First Year Council
First Year Council (2021-2022)
Meet the students taking on first-year issues on campus
Chair, Events Commission
Chair, Finance Commission
Chair, Outreach Commission
Chair, Policies Commission
Paul To La
Shirui (Sarry) Zhong
Frequently Asked Questions
Nope! The First Year Council was designed to give students an opportunity to develop their leadership skills in a constructive environment. The most important thing an applicant can demonstrate is their eagerness to be involved in the U of T community.
The President and Vice President of the First Year Council are elected at the second meeting by a vote of Council members.
Members get the opportunity to learn about student politics, gain leadership experience, and add membership on the FYC to their resume. You’ll also meet other students who are interested in getting involved in student politics more broadly. FYC members have the opportunity to chair committees of the council, which oversee everything from events and campaigns to finances and governance. The FYC enjoys a great amount of autonomy from the UTSU, which gives members a fantastic opportunity to operate an impactful organization almost entirely on their own.
Upon completion of the term, all members will receive an honorary certificate. The President and Vice-President receive a $500 honorarium for their work.
At the UTSU, we have many ways of getting involved, including the Blue Crew volunteer program which is temporarily paused due to Covid-19.
You can also visit your local student society’s website to find out if you can be a first-year representative there, or if there are other vacant positions on their council. You can also join a club, get involved with a service group, or form a club of your own!