Meet the SOGS Executive!



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

Get in touch: president@sogs.ca



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 VACANT

Get in touch: advocacy@sogs.ca


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!


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


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


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


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


For matters pertaining to elections, please see:

Chief Returning Officer | VACANT | cro@sogs.ca

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

Meet the SOGS Commissioners!


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 | VACANT

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 | VACANT

Get in touch: indigenous@sogs.ca


About our Pride Commissioner: Hello, my name is Shannon “Thomas” Marie Carnahan (he/him, they/them). I post as @lollipopdragon on Discord and Twitter. I am a trans-masculine person. Originally from Saskatchewan, I am new to Western University and London, Ontario.  I have a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies from the University of Saskatchewan. I am currently enrolled in the MLIS program.
I have 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.
During this pandemic keeping in touch with other students is important, so I would like to organize:
    • 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 | VACANT

Get in touch: racial.equity@sogs.ca

Meet the SOGS and Grad Club staff!


Membership Services ManagerJESSICA ELAINE REILLY


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 and Accounts Manager RAQUEL RODRIGUES

Get in touch with Raquel if you need:

  • information regarding your extended health plan opt-ins/opt-outs
  • assistance with emergency loans or food bank applications
  • Grad Club vouchers
  • guidance regarding SOGS bursary and subsidy applications/deadlines
  • help with SOGS accounts receivables and payables

Communications & Promotions Manager HEIDI KELLETT

Get in touch with Heidi if you need:

  • to communicate with the SOGS membership (via email, social media)
  • to schedule or request promotional materials for departmental orientation sessions (September, January, May)
  • information regarding SOGS student government and governance
  • event planning and procurement
  • graphic design services and 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