At-Large Undergraduate Representative (two year term)

There is one at-large undergraduate seat.
(two year term from May 1, 2019 – April 30, 2021).

Information on the responsibilities of Senate can be found on the University Waterloo’s Secretariat website Opens an external site  

All Waterloo undergrads will choose their representation on Senate by voting Opens an external site   for one of their candidates on voting days (March 18-20).

Candidates

Vidyut Ghuwalewala

Vidyut Ghuwalewala candidate

Program: Arts and business, honors, co-op

Current year of study: 1B

Previous applicable involvement with Feds/Waterloo:

  • Vice President Finance, Political Science Students Association
  • Assitant News Editor, Imprint publications
  • Student Housing Advisory Committee
  • Special Events Residence Ambassador

Top three platform points:

  1. Advocating for a more empathetic faculty and acknowledging the importance of mental health before every lecture
  2. Working towards a more international and diverse representation that includes members from all communities
  3. Establishment of a forum to allow students to share their concerns with senate representation of all facilities efficiently and working towards a more transparent senate.

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Priyanka Kalra

Candidate has not submitted information at this time.
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Sabrina Khandakar

Sabrina Khandakar Senate

Team Name: Team Sabrina (Yes We Khan-dakar)

Experience:
• Campus Communitech Ambassador
• Communications Associate at University Relations
• Business Development Officer at Waterloo Region Economic Development
• Strategic Advisor for University of Waterloo Model G20 conference
• Executive Representative for the Political Science Student Association
• Director of Partnerships for University of Waterloo Model United Nations
• Writer for Her Campus

Top platform points:

  1. Advocate for training for staff and faculty to be able to identify signs of mental illness, understand suicide intervention strategies and correctly refer students to the appropriate services
  2. Ensure reading week is kept at one full week, as it is essential for sustaining positive mental health
  3. Develop a system by which students can formally introduce issues to their student Senator, allowing for more direct and responsive governance

Why I am the right student to lead and represent us:

My priority is to listen to students from all faculties, backgrounds and
perspectives in order to bring their voices to the table. I’ve been an ambassador to this campus for international delegations, and I understand our strengths. But I’ve also experienced areas that we need to work on to ensure all students are supported.

I have a record of advocating for students on this campus, like when I drafted policy proposals to extend mental health supports to international
students.

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Delainey Lindstrom-Humphries

delainey senate candidate

Team Name: Student Voice

Program and current year of study: Mechanical Engineering, 2B

Experience:

Engineering Society and St. Jerome's Engineering:

  • Class representative on Society Council
  • Director
  • Outreach Commissioner
  • Ambassador
  • St. Jerome's Experience Guide (Tour Guide)
  • St. Jerome's Student Activities Team Member

All of my roles have allowed me to get to know students from across different areas of my own faculty as well as students from other faculties learning more about each of their perspectives.

Top platform points:

  1. Full Picture Representation: Understand students opinions from all faculties to represent the needs of the student body as a whole
  2. Student Advocacy: Bring the student voice to the table
  3. Best Interest Response: Making sure that I am consistently responsive in the role and that the interest of the students is heard as a top priority

Why I am the right student to lead and represent us:

Lets make sure that the student perspective is heard and that the University listens. I want to ensure that the best interest of students is kept as a priority and representing you in senate would allow me to do this directly. With a broad range of communication experience I will be your voice at meetings and always advocate for matters putting the best interest of students first.

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Feel free to email me at any time: dslindst@edu.uwaterloo.ca

Aryan Narang

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Yasmin Umar

Yasmin Umar candidate

Team Name: Team Yasmin

Top three platform points:

I'm running based on my own experiences (and ups and downs) at UW.  I believe the Senate needs to put into place extra resources for students:

  1. Extra academic advisors and extra tutors within the faculties.  To minimize costs, we could implement a program using upper year students (perhaps as part of their co-op term).
  2. Accessible resources in first year (and ongoing) to offer enhanced study skills, note taking, exam writing, time management.  Some of this exists - but there are next level private organizations working with Queen's, Western and others.  We should be able to access that - because this also aids us in our co-op placements.
  3. Co-op needs to do more in teaching students how to find the best jobs. We aren't being taught how to be proactive, how to use our networks, how to reach out to C-level executives in our fields.  Some students get incredible jobs based on grades.  And a few based on parental help.  I am not begrudging that.  But there are too many people sitting out their co-op terms, and that's not right.  It is putting an increased strain on their mental health. If we have a world-class co-op program, then we need all students to participate in its success.

Why I am the right student to lead and represent us:

HIGH TIDES RAISE ALL SHIPS.  What I believe.  I feel like UW can sometimes be a really competitive place. And I get that. But I also feel like everyone who has gotten into UW is already incredibly bright and incredibly accomplished. So, if we all do well, it just raises us all up. We don't need our friends to fail in order for us to succeed. That's my philosophy.  And if it's yours, I hope you'll vote.

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LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/yasmin-umar-7b373316b/

Lisa Zhang

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