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Yessenia Guerrero has been acclaimed to the President-elect position:
Spanish and Latin American Studies
“Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’ ”- Martin Luther King Jr.
My name is Yessenia Guerrero and I’m here to learn and support the efforts that have already begun to flourish thanks to the collective work of the members of the UWSA. I have been at UWaterloo, in various capacities since 2011; I’ve been a student, a former lecturer, and now a staff member. I am excited to be of service and contribute, alongside all of you, to shape a better workplace for all of us.
Some additional points about me: I love languages and I speak two fluently (English, Spanish) and two others intermediately (French, Italian). Besides my position at UW, I am a Spanish/English Translator/Interpreter for refugees and immigrants who are new to the Kitchener-Waterloo area, working as a liaison between them and different Immigration Law Firms. I earned an Honours BA from UWaterloo, and a Masters from Guelph University. I am also a Program Area Lead for the EDI-R office and I am committed to integrating ant-racism practices, as well as other efforts, into my work both within and outside of UW. I am Mestiza, a mix of Indigenous (Central American) and Spanish descent.
Fun fact: My last name “Guerrero” is Spanish for “Warrior”, just like our school mascot!
The electronic poll for the 2022 UWSA Election is open and will remain open until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 14.
There are six ballots for the UWSA Board of Director positions:
Directors: six positions available (eight candidates)
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Candidate for Director Profiles
- Games Institute
My professional career has always revolved around partnerships and collaborations with diverse groups of stakeholders, both in Canada and internationally. Trained as an economist and a manager by practice, I have worked with researchers, students, and administration at various universities, as well as with government, non-profit and private sectors. In my role as Associate Director, Strategic Planning and Administration at UW’s Games Institute, which I started in 2013, my day-to-day work takes me across organizational and Faculty boundaries, from multiple departments in different Faculties and various administrative units to external partners. In addition to managing the Institute and its multi-disciplinary work, I have been acting as Director (since 2016) and – most recently – Chair of the UW Staff Association Board of Directors and have a very good understanding of (and appreciation for) university policies and procedures.
I take true joy in meeting and talking to people, resolving differences and finding a constructive way forward to advocate for and empower staff as well as to help ensure the growing influence and appreciation of staff in the decision-making processes on campus. In my third (and last!) term on the UWSA Board, I hope to further improve the university as a workplace for all staff and to share my passion for equity, inclusion, social justice, opportunity and personal growth. Given the governance changes the UWSA has been undergoing since the introduction of the by-laws in 2021, I would like to provide continuity to the Board, the Presidents and the UWSA staff as we navigate this transition. I have been involved in a number of UWSA and University-level committees, on-campus initiatives related to inclusivity, diversity, anti-racism, decolonization and sexual violence prevention, and I very much look forward to continuing my service in these roles.
Andri Efstathiou (she/her)
- Arts Undergraduate Office
Andri joined UW in 2008 and has been a UWSA member since then. Having worked in two faculties, two centralized offices, and both on campus in Waterloo and at the satellite campus location in Cambridge, Andri has a true sense of what it means to be a staff member in various locations and areas of the university.
Currently managing a team of advisors in the Arts Undergraduate Office, her focus is on a compassionate and shared leadership approach, building capacity among team members for effective change to streamline processes. She is currently a Program Area Lead (PAL) with the equity office, a facilitator for Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence, and part of the Change Management & Continuous Improvement community of practice. She holds a BA in English Language and Literature from Waterloo and a Master of Education in Leadership in Learning from UPEI.
She will bring a strong intersectional and experience-based voice to the Board of Directors in the UWSA and is no stranger to asking, and tackling the hard questions that staff need answers to.
- Arts Computer Office
I’ve worked on campus for twenty-plus years. During my Engineering undergraduate years, I volunteered with ESQ and realized I had a passion for outreach. As ESQ Director I led a tenfold increase in enrollment and strengthened partnerships with staff, faculties, and technology firms. ESQ’s success was a direct result of paying close attention to all the stakeholders.
I later transitioned into Housing’s IS group. This provided me with the opportunity to serve the needs of students and staff and serve on two university committees: STAC and CTSC.
I’m currently the Director of the Arts Computing Office - within the Arts Faculty after having transitioned from IST. As a result, I have firsthand experience with how complex these transitions can be and I’ve gained valuable experience supporting and advocating for staff as they navigate through change.
As a past UWSA President (2018), I bring considerable experience to the association. I've also volunteered for numerous other boards including Actua, Hildegard Marsden and the Bread & Roses Co-Operative where I served as Treasurer once and President twice.
This opportunity to continue as a member of the UWSA Board, will provide you with a strong voice to advocate for all university staff. I will be able to leverage my diverse experience as an employee in various faculties, ancillary and support departments, and as a strong team member in various leadership roles. Most significantly, I have a proven ability to bring better outcomes through collaboration. It would be an honour to continue representing you and the staff association and to contribute to “be better together”.
- AVP Academic Programs, Teaching Assessment Nominee
While my 10+ years as a Waterloo employee have been engaging and rewarding, serving the UWSA over the past three years as President-elect – President – Past President offered a welcome opportunity to learn and grow. I learned about the UWSA, issues facing UW staff, and how the university functions. I also built capacity for my own anti-racist practice while supporting the UWSA’s work to foster diversity and champion equity across our workplace. And I established a solid understanding of effective board governance.
The 2022 Annual Meeting will mark the end of my term as Past President of the UWSA. Although the pandemic brought with it big twists and turns for staff, UWSA colleagues and I got some important things done. We worked with an outside expert to develop new governing documents that will preserve the Association and keep it in compliance with relevant legislation. During my tenure, we also initiated the COVID Campus Climate Survey, which helped the UWSA build its understanding of the issues facing our varied membership. By running the survey several times over the past year, we’ve established a baseline that informs our discussions with university administrators about staff concerns.
I would be honoured to apply the knowledge and experience I’ve acquired by continuing to serve, this time as a Board Director. I’m happy to respond to any questions you may have, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or via https://www.linkedin.com/in/beckerkat/
- Cheriton School of Computer Science
I am currently the Administrative Officer at the Cheriton School of Computer Science. I have been at the University of Waterloo for close to five and a half years. My CPA-CMA and MBA education, along with my various work experiences in Academia, Amusements/Hospitality, Insurance, and Museum/Arts provides me with a very diverse background and knowledge base. I have worked with Boards of Directors, on both the operational and governance/strategic sides. I enjoy working at the University of Waterloo and feel it is one of the best career moves I have ever made. I actively participate in OHD programs and find a great deal of benefit from mentorship to leadership. These programs allow me to see people’s different perspectives on a variety of topics. You will find I am a patient and even-keel individual, who always takes the time to listen and provide support when requested. At the same time, I am not shy about expressing my views and sharing my applicable experiences. Based on the above, I feel I am a strong candidate for one of the Director positions on the University of Waterloo Staff Association Board. If you would like to chat more about my application for this role, please email me at email@example.com .
- Electrical & Computer Engineering
I am seeking the position of Director in order to be a representative for the USG grades 3-7 and strengthen their voices in all areas.
If I am successful, I would serve the best interests of all staff to contribute to a healthy workplace that fosters a sense of meaningfulness.
I have been at UW for 11-1/2 years as permanent staff, after a six-month contract. I have been the Space Coordinator in Electrical & Computer Engineering for the last 5-1/2 years, having previously worked in Plant Operations, first as a Maintenance Records Clerk, then in Key Control.
On campus, I have been a UWSA Area Rep for 4 years and the Chair of the Area Rep Committee for 3 of those. Off campus, I worked in office administration, dealing with payroll and benefits for 17 years before coming to UW.
I also volunteer with Kitchener-Waterloo House League Baseball as a coach and have helped out with Oktoberfest events and my family supports the 519 Community Collective group that donates food, clothing, household resources to our underprivileged community member.
Thank you for your consideration.
- Co-operative and Experiential Education
As a University of Waterloo employee for almost 16 years, I have worked at a satellite campus, main campus and north campus, in academic support units and faculties, in customer service and communications roles, with extensive budget and strategic planning experience. I am currently on secondment as the digital content development specialist within Co-operative and Experiential Education.
Despite working in Cambridge for the bulk of my career, I have made efforts to get involved and contribute my insights and skills to various committees and groups across the University, most recently on the policy development committee for bereavement and compassionate care leaves. I served on the Architecture Joint Health and Safety Committee for 6 years, was a United Way campaign volunteer, a member of the Wellness Collaborative, continuous improvement, change management, and project management communities of practice, and cross-campus communications groups.
I bring exceptional communication skills that will amplify the goals, accomplishments and impacts of the UWSA and board of directors. I’m also at a crossroads in my career and seeking to learn, grow and find community with my colleagues across the University by getting more involved.
I hope to increase representation of neurodivergent people at the University and I continue to expand my understanding of EDI. The resources and services offered by the Staff Association have supported me through difficult times, and it’s time for me to give back to an association that makes the University a better place for all workers.
- University Relations
Tracelyn Cornelius is the Anti-racism Communications manager within University Relations. In that role, she previously supported strategic communications for the President’s Anti-racism Taskforce (PART) and continues to provide guidance to senior leaders on communications related to tackling systemic racism.
As a Black immigrant woman, Tracelyn has been supporting the principles, policies, and practices of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI) in all aspects of her professional and academic work for more than 25 years.
She has extensive expertise in this area, having minored in Black Studies for her undergraduate degree in Education. Tracelyn recently completed a Master of Environment and Business (MEB) from the University of Waterloo, where her research focused on identifying barriers to implementing anti-racism within post-secondary institutions. That research is in the preliminary stages of becoming a book chapter for the Book on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with editor Dr. Bin Srinidhi of the University of Texas at Arlington.
She is also a PhD candidate in Sustainability Management at the University of Waterloo, researching how EDI and anti-racism can be operationalized within high-level sustainability projects. She is publishing a paper with on the Current State of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Knowledge Mobilization.
Tracelyn is committed to working collaboratively with the University community to formulate, articulate, and implement EDI and Anti-racism principles and values. As a UWSA board director, Tracelyn assists in Strategic Communications Planning to assist the organization in achieving both short and long-term goals.
She looks forward to finalizing this work with the BoD with the support of the UWSA membership.