OUR TEAM

Meet the SOGS Executive!

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

President KIRSTYN SEANOR

kirstyn (they/them) is a PhD candidate in Library & Information Studies (FIMS). They were the SOGS VP External in 2017-18 and the SOGS Pride Commissioner in 2015-16.

Get in touch: president@sogs.ca

 


VP Academic DANICA FACCA

 
Danica Facca (she/hers) is a second year PhD student in the Department of Health Information Science. To learn more about Danica, please check out her FIMS profile here
 
Get in touch: academic@sogs.ca
 
 
 
 
 

VP Advocacy YOUSUF HASAN

Yousuf Hasan (he/him) is doing a PhD in Philosophy of Science & Mathematics. At SOGS, he’s been involved as a host and producer at GradCast, the official SOGS radio show and podcast.

As your VP Advocacy, he hopes to ensure that marginalized voices are heard in particular and through teamwork we achieve a thriving environment at SOGS and beyond.

Yousuf wants to hear from you! Contact him with any personal concerns, advocacy ideas to improve graduate student experience, or if you need his support raising awareness on related issues.    

Get in touch: advocacy@sogs.ca


VP Finance | BECKY HORST

Becky (she/hers) is a 3rd year PhD student in Neuroscience. Her research focuses on older adult’s perceptions and efficacy surrounding memory abilities. Becky has previously served on various SOGS committees such as Sustainability, Grad Club, Finance, as well as Subsidies and Bursaries since 2018.

Get in touch: finance@sogs.ca

 


VP Student Services | JEREMY JOHNSTON

 

Jeremy Johnston (he/him) is a PhD candidate in the Department of English Literature.

Get in touch: services@sogs.ca

 


Meet the SOGS Non-Executive Officers!

STUDENT GOVERNMENT

For matters pertaining to SOGS Council, governance, unified documents, appeals, and elections, please see:

Speaker | EFFIE SAPURIDIS

About our Speaker: Effie Sapuridis (she/her) is a 2nd year Media Studies PhD student in FIMS. She holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in English literature with a focus on young adult literature. Her work centers on digital humanities, online fan communities and fan works, particularly fan-fiction, and gender. Currently, she is working on a project which aims to understand why the subversive potential of fan communities, centered around fanfiction, comes at a cost within the current contemporary socio-political context. To learn more about Effie, please check out her FIMS profile here.

Get in touch: speaker@sogs.ca


Deputy Speaker | MITCHELL GLOVER

About our Deputy Speaker: Mitchell Glover (he/him) is a PhD student in musicology whose research focuses on the orchestral transcriptions of Modest Mussorgsky’s piano work Pictures at an Exhibition. Drawing on research from translation studies, the cultural theory of cover songs, and music ontology, he shows why orchestral transcriptions of Mussorgsky’s work proliferated in the twentieth century and how the various orchestrators of the work approached their task. Mitch holds a Master of Arts in Musicology from Western (2017) and a Bachelor of Music (hon.) with a minor in German-language studies from the University of Windsor (2015).

Mitch is active in the Western graduate student community, currently serving as the secretary for the Society of Graduate Students in Music. He also pursues his interests in policy by sitting on the Policy Committee and the Bylaws and Constitution Committee for the Society of Graduate Students at Western and by acting as the Graduate Student Representative for the Appeals Committee for Western’s Parking and Visitor Services.

Get in touch: deputy.speaker@sogs.ca


CONFLICT RESOLUTION

For matters pertaining to issues surrounding academic, professional, and interpersonal conflict, please see:

Ombudsperson | SETH KADISH

About our Ombudsperson: Seth (he/him) is an MSc student in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. He also completed his undergraduate degree at Western in the Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences program. In the past, Seth has worked as a research trainee in a fertility clinic, looking to propel forward the field of ovarian biology and the molecular mechanics of female fertility. Outside of academics, he is an avid reader, a certified caffeine addict, and a regular volunteer at local food banks. He is looking forward to the role of Ombudsperson, building a productive and understanding community and finding equitable, people-centred solutions to issues when they arise.

Get in touch: ombudsperson@sogs.ca


ACADEMIC SUPPORT

For matters, issues, and conflicts pertaining to academics, please see:

Peer Advisor for Academic Matters | CHIDAMBRA HALARI

About our Peer Advisor:

Chidambra is a trained medical graduate from India, who developed a passion for basic science research during her master’s program at Oxford University (UK). Currently, she is doing a PhD (3rd year) in the department of Anatomy and Cell Biology under Dr. P.K. Lala, focusing on the biology of human placenta. Outside the lab, she volunteer as a tutor to students who require assistance in cell biology courses, participates in runs/walks to raise funds for “make a wish foundation” and breast cancer research.

Get in touch: advisor.academic@sogs.ca


ELECTIONS

For matters pertaining to elections, please see:

Chief Returning Officer | LAILA ZAITOUN | cro@sogs.ca

Deputy Chief Returning Officer | MITCHELL GLOVER | dcro@sogs.ca


Meet the SOGS Commissioners!

ADVOCACY AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH

For matters pertaining to SOGS advocacy and community outreach, please see our Commissioners. Learn more about the roles of each SOGS commissioner here.  


Accessibility Commissioner | ELIZABETH MOHLER

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.

Get in touch: accessibility@sogs.ca


Gender Concerns Commissioner | FRANCESCA ALEXANDER

About our Gender Concerns Commissioner: Francesca Alexander is a second year Master’s of Music student studying voice performance at Western University. She holds a Honours Bachelor of Music from Western.

Francesca is passionate about intersectional feminism, and is especially interested in BIPOC womxn and non-binary representation in classical music. Consequently, she started her own research project entitled “The Coloratura Collective” which consists of interviews of young BIPOC womxn and non-binary classical musicians and their thoughts on making the classical music industry more equitable.

As a mezzo-soprano, Francesca has performed with the London Symphonia, the Halifax Summer Opera Festival, and has been a part of several performances at the Don Wright Faculty of Music. In her spare time, Francesca keeps herself up-to-date with politics and enjoys discovering new musical artists.

As the Gender Concerns Commissioner, she hopes to help facilitate a more welcoming and supportive community for all womxn and gender diverse students at Western.

Get in touch: gender.concerns@sogs.ca


Indigenous Commissioner | GENEVEAVE BARBO

About our Indigenous Commissioner: Geneveave Barbo is a Master’s of Applied Health Sciences student. She have a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from McGill University and a Master’s degree in Nursing from Athabasca University. 
 
Geneveave has been a nurse for eight years. She is passionate about supporting and engaging with grad students, particularly Indigenous students. When she was working as a community nurse in northern Manitoba, Geneveave volunteered as an assistant educator for their after-school program, which she describes as “a life-changing experience”. It was in this program that she found her passion for teaching and collaborating with the Indigenous community. Following this experience, Geneveave became a course professor at McGill University where she assisted students in building community engagement through collaborative research projects with community-based organizations that serve vulnerable populations in Montreal, such as the homeless, women experiencing abuse, immigrants, refugees, and Indigenous peoples. 
 
As the Indigenous commissioner, Geneveave hopes to enhance community partnership and student support in order to maintain a positive learning experience for the Indigenous students of Western.
 

Get in touch: indigenous@sogs.ca


Pride Commissioner | SHANNON-THOMAS CARNAHAN

About our Pride Commissioner: Shannon-Thomas Carnahan (he/him, they/them) is  a trans-masculine person currently enrolled in the MLIS program. Originally from Saskatchewan, Shannon-Thomas has a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from the .University of Saskatchewan. .They post as @lollipopdragon on Discord and Twitter.
 
Experience:
Shannon-Thomas has a background as a volunteer and event organizer for the Student’s Union Pride and Women’s Centres at the University of Saskatchewan and the LGBTQIA organization OutSaskatoon. I also have experience doing volunteer work at the Peer Assisted Learning program at the University of Saskatchewan.
 
Goals:
During this pandemic keeping in touch with other students is important, so Shannon-Thomas plans on organizing: 
    • Socially distanced events like virtual coffee meet-ups, brunch, study groups, streaming media online, online gaming, and more
    • Discussion-based peer support groups, and
    • Community development through online advocacy methods

Get in touch: pride@sogs.ca

LGBTQ Resources here.


Racial Equity & Inclusivity Commissioner | DENISE KAMYUKA

Get in touch: racial.equity@sogs.ca

About our Racial Equity & Inclusivity Commissioner: Denise Kamyuka is a PhD student in the school of Kinesiology, pursuing a PhD in Sport Management and Global Health. She holds a Master’s in Sport Management and a Bachelors in Pharmacy.

Denise is currently the founding fellow and Vice-President of Marketing at University Consulting Group (UCG -Western). UCG is dedicated to exposing students from all faculties to the world of management consulting. Her role and commitment to UCG is a testament to her desire to enhance the student experience and facilitate in students development. She is also a research assistant for Project Echo, a study that captures to the voices of people with disability and their experiences with accessing sport and physical activity opportunities in Toronto and Glasgow.

Her own research explores the use of a post-colonial feminist lens in the study of female social entrepreneurship in sport and health promotion. Her expertise in post-colonial methodologies is currently being used in her role on the Faculty of Health Science Anti-Racist Task Force where she is reviewing the FHS Curriculum to identify discriminatory policies and exclusionary content.

By taking on a post-colonial feminist and critical disability lens, she believe that she can help advocate for the most marginalized populations on our campus. She fervently believe that advocating against the oppression of the most marginalized sets a foundation for the liberation of all. 


Meet the SOGS and Grad Club staff!

STAFF

Membership Services Manager | JESSICA ELAINE REILLY

Contact:

Get in touch with Jessica if you need:

  • information about the SOGS benefits and resources
  • assistance with health claims or opting in/out of the health plan
  • guidance regarding SOGS applications and deadlines
  • information about campus resources and peer support
  • travel letters for visa applications

Finance Manager RAQUEL RODRIGUES

Get in touch with Raquel if you need:

  • Assistance with emergency loans or food bank applications
  • Clarifications regarding the SOGS and GC Budgets
  • Grad Club vouchers
  • Guidance regarding SOGS bursary and subsidy awards 
  • Help with SOGS accounts receivables and payables
  • Information regarding your student fees*

* Although SOGS determines some graduate student fees (e.g., those related to SOGS services and dues), the Office of the Registrar determines billings.  SOGS does not have access to student accounts. For clarification on how to view your account, review the WesternU Student Centre , Access Guide HERE.  Login to review your student account HERE.


Communications & Promotions Manager HEIDI KELLETT

Get in touch with Heidi if you need:

  • to communicate with the SOGS membership (via email, social media);
  • to request formal communications and media from the Society;
  • to schedule departmental orientation sessions (September, January, May);
  • information regarding SOGS student government and governance or to submit Councillor Nomination forms;
  • information about SOGS elections, executive and non-executive positions, and committees;
  • event planning, procurement, prizes, and room bookings
  • graphic design services; and
  • SOGS website maintenance.

Grad Club Manager MARC LALONDE

    • gradclub@uwo.ca
    • 519-661-2111 x. 86386
    • Room 19, Middlesex College, Western University

Get in touch with Marc if you need:

  • assistance reserving Grad Club venue for an event
  • information regarding Grad Club event services and menus
  • to book the Goblet of Knowledge or Grad Club boardroom

Grad Club Operations Manager | MARK BRIGHAM

    • mbrigham@uwo.ca
    • 519-661-2111 x. 81227
    • Room 19, Middlesex College, Western University

Get in touch with Mark if you need:

  • assistance with event catering or food orders