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Asma Ahmed - Ethical Standards Commissioner

Hi!
I’m Asma Ahmed & I’m a 1st year nursing student running for the position of Ethical Standards Commissioner for TCSA. As an undergraduate student at Trent, TCSA represents an organization that I believe protects the interests of students through various platforms. Fairness, ethical standards and transparency of goods & services for the students at Trent are qualities that I value & are passionate about because I believe everyone deserves to be treated fairly and should be given the proper recognition for the work that they do. While it may seem difficult to use items that are fair trade, I believe we should all collectively try our best to help & give others the right & recognition that they deserve, both financially & ethically. Prior to this election, I have sat on previous college leadership committees and have also been involved with social justice and charity campaigns. If I am elected, joining the TCSA as Ethical Standards Commissioner will offer me the opportunity to excel as a leader as well as a team player. Working in a team and communicating effectively will not only help my personal development to meet new people, but also allow me to learn how to successfully work with others and represent my own and others views by communicating their experiences and interests to the TCSA board such as promoting solidarity campaigns that support labor unions & fair work. As an aspiring nurse, my passion for helping others is not only a privilege but also a responsibility to help those who are in need. Thus, my goal of this position is to create a consumption conscious community and a positive impact at Trent that will operate, practice and acknowledge issues of economic and social justice.

 
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Faiza Sheikh - Ethical Standards Commissioner

I would like start by saying, to be able to run for Ethical Standards Commissioner is a great privilege. I would be honored to learn from this experience and pass my knowledge to my peers and the greater Peterborough population.

As Ethical Standards Commissioner, I would like to ensure that the food products and items that are sold within school properties are obtained through proper measures and are from non-sweatshop apparel and fair -trade certified products.

Through this position, it will be an honor of mine to be able to promote and advocate for gender equality in the workforce for both students in the university and the population of the city as a whole.

As the Ethical Standards Commissioner I will strive to support the existing labour unions and help the students and the residents of Peterborough to understand the importance of these unions and educate them about it.

To promote social and economic justice within the society is something I intend to have as a priority in my time as Ethical Standards Commissioner.

Sincerely, Faiza Sheikh.

 
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Amran Ahmed - Racialized Student Commissioner

As a nominee for this position, I want to first express my gratitude for receiving the opportunity to run for Student Commissioner for racialized students and the chance to represent enthic students here at Trent.

As an advocate for human rights and equality, I am more than privileged to have the chance to create an environment of acceptance and diversity here at Trent University. As Student Commissioner for racialized students, I intend to work in consistently raising awareness for and addressing issues of discrimintation both on and off campus.

With this position, I will persistently strive to assist racialized students and all students in pursuing a barrier free education through representation and advocacy to make sure that we all receive the best education possible.

sincerely,

Amran Ahmed

 
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Eniola Ajayi - Racialized Students Commissioner

As an international student, I have come face to face with a racial conflict where I did not know what to do but after speaking to my supervisor, the situation was quickly swept under the rug to save face although I still have to live with the stigma of what was said to me that day. After that day, I started to speak up for my friends and people who cannot speak up as a way of fighting back what I had to deal with which is I am running for the TCSA’s 2019/2020 Racialized Student Commissioner.

My name is Eniola Ajayi (Most people know me as Eny). In my past 3 years as a Biology and Sociology student, I have solely studied issues of the body and the mind while relating them to societal issues. I am very aware of Peterborough’s situations with race and I am of the opinion that actions have to be taken as soon as possible before the situations escalate. Trent University , as we all know, is located in Peterborough and Peterborough itself is a developing city with people of different ethnicities/race, ages and socioeconomic status with different beliefs and purposes. My goals if I’m elected would be to improve Trent university and Peterborough’s awareness of issues of racism, assist racialized students in pursuing a barrier-free education, as well as representation for all TrentU students (domestic and International).

I aim to achieve these goals with three tangible ideas:

  1. Working with on-campus groups and off campus groups: I will work with groups such as OPIRG and the Race Relations Committee of Peterborough to create fun and informative events about racism as well as contending issues relating to racism

  2. Peterborough Policy: The TCSA racialized student commissioner role is not limited to Trent university policies which is why I will sit down with the city council to review policies in order to make sure that racialized students of Trent university and people of Peterborough are always at an advantage.

  3. I will act as a liaison between the board of directors, the Office of student affairs, the Human rights advisor, the Ontario Public Interest Research Group and Trent university students to make sure that the concerns of racialized students are heard and addressed.

 
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Evan McLeod - First-Year Off-Campus Rep

Hi Trent
My name is Evan McLeod, I am a first-year student studying Business Administation and running for the position of Off-Residence First-Year Commissioner in the upcoming Students’ Union elections. As a business student I am looking forward to brining a new voice and lots of energy to the TCSA office. As well as running for the TCSA I am a member of the Varsity soccer team
Even though I am less than a month into my time here at Trent I have lived in Peterborough for 4 years, so I know a lot about Trent University and the great city of Peterborough that surrounds it. Being an off campus student I strive to bring all of the students living on campus in their first year with a representative to communicate to, however running for the position of the off campus representative my role calls for me to take an extra interest in the students who are living off campus in their first years or beyond. My goal for this year is to make sure the students living off campus are as informed and involved as the students living on campus. In order to accomplish this task, I will aim to meet as many first year students who like me live off campus

As first year student new to Trent I am eager to learn what being a part of the TCSA is all about and learn from the great upper year student

Thank you for considering me as your Off-Residence First-Year Commissioner

 
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Lawrence Faria - Vice President Clubs & Groups

Hello! My name is Lawrence Faria and I hope to become your Vice-President of Clubs and Groups. I am a third-year international student from Guyana majoring in Physics. As the Clubs and Groups Coordinator, Vice-President of the Trent Undergraduate Physics Society and former Trent International Orientation Facilitator, I have had the invaluable experience of working with many amazing groups and student leaders across campus and the Peterborough community. While it has been a privilege to witness and be a part of the many successes, tireless advocacy, and altruism of our students, these experiences have highlighted many areas where we can do better. Using my prior experience as a policy assistant with the Ministry of Education in Guyana, I will effect broad structural change, formalizing and establishing best practices for the processes by which clubs are formed and access funding.

The changes made this year by the provincial government has made the levy funding clubs on campus optional. As we continue to challenge these changes at a political and legal level, it is vital that we also work to mitigate the effects they will have on our community. With our resources potentially shrinking, I will ensure clubs have equitable access to the funding they need to continue to provide their high-quality services to our community while working with them to explore alternative funding opportunities should it become a necessity. I hope to continue to build the TCSA’s relationship with levy groups, providing them with better support working to better inform the student body about their invaluable work. 

I believe creating new clubs is critical to ensuring students feel represented by the groups available to them on campus. I will work to provide more resources and support for students hoping to form new clubs. By clarifying and formalizing the process of clubs registration as well as running club registration workshops I plan to make process much more transparent and accessible.

Finally, I plan to add a strong voice for international students, pushing back against rising international tuition. I will also work closely with TISA and our regional groups, ensuring they are well supported and equipped for the enormous task of bridging the gap between the domestic and international communities at Trent. 

The next year will not be easy. However, none of the obstacles we face will be insurmountable as long as we put in the work. And, as your Vice-President of Clubs and Groups, I certainly will.