The following dates for the UTSU Spring 2021 Elections are presented in accordance with the guidelines laid out in the UTSU’s Elections Procedure Code (EPC), with additional steps added for increased engagement and outreach, and with certain exceptions made to in-person campaigning procedures due to COVID-19.
Information Sessions and Q&As with Executives
Tuesday, February 9 at 5pm
Thursday, February 11 at 5pm
Prospective Candidates Full Information Session
Saturday, February 13 at 2pm
Monday, February 15 at 9am to Friday, March 5 at 5pm
Friday, March 5 at 5pm to Monday, March 8 at 9am
Mandatory All Candidates Meeting
Saturday, March 6 at 6pm
Online Campaigning Period
Monday, March 8 at 9am to Sunday, March 21 at 11:59pm
Executive Candidates Forum
Tuesday, March 16 at 6pm
Wednesday, March 17 at 12:01am to Sunday, March 21 at 11:59pm
Latest Possible Deadline for Official Announcement of Election Results
Tuesday, March 23 at 5pm
Executives at the UTSU are officers of a federally-incorporated not-for-profit corporation, and they hold important functions and responsibilities. They are paid hourly employees of the UTSU, receiving an hourly pay of $19 per hour, up to 40 hours per week.
These roles constitute full-time or part-time jobs depending on the position, and come with a high expectation of responsibility. Potential candidates should consider how they plan to balance their other commitments throughout the upcoming academic year before signing up to run as a candidate.
Alexa Ballis: Throughout my time at UofT, I’ve noticed how much students are struggling and I want to help in any way that I can. If elected, I promise to work tirelessly for you to make the UTSU, and UofT, more accessible, transparent, and proactive. My platform addresses academics, student life, mental health, equity, sustainability, and more. Additionally, my previous experience as VUSAC President taught me a lot about running an organization, and I hope to apply what I have learned to best support all UofT students. For more information about my plans and experience, please visit www.votealexa.com!
Fiona Reuter: Hi UofT! As Finance Chair of the UTSU this year, I’ve seen firsthand how the UTSU needs to do better to serve students. I believe I have the experience, drive, and ideas to help make it so. As VP Operations, I’m hoping to launch student budget consultations so that we are more financially transparent, change our Health & Dental plan to increase mental health coverage and prioritize faster refunds, and ensure a Student Commons transition that prioritizes accessibility and spaces for club use. To learn more about my platform, please visit https://www.fionaforops.ca or reach out any time!
Vice-President Public & University Affairs
Micah Kalisch: With a background in harm reduction, trauma survivor and mental health advocacy, lobbying, and student governance, I am confident in my ability to be your next VPPUA. If elected, I would prioritize connecting with students, organizations, and off-campus stakeholders in order to advocate in an informed, effective manner. My priorities include transparency from the administration, academic reforms (e.g. improving CR/NCR policies; Accessibility Services accommodations), as well as changes to inadequate mental health and sexual violence policies. Next year’s UTSU must promote a culture of inclusion, consent, and collective wellbeing, and I’d be honoured to help us get there!
Vice-President Student Life
Nathan Ching: There is a stigma that UofT students are disconnected from their community and each other. There are two folds to this problem: mental health and club culture. Despite the inexplicable connection between student life and mental health, there is a disturbing lack of awareness for how mental health is addressed at UofT. As such, I am driven to improve student access to mental health resources and to integrate mental health awareness into all parts of student life at UofT.
Maria Lin: Over the past three years, I have been an active member of the Student Life Community committed to fostering connections and creating shared experiences. As the executive assistant of Student Life at UTSU, I launched the Club Digest initiative to build effective communication channels between clubs and students. I’m also an executive at three clubs, through which I have learned to listen to and appreciate the needs of student organizations. My experiences combined with my passion will allow me to excel as your VPSL. I am dedicated to Communicate, Advocate, Resonate, and Elevate our student life experiences because I CARE.
Anusha Madhusudanan: This year, I’ve had the honor of serving as the President of UTSU’s First Year Council where I‘ve created a mental health task force, led numerous events, and advocated for first-year concerns. Additionally, I was the chair of Trinity’s Alumni Relations Committee and the first-year representative of Equity Committee. As VPSL, I aim to create an accessible and equitable community within Student Life by reframing the clubs funding policy, creating a club’s resource handbook, hosting townhalls, and appointing a first-year representative to the Clubs Committee. I also look forward to throwing some lit events year-round. Please consider voting for me!!
Reva Aggarwal: I’m really excited to be running for Vice-President Equity! I have taken on several leadership roles during my first two years at UofT including SMC Orientation leader and treasurer for the SMC Troubadours. In the time of COVID and online learning, students are trying their hardest to keep up with the classes and social life despite their different backgrounds, time zones and home situations. If elected, I will make sure that UofT students, wherever they may be, are able to get the support they need to thrive in university. Please check out the link below to learn about my campaign.
Vice-President Professional Faculties
Tiffany Tiu: Hi! Thank you for voting in this election! I am Tiffany and I am excited for the opportunity to serve as your VPPF next year. I am very passionate about student matters and have been actively involving in student leadership, governance, and advocacy. I have been privileged to speak for students – as the UTSU Director for KPE for 2 years, the Academic Commissioner for KPE this year, and the Council of Athletics and Recreation Co-Chair for 2 years. I am confident that my passion and experience can serve you very well next year. Visit https://twmyemail.wixsite.com/tiffforvppf to learn more about me!
Ruoheng Wang: Hey! My name is Ruoheng (Cathy) Wang. I am a ECE 2T4 running for Vice President Professional Faculties with the purpose of making the entire UTSG campus community better. I will aim to open up more Co-Op opportunities, create a Cr/NCr option and expand the existing mental health resources. Having served as the first-year representative and been on the Mental Health Task Force Committee, I have ensured that my constituents’ voices are heard, and their concerns are addressed. If elected, I promise to continue bringing up more help and make myself accessible to everyone. Vote for Ruoheng Wang!
3x University College Director
Easha Khan: Hey UC! I’m Easha, and I’m running to be a Board Director for University College. As a Student Representative, I want to advocate for you, address your concerns, and help your voice be heard by standing with you. Being part of UTSU will allow me to fulfill that role. To be a union, we need support, courage, and dependability, which I can bring to you as a friend, peer and student. My goal is to have UTSU be connected with UC, allowing more online events and awareness about mental health and movements. I will always be working hard for you.
Muskan Nagra: My name is Muskan and I’m running to be one of your UC Directors. I love being part of a college which places a high emphasis on accessibility, inclusivity, and community. This school year has challenged us in unexpected ways and we have had to tap into resources we were unclear about or did not know were available. One of my goals if I am elected is to ensure that these resources are available in an accessible and transparent way to all those entering. In this role, I have come to realize the divide between international and domestic students. I
3x St. Michael’s College Director
Rayan Alim: No statement provided.
Cianna Choo: My name is Cianna. I have served as the Orientation Coordinator, the Vice President of Academics, and currently as the President of the St. Michael’s College Student Union. As a Director, I hope to strengthen communication between SMC and the UofT community. I recognize that most SMC students are not concentrated on our campus, so I want to promote how organizations like SMCSU, Mentorship, and the clubs can work with the UTSU to create supports, write letters, and make changes at the University. I am passionate about building relationships with groups outside of SMC so we can reach more students.
David D’Aversa: Hi everyone, David here. I am an environmentalist, activist, and feminist. I will keep this short and sweet: Vote for me and I promise to fight for your rights and make your voice heard. It’s that simple. Policy Priorities: Student mental health advocacy & administrative accountability. I am not here because this position “looks good on a resume”, but because I’m passionate about changing UofT for the better of all students. If elected, I promise to strengthen mental health support, cut tuition costs during COVID-19, and advocate for fair textbook prices. I humbly ask for your support. Vote D’AVERSA.
3x New College Director
Ramtin Tamsari: Over the past two years, it’s been a privilege to serve the constituents of New college as a division 1 director on the UTSU. As such, I am hoping to have the opportunity to continue my active involvement in student affairs, activities, and advocating for those whom I represent. I greatly value the student experience and strive to improve it as much as possible, for as many students as possible. If re-elected, I promise to serve with both honesty and confidence. Above all else, I cannot wait to have the pleasure to continue engaging with you all. Thank you!
1x Innis College Director
Elad Dekel: As the representative for Innis College, I will ensure that we have a seat at the table, and our voices are heard in all UTSU decisions. Having been on the ICSS last year, I am both familiar and will coordinate with them in order to actively campaign to bring about changes that the Innis community is passionate about. If elected as Innis representative I will not rest until our University is held accountable for the consequences of decisions it makes in “the students’ best interests”. Together, we will take a stand on issues pertaining to mental health and online learning.
Janielle Palmer: As Innis Director, I plan on ensuring that the Innis student body is represented. I want there to be complete communication between us, so you all know what your tuition is going towards. I also would like to make sure that your voice is being used towards things the Innis community wants and needs, as decided by your feedback. In the end, it is your opinions and I would like to be the one who helps ensure they are heard.
1x Trinity College Director (election administered by Trinity College)
2x Victoria College Director (election administered by Victoria College)
3x Woodsworth College Director (election administered by Woodsworth College)
Life Sciences Director
Elmirah Ahmad: Hello everyone! My name is Elmirah and I’m running to represent Life Science students on UTSU’s board of directors. It has been a difficult year; many of us are trying to get involved in research, volunteering, and other extracurricular opportunities. Do not fret! I plan to organize networking events, a de-stress fest, and information sessions for research opportunities and further studies (medical school, graduate school, etc). Additionally, it would be my top priority to advocate for mental health and provide students with helpful resources. If elected, I will go above and beyond to represent Life Science students!
Rishab Chopra: Hey! I’m Rishab –running for the Life Sciences Director position! Regardless of whether I’m elected, I’ll be actively looking for opportunities that would help enhance the UofT experience for ALL Life Science students –not only meeting the expected norm to help set up events that’d be beneficial for the student body, but more focus towards addressing certain policy changes. I know it might seem a bit pretentious, but I’ve heard from many and seen for myself that a lot of things need change –so if elected, I have EVERY intention to do my part to spur that needed change. Cheers!
Katherine Jung: Hey y’all, I’m Katherine Jung and I’m the current 2020-21 Life Sci Director! I’ve had such an amazing time this year and I’m running for re-election! My platform is made up of 4 major components: 1) Student Engagement, 2) Academic Advocacy, 3) Mental Health Advocacy and 4) Opportunities! You can learn more about my platform & past experiences at: www.kjfamily7.wixsite.com/katherinejung and follow @voteforkatherinejung on Instagram for updates. If you want to check out one of the major initiatives I did this year, take a look at @utsu.lifesci (which I started) on Instagram too!
Kshitij Ghorpade: Hi, I’m KJ and I’m running for Director of Life Sciences 2021-22. We’ve had a difficult year and Life Sci students have faced many struggles. As D.LS, I intend to ensure that your voices are heard at the highest levels of university government. My plans include an exquisite Convocation and Frosh Week 2021, career mapping and advancement workshops and collaborating with the colleges to make UofT undergraduate life the best in the city. It’s been a hard and dark time for UofT… but I see a new day dawning and if elected, I will make it brighter! Website: https://kjg-election-director-
Social Sciences Director
Victoria Liu: Hi everyone! I am running to represent your voices and needs. Good mental health is paramount. Online school during a pandemic is stressful. I am looking for ways to reduce students’ workloads, create peer supports, and increase funds for counselling. I will also dedicate to increase financial support for tuitions and transportation fees. Finally, I am committed to enhance your professional and extracurricular experiences. This includes creating networking events, and develop partnerships—for internship/Co-op— reserved for U of T students. Please visit the Facebook page to learn more about why I am running. Thank you!
Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Rotman Commerce Director
Roshawn Jamasi: Hi, I’m Roshawn and I am running to be YOUR representative on the UTSU! A key responsibility of the Rotman Commerce Director is to meet with RCSA and collaborate on initiatives, including those pertaining to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) to improve our community. However, because I ALREADY AM the incoming Director of EDI, I have established a relationship with RCSA and am obviously very familiar with whatever initiatives the Director of EDI is doing (because that’s me!). With this added efficiency, coupled with my deep passion and my strong commitment, I am confident I can serve you with excellence.
Jessie Wu: Hello! My name is Jessie. As Humanities Director, I aim to advocate for student concerns, such as improving mental health accessibility services and Humanities career-oriented opportunities through pushing initiatives to be heard by the UTSU. I am also passionate about events; this year, I have hosted game nights, a speed friending event, and Instagram giveaways through my position as the Events Chair on UTSU’s First Year Council. I plan to host more events in the future—some ideas include movie nights and a Humanities-oriented club fair! You can reach me on Facebook or @j.wu48 on Instagram.
Computer Science Director
Transitional Year Programme
3x Engineering Director
Sheral Kumar: Hi, my name is Sheral and I am a third-year Engineering Science student. I am passionate about advocating for Engineering students and would be honored to represent you in the student union. Over the past year I served as Mental Wellness Project Director in the Engineering Society. In this role, I fought for systemic changes to address major student concerns, including convincing the Faculty to invest in student mental health by creating a sustainable Mental Wellness Bursary. If elected as Engineering Director, I will continue to advocate for you and SKULE throughout the UofT community.
Nelson Lee: No statement provided.
Neo Lou: Hey there! I’m Neo Lou (EngSci 2T4) and I’m running for Engineering Director! As Representative, I will vote on things that YOU, Engineers, care about. I will listen to your opinions, and I will make sure that Engineers have a voice in decisions that will affect our academic and social life. If elected, I will: 1) Reach out through surveys and discussions to understand what YOU care about. 2) Collect feedback from clubs, design teams and student organizations. 3) Send out a “Meeting Summary” after every meeting to update you about important decisions. Thanks for reading and vote Neo Lou!
2x Professional Faculties-at-Large Director
Maria Ebeid: This year, I have learned how to set goals and advocate on behalf of students from being a part of the First Year Council and a Women in Science and Engineering Ambassador. These roles allowed me to enhance my knowledge on the importance of advocating for others and the importance of communication, perseverance, and student engagement. My goals as a board director are to provide more coordination to faculty advocacy, create initiatives to aid students of various faculties, ensure better accessibility, and help create a positive and welcoming environment for students.
1x KPE Director (election administered by KPE)
1x Music Director (election administered by Music)
1x Architecture & Visual Studies Director (election administered by Architecture & Visual Studies)
1x Law Director (election administered by Law)
1x Nursing Director (election administered by Nursing)
1x Pharmacy Director (election administered by Pharmacy)
1x Medicine Director (election administered by Medicine)
1x Dentistry Director (election administered by Dentistry)
1x Theology Director (election administered by Theology )