VP Education


Ryan Deshpande
Vice President (Education)
Email: vped@msu.mcmaster.ca
Phone: 905-525-9140 ext. 24017


Ryan Deshpande is a student in the Biomedical Discovery and Commercialization program. He grew up in Toronto and Mississauga, where he lived prior to coming to Mac. Ryan has been involved in various ways at McMaster through Welcome Week, and holding the elected position of the Undergraduate Representative to the University Planning Committee & Budget Committee. He also sat as the student vice-chair of the President’s Advisory Committee on Building an Inclusive Community. In the MSU, Ryan has been involved with the Creating Leadership Amongst Youth conference, the SRA University Affairs committee, and the SRA External Affairs Committee. He has been most involved with MSU Diversity Services, serving as the Director last year. Ryan is a frequent visitor of Hamilton’s various bubble tea shops, and loves exploring the different food options available throughout the city. If you catch him around campus, he’ll probably be humming Beyoncé’s latest song.
This year, Ryan hopes to improve academic success by critically reviewing the University’s exam schedule policies. He also hopes to work with the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, the City of Hamilton, and the University to improve work-integrated learning opportunities. He wants to provide a more accessible and inclusive McMaster by improving the state of food insecurity on campus through exploring more Kosher, Halal, and vegetarian food options on campus. With a newly restructured Education Department, Ryan is excited to engage more students in the MSU’s advocacy efforts and better represent students’ interests.
Take a look at Ryan's platform below:


The VP (Education) Shall:

  • Be elected from the membership of the MSU
  • Be a voting member of the SRA, Executive Board, and an ex-officio member of all other MSU committees
  • Serve as the Chair of the Academic Affairs Council (AAC)
  • Be the main developmental course of MSU policy concerning municipal, provincial, and federal levels of government and politics.
  • Be responsible for the creation and implementation of academic and external lobbying strategies


What is OUSA?

OUSA is the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance.  It is comprised of seven member schools (McMaster, Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier, Western, Trent University (Oshawa), Brock and Queen’s) and about 140,000 students.  Our mission is to lobby the provincial government on issues relating to post-secondary education (university and college).  What makes OUSA stand out is that we're research based and member driven.  We base all of our lobbying on solid information rooted in thorough research, which means our requests and points are respected by the government, and simple to justify.  The term "Member Driven" means that our general direction comes right from the students, through the General Assembly (GA), held twice a year.  GA’s are held in the fall and spring with each school sending delegates who vote on which issues should be addressed.  Therefore, WE (the students) decide on what OUSA lobbies on.

What is CASA?

CASA is the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations and is much the same as OUSA, except CASA lobbies the federal government.  CASA is comprised of 18 full member schools, 6 associate member schools and about 300,000 students. CASA is also research based and member driven, which has resulted in a tremendous amount of respect from the federal government.  CASA differs from OUSA in that it focuses on issues the federal government can deal with, such as funding transfer to the provinces and a Pan-Canadian Accord on Education.  CASA also holds an Annual General Meeting, but only once a year. 

Where can I get more information about the MSU Teaching Awards?

Please check out the Teaching Awards page: 


How can I get involved with MSU Advocacy?

As part of my responsibilities I also supervise the MSU Advocacy Street team; they are an on the ground resource to promote our advocacy initiatives and to garner student feedback. All students are welcome to join the street team year round! You can access the Advocacy web page here.

As a student if you are more interested in hands on policy and project work, I also supervise the SRA External and University Affairs Committee's. Please contact the commissioners as they are always welcoming additional volunteers.

To book an appointment with me, please email me at vped@msu.mcmaster.ca.