Introducing Zarreen Brown, VP Education at Laurentian University

Hi everyone! 

My name is Zarreen Brown, and I am the Vice President Education at Laurentian University’s Students’ General Association. 

A little about me: 

I am not originally from Sudbury; in fact, I grew up in Brampton but moved north, later on, to pursue my BSc/BEd in Psychology through Laurentian’s Concurrent Education program. It has definitely been an adjustment moving from one of the largest cities in Canada to Sudbury, but it now holds a very special place in my heart! 

As the VP Education, my goal is to create a strong work ethic that seeks to advocate for and serve not just Laurentian's student body, but especially those whose voices continue to be suppressed and silenced. I approach my role with a decolonized and community-focused lens. My advocacy priorities include bolstering our student mental health systems and creating concrete plans that will break down barriers toward higher education. I am a firm supporter of integrating technology into academia, and I believe that it will play a monumental role in increasing accessibility accommodations for students and faculty alike. 

Outside of the SGA, I am a member of Pride Laurentian, where I will be serving as an executive for this upcoming school year. Pride Laurentian is a resource and support centre created for and by the university’s 2SLGBTQ+ population. The team has been responsible for creating an incredible network of support for so many people and I am so excited to join them this year! My dream is to facilitate a relationship between the SGA and Pride, built on a foundation of solidarity and reciprocity. 

I can’t wait to work closely with the incredible leaders that comprise the OUSA team this year and I’m looking forward to making lasting connections and enduring change. Thank you!