Abdalla is a fourth year student, majoring in International Development Studies with a minor in Economics and Political Science. He has been extensively involved in various campus activities. Adballa has held a number of key positions including Marketing Director of the African Student Association and President for a charitable campus group, Guides For Change: UTSC Branch. In 2011, he was a player of Interhouse basketball champions, UTSC Maroons. Over the past year, Abdalla was Vice President External at the SCSU.
During his term at the SCSU, Abdalla was instrumental in advocating for a new provincial grant for students, increasing the number of UTSC and high school students participating in the Momentum conference and advocating against the reductions to some of the TTC routes that regularly arrive at UTSC.
Through working with politicians, community organizations, student groups and individual students, Abdalla has learned that cooperation, partnership and teamwork are essential to achieving success.
As the new President at the SCSU, Abdalla hopes to create a more engaged, vibrant, forward thinking and conscientious campus. He believes that this can be achieved through the input and involvement of all the students at the University of Toronto at Scarborough.
Adrian De Leon is entering his third year at UTSC, working towards a Biology and English double major. Though a newcomer to the SCSU team, Adrian has been involved in a number of university organizations. He has volunteered as a General Member of the Clubs Funding sub-committee, and worked as a Student Helpdesk Representative for the IITS. Outside of the university, Adrian has been active as an English and mathematics tutor, and as a classroom workshop coordinator catered towards high-school English courses. Furthermore, he regularly volunteers in the Emergency Department at a local hospital, and is an active musician and spoken-word poet. As the Vice President of Academics, Adrian hopes to bring his passion for education and outreach his services, and work with students and their passions to optimize the UTSC academic experience. He believes that through outreach, mobilization, and teamwork with his fellow teammates and fellow students, not only academics at UTSC will flourish, but the entire campus will continue to grow and flourish. Feel free to e-mail Adrian at email@example.com with any concerns or ideas; he’s always happy to help!
Kavita has completed her Honors Bachelor of Science with a focus on Biochemistry and Health Studies. Kavita has been involved with the campus as a Senior Leader for Orientation, an active member of EMRG and as a Strength Trainer at the department of Athletics and Recreation.
Having been positively influenced by these various past roles, Kavita has been driven to take on a greater role in the UTSC community as the VP Students and Equity. In this important position, she will ensure that current student services are delivered with the highest level of quality and that new services are implemented only through suggestions and input from the student body. Kavita wishes to create an environment where people are truly respected in their differences and that these differences are celebrated. To accomplish this goal, Kavita plans on encouraging and facilitating dialogue among students along with holding regular training sessions and workshops with an anti-oppression framework. Most of all, she would like to ensure that students feel supported in any initiative they have or any idea that they would like to pursue. She truly believes that students are capable of great achievements and with the right support, they will be able to achieve their vision. She loves UTSC and she wants to see the same love she has for this campus from everyone.
Guled Arale is entering his fourth year of studies, while majoring in City Studies. Guled has been an active executive member for many campus organizations and has been progressively more involved with the SCSU. In the previous year, Guled has served as the Chair of the Board of Directors. As the VP External, Guled hopes to use this position as a medium to get more students involved with the union and create awareness about the world beyond the walls of UTSC. From the rising costs of post-secondary education, to the politics inherent at the different levels of government, Guled hopes to organize, mobilize, and engage UTSC students to tackle issues that are important to them. If you have any questions or comments, please email Guled at firstname.lastname@example.org. Guled always wants to hear from the students!
Daniel is entering his fourth year in the Co-op Specialist Management program in the Finance stream. His passion for working with the Student Union started with his term as Management Director where he became the Chair of the Finance and Services Committee. In the previous year, he has been a member of the Standing Committee on Human Resources, the Health and Safety Committee and worked closely with the CFO and VP Operations to execute the SCSU/ISC tax clinic. In the past, he has worked with Scotiabank as a business analyst for equities, with Ansa Merchant Bank spanning the roles of Mutual Funds officer, Financial Analyst, Merchant banking Officer and Treasury Assistant. Through his extensive experience and knowledge of the union, he aims to increase operational efficiency, ensure fiscal sustainability while advancing the Union and its subsidiaries to into the future.
Sarah is excited to be assuming the role of Vice-President of Human Resources for 2012-2013. She is entering her final year with a double major in Integrative Biology and Psychology. She has been involved in many leadership roles on and off campus including two years with the Department of Student Life and this past year with the DSA, BioSA. Sarah has extensive volunteering experience and hopes to get students excited about volunteering with the VNP. Sarah is passionate about providing new opportunities for students on both a paid and voluntary basis, as well as open doors for students to utilize their current skills and to develop their own goals. Sarah is optimistic that she can use her diverse background to enhance the role of VP of Human Resources and increase awareness of the wide range of opportunities available at UTSC. She always wants to hear from students about ways to improve jobs within the SCSU.
John Bastawrous is entering his 4th year double-majoring in Health Studies and Mental Health Studies. His involvement with the campus began at the moment he step foot on UTSC grounds during his Orientation . Since that point, it was full steam ahead . In his first year, John became involved with Project Renaissance as the Director of Marketing and Promotions and quickly he became recognized on the campus. In both his 2nd and 3rd year, John worked with previous VPs of Campus Life shadowing and assisting in events that happened on campus. Now he has reached the point where he has become the VP Campus Life.
John’s focus for the 2012-2013 year is to emphasize inclusivity in all events that happen on campus. Straying away from strictly party events, John wants to see events that entertain all facets of people and not just the “party animals”. In the upcoming year, John has the goal of reaching 500 or more attendees to each and every one of his events, and one event where attendance reaches one thousand. Through working together as a team in the SCSU, John finds this goal achievable and will stop at nothing to amplify the school spirit on campus. His passion for UTSC will be exemplified through his events and he hopes that everyone stays involved!
Nicole Dionisio is currently entering her third year with a major in Neuroscience, and a double minor in Psychology and Biology. Nicole has been very active and involved on campus, through student groups and networking, at various UTSC events. She is also an Emergency First Responder at UTSC’s Emergency Medical Response Group (EMRG), as well as the (EMRG) 2011-2012 Courses Coordinator. Nicole is also a proud member of UTSC’s Accessibility Services, participating as a volunteer Notetaker. Nicole became involved with SCSU because of her desire to make a change and my passion for advocating student issues. As the incoming Psychology Director and Chair for the Board of Directors, she plans to facilitate relations between the SCSU and students as well as improve existing communications among members of the Union.
Alyssa Moses is currently in her second year with a major in Public Policy and two minors in French and Economics. Alyssa is eventually hoping to pursue a career in law. In her first year at UTSC she was a First-Year Director and a delegate in Model United Nations. This year, along with serving on the SCSU, she will serve on College Council. Alyssa hopes to use her position as Chair of Clubs Funding as a way to connect with students and help facilitate successful events. As Vice-Chair, Alyssa will also act as the official Policy Interpreter of the SCSU. Alyssa hopes that the changes made at Policy Board Review committee this year will reflect the vision of the organization and keep SCSU accountable for years to come. She is looking forward to another year working on SCSU with the new executives and directors and she feels that this is the beginning of a positive change within the union. If you have any questions that you’d like answered regarding the role of the vice chair, please email email@example.com. She love getting feedback from students.