Arts

Candidate Bios

General Faculties Council (8 seats available)

Erin Allin

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Erin is a third year Political Science student. Her experience at the U of A has been incredible, the people she has met and the opportunities she has had are what have pushed her and have encouraged her to become involved within student governance. Erin has lived in residence (2 Henday!!), joined student groups, sat on the Student Group Services Granting Committee, and most recently was selected as a Faculty of Arts representative for the General faculties Council. In typical style of a confused 17 year-old she even changed her major(twice!!). These experiences have all contributed to Erin's journey at the University of Alberta, and she only hopes every student can have an experience as rewarding as her own.

Throughout the past three years Erin has met so many incredible students both in the Faculty of Arts and outside. She has faced a variety of issues and learned to overcome them. She has listened to her peers, and she is ready to represent students and to help them overcome the issues that they too face. If selected to be a representative for the Faculty of Arts on the General Faculties Council, Erin will prioritize strong communication with her fellow students as well as instructors to ensure their voices are heard at GFC and their opinions are considered when the University makes decisions that will affect this faculty. Remember to vote on March 21/22, and please consider voting Erin Allin!


Mpoe Mogale

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Mpoe Mogale assumes several roles at the University of Alberta. Mpoe is a fifth-year international student majoring in Political Science and minoring in International Relations. A passion of Mpoe’s is advocating for and with students from marginalized communities. Mpoe believes that now, more than ever, is when the voices of these students needs to be amplified, and aims to do so as a member of the General Faculties Council and as an SU Arts Councillor.

Mpoe is the Undergraduate Research Initiative’s Program Assistant, coordinating multiple events for the organization and working collaboratively with student services to alleviate the barriers to accessing research. Previously, Mpoe was an Undergraduate Student Advisor for the Faculty of Arts; a role which revealed the unique obstacles Arts students face. Mpoe has also been involved with several councils on campus and across Edmonton, including the Edmonton Centre Youth Council.

As a member of the GFC and SU Council, Mpoe’s priority will be holding the SU Executive accountable to their campaign promises, especially towards traditionally underrepresented students. Another one of Mpoe’s priorities is improving the advocacy dialogue by coordinating regular opportunities for Arts students to express their concerns to their councillors, as well as for the Councillors to inform Arts students of the SU’s activities. Finally, Mpoe plans on bringing their current work on accessibility to the GFC to ensure action on topics including scholarship and bursary allocations and the expressed demand for a permanent all-gender change room in Van Vliet before the end of the year.


Dustin Sandler

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My name is Dustin, and I’m running to represent the Faculty of Arts at both the SU and GFC!

On a campus-wide level, there are three main topics that must be addressed this upcoming year:

Firstly, deferred maintenance is a growing concern in 2018. This isn’t just an issue of budget shortfalls; this is the UofA’s known tendency to neglect older student spaces, in favour of starting unnecessary new projects. I think I can speak for all Arts students when I say that (predominantly Arts) buildings could use some maintenance (humanities, anyone?). It is crucial that we continue to lobby the University to chip away at it’s massive $1 billion maintenance bill.

Secondly, we must determine how to incorporate legal weed into our bylaws. I believe it to be crucial to protect a student’s right to medical use, but we must also spark a pre-emptive discussion on how to look at recreational use. If elected, I would ensure that our SU here at the UofA is at the forefront of this historic policy change.

Lastly, we must address the UCP’s platform regarding mandatory Student Union Fees. While not an ideal circumstance, we must plan for what an SU free of mandatory fees could look like. When it comes specifically to the Faculty of Arts, my main priority is to contact – and listen to – department and association leaders. Because our Faculty is over 6000 undergraduate students strong, it is essential that SU/GFC Councillors maintain relations across all of our Arts programs.


Victoria DeJong

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Hello! My name is Victoria, and I’m running to be one of your General Faculties Councillors.

What makes me an excellent candidate for this position is my extensive experience in student governance. As the current Vice President Finance of the Political Science Undergraduate Association, I manage the organization’s finances and undertook a major overhaul of the PSUA constitution. As a current member of the University of Alberta Senate, I work directly with faculty and administration and advise the Senate on student issues. As a previous SU Arts Councillor, I spearheaded the development of the SU’s advocacy policy on sexual violence as Chair of the Policy Committee, and served as a member of the Finance, Audit, and Council Administration Committees. And in my current job as a Research Analyst with the SU, I’ve spent the past year researching university academic policy, student discipline, and students’ rights, which are crucial aspects of GFC.

All this experience has well-equipped me to serve as your representative on General Faculties Council. I have the experience necessary to be an active, vocal advocate for student interests in a body in which students are the minority. If elected, I will apply to serve on the Academic Planning Committee and the Campus Law Review Committee to promote student interests at the committee level, in addition to GFC as a whole.

You can get in touch with me at facebook.com/victoria.dej and on Twitter @victoriadej. I hope I can earn your vote on March 21st and 22nd.


Robert Bilak

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Hey everyone, my name is Robert Bilak, and I am pleased to be running for Arts Student Council and GFC. I have had the honour of sitting on both of these Councils over the last year, and I hope to continue serving the Faculty of Arts over the coming term. I am a second-year arts student, striving for a double major in Political Sciences and Economics. Over the last couple of months, I have joined numerous standing committees of the Students’ Council. I have worked on the Finance and Policy Committees, as well as the Gateway Board of Governors. I have a few goals for the next year that I would like to mention briefly. Firstly, I want to chair the Policy Committee, and be at the centre of the experiential learning policy renewal due in 2019. I also want to begin working on creating a sense of unity within the faculty. I think it is imperative that we have Arts Councillors in communication with GFC Councillors, as well as with the OASIS team and the departmental associations. I want to start the cultural shift towards these ideas, something that will take the cooperative mindset of all student representatives. Finally, I want to continue to work towards instilling a sense of pride in the Faculty of Arts, an issue I care very deeply about. For more information check out my Facebook page Robert Bilak for Arts Students’ Council and GFC. On March 28th and 29th vote for Robert Bilak. #VoteBilak


Mariam Hosseiny

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Hi there! My name is Mariam Hosseiny and I'm running to be one of your next Faculty of Arts representatives in the students' council and General Faculty Council.

2019 will be a year of change and innovation. I see things that could change for the better, which I want your input on, and I want that change to happen. I want to represent, support and make sure you have a voice in student council. I have leadership experience, high school governance experience and working with current MLAs. The General Faculties Council and the Student Union Students' Council, both have a huge role in running the University. I am committed to providing supports for ALL students, including international students and marginalized groups, improving Academic Advising in the Faculty of Arts, ensuring that students get the best and fairest educational experience. Finally, I am dedicated to ensuring our student governance runs effectively and efficiently; making sure that students engage with the SU, advocating for BOG transparency, holding executives accountable and working with the president and Vice president external to advocate student issues to the government.


Yiming Chen

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Students' Council Election (6 seats available)


Stephen Raitz

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Stephen has been an enthusiastic community builder within student groups and in residences, over his four years at the U of A. He has been working with fellow students to animate life on campus and getting folks engaged with changes on campus.

Many who have met Stephen would say he brings a high amount of energy and determination to the projects and groups he works on. He is intent on connecting and learning from a variety of perspectives to make decisions that are in the best interest of students. He is well-equipped to be your next SU Arts' Councillor because of his drive to connect with, engage with, and represent Arts students at the U of A.


Tina Liu

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Hello!! My name is Tina Liu, I’m currently a double major in English and Comparative Literature, and I am asking you to re-elect 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'm currently one of the incumbent councillors seeking reelection! Despite my past experience, sometimes I still trip up stairs and walk into poles. I get excited over helium balloons and stuffed animals. 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 for another year. As one of the few candidates who is in no way associated with political science, I represent a different side of the arts faculty which allows me to stand out from the other candidates. 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.


Rowan Ley

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I’ve always been proud to be active and engaged in our University community, and have had access to great opportunities in student governance and all around campus. This year, I want to give back to this place by serving as a Students’ Councillor for the Faculty of Arts. I’ve worked to build the skills I’ll need and the connections that will help me be the most effective possible councillor to serve students. This year, I’ve been a Councillor and the Director of Arts Governance for the Organization of Arts Students and Interdisciplinary studies (Oasis), the Arts faculty association. In that position I’ve served on Arts Faculty Council, the Arts Executive Committee, the Arts Academic Affairs Committee, and occasionally all kinds of other governance bodies in our faculty. It’s been a pleasure to work for Oasis, and I’ve learned about the in-depth workings of our university and faculty. I have also been involved in clubs ranging from the debate club, where I served an executive term, to the Karate club. I’ve earned a solid understanding of the problems our students and university face, and I’ve come to believe in solutions that can make them better for all of us.


Mitch Wilson

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My name is Mitch Wilson, and I am a second year Women’s and Gender Studies student. Over the last year, I have served as a Students’ Union Faculty of Arts Councillor. I am looking to be re-elected to Council and continue to represent all Arts students. As this year is a provincial election year, the 2018-2019 year is going to be very impactful for the Students’ Union. If re-elected, I will have the opportunity to ensure that Arts students have their voices present at Council. I am running on the following points: enhancing GovWeek, addressing Bill 5 concerns, advocating for marginalized groups, and representing small departments. I have a detailed platform outlining these points available on my Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/MitchUASU. Please feel free to message me with any comments or questions you may have! Thank you for your consideration and on March 21 and 22, re-elect Mitch Wilson as your Faculty of Arts Councillor!


Mpoe Mogale

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Mpoe Mogale assumes several roles at the University of Alberta. Mpoe is a fifth-year international student majoring in Political Science and minoring in International Relations. A passion of Mpoe’s is advocating for and with students from marginalized communities. Mpoe believes that now, more than ever, is when the voices of these students needs to be amplified, and aims to do so as a member of the General Faculties Council and as an SU Arts Councillor.

Mpoe is the Undergraduate Research Initiative’s Program Assistant, coordinating multiple events for the organization and working collaboratively with student services to alleviate the barriers to accessing research. Previously, Mpoe was an Undergraduate Student Advisor for the Faculty of Arts; a role which revealed the unique obstacles Arts students face. Mpoe has also been involved with several councils on campus and across Edmonton, including the Edmonton Centre Youth Council.

As a member of the GFC and SU Council, Mpoe’s priority will be holding the SU Executive accountable to their campaign promises, especially towards traditionally underrepresented students. Another one of Mpoe’s priorities is improving the advocacy dialogue by coordinating regular opportunities for Arts students to express their concerns to their councillors, as well as for the Councillors to inform Arts students of the SU’s activities. Finally, Mpoe plans on bringing their current work on accessibility to the GFC to ensure action on topics including scholarship and bursary allocations and the expressed demand for a permanent all-gender change room in Van Vliet before the end of the year.


Dustin Sandler

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My name is Dustin, and I’m running to represent the Faculty of Arts at both the SU and GFC!

On a campus-wide level, there are three main topics that must be addressed this upcoming year:

Firstly, deferred maintenance is a growing concern in 2018. This isn’t just an issue of budget shortfalls; this is the UofA’s known tendency to neglect older student spaces, in favour of starting unnecessary new projects. I think I can speak for all Arts students when I say that (predominantly Arts) buildings could use some maintenance (humanities, anyone?). It is crucial that we continue to lobby the University to chip away at it’s massive $1 billion maintenance bill.

Secondly, we must determine how to incorporate legal weed into our bylaws. I believe it to be crucial to protect a student’s right to medical use, but we must also spark a pre-emptive discussion on how to look at recreational use. If elected, I would ensure that our SU here at the UofA is at the forefront of this historic policy change.

Lastly, we must address the UCP’s platform regarding mandatory Student Union Fees. While not an ideal circumstance, we must plan for what an SU free of mandatory fees could look like. When it comes specifically to the Faculty of Arts, my main priority is to contact – and listen to – department and association leaders. Because our Faculty is over 6000 undergraduate students strong, it is essential that SU/GFC Councillors maintain relations across all of our Arts programs.


Deirdra Cutarm

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Tans’i, my name is Deirdra Cutarm and I am running to be one of your SU Arts Councillors. Our faculty allows us the chance to experience diverse fields and I would like the chance to be a part of the team that showcases this diversity. I am a third year Sociology major and Native Studies minor with an embedded Aboriginal Governance and Partnership certificate. I have spent the past two years helping students as a mentor with the Arts Faculty and I have served as the Aboriginal Student Council President and as Vice-President (Internal) for the Native Studies Students Association. In my spare time, I like to drink tea and play RPGs to save worlds and unwind. In the last two years of my degree, I took an interest in helping all students interested in learning to understand Cree and Metis culture by agreeing to help showcase Aboriginal student talent during I-Week. I chose to run because I would like to represent the Aboriginal students in the Arts Faculty, hold SU Executives accountable for their promises during the campaigns, and encourage more students to run! I definitely never thought I would ever become involved in governance but I have experienced how unapproachable the SU council can be and I never want another student to feel voiceless again. Council is here to represent you, the student, and I would be honoured to have the opportunity to do it.


Robert Bilak

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Hey everyone, my name is Robert Bilak, and I am pleased to be running for Arts Student Council and GFC. I have had the honour of sitting on both of these Councils over the last year, and I hope to continue serving the Faculty of Arts over the coming term. I am a second-year arts student, striving for a double major in Political Sciences and Economics. Over the last couple of months, I have joined numerous standing committees of the Students’ Council. I have worked on the Finance and Policy Committees, as well as the Gateway Board of Governors. I have a few goals for the next year that I would like to mention briefly. Firstly, I want to chair the Policy Committee, and be at the centre of the experiential learning policy renewal due in 2019. I also want to begin working on creating a sense of unity within the faculty. I think it is imperative that we have Arts Councillors in communication with GFC Councillors, as well as with the OASIS team and the departmental associations. I want to start the cultural shift towards these ideas, something that will take the cooperative mindset of all student representatives. Finally, I want to continue to work towards instilling a sense of pride in the Faculty of Arts, an issue I care very deeply about. For more information check out my Facebook page Robert Bilak for Arts Students’ Council and GFC. On March 28th and 29th vote for Robert Bilak. #VoteBilak


Mariam Hosseiny

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Hi there! My name is Mariam Hosseiny and I'm running to be one of your next Faculty of Arts representatives in the students' council and General Faculty Council.

2019 will be a year of change and innovation. I see things that could change for the better, which I want your input on, and I want that change to happen. I want to represent, support and make sure you have a voice in student council. I have leadership experience, high school governance experience and working with current MLAs. The General Faculties Council and the Student Union Students' Council, both have a huge role in running the University. I am committed to providing supports for ALL students, including international students and marginalized groups, improving Academic Advising in the Faculty of Arts, ensuring that students get the best and fairest educational experience. Finally, I am dedicated to ensuring our student governance runs effectively and efficiently; making sure that students engage with the SU, advocating for BOG transparency, holding executives accountable and working with the president and Vice president external to advocate student issues to the government.


Yiming Chen

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