Arts

Candidate Bios

General Faculties Council (8 seats available)

Kyle Monda

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My name is Kyle Monda and I am running for General Faculties Council. I'm a third year BA student with a major in Art & Design and a minor in English. I am running for GFC because I believe it is an area where I can use my experience with advocacy and governance to improve the student experience. In the past, I have served as a Students Union Councillor, as well as represented students on countless committees and advisory groups. As a member of GFC, I would like to bring focus to the needs of Fine Arts students since they are often overlooked by student representatives. I also plan to work with OASIS (the Faculty of Arts student association) to identify student priorities and ensure they are being advanced on GFC. Feel free to email me at kmonda@ualberta.ca if you have any questions.


Jonah Dunch

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Jonah Dunch is a first-year student in Drama and Philosophy. As one of your Arts General Faculties Councillors, Jonah aims to work with existing student groups and university administration to understand and the articulate the concerns of students. Jonah plans to work with the Students’ Union, OASIS, and departmental associations to gather both qualitative and quantitative data on what students want from their education so that the voices of the student body are brought to the table concerning hot-button issues like the BA renewal. Jonah is committed to working alongside international students and students of varying cultural, religious, gender, sexual, and ethnic backgrounds to advocate for a university experience that is welcoming to all demographics. Thank you for your consideration.


Sean Oliver

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My name is Sean Oliver, a fourth year joint Honours student in History/English. The last time I was on any sort of student governing body was high school student council, so I'm super stoked at the chance to serve with people at the university level!

There are a few reasons I want to represent the Faculty of Arts on the General Faculties Council:

First off, the dynamics of receiving a post-secondary education are changing. With the BA requirements shifting and multiple Honours programs being cut or reviewed, it's an important time for students to be aware of what policy changes are incurring, and doubly important to ensure student needs are properly represented, both now and for the future.

Second, I have the background to provide representation for a wide scope of student interests. I initially started at the U of A in the Faculty of Science as a Biology major, then switched to Education, then finally switching into the Arts. During that time I've taken everything from calculus to philosophy to economics to astronomy, and I appreciate the different demands each student faces in their course load, regardless of their academic focus.

Third, I've really come to love my degree. allowing me to full-heartedly support the best interests of the Faculty of Arts.

Please vote in the Student Council and GFC Election March 22-23, and I hope for your support in helping represent the Faculty of Arts!


Robert Bilak

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Hello, everybody, my name is Robert Bilak, and I’m thrilled to be running for Arts Student Council and GFC. A little about me, I consider myself to be a very typical University Student. I too procrastinate on my assignments until the last moment, worry about the future, and nap when I should be working. But in all seriousness, University has so far proven to be an excellent experience. I’m a first-year Arts student, with a Political Science Major and an Economics Minor who has grown up around the Edmonton area. I do have some minor student governance experience as I had the honor of serving as Gr.11 Rep and President in my high school. As for my reasons to continuing a career in Student Governance, it mainly comes down to a desire to help others. All throughout the world, Including the University of Alberta, people struggle through life, not able to access the services available to them. I already think the University does a fairly good job at creating and promoting these services, but at the same time, I’d like to work towards greater pushes that make students want to utilize what the University and the Student Union offers them. I also love meeting and talking to people, and so for that reason, I can not wait to meet all the constituents and all the other potential candidates. I assure you, my team and I are working hard so that your voice will one day be heard. Thanks Guys #VoteRobert


Srosh Hassan

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I'm Srosh Hassan, a third-year sociology student in the faculty of arts, and I would be honoured to represent you in the Students Council and General Faculties Council. As a visibly religious racialized woman, I find myself existing within many intersections, some of which are better understood in the University institution, and others not so much. That reminds of the fact that students are often facing many external influences that create complex and unique university experiences. University isn't one size fits all, and neither are the ways in which we should aspire to serve students.

As well as continuously engaging with the Students Union to ensure we provide the services students need, I advocate for increased communication, connection, and inclusivity. Many students find governing bodies inaccessible and unapproachable and I'd work to connect student groups and marginalized students to solutions. I aim to maintain dynamic feedback-based relations between councillors and the executive so we can work together to prioritize students above all else. I recognize the ways policies affect students disproportionately and will make an effort to hear from and connect with the otherwise unheard student populations.

In this campaign, what resonates most with me is the start of the Students' Council Oath, “I am not here for me.” Not only because of the times I have felt failed, but also because of the times when the university went above and beyond for me, I want to do all I can to ensure no student is left behind.


LJ Valencia

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Hello, my name is LJ Valencia and I am running to be re-elected as your General Faculties’ Councillor (GFC). I am currently a second year Economics student with a minor in political science. I am a political hack, big tennis and NBA fan and a proud chorister for the University of Alberta Mixed Chorus (UAMC). I had a wonderful opportunity this year serving arts students as in the council as a representative and although it only meets a few times during the academic year, I believe that the GFC is very crucial in implementing university policy. I am running to be re-elected as your GFC representative because it is crucial that there is student representation in the council. Although many students feel that the GFC is a rubberstamp committee, it is not. The seats allotted for students are approximately one-third of the entire council. We can make a difference. However, there are problems that continue to exist in the council; I am running on working with the SU VP Academic in advocating for changing the meeting dates to ensure accessibility for student representatives and I will promote to protect our faculty from potential budget cuts in the future. I hope that in March 22nd & 23rd, you would vote for me as your GFC arts councillor.


Meijun Chen

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Hello! My name is Meijun Chen, I am a third year Arts student majoring in Music and minoring in Economics. I am running to serve you as an Arts councilor on Students’ Council and GFC.

As an international student, I have worked hard to get involved with various communities on campus; in my department, faculty and my residence. Finding involvement opportunities on-campus could be challenging and I would love to strengthen the involvement and engagement of not only international students, but also domestic students who are new to the university environment.

To reach out to students, I will do more one on one consultation to let students know about students’ council and GFC. I want to be a voice for international students for consultation on tuition increases and regulation, and provide feedback to SU executives to aid them in their efforts on advocating for international students. Living on campus for three years and working as a Lister student representative, I understand the importance of student advocacy and strongly believe that every student’s opinion matters.

To provide improved accessibility and engagement, I will strengthen the connection and create more interactions between different department associations and students groups in the Faculty of Arts. I have volunteered as a blogger for the Work of Arts, to engage with Arts students and let people know more about what’s happening in the Faculty and to share art’s students’ unique experiences.

Please feel free to check my platform on votemeijun.com, and vote for me. Thank you!


Monica Lillo

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Students' Council Election (6 seats available)


Alannah Piasecki

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Hi there! My name is Alannah Piasecki and I'm running to be one of your Arts Councillors for the upcoming year. I'm currently a third year Political Science student, but my roots are within the fine arts department. I've been fortunate enough to be exposed to the unique dynamic of our faculty within the last three years and I'm confident that I will be able to represent the diverse needs of fellow students while serving on council. I have experience working as a Senior Resident Assistant and Resident Assistant here on campus and that has given me the opportunity to listen to concerns and address them head on. My platform is one that focuses on accessibility and advocacy for all arts students, especially those that underrepresented or unfamiliar with the SU's processes. While serving in council, I will be able to do this while increasing transparency between the SU and the student body. Students' Council is the highest governing body within the Students' Union and arts students deserve someone who can listen and ensure that their needs are being fought for. On March 22nd and 23rd, vote for someone who can bring the change that you want to see in the Students' Union. Vote for Alannah Piasecki!


Tina Liu

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Hello!! I’m Tina Liu, I’m a sociology major, and I am asking you to choose me as one of your Arts councillors on the SU Council. In the past, I have participated in a variety of different activities that have given me valuable experience in leadership positions. I’ve organized several sports tournaments, volunteered with high risk youth and cancer patients, and I am currently a piano teacher at VCPA. Despite my past experience, sometimes I still trip up stairs and walk into poles. I get excited over helium balloons and stuffed animals. Once I went through the family trees of all 253 peers in the UK because I was bored. There was also a time I forgot to add flour when baking cookies. To be completely honest, I’m kind of a cloud of awkward. But, I am also approachable, a good listener and an innovator. I would be honoured to represent Arts students in the SU Council. I am not in the business of making empty promises, but I promise I will do my best to listen to and address your concerns, whatever they may be, to the best of my ability.


Mitch Wilson

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My name is Mitch Wilson, and I am running to be a Students’ Union Council Member for the Faculty of Arts. I was born and raised in the Edmonton area, and I am currently living here on campus. In my time living on campus, I have been able to observe students needs. I am a Women’s and Gender Studies major with plans on moving into the Honours program in my upper years. When I became aware that this program was at risk of being suspended in recent program cuts, I knew that it was my calling to get involved in student governance to make sure my voice was heard. Students in smaller departments need to know that there is someone on the council that has their needs in mind, and if elected, I would do just that. My promise to students is that I will take a critical approach to decisions, and thinking of the long term impacts these will have from an inclusive standpoint. I have lots of experience in the leadership role, as in November, I served as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Provincial GSA Conference, as well as presenting and part of the planning committee. This conference brought students from diverse gender and sexual identities together to empower leaders of the future. I am also enrolled in the Certificate in International Learning Program, as I believe it is important to explore education from an international perspective, and I plan on bringing this knowledge to council if elected.


Navneet Gidda

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Hey there! My name is Navneet Gidda and I’m running to be one of your SU Arts Councillors. I’m currently in my third year of political science (and I love it!). Over the course of my degree, I have been actively involved in a variety of student issues. I have served on several Faculty of Arts committees, represented residents with the Lister Hall Students’ Association, and currently hold an executive position on my department association. In my free time I like to run, watch political dramas, and write about music for The Gateway.

If elected, I will use my experience and passion for student advocacy to focus on three main objectives throughout my tenure as an Arts Councillor: strengthen services for Arts students, collaborate with our Faculty Association (OASIS), and enhance council relationships across campus. To strengthen services, my main objective is to work with the Undergraduate Student Services office to accommodate their services for the diverse needs of Arts students. In terms of collaborating with OASIS, I will work with fellow councillors to designate one arts councillor sit in on OASIS meetings and be in regular contact with their Vice President External. And finally, to enhance larger campus relations, I will sit on our Bylaw Committee in order to establish a new “Student Outreach Committee” which will focus solely on maintaining communications with the students we represent. Check out my full platform on my facebook page and get in touch if you have questions! #VoteNav


Robert Bilak

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Hello, everybody, my name is Robert Bilak, and I’m thrilled to be running for Arts Student Council and GFC. A little about me, I consider myself to be a very typical University Student. I too procrastinate on my assignments until the last moment, worry about the future, and nap when I should be working. But in all seriousness, University has so far proven to be an excellent experience. I’m a first-year Arts student, with a Political Science Major and an Economics Minor who has grown up around the Edmonton area. I do have some minor student governance experience as I had the honor of serving as Gr.11 Rep and President in my high school. As for my reasons to continuing a career in Student Governance, it mainly comes down to a desire to help others. All throughout the world, Including the University of Alberta, people struggle through life, not able to access the services available to them. I already think the University does a fairly good job at creating and promoting these services, but at the same time, I’d like to work towards greater pushes that make students want to utilize what the University and the Student Union offers them. I also love meeting and talking to people, and so for that reason, I can not wait to meet all the constituents and all the other potential candidates. I assure you, my team and I are working hard so that your voice will one day be heard. Thanks Guys #VoteRobert


Srosh Hassan

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I'm Srosh Hassan, a third-year sociology student in the faculty of arts, and I would be honoured to represent you in the Students Council and General Faculties Council. As a visibly religious racialized woman, I find myself existing within many intersections, some of which are better understood in the University institution, and others not so much. That reminds of the fact that students are often facing many external influences that create complex and unique university experiences. University isn't one size fits all, and neither are the ways in which we should aspire to serve students.

As well as continuously engaging with the Students Union to ensure we provide the services students need, I advocate for increased communication, connection, and inclusivity. Many students find governing bodies inaccessible and unapproachable and I'd work to connect student groups and marginalized students to solutions. I aim to maintain dynamic feedback-based relations between councillors and the executive so we can work together to prioritize students above all else. I recognize the ways policies affect students disproportionately and will make an effort to hear from and connect with the otherwise unheard student populations.

In this campaign, what resonates most with me is the start of the Students' Council Oath, “I am not here for me.” Not only because of the times I have felt failed, but also because of the times when the university went above and beyond for me, I want to do all I can to ensure no student is left behind.


Meijun Chen

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Hello! My name is Meijun Chen, I am a third year Arts student majoring in Music and minoring in Economics. I am running to serve you as an Arts councilor on Students’ Council and GFC.

As an international student, I have worked hard to get involved with various communities on campus; in my department, faculty and my residence. Finding involvement opportunities on-campus could be challenging and I would love to strengthen the involvement and engagement of not only international students, but also domestic students who are new to the university environment.

To reach out to students, I will do more one on one consultation to let students know about students’ council and GFC. I want to be a voice for international students for consultation on tuition increases and regulation, and provide feedback to SU executives to aid them in their efforts on advocating for international students. Living on campus for three years and working as a Lister student representative, I understand the importance of student advocacy and strongly believe that every student’s opinion matters.

To provide improved accessibility and engagement, I will strengthen the connection and create more interactions between different department associations and students groups in the Faculty of Arts. I have volunteered as a blogger for the Work of Arts, to engage with Arts students and let people know more about what’s happening in the Faculty and to share art’s students’ unique experiences.

Please feel free to check my platform on votemeijun.com, and vote for me. Thank you!


Monica Lillo

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