W21 General Election: Candidate Bios — Directors

Candidates listed per position alphabetically by last name by college.

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Candidates: College of Arts (COA) —

Bella HarrisBella Harris:

Hi, I'm Bella and I'm excited to run once again to represent the College of Arts on the CSA board. I am not afraid to speak up when I see injustice and also questions when I'm unsure of things. I always make time for folks who ask and seek wisdom from those who offer. I'm always learning how to be and do better for my community. When I'm not doing classwork I spend a lot of my time working for the LGBTQ+ community non and off campus as a GQE Coordinator and a Guelph Pride co-chair. I also run workshops on decolonizing body positivity, anti-oppression, and inclusivity. I also make art and bake to keep my hands busy. I hope that if you have any hesitation or concern about putting your vote to my name that you would reach out and let me answer any questions you have. Thank you!


Candidates: College of Biological Sciences (CBS) —

Maya PersramMaya Persram:

Hi everyone! My name is Maya Persram, a third year BScH. student completing a degree in Marine and Freshwater Biology with a minor in English, and I am running for re-election as College of Biological Science Director on the CSA Board. My main goal is to help create the best possible university experience for students. I believe that ensuring student voices are heard, and turning those views into concrete stances, make university life better for all students at UofG. This year has certainly had its ups and downs, and in times of crisis you need decisions made with your best interests in mind. My time as a Director this year has given me a lot of insight as to what the role requires, and if I am given the chance to represent the students of CBS again I will continue to advocate for decisions that benefit you.

Leilani RochaLeilani Rocha:

Hi everyone! My name is Leilani and I am a second-year Biomedical Science student. As a woman of colour and first-generation Canadian, I hope to represent the diverse experiences and improve the lives of all Guelph students. Being a public speaker and activist, I am involved in many different areas. I am an Executive for Guelph Students for Environmental Change and Climate Justice Guelph, a writer for RANI Creative, a volunteer with Medical Brigades and Homewood Health, as well as a Team Leader for O-Week 2020. This year proved that we desperately need better support for students. We need anti-oppression training, we need to discuss mental health and the climate crisis, and we need advocacy for those struggling financially due to COVID-19. The perspectives of minority students are overlooked far too often and must be included in decisions for our campus. I promise to not only listen, but to act.

Candidates: College of Engineering and Physical Sciences (CEPS) —

No candidates.

Candidates: College of Social and Applied Human Sciences (CSAHS) —

Alyssa AhmedAlyssa Ahmed:

Hello fellow Gryphons! My name is Alyssa Ahmed and I am running to be a CSAHS representative on the board of directors for CSA. With this position, I will bring up topics that are relevant to the students. I want to be a voice for everyone and will always be open to hearing what I can do to help! I am the current CSAHS-SA President and have loved working for you folks this semester and would love to do so in a different context next year. I am an advocate for diversity, inclusion and mental health awareness. My spot on the board will be a spot for you! Thank you for taking the time to read my pitch and I would greatly appreciate your vote.

Ariel OleynikovAriel Oleynikov:

Hello! My name is Ariel and I am a fourth year psychology and theatre student hoping to get the opportunity to represent you. My past experience includes being the President of CASU, sitting as a student rep on senate, being a Peer Helper for over 2 years, and being on the CSA board in the past. I am passionate about creating a safer space for BIPOC students, promoting environmentally friendly initiatives, and helping to make our university a more inclusive, accessible place. I have been successful in getting change for students in the past and am confident that I am able to advocate for positive change in the future, as well. Thanks for voting!

Laura WilsonLaura Wilson:

My name is Laura Wilson and I am running to be one of your CSAHS representatives on the CSA Board of Directors! I value honesty, integrity, respect, and fairness and I plan to take these to the board with me to ensure that every student receives the support they need to succeed. This includes more support for BIPOC students, better access to academic and health-related resources, and more student run initiatives to broaden experiential learning opportunities. During my time on the board this year, I voted to support the GBSAs letter to administration that came out earlier this year as well as supported the affordable health insurance plan for students. I hope you will vote for me with confidence that I have your best interest at heart!

Candidates: Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics —

Leila StevensLeila Stevens:

Hi! My name is Leila Stevens, and I am entering my 5th and final year of studies at the University of Guelph this fall studying Marketing Management with co-op. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to represent the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics on the Central Student Association’s Board of Directors this 2021-2022 academic year because of my approachable personality, commitment to others, and energetic nature. (A fun fact about me is that although I am highly excitable, I do not drink coffee—my enthusiasm is au natural!) In my role on the Board of Directors, I will listen to the requests of students and act in their best interests. I will do so with integrity and professionalism, ensuring I am upholding the core values of a Gryphon. I look forward to fostering the inclusive, diverse, and engaging learning environment at the University we all call home.

Joshua VitoJoshua Vito:

I’m Josh and I am running to be a Lang School of Business and Economics representatives on the CSA’s board of directors. During my time at the University I have experienced some of the best of what this institution has to offer; excellent faculty, a beautiful campus, and an extraordinary student culture. I am also acutely aware of the challenges facing our community including rising tuitions and fees, mental health challenges, a sometimes out of touch student government, and the challenges of being a student during the pandemic. Serving on various student associations and clubs has given me the skills and connections necessary to represent business students. I'm asking for your support to help bring a message of common sense to the CSA with a focus on student government that truly represents and delivers for all students. It would be an honour to represent you next year.

Candidates: Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) —

No candidates.

Candidates: Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) —

No candidates.

Last Updated:
Wednesday, February 3rd, 2021 2:24 PM