at Mohammed_Ali@sfu.ca
My name is David Evans, a fourth year honours physics student, and I’m running for the position of At-Large Representative on the SFSS Board of Directors. Coming from the small yet tight-knit physics department, I have learned a lot about what it means to be a community. Over the last year, I have served as the Physics Student Association’s representative on the SFSS council, giving me great exposure to the inmost workings of the Society, as well as allowing me to work closely alongside the executives of the PSA.
If elected, my priorities will include:
Improving Access to Mental Health Resources
During my time at SFU, I have heard innumerable complaints about on-campus mental health resources, often centred around wait times and other inefficiencies that make scheduling an appointment extremely difficult. This is a serious issue that needs addressing. If elected, I will work to solve these issues, and ensure that those who need help can reasonably attain it.
While not included in the fees students are charged each semester, expensive, mandatory textbooks prove a substantial part of the costs of university. If elected, I will advocate for the use of more affordable, or open, textbooks.
More Accessible Events
While the weekly campus pub nights are an excellent start to improving the culture of SFU’s so-called “commuter campus”, I believe more can be done. This includes the implementation of additional events throughout the week, designed to give students more opportunity to experience all the SFSS has to offer.
Fall Reading Break
Many universities across Canada have begun implementing, or considering, a break in the Fall semester to give students relief during a stressful time of year. The current SFSS Board of Directors is also interested in this possibility. If elected, I will continue to support this initiative.
The role of At-Large Rep is to represent the student base as a whole. If you have a suggestion, let me know! Perhaps your idea can receive the support of the SFSS.
Thank you for reading my platform, if you have any questions, Email me at email@example.com
Hello SFU Students,
My name is Wareez Ola Giwa, I am a 3rd year international student pursuing a major and a minor in Psychology and Education respectively. I am running to serve as your 2018/2019 SFSS At-Large Representative. My decision to shoulder the all-important faculty representative responsibility despite other reasons, stems from being currently involved in the affairs of my student union as a co-undergraduate student representative on the Chair’s Advisory Committee for the Department of Psychology. I have also been involved in different SFSS initiatives over the years. The following are the projects I plan to bring on board for the next year if I were to get elected.
Enhance Classroom/Facilities Directory.
The first obstacle every new and returning student face each semester is the dilemma of locating their classrooms and other available yet unknown faculty/departmental facilities. One major way I plan to tackle this is to advocate for interactive classroom/facilities directory (Interactive maps). Impacts of this include but are not limited to students being well aware of the facilities and resources available to them. It reduces confusion and hassle of getting around campus and also allows easy transition into university life for new students whilst familiarizing current/returning students with these facilities.
For the sake of staying within word count, remaining intended projects can be found on my actual event page on Facebook. Make sure to check it out to get a sense of what I stand for. For now, I will leave you with the bullet points.
Thank you for taking time to read my platform. The ultimate goal if elected as your next At-Large Representative is to promote a strong sense of community in SFU by building on existing projects and also introducing new initiatives. I urge every student to make an informed decision when the voting period begins. If you have any questions feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Facebook: Wareez O. Giwa
Slate: Inspire SFU
Allocate a portion of Events budget towards smaller events on weeknights for all ages. The community would benefit from events on campus which are alternative to pub nights. Students will not have to leave campus to participate in regular organized social events.
Allocate a portion of our Advocacy budget towards advocating for an SFU Gondola. An SFU Gondola is better for the environment. Students will have access to safe transportation to and from Burnaby Mountain on snowy days. I would also like to allocate a portion of our Conferences/Lobbying budget towards advancing the steps taken to acquire an SFU Gondola.
We believe in the value of needs-based-grants, as such, we have decided to allocate more money towards bursaries as we continue to advocate for needs-based-grants. I would like to increase Bursary contributions from $30k to $40k. I would like to also increase our food bank contribution from $14 629 to $20k to help combat an under-supply of food in food banks during the summer months.
I would increase funding for student clubs to expand the populous of engagement within the community. SFU prides itself on being the “engaged university”, the SFSS must actively promote policies which are consistent with the University’s values.
I intend to introduce a greater variety in nightlife events on campus. More specifically, I would like to introduce multiple new series of events to take place in conjunction with the already pre-established “Pub Nights”. Going about this with an open mind, and formulating decisions based on the feedback of the community will be the only way that this is conducted. I will be joining the events committee to assure the maximum effectiveness of my intents.
Finally, I intend to maximize on our new building in the Fall of 2018. I will ensure a smooth and extensive transition into the new building. I would like to make the student union building the new “Hub” for students. Incorporating forward thinking values, I will do my utmost to ensure that students expectations are upheld. I would like for the new building to have a healthy balance of leisure and work
Many SFU students intend to pursue Dental school, Medical School, Pharmacy, Law school, or Graduate studies. The current 4.33 GPA system used at SFU is incongruent with the system used by other Canadian universities, namely UBC. At UBC, letter grades are converted to percentages when applying, such that the lower grade boundary is used, not the middle of the range. Because of this, SFU students are at an enormous disadvantage when applying to professional school, especially UBC School of Dental Medicine. By listing the percentage next to the letter grade on transcripts, there will no longer be a need for conversion, and SFU students will finally be on an equal playing field.
SFU is one of the few universities that doesn’t afford students ample time to review before Final Exams. At UBC, Final Exams begin nearly a week after the Last Day of classes, whereas at SFU, students only have one day to review before Final Exams. This greatly affects the academic performance of SFU students and places us at disadvantage with respect to almost every other Canadian university.
Every semester, students pay several hundreds of dollars for indoor and outdoor search permits, only to arrive at school and spend half an hour searching for parking space. Currently, SFU parking services oversells parking permits, leaving students out of time and out of money. Should I be elected to the SFSS, I will strongly advocate for setting conservative limits on the number of parking permits sold every semester.
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