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Presidential Update - July 2019


The summer months have been exciting for OUSA as we welcome a new year of Steering Committee. It didn’t take long for us to get our feet wet, however! Our Steering Committee has been hard at work at both Welcome Conference and Strategic Conference setting the strategic direction and preparing for another year of student driven advocacy. We established our four advocacy priorities for the year, to be released in the coming months. We are excited to work with our partners - old and new - and welcome the new Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Ross Romano to the sector. 

Steering Committee Introductions: Nivi Sethumadhavan

Hello there!  


I would like to take this opportunity to express my utmost excitement for being able to advocate on behalf of students in Ontario this year with the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance. My name is Niveditha Sethumadhavan (everyone calls me Nivi), and I am honored to serve as the Vice-President, External Affairs of the Brock University Students’ Union (BUSU), along with serving as a Steering Committee member for OUSA this year.  



Steering Committee Introductions: Will Greene

Hi there!  

My name is Will Greene and I am the Vice President of University Affairs for the Alma Mater Society of Queen’s University. I am extremely excited for this opportunity to represent my peers from Queen’s as a member of this year’s OUSA Steering Committee. 


Steering Committee Introductions: Matthew Gerrits

Partners, Priorities and Progress: Matthew’s Entry blog 

The warm weather has returned and so have I! Looking at my old entry blog I talked about the ability to serve, empower and represent students. One year on, I see so many opportunities and partners that can help make Ontario a better place for undergraduate students.  

Steering Committee Introductions: Katlyn Kotila

Hello everyone!   

My name is Katlyn Kotila and I am the Vice President Education of the Laurentian University Students’ General Association (SGA/AGÉ) in Sudbury, Ontario. Currently I am entering my third year of my undergraduate degree where I am double majoring in Political Science and Communication Studies.  


Steering Committee Introductions: Shawn Cruz

Hi there! 

My name is Shawn Cruz, and I am honoured to have the opportunity to be the Vice President: University Affairs for the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union. I recently completed my Bachelor of Arts at Laurier, primarily taking courses in Economics and Political Science, and I’m excited to have the opportunity to serve on OUSA’s Steering Committee this year. 

Steering Committee Introductions: Rayna Porter

Advocacy: it’s a huge part of my role as the Vice President of University Affairs for the Trent Durham Student Association (TDSA). Connecting with students about what matters to them and then bringing that information through the appropriate channels to university administration to enact positive change is really rewarding.  

Steering Committee Introductions: David Bath

Hi there! My name is David Bath, and I am one of the newest members of the OUSA steering committee for 2019-2020. I am extremely honoured and excited to have the opportunity to advocate for over 150,000 undergraduate students across the province, and work alongside so many dedicated student leaders from a diverse array of institutions. Now for the self-glorifying portion of this blog, I’d like to take this opportunity to tell you a bit about myself, and how I ended up working in this position. 


Steering Committee Introductions: Cat Dunne


My name is Catherine Dunne, and I’m the Vice President of Western University’s Students’ Council this year, as well as the incoming President of OUSA. I also recently graduated with an Honours Specialization in Political Science, with a concentration in International Human Rights. This program helped me to see the value of an undergraduate degree to develop key skills in critical thinking, an in-depth understanding of our political system, and develop research skills.

Steering Committee Introductions: Shemar Hackett

Hello everyone! 

My name is Shemar Hackett and I’m incredibly excited to be serving as a Steering Committee member this year. At Mac, I serve as the Vice-President (Education) for the McMaster Students Union (MSU).