With elections beginning tomorrow and continuing until February 7th, we thought it would be great to have a single place for all Executive-Candidate’s information*
For candidates who are missing, please note we did not receive their information.
*The below information has been compiled and presented as received. All mistakes, errors, grievances, or typos are those of the candidates.
Independent Presidential Candidate
Bio: Fourth year History major student, with minors in Political Science and Anthropology.
Why I’m Running: I'm running because it's time for a change.
ShineBrightUTSC Presidential Candidate
Bio: Chemi Lhamo, a double major in Neuroscience and Psychology, is currently the Vice President- Equity and the former Racialized Students’ Collective Coordinator on the Scarborough Campus Student's Union (SCSU) at the University of Toronto Scarborough. She is also the co-founder of the Tibetan Youth Alliance Committee (T-YAC) that works on bridging the generational gap in her Tibetan-Toronto community by creating a platform for Tibetan Youth to re-connect with their roots and succeed. She has served as the youngest board member to serve the Canadian Tibetan Association of Ontario as the Youth and Sports Coordinator and currently is a board member of Students for a Free Tibet. She is an organizer, a UofMosaic fellow and an MC on various local community engagements. From working at the Legal Aid to the Parliament Hill in Ottawa via non-partisan internship programs, she is also a UTSC Tri-Campus athlete representing both in basketball and volleyball teams.
MY commitment to you is that YOU and your needs will be my priority.
Lobby the Government: to prioritize a framework to provide a free and accessible postsecondary education for all, through the Fairness for Students Campaign.
Host a Career Fair: create networking opportunities for students across all departments by inviting a cross-sectoral professionals to aid students with post-graduation career options.
Explore and expand the Global Citizenship Project: offer opportunities for students to reconnect with their roots and learn about the various cultures within and beyond UTSC.
All-Events e-Calendar: create a central hub for all campus events to ensure easy access for students to engage with programming on campus and to find out about what is happening at UTSC.
LISTEN: What do you want and need? What do you want to see on campus? What are your suggestions/questions/concerns?
ShineBrightUTSC VP-AUA Candidate
Bio: Hi! My name is Raymond Dang, and I’m a Public Policy and Environmental Studies Student at UTSC in my fourth year. I’ve been a three-term Political Science Students’ Association member, and was also your Council on Student Services Full-time Undergraduate Students Representative in my second year where I brought new democratic engagement for the different services being offered by the University. Throughout my undergraduate experience, there have been many times where students have reached out gave their insight on gaps within our educational experience at UTSC, and I’ve been listening to you since first year. I’m in a unique position to deliver on all that I’ve listened to and synthesized because of my experience in these settings.
Why I’m Running: That is precisely why I want to run: because the different communities that saw their lives rebuild, blossom, and shine throughout their undergraduate career have asked me to be their representative on a wider basis. I’ve waited for 4 years to be in this unique position, being mentored by, and having witnessed and worked with different VP AUAs of past administrations from Camille to Thomas to Christina and to the current Ayaan who holds the office. I’ve seen what each person has and hasn’t worked on, and I’ve used my time to make our platform about a vision for UTSC. What I offer to you is my vision – our vision for common sense reform, one that I so excitedly want to share with UTSC students in this upcoming year. So on February 5th, 6th, and 7th, vote Raymond Dang for Vice President Academics and University Affairs as a part of the Shine Bright UTSC team
Introduce and lobby for more scholarships and bursaries covering areas such as petition costs and teaching assistant appreciation
Lobby to improve the different University services such as Academic Advising, and Career Centre and help students navigate the system
Lobby for accessible study space, affordable residence homes, and integrated green areas in new construction plans of the campus
Lobby the University to introduce a comprehensive UTSC based exam and syllabus repository
Hold UTSC Consultations for University Policies to get feedback and raise awareness about such policies
Lobby the University to integrate Intranet, Eservice, and Quercus to allow students to have an easier time accessing services
ShineBrightUTSC VP-Equity Candidate
Bio / Why I’m Running: Leon is a proud Taiwanese Transgender Woman, a LGBTQ+ Advocate/Storyteller, and a Poet/Spoken Word Artist. She started her Human Rights Activism back in high school, and hopes to continue working with schools and institutions to spread awareness and practices of Equity and Inclusion. Now currently enrolled at University of Toronto Scarborough, Leon is a student majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies as well as minoring in Creative Writing: Poetry. She also serves as a dedicated and passionate student leader working at the UTSC Women's and Trans Centre. Beyond her studies, Leon works as a public speaker and educator in various institutions including but not limited to the University of Toronto, the University of Waterloo, the University of Western Ontario, and the University of Lisbon, Portugal.
Urge to increase safer spaces and accessible services of Equity and Inclusion for all with the agency to address relevant social issues on campus.
Lobby the University’s AccessAbility services to recognize non-medical accessibility services and accommodation.
Explore a dialogue series campaign for difficult but much needed anti-stigmatizing conversations, and education about regions of conflict, inter-faith, cannabis legalization, designated smoking areas.
Lobby the University to implement decolonizing discourses and indigenous values and teachings within all learning curriculums and departments.
Expand services and public campaigns to further educate and spread awareness for students’ health and mental wellness.
Advocate for LGBTQ+ oriented services, initiatives, and campaigns, as well as spreading awareness for sex education and body positivity on campus.
Kalkidan Tadesse Alemayehu (Kali)
ShineBrightUTSC VP-External Candidate
Bio / Why I’m Running: My name is Kalkidan Tadesse Alemayehu (Kali) and the position I am running for is Vice President External with Shine Bright UTSC!
I am currently in my fourth year here at UTSC doing a double major in Neuroscience and Psychology and a minor in Linguistics. In my four years here at UTSC I have learned that many students feel underrepresented and many of them do not know the free services offered to them by the entities on campus.
I am interested in running for this position because I would like to implement change on campus by representing folks who are marginalized in different aspects. My main objective is to make sure that students at UTSC are aware of the services provided by their union and the University as a whole. I also want to increase the transparency of the work done by our Student’s Union by increasing in person outreach and having my doors open for any concerns and inquiries.
Creating an easier transition for International Students who are faced with the burden of moving from residence to off-campus housing.
Work toward accessible education by lobbying the government to reconsider the recent OSAP grant cuts and the elimination of the OSAP grace period.
Expand the Fairness for Students campaign by implementing it in DSAs and Clubs to increase student awareness and involvement.
Create a mental and physical health week, where students would participate in activities such as yoga, pilates, kickboxing and many more.
Improve the Volunteer Network Program by having volunteers who promote monthly BOD meetings and other external events.
Collaborate with VP Equity to emphasize the importance of representation of marginalized bodies on campus.
ShineBrightUTSC VP-Campus-Life Candidate
Bio / Why I’m Running: My name is Sarah Mohamed and the position I'm running for is Vice President Campus Life with Shine Bright UTSC!
Living in the west end of Toronto I was the only person from my Highschool pursuing a post-secondary education in the east end. Knowing absolutely NO ONE I tried to meet as many froshies like myself within the three days of my Orientation back in 2014. My first exposure to Orientation and the sense of belonging I felt before school even started shaped me into the person I am today. I've become more confident in myself and I constantly try to make sure that students feel like we all belong at UTSC and that they made the right decision in choosing this school. I want to be Campus Life because I personally feel that the students of UTSC would appreciate having someone like myself who is PASSIONATE, and DRIVEN to make sure that our campus has A LOT more fun interactive events that would actually enhance our lives on campus.
I plan on reviving the SCSU YouTube channel and engaging students with the union through announcements, contests and giveaways, event highlights and even completing challenges with students or professors.
To develop more efficient outreach and marketing strategies not just for the union but for the student clubs/groups under SCSU as resource for them to use as well.
I would like to work towards making club funding and resources more available and accessible so students can host more dope events on campus.
A lot more SCSU Executive and BOD presence/exposure. The students deserve to know who’s representing them.
To create a recreation room or space for students to just chill and have fun with their friends playing games.
Although I’m a domestic student, the quality of life for international students at UTSC is something I’d like to help improve. I plan on making sure international students have a seat at the table when it comes to initiatives and events that SCSU wants to do because International Students know what works best for them. I also plan on working with the new international director to ensure that their concerns, & suggestions, are all considered.
Independent VP-Campus-Life Candidate
Bio / Why I’m Running / Platform: My name is Shehtab Shaikh and I’m running for VP Campus Life in the coming elections. I am running for this position to help the student body be more active on campus and help them with all their campus affairs. From this opportunity I want to learn and experience from challenges and become more active and stay connected with the students. If I get elected, I will build a strong network with students to satisfy their needs and make their experience enjoyable, improve interaction and involvement with the student body by holding more events, info sessions, competitions and contests. I will also create a means by which accessing the union and asking question can be easier and convenient, increase funding for clubs and events to encourage more student unity and propose potential eatery options on campus to satisfy the multicultural population.
SCSYou Presidential Candidate
Bio: Let’s begin: ‘In Western Canada born and raised, in the library ’s where I spent most of my days. Chillin' out, maxin', relaxin' all cool …’. If the cringe factor hasn’t already been activated, we’ll get along just fine! If we’re not smiling, laughing, and feeling ambitious while we’re talking, something has likely gone astray.
I am in the fourth year of my second degree with a specialist in Neuroscience, major in Statistics, and a minor in Psychology, and have completed a double major in Anthropology and Religious Studies. Seeing the world through an interdisciplinary lens has become second nature to me, and I spend much of my time inspiring those around me to do the same. As a first generation Canadian, my values of lifelong learning and community building have translated into active participation in human rights advocacy and activism, and numerous panels, forums, and conferences on religion, atheism, and modernity.
Why I’m Running: As a student leader, I tirelessly work to reduce the bureaucratic limits imposed by Universities and Unions which infringe on the academic experience we students deserve: whether this be in the form of obtaining approval to do fireworks at UTSC for the first time ever, to challenging the policy barriers that result in the lack of prayer spaces on campus. Having a comprehensive understanding of club, union, and university policies and the laws warrants me great flexibility, precision, and promptness in ensuring the student voice is heard at the table. I take this point to be the key qualification for presidency. My experience in teaching ensures that those around me are made aware of these laws so they may rise, become better informed, and take upon leadership roles in their own lives.
Initiate Electoral Reform that will put into effect Online Voting for all future SCSU Elections;
Remove Campaign Slates to suspend hostilities among student candidates;
Implement One-Term Limits for Executive and Director positions;
Permit International Students to run for Executive Positions as full-time students;
Increase the Textbook Reimbursement Fund for students;
Lobby to amend current UofT policies which prevent the establishment of Prayer and Meditation spaces at UTSC;
Commence the first UTSC Pride Games to raise awareness about the LGBTQ2 community in athletics and recreational activities on campus;
Reform our Union to bring it in line with principles of Participatory Democracy;
Provide Student Journalists with greater press access to hold our Union accountable.
SCSYou VP-Operations Candidate
Bio: I am a third-year student doing a double major in Political Science and Economics. I’ve always been passionate about leadership both in the campus and out, having founded two clubs (Regenesis and The Student Coaching Club) as well as sitting on executive committees such as the York Region Presidents Council and more locally the Residence Life Group. I’ve worked a variety of jobs from teaching adapted aquatics to individuals with autism to working within both an investment bank as well as a commercial one.
Why I’m Running: The reason I decided to run was due to a lot of issues I’d seen on campus regarding what I felt was an improper allocation of student funds. As an outsider in my second year, the lack of transparency with the exact nature of what the funds were being spent, was a little suspect to me. With the recent controversy regarding the RSU, my platform consists of the following financial reforms for the SCSU.
I strongly believe my campaign points would drastically improve transparency and issues of accountability with our Union, while also helping students with realistic promises that can be done.
Approve Clubs Funding Before an event occurs in a timely manner, so students are not burdened with the uncertainty of receiving SCSU funding;
Ensure Budget Transparency by making public our monthly Financial Reports and all approved budget sheets mandated by the current SCSU Bylaws;
Lobby to have more cell-phone charging stands installed across our campus and negotiate to have more working power-outlets installed in our classrooms;
Make SCSU Lockers more affordable by lowering the rental fee;
Lobby to have Food Vendors open for longer hours on campus, especially the Marketplace.
SCSYou VP-External Candidate
Bio: I am double majoring in Public Policy and International Development. Now in my fourth year, my campus experience includes working on data analysis as well as research with various departments. I have held senior level executive positions throughout my time as a student in various student clubs. I also host a local TV show called 'Youth Matters' that explores the interconnection between social justice and politics (IPTV, anyone?). Being an avid public speaker, I was humbled to be invited to speak at the opening ceremony of the Scarborough Model UN Conference. Within this February, I will also be hosting a BBC featured free speech activist whose father, a Pakistani Governor, was assassinated for criticizing dubious blasphemy laws in the country. Due to the nature of my work and volunteer experience (feel free to ask me about the rest of it), engaging with senior level management has become second nature to me - a skill that is crucial for the role of VP External.
Why I’m Running: Because I want to introduce a culture of mature politics where tangible policies are introduced to the students as opposed to abstract promises whose progress cannot be objectively measured. I wish to see an atmosphere of accountability, transparency, and student interests that truly represent the interests of the students on campus, not those of an umbrella organization governing us all from its high chair. As VP External, I wish to bring all my skill in activism, stakeholder negotiation, and diplomacy I have gained in the past to represent the student community in my engagement with external stakeholders in the future.
Assess our standing relationship with the Canadian Federation of Students, to whom we pay $219,880 for posters, pamphlets, and buttons;
Ensure our student voice is strongly embodied in future University Policies concerning the recent changes in OSAP Funding;
Expand our Volunteer Network Program (VNP) to include Paid Internship Opportunities for UTSC Students;
Negotiate Cheaper UTSC Parking Passes for students, and lobby to lower the cost of TTC Passes.
Revisit prior consultations about a UTSC to UTSG Shuttle Bus Service for students
SCSYou VP-Equity Candidate
Bio: I am a person who is adamantly against being cliché, so it only natural to start off with a quote by D. H. Lawrence, “Ethics and equity and the principles of justice do not change with the calendar”. As someone who upholds and believes in the pursuit to close the gap between equity and justice, I’m tremendously honored to be considered as a candidate in these SCSU 2019 Spring Elections. This platform is an opportunity to speak on issues that not only affect me but every other UTSC student.
I am a fourth year student at UTSC, currently double majoring in Public Policy, International Development Studies and minoring in Public Law. I’ve been a part of the campus life here in many ways. I am currently Secretary General for the Scarborough Model United Nations Conference of 2019, President of the Law Society of UTSC, and Public Law Director for the Political Science Students Association. I’ve also had many different positions like a PSSA associate, Orientation Group and Logistics leader for several years, and I’ve started my own initiatives like the International Human Alliance.
Why I’m Running: The biggest reason why I am running is because, as an Accessibility student (I am Visually Impaired), I have been fighting for accessible study space/rooms at UTSC and very little has come to fruition.
Ensure all students with accessibility needs are receiving the services guaranteed to them by current University of Toronto Governing Council Policies;
Diversify the food options on campus to include more Kosher, Vegan, and Vegetarian options;
Ensure the SCSU Food Center is better marketed to students and includes more non-perishables;
Negotiating better incentives for student note-takers so they may continue providing their services for students with accessibility needs;
Better incorporate LGBTQ2, International, and Indigenous Student Voices in the decisions made by our SCSU.
SCSYou VP-AUA Candidate
Bio: Hey there! I am a fourth year working towards a double major in Biology and Women’s and Gender studies. I know that the combination of these majors is not popular but the diverse content as well as the skills required for both, having provided me with valuable skills such as the scientific analytical thinking and as well as the creativity ability needed in constructing a logical argument. As VP of Academics, I’d like to encourage more intersectional education, to provide students with a vast array of skills. In addition to this, I have worked within the UTSC registrar office, helping me develop and display strong intercultural competence and interpersonal skills, while also providing me with all the knowledge required to run as your representative for Academic and University affairs.
Why I’m Running: Having served as the Student Representative of all UTSC full-time undergraduate students on the Campus Affairs Committee of the UTSC Campus Council (2018-2019), it was one of my roles to advance and uphold the mission of the University understand and have the relevant input into the University’s vision, strategies and objectives. Having been living in Canada for three years away from home, I used my first-hand knowledge on the hardships and challenges that newcomers, low income families, racialized minorities and international students faced when attending university, to help create sensible policy that works for all students. The reason I want to join the SCSU is to bring this knowledge and experience to the campus.
Fight UTSC Fees, such as the $70 exam deferral fee and the $36 exam re-read fee, to make these services equitable and more accessible;
Ensure 8 AM classes are Web-Optioned for students across disciplines;
Negotiate a strategy to allow for the Writing of Deferred Exams within the same exam period.
Expand the Self-declaration of Illness to other Departments at UTSC;
Initiate a UTSC Course Retake Policy so second attempts at courses count towards total credits and GPA.