Arts

Candidates

Students' Council (7 seats available)

Julia Villoso

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Hello! My name is Julia Villoso. I am in my second year of my Arts degree majoring in Psychology and minoring in Anthropology, and I am excited to be running (again) to be one of your 2021-2022 Arts Councillors! With already being in this position for a year, I’ve learned so much about student governance and have been very involved in multiple committees such as Audit, Sustainability and Capital Fund, and Refugee Committee within the ISA, as well as the WUSC Refugee Student Sponsorship Board.

I truly believe these experiences on Council have enabled me to not only gain a better understanding of what it means to be a student at the U of A, but also learn the experiences of the diverse students all around campus. I want to use this current knowledge to continue to advocate and work for students. It is especially important now, in these difficult times, that students are being well-represented at the SU.

I want to work towards establishing a more accountable SU. I want to promote more student engagement within student governance. I want to further advocate for and promote Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

On March 17th and 18th, I hope you vote for me, Julia Villoso, as one of your next Faculty of Arts representatives on the Students’ Council and General Faculties Council.

Chris Beasley

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Hello!

My name is Chris Beasley and I’m running to be one of your next Students’ Union and General Faculties Councillors to represent the Faculty of Arts. This past year, I have had the pleasure of serving as the elected President of OASIS, the Arts Faculty Association. Beyond this, I have previously served as a Students Union Councillor and chaired the Council Administration Committee.Moreover, I am a current undergraduate representative on the University of Alberta Senate and an incumbent member of General Faculties Council. In these roles, I have always fought for students and worked to make campus better.

I was an outspoken advocate throughout the Academic Restructuring process, fighting for Arts Students at GFC and discussing the priorities of Arts Students one on one with the Dean of Arts. I was part of the core team of the OASIS FAMF and secured sustainable funding for OASIS when the FAMF passed with the support of 70% of Arts Students. I’ve built Snow Penguins in the cold and I have been at every single SU protest against the brutal Government cuts that have hurt us all. I have a track record of working to make life better for the student community that I love and I hope that I earn the confidence of Arts Students once more.

You can find out more and see my platform by looking for Chris Beasley on Instagram and Facebook. On March 17th and 18th, please vote Chris Beasley for SU and GFC Councillor!

Georgia Korfeh

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Hello!

My name is Georgia Korfeh. I’m in my second year of university and in my first year at the University of Alberta. I'm currently studying Sociology, specializing in Criminology. However, soon I’ll be transferring into the Honours Sociology program, and I’m thrilled to be running for a position as Student Councillor and General Faculty Councillor.

This year, I got involved with the Campus UNICEF organization and Helping Hands for the Homeless. I’m also working towards acquiring my community service certification. I think community service is very important so I want to dedicate my career after university as a public servant/politician.

I’m running for Student Councillor and General Councillor, not only to represent both my faculty and all of the undergraduate students, but to also represent a small minority that hold few positions of power--Black women. I think it's important to have the student council as diverse as the real population of the University of Alberta undergraduate student body.

As a student, I’m very sympathetic to the cost of tuition and living costs while in school. Therefore, I want to help by making textbooks and necessary resources more affordable for every student, as well see a decrease in tuition prices. I also want to allocate more resources and funding to mental health support.

On March 17 to 18th, don't forget to vote. Decide who you think best represents you. I hope I can earn your vote as Student Councillor and Arts General faculty councillor.

Nicole de Grano

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Hello! My name is Nicole De Grano. I am in my third year, double majoring in Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies. I am so honoured to be asking for your support again to represent you on the UASU Students' Council and GFC for the upcoming school year.

This has been an incredibly challenging year for students, and I know that adjusting to the online environment has been tough to navigate. In my time on Council, I have tried to amplify the voices of students behind the scenes, by making sure the UASU’s bylaws are representative of our student body. To further support the voices of students, I had the opportunity to sit on the Dean of Students’ Review Committee, and in this I made sure that our current Dean is held to high standards to care for students. I have also supported EDI through creating relationships within the ISA, and seconding the motion to make the ISA a Student Representative Association. Furthermore, I worked to enhance the support that the UASU makes available in UASU Cares.

I know that I can do more.

I want to amplify arts, and amplify student voices even more. Through my platform, I plan to do this by making Council more transparent, making myself more accessible to students, and holding the Executives accountable. Furthermore, I want to fight for better EDI, boost student rights, and enhance student connections.

On March 18th and 19th, re-elect me, Nicole De Grano, to be your Arts Councillor.

Serena Yabut

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My name is Serena Manansala Yabut. I am a 3rd year English major & Drama minor. For the past 3 years of my life on campus, I have been involved in various student organizations in hopes to always affect positive change in my own ways. With that same mindset, I decided to run for UASU Council last year to be one of your Arts representatives. I was lucky enough to win one of the 6 spots, and since then I’ve learned so much more than I could have imagined.

One of my proudest accomplishments in my time on council is my unwavering commitment to advocating for the marginalized students of our community. From BIPOC students to LGBTQ2S+ students, I have always made sure that they continue to be taken into consideration in a world that often neglects their needs as students and as individuals.

Through my lived experiences and knowledge as a UASU Arts Councillor, an OASIS Humanities Councillor, a member of the Nominating Committee, a member of the Dean of Students Review Committee, & my valued seat on the UASU Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Taskforce, I believe that my work is still not done. I feel that I still have so much to give when it comes to being a voice for marginalized students on campus. This is why I am running to be re-elected into my Arts Councillor position on the UASU Council for 2021-2022. Checkout the rest of my campaign on Instagram @serena.for.council.

Vaughn Beaulieu-Mercredi

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My name is Vaughn Beaulieu-Mercredi and I'm a Cree-Métis man, from Dene Tha' First Nation in Treaty 8 territory. I am a 4th year student in Political Science with a Native Studies minor and I am running to be one of your Arts Councillors for Students' Council and General Faculties Council!

I want to be your Arts representative because I have a strong sense of community, leadership, and respect for the students of the UofA! I have been a student representative and leader for over two years, being involved with the Aboriginal Student Council currently as President and formerly as Vice-President Consultation & Engagement. Currently I am also a Co-Chair of the National Indigenous Advisory Committee for the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations. Through my work with the Aboriginal Student Council and as a research assistant, I have been able to connect with the diversity of Arts students.

I want to be your Arts Councillor and GFC representative because we need a strong Council to lead students and the University into the next generation, and I believe that I am the perfect candidate to represent the Faculty of Arts in this endeavour. I bring a unique perspective to the (virtual) Council chambers as an Indigenous person and want to use this seat as an opportunity to uplift other Art students who feel unrepresented and unheard.

If elected I commit to ensuring that the voices of Arts students are listened to and taken seriously.

Charles Blondin

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My name is Charles Blondin, I am a Dene student from the Northwest Territories, and this year I am running for Councillor for the Faculty of Arts. I am running for office because I believe that there is a need for Indigenous representation at Students’ Council as there is a vibrant and growing Indigenous community on campus. In addition to this I want to ensure that the last remaining ARRC recommendations are completed and oversee that the agreement is being followed as intended. It should be noted that the SU has made fantastic progress so far, and I would be happy to watch my former colleague’s work be completed, as it will be an important step towards not only reconciliation, but protecting our Indigenous community as well.

I have previously served in the Canadian Armed Forces as an Officer Cadet while I studied at RMC for the ALOY program, and that experience has provided me with strong leadership skills. I have also previously been elected as a Councillor for Open Studies while in the TYP program, in addition to being a Vice-President in ASC, which is why if elected I intend to run for Chair of the Council Administration Committee. Although my first year in faculty has been online and I have not been able to meet many Arts students, I very much look forward to meeting people once campus reopens!

Lisa Glock

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Hello, My name is Lisa Glock my pronouns are She/Her and I’m a first-year political science major and women and gender studies minor. I am running for student council and general faculty council of arts. I’m a daughter of German immigrants and grew up in a small town called Stettler Alberta. I'm running on a platform that advocates for sustainability on campus and for mental health. Sustainability has always been important to me and I believe that we can fight climate change by creating a culture around protecting the planet. The mental health of university students has been neglected for too long, as someone who has struggled with mental health myself it is an utmost priority that every student has a safe environment in which they can receive the help they need to be successful.

Instagram page: @lisaglockfor_sc_and_gfc_arts

Gurleen Kaur

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Hi! I am Gurleen, Political Science and Media studies student. I love connecting with people, learning and sharing. I paint and write. My writings spread cheer and look at life from a human perspective. Besides, I love sports and horse-riding. Please elect me as one of your SU Arts Councillors. I will vouch for you and be there to voice your needs, interests and opinions. It is our chance to collectively grow as a vibrant community. Come on!! Let's jump high and cross all the hurdles together. Instagram: @gurleen_for_council @kaur_gunnia

Rebeca Avila

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Hello! My name is Rebeca Avila and I’m in my first year of a philosophy and political science double major. As a first year and international student myself, I understand the numerous challenges that come with adapting to university life, especially with everything being online. I’ve always been really passionate about getting involved with the campus community, and taking part in advocacy to better address students’ issues. I decided to run for students’ council because I want to contribute to making students’ experience at UofA as best as it can be. I also acknowledge that this year, we are facing more issues that demand commitment and dedicated action, and I am devoted to working towards this end. I am looking forward to this amazing opportunity. I hope I can earn your vote and that on March 17 and 18, you vote for me!

General Faculties Council (6 seats available)

Julia Villoso

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Hello! My name is Julia Villoso. I am in my second year of my Arts degree majoring in Psychology and minoring in Anthropology, and I am excited to be running (again) to be one of your 2021-2022 Arts Councillors! With already being in this position for a year, I’ve learned so much about student governance and have been very involved in multiple committees such as Audit, Sustainability and Capital Fund, and Refugee Committee within the ISA, as well as the WUSC Refugee Student Sponsorship Board.

I truly believe these experiences on Council have enabled me to not only gain a better understanding of what it means to be a student at the U of A, but also learn the experiences of the diverse students all around campus. I want to use this current knowledge to continue to advocate and work for students. It is especially important now, in these difficult times, that students are being well-represented at the SU.

I want to work towards establishing a more accountable SU. I want to promote more student engagement within student governance. I want to further advocate for and promote Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

On March 17th and 18th, I hope you vote for me, Julia Villoso, as one of your next Faculty of Arts representatives on the Students’ Council and General Faculties Council.

Chris Beasley

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Hello!

My name is Chris Beasley and I’m running to be one of your next Students’ Union and General Faculties Councillors to represent the Faculty of Arts. This past year, I have had the pleasure of serving as the elected President of OASIS, the Arts Faculty Association. Beyond this, I have previously served as a Students Union Councillor and chaired the Council Administration Committee.Moreover, I am a current undergraduate representative on the University of Alberta Senate and an incumbent member of General Faculties Council. In these roles, I have always fought for students and worked to make campus better.

I was an outspoken advocate throughout the Academic Restructuring process, fighting for Arts Students at GFC and discussing the priorities of Arts Students one on one with the Dean of Arts. I was part of the core team of the OASIS FAMF and secured sustainable funding for OASIS when the FAMF passed with the support of 70% of Arts Students. I’ve built Snow Penguins in the cold and I have been at every single SU protest against the brutal Government cuts that have hurt us all. I have a track record of working to make life better for the student community that I love and I hope that I earn the confidence of Arts Students once more.

You can find out more and see my platform by looking for Chris Beasley on Instagram and Facebook. On March 17th and 18th, please vote Chris Beasley for SU and GFC Councillor!

Mayah Ghalab

Hello! My name is Mayah and I’m your running candidate for the Arts General Faculties Councillor. I believe that our student community is a brimming, vibrant ocean of ideas for growing and advancing our education and campus affairs. Over the years leading up to my senior academic year, I have engaged, listened, and observed some of these passionate ideas. Now I’m here to ensure that these ideas become a reality! This includes:

  • making diversity an active experience

  • supporting and advocating for our athletes legacy fund

  • ensuring cross faculty transparency

  • Being YOUR voice in student government! It’s not about the ideas, it’s about making these ideas happen.

Georgia Korfeh

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Hello!

My name is Georgia Korfeh. I’m in my second year of university and in my first year at the University of Alberta. I'm currently studying Sociology, specializing in Criminology. However, soon I’ll be transferring into the Honours Sociology program, and I’m thrilled to be running for a position as Student Councillor and General Faculty Councillor.

This year, I got involved with the Campus UNICEF organization and Helping Hands for the Homeless. I’m also working towards acquiring my community service certification. I think community service is very important so I want to dedicate my career after university as a public servant/politician.

I’m running for Student Councillor and General Councillor, not only to represent both my faculty and all of the undergraduate students, but to also represent a small minority that hold few positions of power--Black women. I think it's important to have the student council as diverse as the real population of the University of Alberta undergraduate student body.

As a student, I’m very sympathetic to the cost of tuition and living costs while in school. Therefore, I want to help by making textbooks and necessary resources more affordable for every student, as well see a decrease in tuition prices. I also want to allocate more resources and funding to mental health support.

On March 17 to 18th, don't forget to vote. Decide who you think best represents you. I hope I can earn your vote as Student Councillor and Arts General faculty councillor.

Maddie Dempsey

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Hi, I’m Maddie. I am a third-year honors political science student, plant lover, and activist, and I am running to be an arts GFC representative in the upcoming election. I joined the UofA student governance world in my second year, when I became a director in the Arts Faculty Association. The following year, I served as the OASIS Vice President Outreach/Events, where I planned regular online events to strengthen the Arts Community, advocated for the needs of students throughout the Covid-19 pandemic and budget cuts to campus, and hosted our first ever online Arts Gala and raised over $700 for the Campus Food Bank, while also platforming multiple local artists to perform. Over the last 2 year I have learned a lot about governance and advocacy. My time as an OASIS executive has fostered strong relationships with students, and I am confident in my ability to continue representing students in GFC. We know that the coming year is going to be difficult for students, with budget cuts effecting the entire structure of the institution. Through all of this, I want to ensure that the concerns of students do not go unheard, and that our Arts community and identity remains strong while becoming part of the larger College of Social Sciences and Humanities.

Nicole de Grano

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Hello! My name is Nicole De Grano. I am in my third year, double majoring in Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies. I am so honoured to be asking for your support again to represent you on the UASU Students' Council and GFC for the upcoming school year.

This has been an incredibly challenging year for students, and I know that adjusting to the online environment has been tough to navigate. In my time on Council, I have tried to amplify the voices of students behind the scenes, by making sure the UASU’s bylaws are representative of our student body. To further support the voices of students, I had the opportunity to sit on the Dean of Students’ Review Committee, and in this I made sure that our current Dean is held to high standards to care for students. I have also supported EDI through creating relationships within the ISA, and seconding the motion to make the ISA a Student Representative Association. Furthermore, I worked to enhance the support that the UASU makes available in UASU Cares.

I know that I can do more.

I want to amplify arts, and amplify student voices even more. Through my platform, I plan to do this by making Council more transparent, making myself more accessible to students, and holding the Executives accountable. Furthermore, I want to fight for better EDI, boost student rights, and enhance student connections.

On March 18th and 19th, re-elect me, Nicole De Grano, to be your Arts Councillor.

Vaughn Beaulieu-Mercredi

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tân’si, hello!

My name is Vaughn Beaulieu-Mercredi and I'm a Cree-Métis man, from Dene Tha' First Nation in Treaty 8 territory. I am a 4th year student in Political Science with a Native Studies minor and I am running to be one of your Arts Councillors for Students' Council and General Faculties Council!

I want to be your Arts representative because I have a strong sense of community, leadership, and respect for the students of the UofA! I have been a student representative and leader for over two years, being involved with the Aboriginal Student Council currently as President and formerly as Vice-President Consultation & Engagement. Currently I am also a Co-Chair of the National Indigenous Advisory Committee for the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations. Through my work with the Aboriginal Student Council and as a research assistant, I have been able to connect with the diversity of Arts students.

I want to be your Arts Councillor and GFC representative because we need a strong Council to lead students and the University into the next generation, and I believe that I am the perfect candidate to represent the Faculty of Arts in this endeavour. I bring a unique perspective to the (virtual) Council chambers as an Indigenous person and want to use this seat as an opportunity to uplift other Art students who feel unrepresented and unheard.

If elected I commit to ensuring that the voices of Arts students are listened to and taken seriously.

Lisa Glock

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Hello, My name is Lisa Glock my pronouns are She/Her and I’m a first-year political science major and women and gender studies minor. I am running for student council and general faculty council of arts. I’m a daughter of German immigrants and grew up in a small town called Stettler Alberta. I'm running on a platform that advocates for sustainability on campus and for mental health. Sustainability has always been important to me and I believe that we can fight climate change by creating a culture around protecting the planet. The mental health of university students has been neglected for too long, as someone who has struggled with mental health myself it is an utmost priority that every student has a safe environment in which they can receive the help they need to be successful.

Instagram page: @lisaglockfor_sc_and_gfc_arts

Breanna Palmer

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Hello Everyone,

My name is Breanna Palmer and I am a third year undergraduate in the Faculty of Arts. I am a double major in Women and Gender studies and Political Sciences, and am pursuing additional certificates in Sustainability, Community Service Learning, International Learning and Peace and Post Conflict Studies. I presented my capstone project in early 2020 in the Myer Horowitz Theatre in SUB through Dance, as I dance with the Ualberta Orchesis Dance Performance Group.. I am an active volunteer in both campus and wider communities, and am familiar already with some of what the role of SU Arts Councilor requires, Robert’s Rules of Order and other.

I served as Open Studies Councillor for SU in my first year, and a lot has changed since 2018-2019! We have seen a massive restructuring,, cuts to financing of post-secondary education (with snow penguin protests spread right across the country), as well many complex and overlapping shifts in economic and global dynamics. Not to mention a global pandemic to which we are a year in.

I think that it is important to have a strong voice advocating for students and voicing those particular barriers and challenges that students face on campus. Be they attending classes through zoom, technological challenges, balancing home and life worlds, children and family dynamics and communicating concerns and needs around mental and physical health.

I am happy to serve as that voice for us Arts undergraduate students.

Vote for Breanna on March 17-18th!

Tia Marko

Hi there! My name is Tia Marko, and I’m pleased to announce that I’m running to be one of your next Student’s Union General Faculties Councillors representing the faculty of Arts. I’m currently a third year student pursuing a French Language and Literature Major along with a History Minor.

This past year I have been a Humanities Councillor with OASIS and have been part of several initiatives to grow, advance and progress the Arts faculty. I’m incredibly passionate about student advocacy which is one of the many reasons why I’m running to be part of the UASU’s General Faculties Council.

If elected, I want to advocate and represent student’s voices and address concerns relating to the recent budget cuts, department restructuring, present new and positive methods to adapt and meet the needs of students with online learning in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and strengthen the administrative & student relationships between the U of A North Campus and the Campus Saint Jean.

Remember to vote on March 17th & 18th!

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