Directors Arts and Science 2012-13
1. Audrey Dahl
I’m running to represent Arts and Science students on the GSA council. I am currently working on my PhD in Education. For me education is relevant to politics as I am interested in how education can act as a leverage for citizenship participation. To be a member of this council would be a great opportunity for me to explore many ways of increasing student participation in their student life. I previously sat for four years on the board of anon-profit organization and I know that I’m ready to get involved in making Concordia better place for graduate students.
2. Giulietta Di Mambro
I am in my first year of graduate-level translation studies. This is my second degree at Concordia, and I also studied intercultural education and environmental education at UQAM. During my 7 years teaching at elementary and high school level, I developed a strong sense of the importance of participation in one’s place of learning, and I loved the experience of facilitating student’s participation in school politics through environmental committees. I am a good listener and an efficient communicator in both official languages, and in the light of recent historical political developments at Concordia, think there is a need for a strong representation of our student body, better cohesion and communication between student groups, and more accountability on the part of the administration, which I would be very proud to work towards on behalf of the Arts and science Graduate students.
3. Annelise Grube-Cavers
Hi fellow grads! I am a first year MSc student in the Department of Geography, Planning and Environment (GPE). Apart from studying transportation and urban planning I love reading novels and articles of all sorts and sizes and I try to enjoy Montreal whenever I have time to do so. Having done my undergraduate degree here at Concordia in Urban Planning I am very familiar with the university and am becoming ever more familiar with the procedures and codes of this institution. I have been active this past year as the Finance Executive in the graduate students’ association of the GPE department (GeoGrads). My primary interest in being a part of the GSA council is to ensure that the perspectives of students are properly presented and taken into account in the functioning and operation of the university. I am devoted to working to make Concordia administration accountable to the Concordia community and more responsive to the demands of students. I also plan to support alternative campus activities especially those which promote equality and social justice. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
4. Katherine Rossy
As an MA student in History and President of the Graduate History Students’ Association at Concordia University, I know my student politics. I am a strong, dynamic leader who would be proud to represent you, the Arts and Science graduate students, as a GSA Faculty Director. We have been lucky to have such a capable and competent team of individuals run the Graduate Students’ Association this year. Your vote can ensure that next year’s GSA Team will be led by equally capable and competent graduate students who will serve as strong mediators between the student body and the student government. The GSA is the collective voice of thousands of students whose job it is to make sure that you are amply represented. Consider me your megaphone. Vote for me, Katherine Rossy, for GSA Faculty Director of Arts and Science to make sure that your voices will be heard loud and clear.
5. Poya Saffari
I am a first year Political Science graduate student and I want to represent you as Arts and Science Director. Prior to returning to school this year I had spent several years as a coordinator for QPIRG-Concordia, as a member/owner of an organic farming coop and as a carpenter. I am motivated to help create a strong, responsive and dynamic GSA. I also believe that our university administration must be pressed to become more accountable and transparent to students. We know of the mismanagement at Concordia and, as students, we can change it. Concordia has a long history as an engaged and vibrant school. Lets continue to build a creative, collaborative and academically energetic university that respects and promotes student democracy.
6. Simon Vickers
I am a first year MA student in history focusing on oral history, social housing, and conceptions of homelessness in Montreal. I am originally from Newfoundland but moved to San Diego, California when I was 14. I completed my undergrad in History in 2008 from U.C. My interest in running for Arts and Sciences director comes from a desire to connect my department to the larger student body. Since the beginning of the anti-tuition hike protests, I have watched as history graduate students have become more politicized. Unfortunately, so far, this politicization has occurred in an isolated way, a problem that I imagine occurs in most other departments and is a detriment to our collective academic growth and our duty to be engaged civic participants. If elected, I will encourage more GSA/department dialogue so as to promote interdepartmental interaction.