OUR TEAM

Meet the SOGS Executive!

EXECUTIVE OFFICERS

President DANICA FACCA

About our President: 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: president[at]sogs[dot]ca

 


VP Academic | KEVIN MOORE

About our VP Academic: Kevin Moore is a current Western student completing his MSc in the department of Medical Biophysics. His current research involves the characterization of blood flow in atherosclerotic patients. Kevin completed his undergrad at the University of Ottawa, obtaining his BHSc in Health Science. When not in the lab, Kevin enjoys making and playing music, as well as spending as much time as possible with family and friends
 
Get in touch: academic[at]sogs[dot]ca
 
 

VP Advocacy YOUSUF HASAN

About our VP Advocacy: 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[at]sogs[dot]ca


VP Finance | BECKY HORST

About our VP Finance: 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[at]sogs[dot]ca


VP Student Services | KESAVI KANAGASABAI

About our VP Student Services: Kesavi Kanagasabai (she/her) is an 2nd year PhD in the department of Medical Biophysics. Her research focuses on pulse-programming in magnetic resonance spectroscopy with applications in mental illness and neurocognitive disorders such as schizophrenia. Kesavi was first exposed to SOGS through Equity Committee in 2020 where she learned about advocacy-related initiatives run by SOGS and has been drawn towards the organization since then. Outside of research, Kesavi enjoys drawings, attempting to cook, adding a never-ending list of books on GoodReads and go for runs as well spending time with friends and family (the key). 

Get in touch: services[at]sogs[dot]ca


Meet the SOGS Non-Executive Officers!

STUDENT GOVERNMENT

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

Speaker | KIRSTYN SEANOR 

About our Speaker: kirstyn is a PhD Candidate in FIMS, Library Information & Science.

Get in touch: speaker[at]sogs[dot]ca

 

 

 


Deputy Speaker | JILLIAN WARMAN

About our Deputy Speaker: Jillian Warman (Sher/Her) is a first year MA student in the Department of Linguistics. Her research focuses primarily on Russian phonology and phonetics. When she’s not studying linguistics or practicing Russian, you can find her taking her pups Sasha and Maverick to the dog park. 

Get in touch: deputy.speaker[at]sogs[dot]ca


CONFLICT RESOLUTION

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

Ombudsperson | JAKE COLLIE

About our Ombudsperson: James (Jake) Collie (he/him) is a PhD student in Political Science. His research interests include political legitimacy, Canadian politics, and settler-colonialism in Canada. As a settler himself, he tries to approach his research with mindfulness, awareness, and reflection. He seeks to utilize these same strategies as SOGS’ Ombudsperson. When not reading or writing, you can find him hiking, staring at trees, or biking to a craft brewery.

He is more than happy to assist with any potential complaints at the below email address. All inquiries will be treated with the utmost discretion and respect.

Get in touch: ombudsperson[at]sogs[dot]ca


ACADEMIC SUPPORT

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

Peer Advisor for Academic Matters | NAVNEET KAUR

About our Peer Advisor: Navneet (she/her) is an international student from India pursuing Master of Social Work program. She completed a graduate degree in Psychology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Guidance and Counselling from Panjab University. Navneet brings over three years of advocacy and service experience, including, but not limited to: counselling, conflict resolution, advocacy, and community development. She is passionate to serving marginalized and oppressed communities whilst consciously employing her privilege and power as a social worker to challenge the systematic inequities embedded in society and ultimately changing them. Apart from school, Navneet enjoys learning about new cultures, exercising, reading non-fiction, and sending time with friends and family.

Navneet is eager to help a diverse student body at Western while fostering personal and professional development. Please feel free to reach out to her! 

Get in touch: advisor.academic[at]sogs[dot]ca


ELECTIONS

For matters pertaining to elections, please see:

Chief Returning Officer | ESTHER FAGBEMI

Esther is a Toronto native who is currently working on her Master’s of Science in Business Analytics at Ivey. She graduated from Laurentian University this year with a degree in Accounting. If she is not in class, she is at home watching movies or reading case studies for her grad school program.

Get in touch: cro[at]sogs[dot]ca

 


Deputy Chief Returning Officer | JILLIAN WARMAN

Get in touch: deputy.speaker[at]sogs[dot]ca


Sustainability Coordinator | Brendon Samuels

Get in touch: sustainability[dot]coordinator[at]sogs[dot]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 | ASHTON FORREST

Ashton Forrest is a Master’s candidate in the Department of Philosophy at Western University. Her areas of scholarly focus are justice and human rights as they pertain to moral, legal, and political philosophy.

Learn more about Ashton

As a person with a debilitating chronic condition called scleroderma, she has spent nearly two decades advocating for and raising awareness about accessibility and disability issues on the local, provincial, and national stage.

She has served on the City of London’s Accessibility Advisory Committee, Cheshire London’s Cultural Competency Committee, and was the former Student Accessibility Consultant with the Academic Support and Engagement Office at Western.  As a former member of the Post-Secondary Education Standards Committee for the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) she worked with other accessibility experts and advocates to create an Accessible Education Standard for the AODA. She currently advises on accessibility and the intersectional nature of disability on the Safe Cities London project as a member of the advisory and action committees.

Ashton’s main goal is to ensure the voices of people with disabilities are reflected in policy, programming, and the built environment throughout society, especially in the healthcare and education sectors. She lives by the phrase “Nothing about us without us!”  

Get in touch: accessibility[at]sogs[dot]ca


Gender Concerns Commissioner | CATHY HUANG

Get in touch: gender.concerns[at]sogs[dot]ca


Pride Commissioner | HANNA BARNETT

About our Pride Commissioner:

Hanna Barnett (she/her) is a 2nd year PhD student in Hispanic Studies. She completed a BA in Political Science from King’s University College in 2020 before completing an MA in Hispanic Studies at Western.

Get in touch: pride[at]sogs[dot]ca

 


Racial Equity & Inclusivity Commissioner | CHERIN

About our Racial Equity & Inclusivity Commissioner:

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.

Get in touch: racial[dot]equity[at]sogs[dot]ca


Meet the SOGS and Grad Club staff!

STAFF

Communications & Promotions Manager HEIDI KELLETT

    • sogs.communications[at]uwo[dot]ca
    • 519-661-3394 or x. 84917
    • Room 8, Middlesex College, Western University

Get in touch with Heidi if you need:

  • to communicate with the SOGS membership (via email);
  • to request formal communications and media from the Society;
  • to schedule departmental orientation sessions (September, January, May);
  • event planning, procurement, prizes, and room bookings;
  • graphic design services;
  • discuss the SOGS Handbook advertising;
  • Assistance with the sogs.ca IT accounts; and
  • SOGS website maintenance.

Digital Media Assistant CAROLINE DIEZYN

    • digital.media[at]sogs[dot]ca
    • Room 8, Middlesex College, Western University

Get in touch with Caroline if you need:

  • to communicate with the SOGS membership (via social media);
  • to communicate with the Grad Club membership (via social media);
  • graphic design services; and
  • digital media support for a SOGS or Grad Club related event;

Finance Manager RAQUEL RODRIGUES

    • sogs.accounting[at]uwo[dot]ca
    • 519-661-3394 or x. 84921
    • Room 8, Middlesex College, Western University

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.


Governance & Policy Manager | NICK DESUMMA

Contact:

      • sogs.governance[at]uwo[dot]ca
      • 519-661-3394 or x. 87079

Get in touch with Nick if you need:

  • information regarding SOGS student government (i.e, council), governance structures, including the SOGS Bylaws & Constitution, and policies
  • to submit Councillor Nomination forms, council Alternate Forms
  • submitting reports and other documents to the monthly SOGS council package and/or help with drafting a motion for SOGS Council
  • information about SOGS elections, executive and non-executive positions, and committees
  • information regarding SOGS membership services (i.e., funding, health plan, bus pass and more)

Membership Services Manager | JESSICA ELAINE REILLY

Contact:

      • sogs[at]uwo[dot]ca
      • 519-661-3394 or x. 83394

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

Grad Club Manager MARC LALONDE

    • gradclub[at]uwo[dot]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[at]uwo[dot]ca
    • 519-661-2111 x. 81227
    • Room 19, Middlesex College, Western University

Get in touch with Mark if you need:

  • assistance with health and safety, Grad Club human resources, event planning and more.
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