COMMISSIONERS

Accessibility Commissioner Elizabeth Mohler

Contact: accessibility@sogs.ca

The Accessibility Commissioner advocates on behalf of SOGS members with disabilities and those that face accessibility challenges. Their primary role is to work towards greater accessibility and inclusivity for those with a wide range of disabilities (including but not limited to physical disabilities, mental disabilities/disorders and learning disabilities) and accessibility challenges (including but not limited to parents of children with disabilities) that have historically been insufficiently accounted for within society.

Accessibility resources here.

Learn more about Elizabeth HERE!

About our Accessibility Commissioner: Elizabeth Mohler graduated from the master’s program in Health and Rehab Sciences, Occupational Sciences from Western University in 2012 . In 2020, she started her doctoral work in the school of Occupational Science, cross appointing in Disability Studies. Elizabeth’s doctoral research will explore the impact that access to direct funding has on the occupational performance and engagement of people with disabilities (PWDs) who receive funding from the Ontario Direct Funding (ODF) program to ‘self-manage’ their attendant services.

During her time at Western, she was the SOGS Commissioner for Students with Disabilities from 2010-2012. In this role as Commissioner, Elizabeth successfully for advocated for audible pedestrian signals on campus and built partnerships with USC Accessibility Committee to create a guide for hosting inclusive and accessible social events on campus.

After graduating from her master’s program, she worked for the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) as a research consultant, developing resources for students with disabilities transitioning from post-secondary to employment. In 2016 she became a Community Engagement Lead at Balance for Blind Adults, and in 2019 became the inclusive hiring project coordinator at Ryerson Magnet.

In addition to her full-time work, Elizabeth sits on the Education Standards Committee for the Ontario Government, where she advises and deliberates on educational policies pertaining to students with disabilities, providing recommendations around how to make Ontario’s post-secondary sector more inclusive.


Gender Concerns Commissioner | Zara Diab

Contact: gender.concerns@sogs.ca

The Gender Concerns Commissioner advocates on behalf of female, non-binary and trans identifying SOGS members. The Gender Concerns Commissioner connects students to campus or community resources, voices any concerns or interests at SOGS council meetings and is a member of the Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Committee. The Commissioner works with other graduate students to bring activities/events/campaigns to create a safe and inclusive space to share concerns or opinions and work together to improve the graduate student experience at Western.

Learn more about Zara HERE!

About our Gender Concerns Commissioner:

Zara Diab is a first year PhD student in the English and Writing Studies department at Western. She is planning to study how contemporary American Literature and media reflects and perpetuates rigid gender scripts that have played a key role in birthing a violent extremist group like the incels. Through her research, she hopes to make constructive contributions to the discourse surrounding rape culture. She has taken courses on topics including feminism, violence, terrorism, intersectionality, queer identities and sexuality, human sexuality, women’s self defence, and acquaintance rape, and strives to continue learning about issues related to sexuality and gender. She is a survivor of sexual violence and wants to be there for other survivors and work toward creating a safer and more accepting campus for people of all gender identities.

 


Pride Commissioner | Alessia Servin

Contact: pride@sogs.ca

The Pride Commissioner advocates on behalf of the LGBTQIA+ SOGS members. In addition to representing the community’s interests at SOGS Council meetings, the Pride Commissioner helps connect students to resources, supports local LGBTQIA+ events, and seeks out ways to support LGBTQIA+ individuals.

LGBTQ Resources here.


Racial Equity & Inclusivity Commissioner | Cherin Chung

Contact: racial.equity@sogs.ca 

The SOGS Racial Equity and Inclusivity Commissioner advocates for racialized graduate students on issues and concerns affecting them at Western University. The commissioner will work with campus partners and community members to enhance the quality of student experience for racialized SOGS members. 

Learn more about Cherin HERE!

Cherin Chung is an incoming first year PhD student in the French department at Western University. She has completed her Bachelor of Arts with an Honours Specialization in English Language and Literature and a Major in French studies. Currently, she is working towards completing her master’s degree in French literature. Throughout her studies in the Arts and Humanities faculty, Cherin has taken numerous courses surrounding inequity including critical race theory, feminist literary theory, and queer theory. As a part of the visible minority, she is passionate about dismantling the systemic racism that is prevalent in our society.  

During her time at Western University, Cherin was an active member of SOGS as the French Councillor, the Equity Committee chair, and a member of the Graduate Student Issues Committee. In this role as Commissioner, Cherin hopes to create a more inclusive and equitable future at Western University by actively listening and amplifying the voices of racialized graduate students.

Read the CFS Anti-Racism Toolkit.

 


Past Commissioners

Accessibility

  • Ashton-Nicola Forrest (2019-20)

Indigenous

  • Danica Pawlick Potts (2019-20)
  • Victoria Bomberry (2020-21)

Gender Concerns

  • Jaclyn Siegel (2019-20)
  • Ana Moyer (2020-21)

Pride

  • Brody Clement-Thorne (2019-20)
  • Shannon “Thomas” Carnahan (2020-21)

Racial Equity and Inclusivity

  • Mohammad Sharifi (2019-20)
  • Denise Kamyuka (2020-21)
  • Jessica Omorodion (2021-22)
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