MSU Welcomes 2020-2021 Board of Directors

May 4, 2020 at 12:00 pm

MSU President Giancarlo Da-Ré and the three Vice Presidents of the MSU take office on May 1, 2020. Though the physical MSU space remains closed due to COVID-19, the Board of Directors will continue work remotely and meet online. Together, the team shares numerous objectives, including increasing academic accessibility, decreasing financial barriers to students, and supporting students, including MSU volunteers and employees, as the pandemic continues.

Giancarlo Da-Ré – President

Giancarlo Da-Ré grew up in Markham, where his first job (10 years ago) was working at Whittamore’s Pick Your Own Farm with Jess Anderson, incoming Vice President (Finance). Da-Ré is graduating from Chemical Biology Co-op and enjoys coffee, making Spotify playlists, watching Grey’s Anatomy, and learning how things work. At McMaster, he has worked as a Chemistry Teaching Assistant, CLAY Part-Time Manager, and Residence Orientation Advisor for McKay, Edwards, and PGCLL.

During his term as President, Da-Ré plans to focus on course accessibility through increased use of Echo360 and ensuring completion of the new AODA-compliant MSU website, a number of sustainability initiatives including advocating for a plastic bottle ban at McMaster, increased support for international students that encompasses a new International Student Advisory Committee, and supporting students during COVID-19.

Anika Spasov – Vice President (Administration)

Graduating this year from the Bachelors of Health Sciences Program with a Concurrent Certificate in Immunology, Virology & Microbiology, Anika Spasov is from the small village of Millbrook. Spasov has a self-described weird affinity for being able to piece together Ikea furniture, loves theatre, and enjoys watching the Youtuber Mike's Mic. Throughout her undergrad, she has been heavily involved in supporting first year students, including helping out with Welcome Week and MSU Spark in different capacities, such as her most recent role as the Part-Time Manager for the service.

During her role as Vice President (Administration), Spasov plans to implement a new Sponsorship Policy and training for the MSU, as well as update training and support for service part time managers, Associate Vice-Presidents, and Student Representative Assembly members. She also aims to lay the foundations for a five-year Strategic Plan on Equity and Accountability, with this year focused on equitable hiring policies for volunteers. Staying adaptable and compassionate, Spasov will help aid the shift to online supports and training.

Fawziyah Isah – Vice President (Education)

Graduating with Honours Political Science and Sociology, Fawziyah Isah spent the last year as Associate Vice-President University Affairs, and is looking forward to continuing advocating for McMaster students. Her hometown is Mississauga and she enjoys watching sitcoms and collecting essential oils.

Some of Isah’s key platform points for this coming year are online learning and academic accessibility including a deferred exam policy and financial aid, tackling food insecurity, effective transit, prioritizing anti-discrimination and anti-racism for students in the city of Hamilton, and advocating for student needs during COVID-19.

Jess Anderson – Vice President (Finance)

Spending the past year as Associate Vice-President Finance, Jess Anderson is graduating from a combined honours in Anthropology and Sociology (Specialization) and a Business Studies Certificate. Originally from Markham, in her spare time she enjoys taking her German Shepherd, Coal, for walks and keeping up with her passion for photography (which sometimes involves taking photos of Coal).

Over her term, Anderson aims to create strategic plans for the long-term financial stability of the MSU’s business units and review the internal employment structure of the organization (through the KPMG Internal Review) to help ensure efficient operations and more effective engagement with students. Anderson also plans to work towards eliminating financial barriers that students currently face, such as those that prevent students from attending campus events or volunteering as Welcome Week representatives.

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