UWSA – University of Windsor Students' Alliance

Candidate: Fatima Khaliq

Position: Faculty of Science

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1. Outline your relevant experience for this position

During my time at the university of Windsor, I have been involved in multiple clubs including Students offering support, Jack.org, Share a smile, etc. However, my most rewarding experience has been on the undergraduate chemistry club for the past two years and this experience has allowed me to connect with students in various science programs and understand their concerns for their academics and opportunities to advance their careers. I want to use this opportunity to be a voice for the science student community. Additionally as a member of Jack.org we continuously try to raise awareness about mental health and I believe it is important to provide students with more resources to make it easier when they are juggling so many different responsibilities.

2. What specific initiatives and projects would you undertake related to this role?

Since the Board of Directors is also the financial decision-making body of the UWSA I want to help increase financial support for departmental clubs so they can expand the services and opportunities they provide for students in science. It would be incredible to see more guests speakers come in to give more insight on the various career paths available in each program as well as workshops to sharpen and enhance real-life skills that are applicable in a variety of settings. 

3. 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 be ensuring I am using positive and encouraging language during meetings. Additionally I think building one-on-one relationships is crucial so I will do my best to support other committees and members with their tasks  to ensure UWSA as a whole is ready to support our campus community. 

4. Describe the importance of the UWSA in your own words

The UWSA is an important part of student life, both academically and socially and truly makes the students their number one priority by demonstrating what they stand for: Advocacy, services and representation. Throughout the pandemic the UWSA has advocated for leniency in marking as seen in the pass/fail option given and how they continue to work with the different departments to make sure students are being given leniencies when studying through a difficult time. The have additionally made the transition back to in-person smooth by hosting events and socials for students to get to know one another. They have continously provided students with the same services and opportunities through the food pantry and womxn’s centre amongst many others while ensuring social distancing guidelines are followed. The UWSA truly has creates a safe space for many people by supporting the variety of clubs found on campus and highlighting the diversity found on our campus.