UWSA – University of Windsor Students' Alliance


Veronica Beia

Running for Vice President Student Life (VPSL)

Outline your relevant experience for this position
Before my first year, I collaborated with students from UC Berkeley to establish a community platform group page for incoming first-year students through LoopChat. The pandemic was a significant challenge for many, especially those who struggled with the transition from highschool to University. This initiative sparked my interest in Student Life, as I created a resource that has allowed people to ask questions, get answers and connect! I served various roles within UWSA, such as First Year Representative, Chair of the Board, member of Hiring Committee, and currently your Board of Governors Representative for Students-at-Large. I’m also part of the Student Life Committee. Those opportunities allowed me to contribute to decisions on behalf of over 10,000 undergrads, assist in events, and helped me see what has worked and what we can improve on. I volunteer regularly at UWSA’s affiliated services as well as some events (Walksafe, Food Pantry, FroshWeek) where I’ve gained valuable insights and a strong understanding of students’ wants, needs, and overall experiences. Some of my leadership roles include managing federal and municipal elections locally and working at ServiceOntario, both which provided me the opportunity to hone my collaborative, multi-tasking, and communication skills that would transfer well into this role. I’m confident that my experience and passion in student advocacy and student experience will greatly contribute to YOUR campus experience!
What specific initiatives and projects would you undertake related to this role?

I plan to involve the community in events throughout the year such as local businesses and beyond to bring creative, fun and unique events to bring that campus-culture spark at UWindsor. As someone who enjoys attending events and activities, I’ve gained a deep appreciation for the diversity of clubs and societies at UWindsor. However, I’ve noticed that many students aren’t fully aware of the amazing events happening, leading to a lack of student engagement. I hope to resolve this by utilizing the UWSA platform to promote their events/socials.

In my current UWSA role, I often get asked about how to get involved in extracurriculars, so I recognize how difficult it can be for students. That’s why I’m pushing for a dedicated platform as a resource where students can easily find out how to join and create clubs, and find information on all student run events to stay in the loop – all in one place.

We all know University can be INCREDIBLY stressful, with the constant juggle of academics, extracurriculars, work, and social life, which is why I strongly believe that mental health should be seen as a necessity, not a luxury. As VPSL, I will be advocating for more wellness spaces across different buildings to create an environment where students can prioritize self-care.

I know firsthand as a black student how important inclusivity is. It goes beyond just feeling welcomed – it’s about creating an environment for every student to thrive, no matter their background. Which is why I’d take into consideration all students by hosting a variety of events that allocate to different interests!

How do you plan on facilitating positive work relationships within the UWSA Board, members at large and UWindsor administration?
I plan on facilitating positive work relationships within the UWSA Board, members, and the UWindsor administration through open communication and transparency by being available to students to listen and for feedback, and respond in a timely and respectful manner. After all, we are your voice. I find that relationships based on trust, mutual respect, and shared goals set an important foundation to a successful team. I plan on working with the UWSA executives team as well as the Board of Directors to achieve goals that align with the UWSA’s mission and values. As VPSL, I will strive to contribute to an environment where everyone’s ideas are valued and heard and recognize the unique strengths and perspectives we each have to make a meaningful impact on the organization.
Describe the importance of the UWSA in your own words
The importance of UWSA to me is to advocate to enhance YOUR undergraduate experience. It offers a platform for students to be heard. The UWSA has contributed to giving me an amazing undergraduate experience this far, and I hope to give more back. The last two years as part of the Board of Directors were amazing, and I’m now ready to branch out to a bigger role where I can take on more responsibility and make a bigger impact here at the University of Windsor.