Candidates for President
My name is Haruun Ali and I’m a 3rd year political science major, two term student councillor and current student leader in residence.
For over a year now, I have been delivering students big wins whether it within the Students’ Union where I passed a financial management assessment at Council after this past Executive team spent $150k on a dodgeball game. Or whether it be with my national wins including the summoning of big grocery CEO’s for their continued price gouging of Canadians or getting new students involved in governance via NomCom.
When I think of the Students’ Union, I don’t see a union. I see a business trying to start more and more ventures. As President, I want us to refocus back onto being a union and an effective voice for Students. Some of my big commitments to you are to continue progress on key legacy projects like the Syllabus Bank and Exploration Credits.
Some of the big ticket items from my platform are minimum residence standards, hiring a French translator to translate the UASU website, lobbying for the regulation of the IDF, reinstating discover governance and the advocacy office. The platform is over 25 pages long and includes a comprehensive vision for the Students’ Union, university and campus at large.
On March 8th and 9th, you have a choice to elect a candidate that is backed by hundreds of everyday students. Let’s get to work building a union not a business.
Follow Haruun Ali on social media @HaruunYEG!
Hi everyone! My name is Christian Fotang, and I’m running to be your next UASU president.
I’ve served as your VP External for the last two years. As VP External, I have successfully lobbied for the temporary elimination of work hours for international students, permanent removal of interest on federal student loans, and a 2% cap on tuition for future years.
There is no doubt right now that affordability is top of mind. Many students, such as those on unpaid practicums, are expected to work overtime, drive miles out of the city, and advised not to work. This means more expenses and less money being put in your pocket. Students face barriers that stretch from academics to student life and even up until the moment they graduate from University. Student groups work to revitalize campus culture, yet their efforts are met with resistance. University can already feel lonely, and when combined with the many pressures of being a student, you can feel like you’re on your own.
For advocacy to be effective, there must be trust within the system. There is a crucial need to rebuild trust and accountability between the Students’ Union and the student body. All voices around the table need to be heard for that to happen. I believe in a community that is accessible to all and in a Students’ Union that is accountable to all. I believe that I am the person for the job.
I hope to earn your trust once again.
Students' Union Elections Office
Room 0-68 B
Students' Union Building
University of Alberta
8900 - 114 Street NW