By Mina Todosijevic

With the UTSU elections looming, here is a cheat sheet for candidates’ platforms. If you’re interested in a specific issue, try finding all the candidates who discuss it by using the ctrl+F function! Voting is open March 24, 25 and 26 from 9:00am to 6:30pm at polling stations or online.

Executive Committee

Name

Candidate For

Affiliation

Focus

Previous Positions

Ben Coleman President Brighter U of T
  • Affordability
  • Mental health issues
  • Combatting sexual violence on campus
Arts and Science Director 2013/2014; Student Governor 2014/2015
Cameron Wathey President Change U of T
  • Lobbied to reduce student fees
  • Advocating for rights of international students
  • Student-focused strategies on mental health and anti-sexual violence
UTSU Vice President, Internal and Services
Frishta Bastan Vice-President, Equity Change U of T
  • Safer spaces on campus
  • Building a community on campus
  • Student-centred approach
    to tackling issues of sexual violence and mental health
UTMSU and UTSU Board of Directors; President of Afghan Students’ Association
Sania Khan Vice-President, Equity Brighter U of T
  • Increase representation of racialized, gendered, religious and cultural groups
  • Improve physical and
    mental health accessibility, policy and support
President of Pakistan Development Foundation; Associate to current VP Equity; Interfaith Intern at Multifaith Centre
Agape Amponsah-Mensah Vice-President,
External
Change U of T
  • Building inclusive student life and supporting marginalized students
  • Will lobby for elimination of interest on student loans
  • Will lobby for elimination of the two-ID TTC system
  • Challenging discrimination on campus
President of the African Students Association
Jasmine Denike Vice-President, External Brighter U of T
  • Creation of a universal bulletin for all events on (both) campuses
  • Will lobby for decrease in tuition fees
  • Working with other universities to keep education accessible and transit fees low
  • Monthly open talks for students to voice concerns
Marketing and Upper Year Director at Innis College Student Society
Ryan Gomes Vice-President, Internal and Services Brighter U of T
  • Make UTSU a more transparent/accessible organization in terms of financials
  • Increase club funding
UTSU Engineering Director
Grayce Slobodian Vice-President, Internal and Services Change U of T
  • Improve UTSU’s and U of T’s communication with students
  • Create a discount print shop at Sid Smith
  • Improve club funding process (more transparent, faster)
Vice-President External
Vere Marie Khan Vice-President, University Affairs Brighter U of T
  • Improving student life in balancing academia and extracurriculars
  • Lobbying for more focused mental health training for faculty members and TAs
  • Educating international students on their academic rights
  • Lobby for the drop-credit initiative
St. Michael’s College Director; SMCSU finance commissioner; Winterfest at SMC
Xinbo Zhang Vice-President, University Affairs Change U of T
  • More drop-in hours for mental health services
  • More job fairs and networking events
  • Advocate for a snow-day policy
Active in UTChinese Network and UT Chinese Magazine

 

Board of Directors (Arts & Science At-Large Candidates): 2 positions

Name

Affiliation

Focus

Previous Positions

Nick Grant Brighter U of T
  • Increase value of student services provided by union fees
  • Re-examine University’s relationship
    with CFS
Two-time New College Student Council member; current UTSU New College Director
Anastasia Logotheti Independent
  • Continue work of past board members
Student council positions in high school
Celia Wandio Independent
  • Facilitate collaboration among clubs
    with similar goals
  • Push for services for survivors of sexual violence
Founding member of U of T Students against Sexual Violence
Lawrence Wang Change U of T
  • Lobby for lower tuition fees
  • Advocate for OHIP for international students
  • Unite student societies/groups
Governor-Elect on the U of T Governing Council; Co-founder and Chief Financial Officer of the Woodsworth Performing Arts Collective; Vice-President of the U of T League of Legends Association
Khrystyna Zhuk Brighter U of T
  • Working with communities on campus
  • Accessible education and safe learning environment
  • Commuter needs
Innis College Student Society Vice-President

 

New College Director Candidates: 3 positions

Name

Affiliation

Focus

Previous Positions

Osman Abdalla Change U of T
  • Building New College community
  • Elimination of two-ID TTC system
  • Advocate for a peer-to-peer mentorship program
Representative on New College Student Council
Zachary Bist Brighter U of T
  • Working with New College clubs to create social and educational events
  • Greater financial transparency
  • Increase mental health programs
  • Keep UTSU executives accountable
Orientation Week Marshall; Off-Campus Representative on New College Student Council; Founding member of Off-Campus Students’ Association
Dominick Han Brighter U of T
  • Lobbying for international students (health plan)
  • Lower tuition fees
  • Increase student services
  • Integrating all U of T students in our community
Active on New College Student Council
Sasha Henry Change U of T
  • Better access to student services/registrar
  • Challenge discrimination
  • Make club funding more transparent and faster
Social Director for the Black Students’ Association
Peter Zhang Brighter U of T
  • Promoting and furthering mentorship programs
Peer Mentor; Orientation Leader
Danni Zuo Change U of T
  • Snow-day policy
  • Advocate for university-wide community-building events
  • Outreach strategy for international students
  • International students’ week
Frosh Leader