My name is Jina Aryaan and I’m running to be an executive on ASSU. As a third year sociology major with a double minor in French and Latin American Studies, I believe that my diverse educational interests and extra-curricular activities will enable me to make an exceptional contribution to the current ASSU team and existing initiatives.
As a past recipient of ASSU’s First Year Student Award, my passion for student advocacy and campus engagement has led to my executive involvement with numerous campus clubs from which I have gained much knowledge on the daily issues faced by students. Currently, I serve as an undergraduate representative on multiple ArtsSci Council committees, the UTSU clubs committee and Hart House Social Justice Committee. I’m also a student alumni ambassador, coeditor-in-chief of Her Campus, and the founder and President of the Spanish Student Organization.
I aim to improve the student experience by:
1) Establishing a course evaluation system for TAs and Professors to collect student feedback
2) Increasing funds and administrative resources for Course Unions to facilitate readily more inclusive and accessible events
3) Planning more events targeting first year and international students
4) Organizing informative events and activities on mental health support
5) Increasing ASSU’s social media presence to consistently inform students of the union’s services I recognize that there are diverse students with distinct university experiences, but I intend on uniting these students and establishing the conditions that allow for one shared university experience that meets everyone’s academic, health and social needs.
Candidate has removed themselves from the election.
I go by the name Hilora Dewett (she and her pronouns) and I’m that one person that HAS to point out that something is problematic. I like to remember that if someone says they’re bothered by something, I don’t get to decide that they aren’t. With this in mind, I have experience as the Equity Director in the New College Student Council and view myself as a leader. I believe that in order for students to be successful in university and academics it is important to foster a safe space because everyone has a story and assumptions lead nowhere. I pride myself in having an open mind but also understand that being a leader along with being equitable and inclusive is an on-going journey and there is always more to be learned. With this position, I hope to maintain a safe, sustainable, well-represented and comfortable environment!”
In my four years at U of T, I have been involved in numerous clubs and different levels of their executive team. Last year I was the Under-Secretary-General of two campus organizations, UTMUN and OMWHO. Both organizations required me to change existing constitutions to improve the clubs functions, organize staff events throughout the year and produce a three-day conference. While I love being a part of clubs around campus, I want to spend my last year improving campus life for my fellow students, under the ASSU constituency. I am confident that my administrative and management experience will aid me in executive duties. My familiarity with club needs and their mandates will help me be a good liaison.
ASSU’s maintains a unique platform, possessing the opportunity to confront various prejudices on campus. The other I saw on ASSU’s twitter speak out against racist campus tweets. Something we all appreciate in making student life a more positive and safe environment for everyone. I want to expand and direct these efforts into other, also, worthy causes. One initiative I would facilitate is making mental health support information readily available. Offices around campus visibly provide contraceptives; similarly, it would be beneficial to have mental health help sheets. These could include various supports available on campus, rights we hold as students, and just general tips on watching out for our fellow classmates. In short, implementing practical measure that help people on a day-to-day basis, and making our campus, and it’s offices accessible for everyone.