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GSS Elections 2021

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Voting in the GSS Elections runs from March 1 – 12

Cast your vote at:

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MARCH 1-12[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading main_heading=”ADDITIONAL ELECTION INFORMATION” heading_tag=”h4″ main_heading_color=”#ffffff” sub_heading_color=”#ffffff” alignment=”left” el_class=”accent-border-color color-title” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:15px;” main_heading_margin=”margin-bottom:15px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”]Want to find out more about the Executive roles, or check how our elections are run? Visit our nominations page.[/ultimate_heading][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row type=”vc_default” css=”.vc_custom_1561941696994{padding-right: 50px !important;padding-left: 50px !important;}”][vc_column][dt_fancy_separator][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Candidates standing for each role” alignment=”left” main_heading_margin=”margin-top:10px;” sub_heading_margin=”margin-bottom:20px;”]Read every candidate’s platform.[/ultimate_heading][vc_tta_accordion style=”flat” shape=”square” gap=”3″ c_icon=”chevron” c_position=”right” active_section=”-1″ collapsible_all=”true”][vc_tta_section title=”President” tab_id=”1582485287772-eab840a3-ef86″][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][dt_fancy_image image_id=”24847″][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Kimani Karangu”]

My name is Kimani Karangu (Philip) a Ph.D. candidate in the faculty of Education. Currently, the president of the Graduate Student Society. In the past I diligently served the GSS as the Financial & Executive Oversight Officer position, where I chaired the Executive Oversight Committee and was responsible for the House Finance Committee.

As the president, I lead a team of dedicated executives and together with the staff managed to achieve a lot. For example, issues of affordability, accessibility, racism and discrimination tendencies within the GSS and UBC. Furthermore, and despite the pandemic we managed to conduct an audit on our finances that confirmed a favorable financial status.

Serving in the president’s capacity I have gained tremendous experience on how to lead a diverse team of ambitious leaders, focusing on equity, inclusion and diversity aspects in decision making process and motivating. I believe these are some of the key values in leading a team to success. As your president, I will prioritize advocacy on mental health, scholarships, anti-racism and discrimination. While I focus on these core areas, I fully acknowledge that other issues will come up and I will take up on them for I am a strong believer that ‘NO grad student should struggle to make ends meet at UBC!

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Background info – I am from India and I am doing my PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies. I have a wide range of  varied interests from singing to hiking (mostly in the Himalayas!), from contract bridge to semi-professional photography, from ping-pong to songwriting etc. Not a big fan of beans on toast. 🙂 I did my MA from UK, and then worked as a management consultant for a decade. I returned to academia to address some key concerns that have continued to be left unattended. I am fluent in Bengali, English, Nepali, Hindi and un peut de francais!

An extremely sociable, extraverted and amiable personality who loves meeting new people as much as making lasting and fruitful connections with them. Which is the reason why the post of External VP is particularly attractive to me and perfectly suited to my strengths. I thrive on making connections and paving the way for future developments. Over the past fifteen years I have led several key social organisations in India and have supported numerous more with business and social intelligence. I am well versed at fundraising events and have spearheaded as VP multiple award winning cultural events in Kolkata, India.

Why you should vote for me: I bring a rare combination of old-school sincerity and thoroughgoing attention to particulars while being an outright post-modern and radical leader who embraces sweeping changes that shakes the established order to do better. Much better.

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Hi, my name is Ashni Gill and I am a Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice student. I am residing on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Semiahmoo, Kwantlen, and Katzie peoples. I am a brown woman who is an advocate and ally ofLGBTQIA2S+ and BIPOC communities.

I’m running to be your VP External Relations. My goals for my term include: advocating for increased and equitable Tri-Agency graduate program funding and need-based grants, establishing a predictability measure for international student tuition, increasing the availability of mental health resources, working towards addressing the needs of students with disabilities in a participatory-based process, and advocating for ongoing funding for the Sexualized Misconduct Policy, workshops, and training.

I will collaborate with the AMS, Executive Committee, Alliance of BC Students,and Graduate Student  Societies of BC.I hold a B.Sc in Biology from UBC and I am confident that my experience in humanities and sciences and as an interdisciplinary student, will allow me to successfully meet the goals I’ve outlined through an intersectional framework. I am running because I am dedicated to fostering a safe space for graduate students to work and thrive in their course-work and research endeavours.

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My name is Sam Kenston, I am vying for Vice President, Students. I am a PhD student at the School of Population and Public Health. As a trained physician, I love to help people medically, physically, emotionally and I dare to say even spiritually.

I am originally from Ghana but have been living outside my motherland for the past 13years. I lived in China, Switzerland, USA and now Canada which made me to consider myself a global citizen. I adopted the servant leadership philosophy during my past leadership positions which includes President of WHO Interns Board, Geneva, Switzerland and President of International Graduate Students, Ningbo University, China.

As Vice President of GSS, I will create the necessary avenues where every student who has a concern will be heard so that together we all can progress. Our time at UBC should be a memorable one, an opportunity to network with people from different programs and countries. This I will achieve by enhancing interaction among students through the creation of social, recreational, and educational programs. I will also strengthen relationships between various departments as well as with our affiliated organizations. A vote for me, is a vote for you.

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During these times, connection is more important than ever and the difficulty in achieving it all the more visible with restrictions limiting many of the channels we once enjoyed. I am running for the office of Vice President University and Academic Affairs in order to build on the legacy of previous leadership which has done outstanding work in the effort to bring opportunities to students wherever they may be.  

By voting for Christian Kochyou invest— with your vote— in a commitment to create opportunities for graduate students. These opportunities will be made available by listening first to what is needed by our peers and then by representing those interests to staff, faculty, and other academic associations. 

Before joining you at UBC, I volunteered as an educator’s assistant in the Northwest province of Zambia for two years; while I served there, I was elected Co-Chair of the Volunteer Advisory Committee. The role required me to be comfortable facilitating dialogue between government officials and volunteers. I maintained familiarity with policy as it changed and represented my volunteers’ concerns as that policy changed. 

The experience equipped me with skills which will prove invaluable as I serve you in this new role.  

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It is my honour to run for VP UAA. I am a first year MSc student in the School of Population and Public Health pursuing a concentration in health economics. My research focuses on evaluating impacts of a new cost-savings pharmaceutical policy by the BC Ministry of Health.

I am passionate about student leadership and have been involved with the GSS since the beginning of my graduate studies as a councillor sitting on both the Code and Policy committee and the Academic and Executive committee. I am running for VP UAA to advocate for the rights and interests of graduate students through a results-oriented approach. I recognize the importance of developing meaningful relationships with key campus partners to bring a voice of graduate students to the table.

I will support and advocate for the graduate students at UBC to reach their potential through excellence in supervisory-student relationships. In addition, as VP UAA, I will continue my successors’ momentum on consultations to increase graduate student funding and awards, increased accessibility for students requiring accommodations, and build upon the work being done on students’ mental health and wellbeing.


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