Psychology Students’ Association of UBC 2015-2016 Executive Election Candidate List PRESIDENT CANDIDATES Candidate Name: Bowen Li Running for: President • Goal 1: Bring in funding and sponsorship from UBC organizations and businesses as well as to work with other UBC clubs in order to create more psychology social and academic events to bring psychology students together. • Goal 2: Create new opportunities and events outside of UBC for psychology students that goes beyond the field of psychology through working with businesses, community and business figures, etc… • Goal 3: Build a new team dedicated to marketing of PSA events and to increase PSA's campus presence. Candidate Name: Jenny Ho Running for: President • Goal 1: To offer career-related events and networking opportunities for students to explore different career options asides from graduate school. This is crucial as the majority of BA/BSc Psychology students do not choose to pursue postgraduate studies. Currently, there are limited opportunities for psychology students (and Arts in general) to network with UBC alumni and industry professionals. • Goal 2: To establish partnerships with other AMS Clubs, such as (but not limited to) the Arts Co-op Students’ Association. By establishing partnerships with other AMS Clubs, PSA members can benefit from opportunities organized through these partnerships, as well as further expand PSA's professional network. • Goal 3: To establish a sponsorship with Copiesmart at UBC Village or with any other printing company. Similar to partnering up with Artona, I envision that offering students a discount to a printing company will greatly increase membership sales. Numerous students have raised the issue of high costs associated with printing their posters to present at PURC and other research conferences. Candidate Name: Matin Jafari Running for: President • Goal 1: Series of Self-esteem training events: Low self-esteem is the cause of most of mood disorders such as depression, anxiety, and social phobia which can lead to isolation and suicidal thoughts. Training UBC students to become high self-esteemer can prevent all these from the beginning. • Goal 2: Finding job, research, graduate study, and volunteer opportunities for PSA members by just knowing their interests:Recruiting and training volunteers who • search and find opportunities specific to each member throughout campus and offcampus and preparing PSA members for interview, CV & Resume, letter of interest, and so Goal 3: Organizing new academic, research, graduate studies, and career events with increase of frequency throughout upcoming academic years as well as holding most popular events such as Career Nights at the beginning of the academic year. Candidate Name: Tashya De Silva Running for: President • Goal 1: Unify science and arts by increasing personal communication with students through improvements in marketing strategies such as social media and website updates. • Goal 2: Increase accessibility to professors through “get to know your prof” video interviews, as well as increasing lab tours. • Goal 3: Increase opportunities in career transitions by hosting socials with graduate students and focusing on events such as career panels. VICE PRESIDENT ARTS ACADEMICS CANDIDATE Candidate Name: Ruzzelle Gasmen Running for: VP Arts Academics • Goal 1: Organize group training/workshops for Suicide Intervention & Positive Space's LGBTQ+ Education to creative an inclusive and safe environment for all students. Apply for funding to host these events when necessary. • Goal 2: Organize Mindfulness Research & Practice Sessions by having professors present research on mindfulness, its effects on the brain, and its benefits for students as a positive way of coping with stress. Have a psychologist or counselling from UBC's Counselling Centre come in and lead mindfulness exercises. • Goal 3: As the Political Science Student Association has started for their program, lobby for Psychology professors to include sexual harassment and gender sensitivity in course syllabi: address these major social issues on the first day class. VICE PRESIDENT SCIENCE ACADEMICS CANDIDATES Canadidate Name: Kimberly Go Running for: VP Science Academics • Goal 1: Establish connections with more psychology labs in the Science stream to offer volunteer or RA experience in these labs to Science students (and any interested Arts students) • Goal 2: Hold events and workshops that will allow psychology students to gain (or improve) the skills required for an RA (for example: workshops for R, Excel, SPSS, etc.) • Goal 3: Have an event that explores post-graduate opportunities for the Science stream of Psychology (exploring the many different possibilities that best fits the material and skills learned in the Science-based Psychology courses and labs) Candidate Name: Mohit Sodhi Running for: VP Science Academics • Goal 1: Create more events targeted towards not just psychology majors entering grad school, but also medical school. • Goal 2: Unite the psychology majors studying in the faculty of science and arts with more inclusive activities and events. • Goal 3: Collaborate with other UBC clubs related to psychology/neurology (UBC Project PATHS, MHAC, and UBC Neurology Club) to expand awareness of the field. VICE PRESIDENT OF SOCIAL AFFAIRS CANDIDATES Candidate Name: Felipe Triana Running for: VP of Social Affairs • Goal 1: For PSA members to have the opportunity to be paired up with mentors, in their respected area of interest, with psychology alumni. This permits students to network and gain valuable knowledge on how to make their psychology degree work for them. • Goal 2: Find and implement effective methods to trade or purchase psychology textbooks at an affordable price. Work out deals with publishing companies to offer discounts on psychology textbooks. Candidate Name: Kyungeun (Sora) Lee Running for: VP of Social Affairs • Goal 1: I hope to facilitate events that are not only appealing to PSA members and Psychology students, but also to a variety of students from other faculties as well. • Goal 2: Provide increased opportunities for professional development and networking for PSA members. • Goal 3: Create a space that allows for feedback and suggestions on the kinds of events and opportunities students would like to see to be able to cater to the student body. DEPARTMENTAL RELATIONS OFFICER CANDIDATES Candidate Name: Gurjit Pawar Running for: Departmental Relations Officer • Goal 1: Incorporate more events with the psychology department over the school year, specifically organize events in which current UBC professors (as a panel) answer various student questions relating to their research, grad school and general study habits. • Goal 2: Communicate more with current Psychology Graduate Students and arrange a mentorship program to set up 3rd and 4th psychology major students with graduate students to help them in their process of applying of grad school and general questions about psychology studies. Candidate Name: Dylan Meng Running for: Departmental Relations Officer • Goals 1: To increase the amount of information about health care related postundergraduate studies such as medical school, dentistry, and nursing • Goal 2: Increase communication with grad students to give updated and more relatable advice to students pursuing graduate studies • Goal 3: Communicate with students to increase attendance for PSA events Candidate Name: Yimiao Gong Running for: Departmental Relations Officer • Goal 1: Facilitate an even tighter relationship between faculties and students through communication. Attracts more attention, interests, and cares from faculties on students. • Goal 2: Enhance the popularity of PSA among non-local students in order to benefit more varieties of students. • Goal 3: Create more thorough service to meet different groups of students’ different demands, e.g., the international group and local group. INTERNAL COORDINATOR CANDIDATES Candidate Name: Weiting Su Running for: Internal Coordinator • Goal 1: Building up relationships with at least two potential clubs or organizations as well as fundraising at least $500 higher than last year for PSA. • Goal 2: Creating a effective network within the PSA team for better communication, such as updating working processes and financial budget detail for team within 20 hours. • Goal 3: Besides updating for President regularly, controlling and checking balance at least once every week. Candidate Name: Hayami Lou Running for: Internal Coordinator • Goal 1: Transparency: As someone working behind the scenes with the PSA, I am interested in knowing where and what sort of areas students would like to see our finances directed. I want to be able to hear from you and have student feedback in how they want to see PSA funding working for them. • Goal 2: Psychology department gear: One area I would like to see our budget in action is creating UBC Psychology clothing; namely sweatshirts, but also continuing production of T shirts and possibly adding others depending on demand and interest. • Goal 3: Campus Involvement: I would like to see the Psychology department work more closely with organizations around campus that could provide great resumebuilding opportunities as well as invaluable experience. As the PSA member who would be working closely with the AMS, I propose a collaboration with great campus organizations such as the UBC Sexual Assault Awareness Center and the UBC Women's Center and would love to hear other suggestions from you. Candidate Name: Desmond Fung Running for: Internal Coordinator • Goal 1: Invest in funding opportunities for higher quality social or academic-worthy event. • Goal 2: Keep a robust and organized documentation of financial matters that would allow for quick access to funds whenever necessary. Name: Emily (Gee Hee) Jeong Running for: Internal Coordinator • Goal 1: I will market existing PSA merchandizes (e.g., key chains and T-shirts) that has been around and make them profitable • Goal 2: I will make a track sheet for the cashbox so every PSA executive member can readily follow budget on a daily basis • Goal 3: I will actively budget all events and pursue all available grants. Moreover, I will regularly update current finance situation so all events can be evenly supported. MEMBERSHIP COORDINATOR CANDIDATES Candidate Name: Tanya Feng Running for: Membership Coordinator • Goal 1: I would try to increase the number of new members, especially by actively recruiting new psychology majors. • Goal 2: I would try to establish an even stronger social media presence by increasing the number of Facebook likes and Twitter followers. A way to do this may be to create incentives to like the PSA page (eg. if you like the PSA Facebook page, you will be entered in a draw to win a prize). Name: Sarah (Bo Hyung) Kim Running for: Membership coordinator • Goal 1: Develop membership recruitment and identify the expectations of each member from the association. • Goal 2: Coordinate various information sessions as well as meetings with VP Social based on the topics that members will be the most interested in. • Goal 3: Try to maximize the benefits of becoming a member of the psychology student association by providing information as well as connections. Also, create environment where members can actively participate and explore the field of psychology for the preparation of the post-graduation. ACADEMICS COORDINATOR CANDIDATES Candidate Name: Stephanie Yeh Running for: Academic Coordinator • • • Goal 1: I would like to focus on forming a community of learners/friends and essentially celebrating and embracing being a student. We are all here to learn, and I hope to make learning the best experience it can be for everyone! Goal 2: My second goal is to allow students to develop important skills and tools they might find helpful in their academic career. For example, through fun and interactive academic CV writing sessions; career-planning; public-speaking and presentation skills workshops; a crash course on how to land that coveted RA position. Goal 3: My third goal is to work on bridging that invisible and somewhat awkward gap between students and professors by developing a short radio show-style podcast where professors can discuss scintillating psych facts; research they themselves have done; are doing; or just stuff in general. I hope that this will be helpful to students in having a great conversation-starter when talking to a professor; deciding what courses to take; labs to work in; or maybe spark a bit of inspiration. Candidate Name: Laura Hadden Running for: Academic Coordinator • Goal 1: Community Volunteering: Setting up psychology students with the opportunity to expand their knowledge beyond the campus and into volunteer positions within the Vancouver community. • Goal 2:New to UBC Social: Providing recent transfer students and major or minor changes with chances to get involved in the UBC community through volunteer and job opportunities. • Goal 3:Student Feedback: Investigate student engagement options through online and on-campus resources to solicit feedback on how PSA can improve and expand on current services provided.
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