My name is Francis Torres, and I am in my 6th semester of the B108 program; Business Admin- Marketing. I started my involvement with the student association 2 years ago, when I joined the event squad and I have been an active member in the community ever since. I strive to bring out the best in my fellow classmates and friends and wanted to raise the spirit of the campus and encourage others to get involved as well. As a leader, I’ve taken part in volunteering with the 50/50 raffle draw that takes place at the air Canada centre, and I’ve been a leader working with a sponsorship marketing company in the city. I’m looking to run, so that I can continue my work to better the campus for future graduating classes, and I hope to create a welcoming, inclusive environment in the present. All while advocating towards student rights and acting as the voice for the student body. In addition, encouraging student investment in student politics, as well as ensuring that governing bodies are held accountable towards their duties and their work for the student population. My hope is ensuring that the organization improves in regards to serving students.
1) What motivated you to run for this position?
The desire to advocate and represent the study body as their voice; as the liaison to ensure issues and concerns are heard and addressed. Furthermore, the motivation and drive to use my previous experiences as an asset to provide a multitude of perspectives pushes me towards running for this position.
2) What relevant experience do you feel qualifies you for this position?
I’ve worked for the Student Association for the past 2 years, providing myself with experience within the current system and an insight towards how the organization is moving forward. I’ve had experience as a student myself being able to provide a student perspective towards what has and hasn’t been happening.
3) If elected, list three primary goals you wish to accomplish during your term.
Three goals I have revolve around three ideals: Accountability, Communication and Transparency. I would ensure that myself and fellow elected board members are held accountable for words and actions. I would work to maintain lines of communication between board and students and advocate for bringing student politics to the forefront.
4) What are your main areas of interest in relation to your particular campus or program?
The main areas of interest in relation to my campus: St James is the public student spaces. These range from the King’s Lounge to the study rooms and basement. The availability of bean bag chairs and ensuring student space is accessible and large enough to accommodate as many students possible.
5) George Brown is a diverse college — in what ways would you strive for representation of ALL students?
My goal is to ensure and maintain open dialogues between diverse groups of students to ensure equitable representation. I would strive by reaching out to those who have yet to be involved. Ensuring that I have conversations towards constant exchanging feedback and critiques to consistently improve and diversify campus life.