UWSA – University of Windsor Students' Alliance

Candidate: Lana Yacoub

Position: Faculty of Science

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1. Outline your relevant experience for this position

My recent leadership experience as an executive for StemxPolicy, Crafting for a Cure, and the Palestinian Solidarity Group are all extremely relevant to the role of Faculty of Science representative. The leadership and organizational skills I have developed through these executive positions will allow me to excel in the role of Faculty of Science representative. Specifically in my work with StemxPolicy, I aim to empower STEM students to learn and explore opportunities for growth and career pathways in Policy. I have done this by creating opportunities such as educational seminars and a career panel surrounding the intersection of policy and STEM. In addition, during my time as a UWSA volunteer for both the Food Pantry and WalkSafe, I have had the opportunity to be a part of reducing the stress students face in regards to food insecurity and ensuring students feel safe at all times during their time on-campus. My experience as a volunteer provides me with a unique perspective of the needs of students and will allow me to represent their voices as a faculty representative.

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

I would like to continue empowering and encouraging students to discover new passions in my role as Faculty of Science representative by highlighting current resources, and developing new resources for them to do so. Specifically, I would like to create a UWSA service that helps students find volunteer and extracurricular opportunities both on and off campus. It is often very daunting to get involved as a new undergraduate student and it can be especially difficult to find opportunities that students are passionate about. This UWSA service will create an outlet for students to network with stakeholders in the community and on campus in order to find opportunities which will help their personal and professional development as they progress through their undergraduate studies.

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 within the UWSA Board, members at large and UWindsor administration firstly by networking and developing a personal connection with as many individuals as possible. I would like to create an open and direct line of communication to allow students and board members to express their concerns. In addition, I intend on doing everything within my power to help resolve these concerns and encourage the development of others within the UWSA and especially within the Faculty of Science.

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

The UWSA is an extremely important governing body for students at the University of Windsor which represents student voices and advocates for student interests. Some of the services provided include a food pantry to fight food insecurity among undergraduate students, Walksafe to ensure students and staff feel safe on campus, scholarships, the Women’s Center, and so much more! I have seen first hand how the services and projects of the UWSA have enhanced mine and others’ undergraduate experiences and I would like to pay it forward by taking an active role in this organization.