Candidates, 2020-2021 Election

Candidates who have provided bios may have them displayed here as per the GSA electoral rules. Please note that students will be able to vote Yes/No for position where a candidate is running unopposed. Slate affiliations for executive candidates are indicated (parenthetically) after their names.

Candidates for VP-Academic


Hesam Farahani:

My name is Hesam Farahani and I am a graduate student in the Applied Linguistics and Discourse Studies at Carleton University. I have been involved with the student unions since I joined the Carleton community in 2018. I have also been involved with GSA’s events and programs for graduate students. In the orientation weeks, I tabled with GSA to welcome new students and help them to integrate into our community. I have been a councilor for GSA from September 2018 to January 2020. During this time, I tried hard to help our graduate students in whatever way possible. I have also been the Recording Secretary for CUPE 4600 since last year. These positions helped me a lot to learn more about students’ needs and problems and the strategies that we can apply to eliminate or lesson those problems. I am an international student and thus, I fully understand the sheer and specific difficulties that international students have to undergo in order to do their education and pay their incredibly high tuition fees. However, I believe that if we get united, we can support each other for a better and fairer education system which respects human values and human ties and kindnesses rather than wealth and profit. We are absolutely capable of doing that. Let’s do it together!

Victoria Asi (Team Revival):

Victoria Asi is a Masters student of the Sustainable Energy and Public Policy department. She worked as a teacher back in her home country where she was responsible for the academic excellence and all around well being of the students in her class. She was able to identify the challenges faced by each student that emanated either from their background or academics, and she was able to address each challenge to ensure there was a balance. Due to this, each student understood that in building a community, we focus on our strengths and challenge our weaknesses, which is an important factor in helping each other grow and succeed.  Bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience, Victoria served as a one time welfare officer of the National Association of Physics Students at the Covenant University Chapter in Nigeria. If elected to office as the Vice-President Academic, she will establish stronger ties between student support centres, the student affairs office and the Faculty of Graduate Postdoctoral Affairs (FGPA) in order to provide support systems and community building to graduate students.

Candidate for VP-Finance


Hemant Gupta (Team Revival):

Hemant Gupta is a 1 st year international Ph.D. student in Computer Science and is running for the position of Vice-President Finance with Team Revival. Through his current role as the VP- Academic of the GSA, he has helped students to the best of his capabilities. Since the Fall of 2017, he has been an active member of the GSA at different capacities, which has given him perspective and profound insight about the problems faced by graduate students. He wants to advocate for the interest of graduate students related to their financial problems like TAships and high tuition fees. He wants to lobby for introducing more funding possibilities for Indigenous students. Due to Ford’s OSAP cuts, which has impacted all domestic and international students, he will create a list of external domestic and international grad scholarships and awards. He also wants to introduce more workshops for students’ on working rights and financial planning and maximize the services provided by the health and dental plan. Lastly, he wants to create a platform to connect graduate alumni and current students so that students can learn about the
current job market.

Candidate for VP-Operations


Chi-Chi Ayalogu (Team Revival):

Chi-Chi Ayalogu is a PhD student studying Cultural Mediations. She advocates for compassionate activism, open dialogue, and community organizing. Through her roles as GSA’s Sexual Assault Outreach Coordinator, as a part-time professor at Algonquin College and, above all else, as mother to her toddler, she has witnessed the value of – and thus prioritzes – community building and access to mental health support. If elected, Chi-Chi will pursue collaborations with mental health professionals in order to create a GSA run one-to-one drop in counselling clinic. This project is in-line with her goals to establish programs that offer healing spaces, to encourage community building among grad students, and to ensure that students – particularly marginalized and neurodiverse students – have access to support.

Candidate for VP-External


Harar Hall (Team Revival):

Harar Hall is a first year MA student in the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.They are passionate and outspoken about community issues that intersect with their lived experiences and the issues that afflict the communities they love. As the former Women’s Learning, Advocacy, and Support Centre Programming Coordinator and the current OPIRG Carleton Programming and Outreach coordinator they firmly believe in the value of creating on campus spaces that prioritizes and advocates for students with marginalised identities. They believe that these spaces cannot exist if they are not firmly grounded by community members themselves, which is why if elected, Harar hopes to foster networks of connectivity, transparency and community care.

Candidate for President


Namrata Tilokani (Team Revival):

Namrata Tilokani (she/they) is a Master’s of Social Work student passionate about the power of student organizing, collective discourse, and bringing together community. Growing up in Treaty 13 territory, Namrata has organized around issues of food security, sovereignty, fossil fuel divestment, and tuition fee frameworks. As the current Vice-President External of the GSA, Namrata has been a part of advocating for more transparency between departmental societies and the GSA, challenging the administration on its use of fossil fuels, leading political workshops on the changes to post-secondary education, and supporting student-led mobilization. This year, as the candidate for President with Team Revival, Namrata will create an organizing hub for organizers and activists that includes access to space and resources. In addition, they will work to increase transparency between departmental societies, student societies, and the GSA. Namrata cares deeply about international student fees and will continue to fight for their reduction, in addition to advocating for more funding and institutional support for Indigenous students.

Candidates for Senate

Nathaniel Bruni:

Nathaniel is a first-year Canadian Studies M.A. student and one of the GSA representatives for the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies. Nathaniel serves as the graduate student representative on the Senate Quality Assurance and Planning Committee and has served on other Senate committees in the past. In addition to his B.A. in Law and Political Science from Carleton, Nathaniel possesses a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from Algonquin College and a Project Management Professional certification. Presently, he is also an editor with the Capstone Seminar Series for the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies.

Donatus Edi:

Donatus is currently a Master of Engineering Student at Carleton’s Department of Systems and Computer Engineering (SYSC). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Software Engineering (2013) from the American University of Nigeria. During his undergrad years, He held several leadership positions, including Co-founder/President of the American University of Nigeria Chess and Scrabble Club (2011 – 2013), Honor Society Tutor (2011 – 2013), and Supervisor of the Information Technology Literacy program (2013), where over 400 children and youths in Yola were taught the basics of computing. He has a knack for community service and believes in giving back premium value to nature and her people. He is a dogged team player with an unending desire to work hard, smart, and with conscience. His core values are Discipline, Humility, Consistency, and Persistence. During leisure, He plays Chess, watches sports, or listens to music. He is willing, able, and ready to serve as an executive of the Graduate Students’ Association.

Rufes Stephen:

MASc student from the Department of Civil And Environmental Engineering contesting for GFB and Senate positions to make a difference within the grad community.


Candidates for the Graduate Faculty Board

Rufes Stephen:

MASc student from the Department of Civil And Environmental Engineering contesting for GFB and Senate positions to make a difference within the grad community.

Nathaniel Bruni:

Nathaniel is a first-year Canadian Studies M.A. student and one of the GSA representatives for the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies. Nathaniel serves as the graduate student representative on the Senate Quality Assurance and Planning Committee and has served on other Senate committees in the past. In addition to his B.A. in Law and Political Science from Carleton, Nathaniel possesses a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from Algonquin College and a Project Management Professional certification. Presently, he is also an editor with the Capstone Seminar Series for the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies.