Accessibility Commissioner | Martin Ross
The Accessibility Commissioner advocates on behalf of differently abled SOGS members. Their primary role is to work towards greater accessibility and inclusivity for those with mental and/or physical conditions that have historically been insufficiently accounted for within society.
Find out more about the Accessibility Commissioner’s projects here.
Pride Commissioner | Brody Clement-Thorne
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.
Brody Clement-Thorne is a 2nd-year Master’s student in Materials Engineering. He holds a BESc in Mechanical Engineering from Western University. He is a co-creator of the Western EngiQueers, an LGBTQ+ engineering group. During his undergraduate degree, he was the President of the Western EngiQueers, and helped create EngiQueers Canada, a national organization for LGBTQ+ engineering students. Brody is currently the Vice-President of EngiQueers Canada.
Find out more about the current and past Pride Commissioner’s projects here.
Racialized Commissioner | Mohammad Sharifi
The SOGS Racialized 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.
“I have always been passionate about diversity, social justice, and racial equity throughout my personal and professional life, whether in my native Iran or in Canada. Having survived an instance of racial hatred in Canada, I have been inspired in recent years to engage more actively in raising awareness about racial inequities in our society. I believe that with giving voice to the marginalized and working together in solidarity we can achieve a better society, and my hope is that I can contribute to this noble cause.”
Indigenous Commissioner | Danielle Robinson
The Indigenous Commissioner collaborates with community partners to promote a supportive learning environment for Aboriginal/Indigenous students. They represent and promote Aboriginal/Indigenous worldviews, research methodologies, and interests. Additionally, they foster a sense of community and build relationships in keeping with Aboriginal/Indigenous priorities and culture.
Find out more about the Indigenous Commissioner’s projects here.
Women’s Concerns Commissioner | Jaclyn Reed
The Women’s Concerns Commissioner advocates on behalf of female identifying SOGS members. The Women’s 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.
Projects for this year: Upstander Training for Graduate Students, Take Back Campus March (October), and Parenting Advocacy Group.
Find out more about the Women’s Concerns Commissioner, their projects and resources here.