Senator-designates: Who are they?

Eli Ridder | Analysis

All new senator-designates will be taking over the four seats the University of Guelph-Humber has on the main Guelph Campus Senate — but what were their platforms and what will they be advocating for?

This isn’t entirely easy, as only one senator-designate went in-depth with an interview with The Avro Post, but the other three also have histories and some platform items we know about.

“I tell it how it is” candidate Jessica Lecques vows to bring an unprecedented amount of transparency to the usually quiet role of the Guelph-Humber senator, telling The Avro Post that she will carry out follow-up’s with the student body after meetings.

The second year said she will be a senator who “maintains effective communication and transparency”, a leader for the community who ensures the student voice is heard, a senator who advocates and compromises “when necessary” and a senator “who is respectful, open-minded” — fighting for students views even if they don’t agree with her own.

She had over 10 distinct platform points. Some may not be applicable to her role as a senator, as the Senate deals with strictly academic issues, but all of which she aims to find solutions for or work with others to get it done.

Danya Elsayed is another elected senator-designate. She did not have as many known platform items as Lecques but she did have one that was unique to her campaign: Tackling overcrowding at the University of Guelph-Humber.

It’s appropriate that it was a major part of her run as Elsayed was the one to initially break down the issue in an article she wrote for her News Gathering course in her Media Studies program.

From what is understood of her leadership at Guelph-Humber in the past, Elsayed is set to be a senator who will communicate with students and explain the policies she is engaged in while on Senate — aspects that appear on her campaign posters as well.

Elsayed currently serves as the vice president of events for the Guelph-Humber Advertising and Marketing Association. She is a third year in Media Studies with a specialization in Public Relations and Journalism.

Nora Elgharbawy is the candidate that we know least about, though she declared second.

She has not responded to requests for comment as a candidate or senator-designate but her nomination statement said she wants to reduce parking expenses, food costs on campus, stricter grade submission deadlines for professors and “better accommodations” around Guelph-Humber.

It is unclear whether the Senate would have any control over reducing parking expenses or dropping food costs on campus — even IGNITE executives admitted that they could not change anything around food.

“By allowing me to become your student senator, I will ensure that every single student will have a chance to disctate their own journey at the University of Guelph-Humber,” Elgharbawy added.

Nazim is the senator-designate with the most experience in student politics — she is currently the IGNITE vice president representing Guelph-Humber, a tenure that has not come without controversy but one that helped her win a new seat.

The senator-designate has ignored requests for comment and interview from The Avro Post since August 2018, but her Senate nomination statement cited experience on academic committees that exist on campus.

Nazim wants to push up class start times from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. to “accommodate the commuter school” and continue her work to get summer placements for all programs — a goal she is one program away from achieving.

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