Hey Lancers! Firstly, props for navigating through such an intense election, especially with all the
posters plastered in C.A.W! My name is Herman Dayal and I’m running to be your next UWSA President. I’m
currently in my fourth year studying Health & Biomedical Sciences, and all of my friends in Sci Lounge
will attest when I say I LOVE chatting and listening to my peers!
While I’ve spent four years in science, student advocacy and government were always deep passions of
mine, which is why I came back to serve a second term on Science Society this year. Being able to help
plan career panels, the annual Speaker Series presentation, and other valuable events resonated with my
interest of finding new and improved ways to enrich the student experience. This passion of working for
students was a lesson I took with me as I worked with faculty in the Biology Department on its council,
SOS, Let’s Talk Science, and so on.
While many different initiatives have shaped me into a better person, the most consequential has been my
role as this year’s Food Pantry/Walksafe coordinator with the UWSA. Improving accessibility and
availability of the services was a key priority, which is why I raised Food Pantry operations to twenty
hours/week (compared to last year having six) and ensuring Walksafe opened all five days of the week.
Having worked with society presidents to organize a campus-wide food drive and with community partners
to contribute food/money to the Food Pantry, I’m proud to report we have been able to bring in over
$7000 worth of donations! While being a service coordinator stressed the importance of creativity and
perseverance, it also reminded me of the responsibility I have with student dollars and trust. Being in
a position to make consequential decisions, like maximizing resources to prevent students from going
hungry, this job has also taught me another important trait needed to be president- having the ability
to make critical and crucial decisions in tough times, so students are continuously represented and
Having listened to student concerns, as well as remembering the sacrifice my parents made on their
careers for my sister and I, I came across a common theme- the dependence and desire for a successful
job and career after school. My vision for next year is centered around preparing students for success
after university and making sure the UWindsor experience is truly one of promise. Given this is our
union, I plan to accomplish our goal with three O’s: Opinions, Optimization, and Opportunity.
Connecting with students more directly allows the UWSA to listen better and address real student issues!
Through improved engagement with your elected representatives, ensuring marginalized groups are heard
and represented, as well as making sure the process of feedback is more accessible, this will ensure
your opinions continue to be valued by a UWSA you so deeply trust and invest in.
While the UWSA offers a lot, that doesn’t mean we can’t have new ideas and optimize what we currently
have! By connecting the services to remote parts of campus (like HK and the Downtown campus), improving
operational hours and accessibility of student spaces on campus, and improving relations with key
student expenses (such as Food Services, Parking,
etc.), we can make sure the UWSA and UWindsor are continuing to serve and help important student needs.
After listening to your opinions and optimizing what we have, it’s important you have multiple
opportunities to succeed and grow! Improving opportunities to get involved in the community helps
develop important skills, better preparing you for your career ahead! By making experiential learning
and volunteer opportunities more easily available, providing workshops on important life/transferrable
skills, and providing ways to get involved with the numerous events we have on campus, this will
continue to help you grow and develop priceless skills for the future ahead.
Of course, this is only possible when we all come and work together, which is why I chose the slogan
“Opportunity Through Unity”. With a new and novice executive team, the recent Student Choice Initiative
and its possible return, as well as uncertainty over the current pandemic, it’s very understandable to
feel scared, confused, and hopeless. But even if I’m not a psychic and the waters seem choppy, these
aren’t times we can’t get through, as long as we stick together. While our diversity has been our
strength and we are so different in race, faculty, age, and every other category, it has also been our
common identity as Lancers that has gotten us through the storm clouds and it’s what will continue to do
so. I’m a firm believer that all we prosper together when we all work together.
Even though I’m graduating this year, it is through this unity and collective identity that I wish for
your support and blessing to allow me to commit my full time and energy to serving you as your
president, free from midterms, assignments, and other things that may distract me from this core promise
I’m making to you.
On March 18th and 19th, I humbly and confidently ask you to vote Herman Dayal to be your next UWSA