This is a roundup of the positions of the candidates for each team in the spring 2017 elections for the University of Toronto Students’ Union, as well as independent candidates.
Mathias Memmel, president
- Restructuring UTSU including staff, board, and services.
- End overspending by cutting staff and spending half of the salaries budget on student jobs.
- Holding monthly career fairs to support professional students.
- Lobby for a freeze on fee increases.
- Leave the Canadian Federation of Students.
Daman Singh, VP internal
- Develop a centralized, ACORN-based system for opting out of the Health and Dental Plan.
- Ban slates from UTSU elections.
- Reduce executive salaries and restructure the executive.
- Merging the VP university affairs with VP external saving $50,000 per year.
Fasiha Mukhtar, VP external
- Make UTSU more open and accessible to student groups.
- Work with external groups to help bring students paid internships, research positions, and professional placements.
- Launch an outreach program for those who don’t identify with a college, ProFac, or club.
Josie Wu, VP university affairs
- Support international students as they transition into Canadian university life.
- Advocate for a wider array of financial aid resources, including for international students.
- Bring tax advice services and regular legal seminars to both UTSG and UTM.
Shivani Nathoo, VP ProFac
- Advocate for more responsiveness from UTSU to the needs of ProFac students.
- More accessibility services to ProFac students
- Lobby for better mental health resources to ProFac students.
Chimwemwe Alao, VP equity
- Use UTSU’s institutional power to develop supportive relationships with grassroot movements.
- Address issues of anti-Black, within UTSU, as well.
- Adopt an education-based approach to equity, while also ensuring that the emotional labour of education isn’t left to marginalized students
Stuart Norton, VP campus life
- Make it easier for clubs to apply for funding
- Work with clubs to integrate the UTSU into the campus life that already exists
- Make the shorter orientation week work for colleges and ProFacs by involving student societies in the planning.
Reboot U of T
Micah Ryu, president
- Remove UTSU’s full-time executive positions to better represent the international and ProFac students
- Launch a new clubs funding structure that takes into account reduplication of services by cultural clubs that provide services that often surpass the quality of the services provided by the UTSU.
- Make better use of UTSU’s funds.
- Build a new political campus culture in which more students are engaged, feel represented, and gain more value for their incidental fees.
Jessica Leung, VP internal
- Cutting full-time staff at the UTSU in favor of more part-time student jobs.
- Dissolving full-time UTSU executive salaries.
- Withdrawing from the CFS
- Putting an end to spending on politically partisan events and projects.
Nadine Abd El Razek, VP external
- Create real systemic change
- Be more transparent
- Better allocation of the money invested annually by U of T students
- Better allocation of student resources to clubs
Micael Thompson, VP university affairs
- Support clubs because they promote community, activity, and healthy living at U of T
- Make UTSU more accountable and transparent
- Advocate for accessible mental health services
Keeli-Shay Eaid, VP equity
- Allocate UTSU money to clubs that focus on and are passionate about pro-LGBTQ+, anti-racism, or mental wellness issues.
- View financial barriers as a serious equity consideration
Abduly Dau, VP campus life
- Encourage club funding to be transparent
- Provide a precise representation of the student body’s needs and wants
Jenny Yue, VP professional faculties
- Push to downsize the UTSU
- Increase union’s transparency in club funding
- Improve mental health initiatives
We the Students
Andre Fast, president
- Start a campaign on free tuition
- Represent low-income students
- Divestment from fossil fuels
- Work on a GTA U-Pass
- Introduce a nap room at UTSG
Jackie Zhao, VP internal
- Advocate for the improvement of the health and dental plan, so that students get more for their money.
- Support the creation of an international student bursary
- Continue working on the creation of a GTA U-Pass
- Introduce More Presto Loading Stations on Campus
Emmanuela Alimlim, VP external
- Advocate for better mental health policies, programming, and awareness
- Creating a community for international students
- Fighting for the reduction of tuition fees
- Advocating for OHIP for international students
Carina Zhang, VP university affairs
- Work toward eliminating exam deferral and re-mark fees.
- Free feminine products in washrooms
- Advocating for OHIP for international students
Michelle Mabira, VP equity
- Push for diversification of university staff and instructors
- Create and enforce a policy that outlines students’ rights regarding education and mental health at U of T.
- Establish UTSU as a proactive partner that represents marginalized students.
Julian Oliveira, VP campus life
- Celebrate diversity with events that encourage cross-campuses unity
- Create opportunities for students, especially marginalized students, to meet and collaborate with each other to create an inclusive community
- Make U of T a place that belongs to Trans, Black, and Muslim students
- Advocate for a campus life that is more accessible and inclusive
Natalie Biancolin, VP professional faculties
- Ensure that UTSU is accessible to students in professional faculties
- work with professional faculty councils to better address student needs
- advocate for more work and study spaces for professional faculty students
Whomst’d’ve U of T
John Sweeney, president
- Enforce transparency in the union
- Exit UTSU’s membership within the Canadian Federation of Students
- Support the de-federation of the groups that want to discontinue their membership within the UTSU
Saarthak Saxena, VP university affairs
- Helping our campus student unions achieve the goals they wish to achieve
- Address the issues that the colleges and professional faculties face with the administration and the UTSU.
Veronika Potylitsina, VP professional faculty
- Assure that ProFac students are given the respect they deserve
- Work with the administration to represent students
Joshua Hands, president
- Provide more opportunities and reallocate funds to reduce student fees
- Work on a TTC Metropass
- Create a safe space where all students are respected
- Listen to the student issue and work to provide solutions.
Anne Boucher, VP external
- More accessible mental health services
- Advocate for more accessible public transportation
- More transparent funding for clubs
- Allocate UTSU’s money to benefit U of T students.