Candidate Statements for the 2020 UTM Campus Affairs Committee Elections

Teaching Staff

2 seats - 3 candidates

RAFAEL CHIUZI

Teaching Staff

Rafael is a proud Professor and an active member of the UTM community. As a faculty at the Management Department, he mentors our bright students and actively seeks new ways to enhance his organizational behaviour teaching. His Ph.D. in organizational psychology is also put to good use outside the walls of the University. Rafael managed several large-scale corporate change processes in Fortune 500 companies in North America, South America, and the Middle East. His motivation to engage with the Campus Affairs Committee is to serve UTM proudly and improve our beautiful Campus. https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/management/people/chiuzi-rafael

CLAUDIU GRADINARU

Teaching Staff

I have been a Professor of Physics at UTM since 2006 and served as Chair of the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences between 2014 and 2019. I teach, do research, supervise graduate students, manage a research lab and, as Chair, I ran a large and complex yearly budget and participated in several major planning and renovation projects on campus. I am a big fan of all things UTM and I believe that my experience and my commitment to excellence and accountability will serve me well as member of the UTM Campus Affairs Committee.

ASHLEY MONKS

Teaching Staff

I would like to serve on UTM’s Campus Affairs Committee as I believe that I am well-positioned to undertake this important service. I have been a member of the UTM teaching staff since 2004, I am currently Chair of the Department of Psychology and also serve on the Academic Affairs Committee. Furthermore, the Department of Psychology is not currently represented on CAC and I believe that both my department and the CAC would benefit from having Psychology represented in this governing body. Finally, on a more personal note, I would find this service interesting.

Administrative Staff

1 seat - 2 candidates

STEPHANIE SANTOS

Administrative Staff

From assisting ICCIT students in the classroom for 5 years to working on the front-line in Hospitality & Retail Services, and now supporting the Department of Language Studies in administration, I have served the UTM community from various perspectives. As commitments have evolved, I have embraced the opportunity to give back such as becoming an Executive Committee member for Connections and Conversations, and as a mentor for the UTM Alumni Mentorship Program. I want to grasp this opportunity to keep paying it forward by improving campus life.

ALYSHA FERGUSON

Administrative Staff

Alysha Ferguson values listening, learning and building relationships, with a vision to advocate and inspire change as a leader and community builder. Since joining UTM’s community in 2015, at the CSE, Alysha has worked hard to develop an understanding of the student and campus community through participation in town halls, events, focus groups, PD workshops and committees. Alysha is willing to ask questions and share her opinion when representing others and ensuring their voices are heard. For these reasons, Alysha hopes to serve as an Administrative Staff on the Campus Affairs Committee. To learn about Alysha’s platform, values and experience visit: https://alyshaferguson.wixsite.com/campusaffairscouncil.

Graduate Students

1 seat - 2 candidates

Marc Yegani

Graduate Student

My name is Marc M. Yegani and I’m a first year student in the Masters of Science in Sustainability Management program. I come by way of Alberta, where I completed an undergraduate degree in Philosophy and Mathematics. I believe that free and rational thinking followed by courageous action according to one’s convictions offers great value to the individual as well as to society. I have previously put this belief into practice during my undergraduate degree where I was president and founder of an innovative and popular student club called the Idea and Social Club. I am also well experienced in student governance matters.

Erica Quilates

Graduate Student

My name is Erica Quilates, I am currently a Masters student in medicinal chemistry at UofT under the supervision of professor Patrick Gunning. I am running to be a part of the students’ affair committee at UTM because as a part of this committee I would help improve the graduate student experience. I have been a student in UTM for 6 years, so I have experienced the growth of the community and the adversity that come with being a good UTM students. If I am elected to this position, I will represent the graduate community.