Here are the candidates for the 2021-2022 ESA executive team election. At the bottom, you can also find the proposed amendment to Bylaw 5: Executive Duties for the ESA’s Constitution. For samples of design work from VP Marketing candidates please see here.

You can vote in the election through AMS CampusBase if you are an ESA member. If you would like to purchase a membership, you can do so through Showpass and then request to be added to CampusBase. The election will be open until 11:59PM on Saturday, April 10, 2021, with the Annual General Meeting to be held Monday, April 12, 2021 at 4PM.

President:

Ria Nair

Hello! I’m Ria, an English Honours student (double majoring in Psychology!) going into my fourth year at UBC. As the current AUS Representative of the ESA, I am well-versed in the technical aspects of its operation (event planning, departmental collaboration, and AUS engagement) as well as the value it adds for the English community at UBC. I am very excited for the opportunity to continue this legacy as President! This past year, I leveraged my position on the AUS Council to engineer mutually beneficial collaborations (such as with the Geography Students’ Association). I also adopted a more active role in the ESA, helping coordinate the Colloquium and working with the current President to bring our Coffee with a Prof series to fruition. I am intimately familiar with the ESA’s events – the flagship and the new – and excited to work with the new executive team to come up with more! This year, as President of UBC’s Latin Dance Club (LDC), I not only honed my administrative skills, but also learnt to continuously (and I mean CONTINUOUSLY) adapt to the environment. It is this ability, combined with my enthusiasm and responsiveness to feedback, which helped me successfully navigate LDC into the virtual world. I look forward to bringing my initiative and flexibility to the ESA President role. I would love to work with my fellow students to keep our momentum going, create new traditions, and foster an even stronger sense of community within our department!

Treasurer/VP Finance:

Dylan Annandale

After a tedious year of Zoom I am ready (like READY ready) to get involved in our UBC English community! I am currently finishing my 3rd year in Honours Literature and can’t wait to connect with you all (hopefully) beyond the confines of my laptop! I have refined my leadership and interpersonal tact through previous UBC club experience and my current Exec role on the UBC Cycling Team. Above all, I hope to bring these skills to the ESA and have fun doing it! For me, the VP Finance position present an opportunity to build a rapport with my peers, our wonderful faculty, and with anyone who shares a love of English. I’m a social and outgoing person who would love to foster engagement and community for anyone and everyone in our program(s). Lastly, on any given day you can find me reading (a shocker in this context, I know), on my bike, highly caffeinated, or stuck down an internet rabbit hole. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or even if you’d just like a fellow English student to chat with! Dylan Annandale (he/him/his)

VP Operations:

Safa Ghaffar Hello, everyone! I’m a second year Honours English Literature student. I’m running for VP Operations because, as I’m not as good of a writer as some of my peers, I’ve honed my administrative skills instead! I’ve recorded meeting minutes, contacted potential event speakers, and coordinated event details for PICS, a non-profit agency in B.C. As a summer camp counsellor, I’ve booked venues and planned activities for students. I’ve practiced my written and oral communication skills by writing articles for the Ubyssey, tutoring students at Math4Me and, of course, writing countless emails. If elected, I’ll use these experiences to work hard and succeed in being an asset to ESA! Any questions about my platform? Please reach out to me at safa.ghaffar1@gmail.com. 🙂

Alicia Ying

I’m a third-year student currently majoring in English Language and minoring in Law & Society. I currently hold the position of Lead Editor for UBC PSSA’s Moot Court and aim to merge my interests in both writing and social justice in the future. I was also a 2020 representative for the North Shore Young Citizen’s Forum, where I advocated for solutions with local government through a written proposal. I am interested in this role because I would love to get involved with the English undergraduate community and meet other like-minded people. Personally, I have found it to be quite difficult to find a community of people majoring in English (specifically the Language stream as well), and I hope that in getting this role, we can work towards changing that.

Kali Longpre

I’m Kali and I’m an English literature major with a minor in Creative Writing. I’m in my fourth year and I’m interested in running for this role because I’d like to get more involved with this community!

Victoria Lee

Hello my name is Victoria and I am a second year transfer student majoring in English! In my spare time I love to read, write fiction, dabble in photography from time to time, and spending my money on overpriced coffee and bubble tea. I’m looking to get more involved in the UBC community and English department, especially as someone new to the campus. I feel that VP Operations is a great way to join the UBC and ESA community as well as gaining more leadership and writing experience. I enjoy being creative, meeting new people, and working with others! Last year at my previous school I was secretary for the Isthmus club and assistant photo editor at The Varsity newspaper at the University of Toronto. This year I joined the Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and became involved in the leader’s council as secretary. I’d love to be your VP Operations to get more involved in campus and give back to the community. Thank you for your consideration!

Atticus Yus

My name is Atticus, and I am a third-year student majoring in geographical sciences and English literature. I am running for VP Operations as this role best aligns with my skills that I am most confident in, as well as my current contributions to the ESA. As a blog writer, I have grown to appreciate the platform’s diversity and openness to new topics. It is a space I have taken advantage of and have pushed myself to write two articles (with more planned) that discuss topics I never thought I would be able to touch in an academic setting such as fanfiction, queer coding, and sex work. I would love to further promote the blog and see more of my classmates get involved as I find many are not aware of its possibilities. Furthermore, I am certain my organization and teamwork skills will make me more than dependable for handling schedules and meeting locations. I prove these with my experiences. When I was a NoteTaker for UBC’s Centre of Accessibility, my organization and punctuality were put to the test every class as it was up to me to provide clear and concise notes for my peers with barriers in a 48-hour window. As well, my current job at my family’s business requires me to work in a team both with the people I’m most familiar with and outside hires. Thank you for reading, I wish you all the best of luck with filling in these roles.

VP Marketing:

Vanessa Lau

Hi! I’m Vanessa Lau and I’m a first year arts student. As zoom university commences, it is so hard to find connections with the school, like I wanted to get involved and meet new people but there’s no opportunities. Since I want to major in English, I searched for information and the ESA is the first thing that popped up in my browser. As I read and learn more about the ESA, it is so exciting to know that there’s many people that have the same interest and passion as mine! I enjoy reading and creative writing so much and I am obsessed with anything artistic. I would love to be a part of the ESA to work with amazing people and to learn from them. My past experience would be the chairlady of the Korean Club and designer of the Arts Club and Zonta Club in high school, so I had been creating social media content for club promotions. I have created ads and posters of different styles with Canva and Procreate, including the graduation poster of my class. I believe that my skills and experience will be useful so I am running for VP marketing! I am also willing to be in any position of the team and I am ready to contribute and gain new insights!

Grace Liu

Hi! My name is Grace and I’m a second-year majoring in Psychology and English Literature. I would love the opportunity to contribute to the community of English students at UBC. I have experience in this type of role from various volunteer positions and internships over the years, from helping groups raise awareness about water scarcity to teaching English at migrant schools. Since I spent this past COVID year mainly befriending the stray cats in my backyard, I look forwards to meeting everybody next year and making some new (human) friends!

Luiza Ortiz

As an English major myself I am very interested in participating in the ESA as VP Marketing. I sat on Totem Park’s Nootka House Council and managed their social media advertising events and building community spirit. I also have experience participating in an exec team, this past year I worked for UBC’s Pottery Club. Professionally I work as a graphic design freelancer for small businesses and social media influencers. In the past I have done icons, banners and newsletters and I have experience working with Canva, Photoshop and Illustrator. I think I could be a great asset to the team and I would love to be considered for the position. I really admire the work the ESA has done and I would love to get involved and help in any way I can!

VP Academic Programming: Alice Deng

My name is Alice, and I’m interested in applying for the position of VP Academic Programming. I was the Honours Representative this year and I absolutely loved it! I’m interested in this position as I would love to stay on to challenge myself with a position that necessitates more hands-on club involvement and to develop my interpersonal skills while staying involved within the English department and community. I’m passionate about inclusivity and community building, I love working in a team, and I would be more than delighted should I have the opportunity to serve as VP Academic Programming of the ESA.

VP Social Programming:

Kali Longpre

I’m Kali and I’m an English literature major with a minor in Creative Writing. I’m in my fourth year and I’m interested in running for this role because I’d like to get more involved with this community!

Saina Adamy

I am a third year student double majoring in English (language emphasis) and Political Science. I was an AUS representative for the GRSJ Student Association for two years and would attend bi-weekly meetings along with other AUS and AMS representatives. I am also a member of a sorority and held a position for over a year, where my main purpose was to plan and organize ritual and traditional events throughout the year. My role in AUS helped me get involved within my faculty and I would love to be able to expand my involvement through the ESA. I have great leadership skills, an expertise in teamwork and team-building, highly motivated, and a proactive student.

Chloe Fike

My name is Chloe Fike, I am a second year honours english student! I am originally from a super small town in the BC interior so when I came to UBC social programs was how I met people and furthered my connections in the arts community. I would love to work as VP social programming to give others the opportunity to meet people who are also studying english! Last summer I worked at a museum in my hometown as the Marketing and Events assistant, so i have plenty of experience in event planning and coordination. I hope you choose me to be your 2021/2022 school year VP social programming!

AUS Representative: Deirdre Lee

Now that we are able to go back to campus, I would love to get more involved with extra curricular activities such as this. I think this would be a great learning opportunity and an overall fun experience. I am currently part of the internal portfolio in the AUS as a social media coordinator and I have really enjoyed my time doing so.

Alicia Ying

I’m a third-year student currently majoring in English Language and minoring in Law & Society. I currently hold the position of Lead Editor for UBC PSSA’s Moot Court and aim to merge my interests in both writing and social justice in the future. I was also a 2020 representative for the North Shore Young Citizen’s Forum, where I advocated for solutions with local government through a written proposal. I am interested in this role because I would love to get involved with the English undergraduate community and meet other like-minded people. Personally, I have found it to be quite difficult to find a community of people majoring in English (specifically the Language stream as well), and I hope that in getting this role, we can work towards changing that.

Saina Adamy

I am a third year student double majoring in English (language emphasis) and Political Science. I was an AUS representative for the GRSJ Student Association for two years and would attend bi-weekly meetings along with other AUS and AMS representatives. I am also a member of a sorority and held a position for over a year, where my main purpose was to plan and organize ritual and traditional events throughout the year. My role in AUS helped me get involved within my faculty and I would love to be able to expand my involvement through the ESA. I have great leadership skills, an expertise in teamwork and team-building, highly motivated, and a proactive student.

Honours Representative:

Leila Avdic

My name is Leila, I’m a third-year English Honours student and eager to get involved with the undergraduate community after all these zoom classes! A bit about myself, I’m a cat and dog mom, my favourite genre to read is poetry, and I have an obsession with chai lattes. I’m interested in being part of the ESA team to make more connections and memories during my undergrad, not only for me but for other students as well. I’ve had experience with event planning in recent years, being part of Grad council in high school and President of a Humanitarian Aid Relief club. I have a passion for collaborating and bringing together the community, a position in the ESA would let my organization and social skills flourish.

Proposed Amendment to Bylaw 5:

We propose the following amendment to Bylaw 5: Executive Duties in the ESA Constitution. We propose that the position “VP Events Programming” be divided into two new positions, “VP Academic Programming” and “VP Social Programming.” This will allow more students to be involved with the ESA, create a more equitable division of labour, and increase the scope and breadth of our programming.

The duties of the current position are as follows:

VP Events Programming

  1. Propose and plan club events and programming
  2. Consult with Treasurer regarding event budgets
  3. Communicates with other clubs for the purposes of event planning
  4. Assist the President in overseeing regular club operations

The duties of the proposed new positions are as follows:

VP Academic Programming

  1. Propose and plan academic-focused events and programming
  2. Consult with Treasurer regarding event budgets
  3. Consult with VP Social Programming to ensure a balanced event and programming schedule
  4. Serve as an academic representative and liaise with the department regarding ongoing academic matters
  5. Liaise with department and alumni contacts for the purposes of event planning and promotion
  6. Assist the President in overseeing regular club operations

VP Social Programming

  1. Propose and plan social events and programming
  2. Consult with Treasurer regarding event budgets
  3. Consult with VP Academic Programming to ensure a balanced event and programming schedule
  4. Liaise with department contacts for the purposes of event promotion
  5. Communicate with other clubs for the purposes of event planning
  6. Assist the President in overseeing regular club operations