Hi, My name is Katie Bell and I am a third year student Majoring in Education and minoring in English. I am running for the faculty of education representative for the Simon Fraser Student Society. I have been actively involved since my start at SFU and hope to continue improving student life as the faculty representative.
Accountability, Community, Excellence.
We are a group of motivated individuals who have a shared vision to collectively strive:
- To hold ourselves to the highest level of accountability in all of our dealings as elected representatives of SFU’s undergraduate student body.
- To continue to build a strong sense of community on campus by hosting the highest calibre events possible for our students and supporting student-led initiatives that align with the vision of building
- To set the example for student societies across North America, by exceeding the standard and providing excellence in all aspects of the Simon Fraser Student Society’s mandate as listed in the Constitution.
Why I’m Running:
The SFSS represents the needs of the student body making sure they are properly represented. We need student representation on the board that can create community with integrity while maintaining good relationships with students. I am running to make sure education students are represented in an impartial way, which allows for everyone’s voices to be heard.
Throughout my years at Simon Fraser University, it has been apparent the lack of understanding for the need for community and student involvement. My time here at the university has allowed me to learn how crucial involvement for students is. There is a need for voices to be heard through a perspective that can be easily understood. My goals are to help students fully understand the need for community and be an advocate for students needs.
- Events to bring together students at large in the education faculty and small scale events promoting academics including: info sessions for PDP
- Events to bring education students involved in the rest of the school, with use of the highland Pub, assisting clubs and DSU’s to get actively involved with the education department and the rest of the school
- Bring online education students to be involved with campus events, either social or academic
- Update and bring more involvement to the Education Student Union for students to actively be engaged and take part in the student union
- Bring the education department to become more involved with the SFSS by informing students of upcoming events, and involvement with the SFSS such as sitting on committees
- Develop strategies to address student issues within the faculty by setting up forums, and discussions with the students where their concerns can be addressed
- Make sure that the rest of the society is informed on any issues brought forth at these events and the correct steps are taken to advocate for our faulty
- Ensure a space for education students to be able to study and hangout with other education students-similar to that of a departmental common space
- Keep the new hub space in the education building open for education students to study and make sure everyone is aware of the spaces available for them
- Keep in contact with students and committees to ensure there is understanding between the two areas
- Consult with education students regarding changes in student space, organization, and changes happening to the faculty as a whole
- Make sure the students are involved in changes within the department and want these changes to be made, these could include: changing the student union/DSU, optimizing student spaces, bringing commuter, online, and in class students together in a social manner
Having been at this school for 3 years now I have begun working with the SFSS on different upcoming events. In addition, I have worked in residence with the Residence Hall Association where we planned events, advocated for student rights, and gave residence life support. I have been heavily involved with student life and hope to continue this onto the SFSS.
Feel free to contact me at email@example.com if you have any questions
Simply put, I do not believe in a society that takes your money without giving you change.
I am running for re-election for the position of Education Faculty Representative because I want the slogan “the SFSS is yours” to apply to all students. The concerns of Education students have been a concern of mine since long before I was a student myself. When I was in elementary school, my mother was enrolled in SFU Education’s PDP program. I remember how busy and stressful that time was on her and on our family. Though an undergraduate student at SFU, she did not benefit from events on Burnaby campus, such as concerts or pub nights, which make up a large portion of the SFSS budget. It is this realization that inspires me to advocate for more services and bursaries that are accessible to all students. I want the SFSS to be just as much for single parents raising children while pursuing an education as it is for twenty year old students like myself.
I am qualified for this position because I have a year of experience. In the last year as Education Faculty Representative, I have pursued connections with Education students at UBC’s AMS, worked on the creation of the SFSS Emergency Food Program, worked with the Faculty of Education to host a drop-in events for undergraduate students, and helped the Surrey Campus Committee organize their first Campus-Wide Ideas Exchange. Additionally, I sat on the Dean Search Committees for both the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Environment where I represented the undergraduate voice in important decisions that impact the SFU community. Prior to being Education Faculty Representative, I had over a year of experience as an executive on two departmental student unions and as a representative on Forum, the advisory body to the SFSS Board of Directors.
Since taking on the role of Treasurer for the Linguistics Student Union in my first semester, I have been dedicated to improving the SFU community for those I represent. I am accountable, passionate, and an advocate for representation across all campuses and student groups.
If elected, I will:
- Advocate for the creation and maintenance of services, events, and campaigns that matter to Education students within the SFSS
- Reach out to students in PDP in a consultation process to see how the SFSS can better represent them as a unique population.
- Push for the creation of a special option in the SFSS Emergency Food Program for students with children
- Maintain a positive relationship with the Faculty of Education
- Continue pushing the faculty to adopt an inclusive mailing list that includes Education minors
- Organize a “Careers in Education” event that promotes the diverse opportunities available to Education undergraduate students
- Expand the SFSS presence across campuses
- Look into the creation of a SFSS Vancouver Campus Committee to represent the diverse needs and interests of undergraduate students at the Vancouver campuses
- Work to strengthen the role of the Surrey Campus Committee in the SFSS
- Bring SFSS Emergency Food Program to other SFU campuses
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I would love to hear from you.