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PRESIDENT  Jack Bradley (he/him) 

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Full Degree: Honours Spec. in English Language and Literature, Minor in Political Science, Scholar's Electives (Queer Studies & SGBV Focus)

Describe your role on council and some of your initiatives for the 2021-2022 year: 

As President, I represent the Arts and Humanities student body on the AHSC, the University Students' Council, the Arts Faculty Council, in the A&H Dean's Office, and with any other relevant stakeholders. I'm responsible for overseeing the AHSC and providing strategic direction, support and guidance to each AHSC's six portfolios. I'm dedicated to bolstering AHSC's advocacy and equity capacities, which started with my creation of our new Equity Portfolio and the five positions within it. Over the next year, I'm aiming to create and highlight professional development opportunities for our students, continue our council's work in Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, and foster a council that is heavily engaged with the greatest faculty at Western! However, I couldn't do it without the phenomenal 2021/22 team.

Elaborate on something you wish you knew in first year:

It's 100% okay to ask for help and guidance! I know that many of us coming into university wear our independence like a badge of pride; but sometimes too much of that can get in the way. Coming into first year, I remember having to unlearn some of my high school stubbornness. Once I let myself ask for guidance when I needed it, I realized how truly kind the environment around me was. The community at Western is a helpful one; the people around you want you to succeed! Reach out, ask questions, get involved! That can start with reaching out to your Arts & Humanities Students' Council (wink wink). If you ever have any questions, feel free to email me at jack.bradley@westernusc.ca!

VP ACADEMICS Joyce Leung (she/her)

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Full Degree: Double Major in SASAH and Linguistics

Describe your role on council and some of your initiatives for the 2021-2022 year 

The role of VP Academics is quite a nuanced journey — from academic counseling, course feedback surveys, departmental events to professional opportunities, the VP Academics works closely with the departmental representatives to ensure that these initiatives are promoted and implemented in a way that can effectively address the needs of different student groups. This year, I plan to create a resource guide that covers relevant university policies and work with university groups to launch beyond-faculty experiential learning opportunities for the A&H student body.

Elaborate on something you wish you knew in first year:

As a relatively shy person, I strived to connect more with my professors to ensure that I could have the academic support I needed. Going to office hours have helped a lot with the projects' brainstorming and research processes, especially for narrowing down thesis ideas and exploring alternative resources to use. Looking back, I would further expand the conversations to know more about the professors on a personal level, so that I'm not only learning about the courses' topics through lectures and tutorials, but also through the professors' unique stories and experiences as well.

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VP COMMUNICATIONS Bridget Koza (she/her) 

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Full Degree: Double Major in SASAH and Visual Art and Art History and a Minor in Spanish

Email // bkoza@uwo.ca

Describe your role on council and some of your initiatives for the 2021-2022 year: 

I organize and oversee all forms of external and internal Communication for the AHSC. This includes working will the Communication Portfolio which covers our social media, promotions, publications, the AHSC website, video design, and any other exciting form of communication. Overall it's my responsibility to make sure the Arts and Humanities Students know about all the fun and important things we do on council.

Elaborate on something you wish you knew in First Year:

Burnout is real! While it's important to do well in school and engage in student clubs as much as you can during first year, it's also important to take care of your mental wellness and not sacrifice your health for perfection. Luckily, Western has so many resources to help students during stressful exam periods and hectic times. The Recreation Center became my go-to mental break but Western also has USC Food Support, the Wellness Education Center, Health and Wellness support and so much more resources to ensure you are taking good care of yourself.

VP EVENTS Bilquees "Billie" Hafeez (she/her)

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Full Degree: Honours Specialization in Art History & Museum Studies, and a Major in Classical Studies

Describe your role on council and some of your initiatives for the 2021-2022 year: 

As AHSC's VP Events, my role involves managing our wonderful Events Portfolio, producing all social and philanthropic events and programming, and helping facilitate AHSC's play. Some events I am excited for include the FAM Market, the A&H Formal, the A&H Career Series, Purple Sex and much more!

Elaborate on something you wish you knew in first year:

Something I wish I knew in first year is how many incredible opportunities there are to get involved, and how enriching such opportunities make your university experience! Getting involved has taught me so much! It has helped me hone my skills, make incredible friends, and partake in so many incredible experiences! I wish I knew I could have started this journey back in first year!

Email //  bhafeez@uwo.ca

VP FINANCE Reese Berlin Bromstein (she/her)

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Full Degree: Honors Specialization in English Language and Literature combined with a Major in The School For Advanced Studies in The Arts and Humanities

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Describe your role on council and some of your initiatives for the 2021-2022 year: 

I’m the Vice President Finance! I create and manage a $100,000+ budget to ensure that student money is responsibly allocated on events, programming, funding, and speakers. I also oversee all transactions for the AHSC and ensure all expenses are financially feasible. This upcoming year, I am looking forward to providing resource knowledge on the website about how AHSC’s money works, improving student and faculty communication, and mentoring the AVP Finance and First Year Associate.

Elaborate on something you wish you knew in first year:

To not feel ashamed about being homesick! University is a big transition and I wish I knew that I was not the only one who missed my loved ones and being home.

VP EQUITY Tiffany Lin (she/her)

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Full Degree: English Language and Literature + SASAH with a minor in French

Describe your role on council and some of your initiatives for the 2021-2022 year: 

As the title Vice-President Equity may imply, I am responsible for overseeing AHSC's newly-implemented Equity portfolio in efforts to ensure that Council functions as an equitable and accessible body to better represent all students. One thing that I'm most excited to see into fruition this year is launching more student-focused campaigns, featuring the talented members of the diverse Arts community!

Elaborate on something you wish you knew in First Year:

Don't be afraid to be passionate--it will be absolutely welcomed at Western! Whether that be a passion for writing, art, sports, or advocacy, everyone has something that sets them apart. These distinct qualities are what make up the colorful mosaic of the Arts faculty and make it all the more wonderful. Your undergraduate experience is good time to get to know yourself and nurture these passions so don't be afraid to pursue what motivates and interests you! Besides that, I also wish I knew from the beginning that Western Libraries is a great resource to borrow course textbooks!

USC COUNCILLOR Celine Tsang (she/her)

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Full Degree: Double Major in SASAH + Linguistics

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Email //  ctsang88@uwo.ca

Describe your role on council and some of your initiatives for the 2021-2022 year: 

Hi everyone! As your USC Councillor this year, my job is to facilitate communication between AHSC and the USC, and advocate for arts-related issues at the USC level. This year, I'm hoping to improve connection and outreach between myself and the arts student body, ensure that your concerns are being heard and represented, and contribute to equity and wellness initiatives like anti-gender/sexual-based violence and mental health support. Feel free to reach out anytime, I'd love to chat!

Elaborate on something you wish you knew in first year:

I would have told my first-year self to chill out a bit more and make sure that I'm practicing self-care regularly. In university, it can be really easy to just focus solely on school and extracurricular success, but it's also important to remember that you are a person and not just a student! Similarly, don't forget to talk to new people and try to make connections. As someone who is pretty shy, I know it can be daunting, but I promise that everyone that I've met here has been so kind and supportive. You're going to do great - I know it.

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