These candidates are running to represent their faculty, college or campus. Councillors oversee the WUSA Executives, Board of Directors, determine priorities for WUSA fees (and approval of the fees), and decide what WUSA advocates for and how WUSA is run.

Arts Candidates

There are four Arts seats, and nine candidates running. Arts undergrads will have the opportunity to choose their representation on Council by ranking the following candidates on voting days (Mar 5 – 7):

Mikkail Anthony Brathwaite

By-election arts council candidate Mikkail Anthony BrathwaiteTeam Name: Progressive Amendments
Program: Sociology
Current year of study: 3B

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo:

  • UW Track team, Jamnetwork, Ctrl.

Top three platform points:

  • chairs without holes in the Arts Lecture Hall
  • Better overall environment for UW Students
  • Better Grievances and appeal forms/ system

Reason why someone should vote for you in 100 words or less:
I have seen and experienced many of the obstacles that UWaterloo students face in their time at UW. I know what it feels like to be powerless or overwhelmed when you want change. There are aspects of UW policies that can be made more student friendly, and I aim to give the students a platform to be heard.

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Hameedat Busari

By-election arts council candidate Hameedat BusariProgram: Arts and Business
Current year of study: Third year

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo:

  • Volunteer at UW Feds Food Bank
  • Volunteer at UW Racial Advocacy for Inclusion, Solidarity and Equity -Member of UW African Students Association Top three platform points:
  • With Hameedat, your voice will always be heard!
  • You want something done, Hameedat is the one!
  • No need to sweat, vote for someone you won't regret, Vote Hameedat!

Reason why someone should vote for you in 100 words or less:
My goal is to be your voice during meetings and to vote on issues that support the Arts Community. Vote for me because I will always be there in the good and bad times (I don't give up easy). I am also approachable so you can speak to me if you have any concerns or issues and I will always listen.

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Savannah Campbell-Sharma

By-election arts council candidate Savannah Campbell-SharmaTeam Name: Machine
Program: Political Science, Minor in Gender and Social Justice
Current year of study: 3A

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo:

  • WUSA Service Coordinator - Women’s Centre (Spring 2019, Fall 2019, and Winter 2020)
  • WUSA Marketing Director - Women’s Centre (Winter 2019)
  • Political Science Students Association (PSSA)
  • VP of Design (2019, 2020) ASU Tuckshop Volunteer – (Fall 2018)

Top three platform points:

  1. Advocating for funding toward arts societies/associations
  2. Seek improvements to Arts buildings for more study spaces
  3. Focus on mental health and equity initiatives taken by WUSA

Reason why someone should vote for you in 100 words or less:
As an Arts representative I will ensure that WUSA moves in a direction that will be more equitable, intersectional, and focuses on the voices of arts students!

Currently being a service coordinator for 1 year with WUSA and an executive member of the Political Science Students Association also for 1 year, I understand the need for inclusivity and representation in our student council. A vote for Team Machine is a vote for experience, leadership, and determination!

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Rebecca Dragusin

By-elections arts council candidate Rebecca DragusinProgram: Honours Arts Co-op, Major in Political Science and History
Current year of study: 2B

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo:

  • Arts Student Union First Year Representative 2018-2019
  • UW Women's Centre Volunteer 2018
  • Arts Student Union VP of Communications from 2019-2020
  • Arts Councillor Winter 2020

Top three platform points:

  1. Advocate for Arts students' academic and extracurricular interests within Council
  2. Ensure that Arts students' initiatives are acknowledged on campus
  3. Active consultation with Arts students to ensure that your interests are appropriately represented

Reason why someone should vote for you in 100 words or less:
I have been an active representative of student interests on campus since first year, and I will continue to bring the same level of enthusiasm to this position.

Throughout my time at Waterloo, I have noticed that advocacy for Arts students’ interests is often missing from larger conversations. Through active interaction and consultation with students, I will ensure that Arts'

perspectives are communicated within WUSA. My experience ensures that I am prepared to succeed in achieving this goal, and that I am equipped to advocate for your interests.

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Aryan Narang

By-elections arts council candidate Aryan NarangProgram: ARBUS - Economics and Political Science
Current year of study: 2B

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo:

  • Arts Ambassador (Fall 2019)
  • Vice President, Communications, Waterloo Political Science Student Association  (Fall 2018 - Present)
  • Front Desk Assistant, Housing and Residence, University of Waterloo ( Fall 2019 - Spring 2020)
  • Special Events Residence Ambassador, Housing and Residence, University of Waterloo (Winter 2019)

Top three platform points:

  1. A bigger and better support for ASU and affiliated societies in-terms of budgeting, networking and events and being committed to what's best for UW Arts Students
  2. More tools for Arts Students success both inside the classroom and on the job! Sessions, clubs, speaker series that ensures that students are equipped for modern challenges
  3. All Arts Warriors represented, All Arts Warriors heard; creating ARTS-centric spaces for mental health, LGBTQ rights, diversity, inclusion and providing extended support to such advocacy groups/clubs within the University.

Reason why someone should vote for you in 100 words or less:
Being an international student and feeling like home within the Faculty of Arts is the greatest blessing. It's about time to give it back and make the experience for the Arts Warriors better and stronger. With this passion to give back and having the ideal experience within the Arts Society, I will stand up to the expectations of the Warriors.

Something that started with a nervous chubby kid in 1A transformed to a Warrior who was selected as the Arts Ambassador with his ‘grind’ mindset.

I will do the student council position justice, here's to voting for Aryan Narang!!

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For any questions and to know me better, feel free to e-mail/message me on:

Kush Pathak

By-election arts council candidate Kush PathakProgram: AFM
Current year of study: 1B

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo:

  • part of winter welcome week 2020
  • co-ordination for cultural caravan 2020
  • March Break open house volunteer 2020
  • Special events residence ambassador- LLC 2020
  • Member of  UW UNICEF

Top three platform points:

  1. Addressing the needs of my faculty and acting as a bridge between between the students and WUSA.
  2. Will oversea the progression of all WUSA activities and events.
  3. Will ensure to give the best experience to all the students. through planning and assisting.

Reason why someone should vote for you in 100 words or less:
I think you should vote for me because I’m creative with great leadership and management skills that I have developed by taking part in a lot of activities. I would love to represent my faculty on a greater platform and oversee the student body and make sure to maintain transparency and proper order.

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Manas Suri

Team Name: Beeba Bois
Program: Arts and Business
Current year of study: 1

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo:

  • Member of the wusa clubs support team and also got nominated for the previous wusa elections of vice President Student Life.

Top three platform points:

  1. Beeba Bois will hear everyone's voice .
  2. Beeba Bois will go an extra mile to make you smile
  3. We will work without rest put to us to the test.

Reason why someone should vote for you in 100 words or less:
I know it is difficult to understand the name of our team 'Beeba Bois.' Let me tell you, Beeba Bois means Gentlemen & by Gentlemen i don't mean the one with suit, boot & a tie over them, by Gentlemen i mean people who have the qualities to win spectator's heart. The Student Council Arts is a fantastic way to make new friends, gain experience & listen to student's concerns, queries and their needs. We will continue to fight for the things that are important to students no matter big or small. I know "words don't work but actions do"

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Pratyusha Varma

Team Name: Machine
Program: Sociology
Current year of study: 3A

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo:

  • WUSA Promo Team (Fall 2019)
  • Women's Centre Volunteer (Winter 2019 - present)
  • MATES Peer Support Volunteer (present)
  • Residence Life Don/Community Leader (Fall 2017 - present)
  • Special Events Area Coordinator (Winter 2019 - present)
  • Social Media Coordinator - Active Minds (present)

Top three platform points:

  1. Advocate for Arts specific walk-in counselling within faculty buildings
  2. Bring attention to various accessibility needs around campus:  e.g.​​​​​​​ incentivised notetaker positions to increase participation and follow-through
  3. Increase student involvement with the Student Council and WUSA related activities from the get-go: more transparency, more awareness, more ideas

Reason why someone should vote for you in 100 words or less:
I'm genuine, I'm passionate and I care. I've been in roles that have helped me understand what students need and I'm always open to learning. I want to advocate for what's best for our faculty. Resources are made available but not accessible and this is something I want to draw attention to. I also want to help build better networking opportunities for students in arts, since we're such a diverse population with so many different ideas and ambitions.

Learn more about my platform on our socials!

Also, vote because your voice matters and who represents it makes all the difference.

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Jairo J Yanez

Team Name: Lex
Program: Arts & Business (Economics Major)
Current year of study: 3A

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo: 

  • President of the Association of Latin American Students and Treasurer of UW UNICEF

Top three platform points: 

  1. Facilitating communication and transparency by openly discussing plans and getting feedback on what YOU want.
  2. Liaising with WUSA in order to continue improving the processes in place and minimize obstacles that Arts Societies and Clubs face.
  3. Strive for an inclusive environment that takes into account the diversity in the Arts faculty.
  4. Enhance the academic and social experience for the Arts community.

Mathematics Candidates

There is one Math seat, and one candidate running. Math undergrads will have the opportunity to choose their representation on Council by voting “yes” or “no” to the following candidates on voting days (Mar 5 – 7):

Andrew David Yates

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Cambridge Campus Candidates:

There is one seat for Cambridge campus, and one candidate running. Cambridge campus undergrads will have the opportunity to choose their representation on Council by voting “yes” or “no” to the following candidates on voting days (Mar 5 – 7):

Jason Chen

By-election Cambridge council candidate Jason ChenProgram: Architecture
Current year of study: 1B

Top three platform points:

  • Connecting and engaging the School of Architecture with events and activities on main campus
  • Allowing clear communication between WUSA and WASA
  • Improving student experience in a satellite campus Reason why someone should vote for you in 100 words or less: I am striving towards bringing what WUSA is offering to the School of Architecture by bridging the two campuses, despite the distance, through communication and active engagement.

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Kitchener Campus Candidates:

There is one seat for Kitchener campus, and one candidate running. Kitchener campus undergrads will have the opportunity to choose their representation on Council by voting “yes” or “no” to the following candidates on voting days (Mar 5 – 7):

Amanda Nicole Helka

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St. Jerome’s University Candidates:

There is one vacant seat for St. Jerome’s University, and one candidate running. St. Jerome's University undergrads will have the opportunity to choose their representation on Council by voting “yes” or “no” to the following candidates on voting days (Mar 5 – 7): 

Shanelle Leo

Team Name (if applicable): Leo
Program: Arts and Business
Current year of study: 1B

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo:

Waterloo

  • Arts Orientation: Arts Community Relations Coordinator

St. Jerome's

  • Student Union: Business Affairs Liaison
  • Experience Guide

Top three platform points:

  1. Build a stronger connection between WUSA and St. Jerome’s
  2. Representing St. Jerome’s communal atmosphere
  3. Building a stronger presence of St. Jerome's in the Waterloo community.

Reason why someone should vote for you in 100 words or less:
I believe that I would I am a strong candidate to represent  St. Jerome’s on WUSA’s student council. Currently, I am on your Student Union where I work to advocate for your needs and work towards accurately representing the student body. I am also an experience guide, so I fully understand and take pride in the vision we want to be represented by. My goal on the WUSA student council would be to advocate for and represent St. Jerome’s to create a stronger presence in the Waterloo community. Please help me to represent you on WUSA’s student council!

Links to any website, social media accounts and/or email address:
Please email me at s2leo@uwaterloo.ca if you have any questions!

Renison University College Candidates:

There is one vacant seat for Renison University College, and zero candidates running. Vacant seats will remain open for a by-election after this election ends. If you’re interested in representing your campus by filling this empty seat on WUSA Students’ Council, please contact the Chief Returning Officer.