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The following persons have submitted their nominations. As per the GSA Election rules, they are permitted to submit a brief blurb and a photo for publication on the GSA website. Graduate students will be able to vote yes or no for candidates running unopposed.

Candidate for President:

Eric Hitsman (Grads United)

No bio or photo provided.

Candidate for Vice-President Finance:

Taylor Howarth (Grads United)

Having had the fortune to serve as Vice President External in 2015-2016 and Vice President Finance in the current academic year, I am looking forward to work on behalf of graduate students here at Carleton once again. I am presently completing the advanced year of my Master of Social Work degree and have been involved in the student movement for ten years, organizing at both the local and national level. In the past few years I have worked in an organizing capacity for a grassroots non-profit, Ecology Ottawa, and have run for provincial office as a Green Party candidate in 2011 and 2013. After concluding my master’s, I plan to enter the workforce as an anti-oppressive, structural social worker and continue to advocate for social and climate justice. 

Candidate for Vice-President Operations

Debbie Owusu-Akyeeah (Grads United)

I am a 25 year-old Ghanaian-Canadian. I have a B.A in Women’s and Gender Studies with double minors in African Studies and Political Science. I am currently a first year master’s student at the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) majoring in International Development Policy. My research focuses on Ghanaian women living in Canada, who are also nearing retirement age, and the capacity of their remittances to contribute to grassroots development.

My past experience working for an undergraduate student union, both as an employee and a volunteer, has been both rewarding and enriching. I am the former Programming Coordinator at the Carleton University Student Association’s (CUSA) Womyn’s Centre. During my time here, I created nuanced programming including the implementation of free pregnancy tests, Fem(me Talks, and Black HERstory Month to name a few. I have been involved with many African/Black clubs and societies. As well as many feminist groups an initiatives on campus including the Vagina Monologues and advocating for a student-run sexual assault peer-support centre. Most recently, I have worked on the campaign for the women’s and non-binary only gym hour. This resulted in Carleton Athletics’ taking the first steps to having this programming on campus.

I am also sex-educator at Venus Envy Ottawa. My approach to sex-education is focused on queer people’s reproductive health. I have presented numerous workshops on sexual health and hope to create unique ones that focus on decolonizing sex-education for Black people and newcomers to Canada.

Candidate for Vice-President External

Jenna Amirault (Grads United)

I am pleased to announce that I am running for the position of VP-External for the Graduate Students’ Association, Canadian Federation of Students local 78 with Grads United. In the coming weeks I am excited to meet with graduate students to discuss their vision for the students’ association and how it can strengthen their voice on campus.

I am keen to represent graduate students as VP-External because it provides the opportunity to work closely with graduate students, fellow GSA executives and council and as well as with other members of the Carleton community on initiatives that defend the interests of students and workers on campus and public education in Canada. This year there are great opportunities to build on the work of the previous GSA executive and ensure that graduate students have a strong, political voice on their side that they can count on.

My own work as an activist has shown me time and time again that students are political and have the potential to make a real difference on campus and in the community. At Carleton and in Nova Scotia I have organized and participated in student days of action, anti-war and minimum wage campaigns, and the fight for gender equality. As a steward for CUPE 4600 I have represented and defended graduate student teaching assistants and learned what it means to advocate for their interests.

I am a PhD Candidate in the Departments of Sociology and Political Economy.

Candidate for Vice-President Academic

Jay Ramasubramanyam (Grads United)

I am currently pursuing my doctorate in the Department of Law and Legal Studies. Having had the experience of living, studying and working in six countries, I look forward to putting my experience to its best use to work on behalf of graduate students. I hope to make an earnest attempt to represent the interests of international students and also make efforts to extend support for academic grievances that graduate students may face. Prior to my doctorate, I worked as a practitioner in international organizations such as the United Nations Refugee Agency and the International Committee of the Red Cross. After concluding my doctorate, I hope to continue to pursue my academic interests in the field of climate change and forced migration. Besides academia, food is my passion! Based on some very reliable references I can say that I have a flair for projecting my brilliant culinary skills!

Candidates for Senate (3 Seats Available)

Asia Barclay

No bio or photo provided.

Ahmed Hassan

No bio or photo provided.

Alexa Dodge

Alexa Dodge has represented graduate students on senate since 2015. She has also sat on the Senate Educational Equity Committee and the Senate Academic Governance Committee. Alexa is passionate about representing students’ needs on Senate and on these committees and continuing to fight to make Carleton more accountable to students.

Candidates for Graduate Faculty Board

William Felepchuk

No bio or photo provided.