Introducing Samantha Brown, President at Ontario Tech University



My name is Samantha Brown (please call me Sam), and I'm excited to be the first representative for the Ontario Tech Student Union (OTSU) on OUSA's Steering Committee.

I recently finished my undergrad at Ontario Tech University with a major in Legal Studies (Hons), a minor in Criminology and Justice and a Specialization in Alternative Dispute Resolution. My degree provided me with a lens to critically view how socio-economic and policy aspects of life impact and inform individuals’ lives through legal interactions in society. 


I have always been involved in extracurriculars on campus, leading me to my role as President of OTSU. I started as an Ambassador in my first year, setting up events and developing my leadership skills. I came into university acknowledging that I over-committed to extracurriculars in high school (I ran on hopes and adrenaline all 4 years). So I made it a point to join a maximum of 2 initiatives a year (that failed about 2 weeks into the first year). I enjoy advocating for other students and creating space and opportunities where students feel safe and comfortable being themselves. I was a Peer Leader and the Peer Mentorship Programs Assistant for the Student Life Department, where I had the opportunity to help first year students transition into university life. To provide representation and culturally safe space and networks for Black Indigenous People of Colour students on campus, a few friends and I started the BIPOC Club and the Black Student Collective. I also worked as the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities (FSSH) Project & Event Services Assistant: Advocates Assemnly, OTSU Board Director, and OTSU Board Chair to implement these changes on a large scale (yay, governance!).


Through my involvement at the university, I interacted with students, staff, faculty, prospective students and community members from various walks of life to understand issues that impact Ontario Tech and the community. I also participated in a few research projects that focused on inequities in marginalized communities, such as accessibility, affordability, and how to hold institutions accountable. These areas align with OUSA's goals, so I am excited to have the opportunity to learn and apply my knowledge to empower and amplify student voices at a government level!