Candidate Statements for the 2020 UTSC Academic Affairs Committee Elections

Full-Time Undergraduate Students

4 seats - 10 candidates

Sophia

Full-Time Undergraduate Student

My name is Sophia Sainee Ayathurai and I am a third year student in the Mental Health Specialist Co-op Program at UTSC. Since starting my undergraduate degree in 2016, I have volunteered on and off campus and am currently the Vice-President of ShareNow, and a successful co-op student. I learned how to be a UofT representative both on and off campus and navigated UofT relations within the community. I am passionate about improving policies to aid students struggling with their mental health, female students, and minority students. I want to make being at UofT a fulfilling experience.

Rakiya Abdullahi

Full-Time Undergraduate Student

Hello, my name is Rakiya Abdullahi. I am running for the office of UTSC Academic Affairs Committee official. I intend to play an active role in addressing academic concerns to ensure and promote student success. As a candidate who is highly respectful, I would listen to students diverse views and opinions on academic issues and find innovative solutions with the committee. I intend to work with Academic staffs to improve the education programs and help create an environment fit to promote mental health awareness. My role in the UTSC Academic Affairs Committee would allow an oversight for assessment of student learning.

Radhapriya Chawla

Full-Time Undergraduate Student

Having already served on the Academic Affairs Committee for the past two years, 2018-2020, makes me an ideal candidate. I am well rounded with both extra-curricular involvement and many honours and awards. I am passionate about my community and helping others. Being involved in the 2018 provincial election campaign for Markham-Thornhill, co-organizing large music festivals, volunteering, and working with children as a Camp Counsellor has given me leadership experience and a proven track record. My accomplishments will be an asset in the pursuit of excellence in academic affairs and making a difference for YOU. Vote Right, Vote Radhapriya Chawla.

Jia (Carolee)

Full-Time Undergraduate Student

Hello undergraduates! My name is Jia and I’ve always been passionate about making our school community better. I am the president of Psychological Health Society, Vice President of Finance in Law Society of UTSC, and the financial director of Scarborough Model United Nations. I am a boundless advocate for mental health and suicide prevention. Let me represent you on the Academic Affairs Committee and express what we value to the school!

Christopher Kouyoumdjian

Full-Time Undergraduate Student

Hi there! My name is Christopher Kouyoumdjian, and I am a third-year studying Neuroscience and Biology. I have previously worked with the Department of Student Life among other campus groups. I am reapplying to Academic Affairs this year because I want UTSC to continuously grow through your voices. In the past year, many positive motions were enacted, and your voices were heard. Why not continue that? As before, I wish to continue advocating for undergraduate students across a wide range of disciplines. Everyone has a voice, and I will ensure that each person’s voice will be heard.

Parsa Mahmud

Full-Time Undergraduate Student

My name is Parsa, a second year student in Economics and Public Policy. I intend to support your concerns in regards to accessible, enjoyable and affordable education. So far, I’ve found my way at UofT through trial and error. Yet, this has allowed me to gain experiences and perspectives which I’ll use towards creating policies that are effective and consistent. My discipline, diligence, and leadership experiences (Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant, Club involvements, DSL committee member, several other roles outside campus) also make me a qualified candidate. Essentially, I’ll work to ensure the university is responsive, and delivers to our expectations.

Amanda Nelson

Full-Time Undergraduate Student

Hi! My name’s Amanda Nelson. I’m a third year student pursuing a Specialist in Human Biology for my undergrad. I have a vested interest in improving the student experience across campus, both in and out of the classroom. To achieve this, I am an acting member of the Council of Student Services. I am also completing a work-study with the Department of Student Life and volunteer with them frequently. My involvement also includes being a volunteer for the SCSU Street Team. I would like to continue to serve this campus by voicing student concerns on this council.

Rimsha Adiat Rahman

Full-Time Undergraduate Student

Hi everyone! I’d like to represent the student body on the UTSC Academics Affairs Committee (AAC). I have both the personal and professional backgrounds as the current Board of Director for Political Sciences on SCSU and as a former Junior Policy Officer for the Federal Government, both experiences can enhance AAC. I’ve written policy recommendations to the federal government in regards to making post-secondary education more affordable and accessible. I believe it’s important for someone who is well versed with the academic and socio-economic barriers that affect students’ academic abilities to further advocate with them and for them. 

Betel Woldu

Full-Time Undergraduate Student

Ms. Woldu is a second-year student double majoring in Political Science and Public Policy at UTSC. She has placed accessible education at the forefront of her community service through her mentorship with the IMANI program run by the Department of Student Life at UTSC and her leadership role in The Empowerment Series, a project aimed at empowering under-resourced students. She passionately advocates for accessible education and the like, striving to guarantee quality and ensure enrichment for each and every UTSC student.

Jasmine Zouhair

Full-Time Undergraduate Student

I, Jasmine Zouhair, am a second-year student at the University of Toronto (Scarborough) motivated to campaign for a seat as a member of the UTSC Academic Affairs Committee. I strongly believe in representing my fellow students and the University on a larger scale, with the intent to participate dutifully in administrations of the University. My extensive background in candidacy roles, student administrative councils, and substantial involvement in volunteer-based associations has given me the potential to govern and manage, along with those potentially elected, a broad policy and monitorial functions.