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VP External Relations 2021-2022: ASHNI GILL

Ashni Gill is our VP External Relations for the 2021-2022 session who hopes her advocacy for students on issues such as sexualized violence, discrimination, mental health and funding, will be heard and responded to with equitable changes so that graduate students are provided with safe and opportune environments for success. Through this questionnaire, you’ll get to know fun tidbits about who she is and all her colorful aspirations for this role. So, without further ado, read on to learn more about our hardworking and passionate executive. Hopefully you discover something new! 
What is your favorite thing about/at the UBC campus?  

My favourite thing is the greenery. I love walking and seeing all of the trees that line the walkways. I even have a favourite one – outside of the Hennings building

What do you most admire about the GSS community and organization as a whole?  

I appreciate the effort and time that each student and staff member takes to advocate on the behalf of students

What was the last book, movie, or TV show you read/watched? 

I got on the YOU train so that’s my current Netflix viewing

What is the trait you love most about yourself?  

My work ethic

Who is your role model and why?  

My mamma because she has devoted her life to protecting her family 

What is your greatest fear?  


Do you have a non-university-related passion or hobby? What is it?  

I love plants; I never had a green thumb until COVID

What do you consider your greatest achievement?  

My ability to persevere 

What life lessons have you learned this past year?  

Social interaction is very important. Always make time for yourself an do not be afraid to ask for space

The Graduate Student Society (GSS) is run by and for the 10,000 graduate students at UBC Vancouver. We promote and protect our members’ academic, social and cultural interests.

Thea Koerner House, the home of the Society, has been the centre of graduate student life on campus since it was opened in 1962.


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