These candidates are running to represent their faculty, college or campus. Councillors oversee the WUSA Executives, Board of Directors, determine priorities for WUSA fees (and approval of the fees), and decide what WUSA advocates for and how WUSA is run.

AHS Candidates

There are two AHS seats, and one candidates running. AHS undergrads will have the opportunity to choose their representation on Council by voting “yes” or “no” to the following candidates on voting days (Feb 2 – 4):

Marie Jolicoeur-Becotte

AHS Council Candidate Marie Jolicoeur-Becotte

Program: Health Studies Co-op; Addictions, Mental Health, and Policy Minor
Current year of study: 2B

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo:

  • Current WUSA Faculty of Health Councillor
  • University of Waterloo Pre-Medical Society Webmaster (September 2019-Present)
  • Campus Ambassador (September 2020 - Present)
  • Waterloo Housing Don Team Leader for MKV, Minota Hagey, and CLV-South (September 2020-Present)

Top three platform points:

  1. Continue including constituents in the conversation and decisions made at council by using social media to keep them informed and to provide them with a place to communicate their opinions with me.
  2. To make an outward effort to communicate the needs and wants of FOH students with the council on matters affecting the student body.
  3. To utilize new resources such as mailing lists and online servers (discord, etc.) so better understand student perspectives before casting a vote representative of our faculty.

Reason why someone should vote for you in 100 words or less:

Faculty of Health students should accept me as a returning councillor because I bring experience, drive and dedication to this role, and I have the best interest of our faculty at heart. I've taken many lessons with me from my first year in this role and hope to get a chance to apply them in the upcoming governing year to continue to serve the student body as best as I can.

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Arts Candidates

There are six Arts seats, and six candidates running. Arts undergrads will have the opportunity to choose their representation on Council by ranking the following candidates on voting days (Feb 2 – 4):

Sahil Devani

Program: Accounting and Financial Management
Current year of study: 1B

Top three platform points:

  1. Running for students' quality of social and educational life.
  2. Providing students an opportunity to express their true selves through diversification and uniqueness.
  3. Running as a common student voice that acknowledges perspectives on learning while shaping young leaders.

Reason why someone should vote for you in 100 words or less:

Being a student, it's easy to understand the struggles teens face within their educational and personal life, and advocating for them tends to be a responsibility that leads me to experience new perspectives. I will provide the Arts community with an opportunity to express their emotions while being heard and respected for the choices they make. I'm a candidate focused on equity and diversity embedded in education while strengthening faculty connections and student activities to help keep balance. Voting for me will bring immense optimism, positivity, and self-confidence; characteristics that will only help my peers succeed throughout their undergraduate years.

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Rosanne Varghese

Program: Honors Arts and Business
Current year of study: 1B

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo:

  • Completed 6 workshops held by the Student Leadership Program
  • Member of the Social Media team at GirlUp Waterloo

Top three platform points:

  1. Create a safe environment for communication.
  2. Create an outlet to provide opportunities.
  3. To serve the needs of my classmates.

Reason why someone should vote for you in 100 words or less:

I believe that I am an ordinary student just like each one of you. Facing the struggles of life. But this simplicity that I possess is why I want each of you to vote for me. Through my term, I wish to better understand each one of you. Be your voice and most importantly your friend. If you feel that I am the leader that you are looking for then feel free to vote for me as your Council Member.

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Neaa Rodrigues

Arts Council Candidate Neaa Rodrigues

Program: Honours Arts (Economics and Psychology)
Current year of study: 1B

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo:

  • UWES First-year representative
  • Marketing associate Enactus

Top three platform points:

  1. Expanding student engagement.
  2. Ensuring mental health & accessibility support for all students!
  3. Enhancing sustainability incentives.

Reason why someone should vote for you in 100 words or less:

Let's be honest online classes have been hard! And it's been tough to engage. As an Arts Student Council member, I’ll ensure students have more opportunities to connect with peers! I’ll let YOUR voice be heard and work towards the fulfillment of YOUR needs. Further, I want to make mental health and accessibility support a priority, and I aspire to heighten sustainability measures. I am passionate, organized, and always happy to help! I’ll be your friend in the crowd, so don’t hesitate to reach out to communicate your needs and concerns (and if you need a listening ear).

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Nuwair Akram 

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Rebecca Dragusin

Program: Honours Arts Co-op, Major in Political Science and History
Current year of study: 3A

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo:

  • WUSA Councillor from 2020-2021
  • Arts Student Union VP Internal 2020-2021
  • Arts Student Union VP of Communications 2019-2020
  • Arts Student Union First Year Representative 2018-2019

Top three platform points:

  1. As a WUSA Councillor, I will make it easier for students to voice their opinions and provide insight into WUSA policies;
  2. Encourage more communication among Arts Councillors and Constituents;
  3. As well as advocate for Arts Students' unique interests.

Reason why someone should vote for you in 100 words or less:

As a WUSA Councillor, I will make Council information accessible to Constituents. My experience as an Arts Student Union VP of Communications has provided me with the experience necessary to effectively organize social media platforms that will make it easier for students to voice their concerns. These platforms will become an effective way for students to stay updated on Council information to ensure that their unique interests as Arts Students are represented. My past experience in Council has prepared me to lead initiatives that will enhance communication between Arts students and Councillors which is particularly necessary during remote terms.

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Sonia Ismail

Arts Council Candidate Sonia Ismail

Program: Honours Arts and Business, Major in Economics and Minor in Digital Arts Communication
Current year of study: 3A

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo:

  • Currently, I am a Marketing Director at UW Amnesty International; I hope to uncover and share powerful stories of individuals regarding human rights worldwide and educate our community on international law, justice, and ultimately, transform oppressive laws to make our society one.
  • As an Events and Partnership Coordinator at GirlUp Waterloo, I hosted and synchronized 3+ podcasts and 5+ monthly events with UW professors, health-related professionals, and GirlUp representatives across Orlando to India while fulfilling all contractual obligations (i.e. podcast coordination, logistics of event planning, and communication).
  • As a student mentor at UW Economics Society, I guided and scheduled biweekly tutoring sessions to economic undergraduate students with their various courses and supported them by creating study plans for further their academic success.

Top three platform points:

  1. Accelerating UW communication beyond its' capabilities and advocating transparency through open discussions regarding plans, events, and obtaining feedback on what YOU desire at UW.
  2. Liaising with WUSA to enhance endeavours and take the most effective courses of action by eliminating any conflicts or hindrances facing the Arts Societies and Clubs.
  3. Embellishing the academic and social experience for the Arts student community by striving to promote and implement practices to keep the University of Waterloo a diverse, safe, and inclusive atmosphere for Art students.

Reason why someone should vote for you in 100 words or less:

An ambitious goalkeeper, youth change-maker, support system, respectful friend, and compassionate leader? That's me! By representing the Arts Faculty, I see myself as the new face of WUSA Arts Student Council 2021. I want to showcase the voices of our fellow UW undergraduate students. If I get selected, I will ensure the University of Waterloo is a safe, educational, engaging, inspiring, successful, and memorable experience for my UW students. My priority will be the UW students first-hand. I want to help the diverse UW community triumph over its' best potential in all corners. My fellow Warriors come first always.

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Mathematics Candidates

There are six Math seat, and eight candidate running. Math undergrads will have the opportunity to choose their representation on Council by ranking the following candidates on voting days (Feb 2 – 4):

Abhiraj Lamba

Math Council Candidate Abhiraj Lamba

Program: Combinatorics and Optimisation

Current year of study: 2B


Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo: 

  • International Representative
  •  Committee on Student Mental Health
  • WUSA Committee on Student Safety
  • MathSoc Board of Directors
  • MEF Board of Directors
  • REV Residence Council

Top three platform points:

  1. Increased Mental Health Advocacy.
  2. Safer and More Inclusive Campus for ALL Students.
  3. Being YOUR Voice.

Reason why someone should vote for you in 100 words or less:

I combine experience with passion. I am incredibly committed to advocating for you. My focus is on mental health and student safety. I ran an unsuccessful campaign for this seat in the by-elections last term with the same platform, but I did not let defeat deter me. I have since then become a member of the UW Committee on Student Mental Health and the WUSA Committee on Student Safety, to advocate for those causes. Those committees have a mandate ending April 2021, following which I hope to be able to continue following up with those issues as part of council.

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Dyuti Kohli

Team Name: Pink πrates
Program: Mathematics/BBA
Current year of study: 1

Top three platform points:

  1. Supporter.
  2. Friend.
  3. Confidant.

Reason why someone should vote for you in 100 words or less:

Being an international student, I know how International students are struggling especially first-year students because of online schooling. I went through all of those struggles and I know how to solve that issue, how to make students feel comfortable, and how to reach out to people. I feel that I can handle these responsibilities as I am good with communication, being a socially outgoing person I will be able to get things done along with my colleagues while maintaining a close relationship with them. Also, my organization and planning techniques will help me manage my work and responsibilities.

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Kanan Sharma

Math Council Candidate Kanan SharmaProgram: FARM
Current year of study: 4

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo:

  • Councilor (Fall 2019 to present)
  • Board of Director (May 2020 to present)
  • Vice Chair of WUSA's Budget and Appropriation (May 2020 to present)
  • Audit and Risk Management committee (May 2020 to present)
  • Math O-Team, previously known as FOC (November 2019 to present)
  • Internal Administration committee (May 2019 - April 2020)
  • Internal Funding committee May (May 2019 - Jan 2020)
  • Education Advisory Committee (Spring 2019- Fall 2019)
  • Campus Life Advisory Committee (Spring 2019- Fall 2019)
  • 6 time MathSoc Councilor Vice President Internal (Fall 2018)
  • Board of Directors (Fall 2018 - Spring 2019)
  • Mathematics Endowment Fund(MEF)
  • Director Faculty of Math Wellbeing committee
  • Faculty of Math Strategic Plan committee

Top three platform points:

  1. Keeping Fees low.
  2. Increased Mental Health and Academic support for students.
  3. Increased transparency.

Reason why someone should vote for you in 100 words or less:

My priority is to listen to Math students from all backgrounds to bring their voices to the table. I have been advocating on students’ behalf since my 1A term. In the past I have advocated against unnecessary fees increases including pushing for the current fee review. I have also advocated against online proctoring so that students don’t have to face undue hardship during a pandemic and increasing mental health support for students. I have a proven track record of listening to students and bringing up their concerns and will continue doing so.

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Arnav Gupta

Math Council Candidate Arnav Gupta

Team Name: Math Squads
Program: Honors Mathematics/Business Administration Co-op
Current year of study: 1B

Top three platform points:

  1. Primary goal is to become voice of the faculty.
  2. Improve connections and working as a team not as an individual.
  3. You want something done, I am the one, Vote Arnav!

Reason why someone should vote for you in 100 words or less:

I am hardworking, passionate to complete tasks with dedication and an ideal candidate for the position. I will maintain the transparency in the system of the faculty and will keep the things organized. Vote for me as I will be easily accessible to communicate and connect through in person or social media platform easily. The family of MATH Faculty, make the change happen and Vote Me! Let's take MATH Faculty to the Zenith. A Good Leader will make a good year, VOTE FOR ME (ARNAV)!

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Vincent Macri

Math Council Candidate Vincent Macri

Program: Pure Math and Combinatorics & Optimization
Current year of study: 3B

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo:

  • Program Representative for Pure Math, Applied Math, and Combinatorics and Optimization on MathSoc Council since Winter 2019
  • WUSA Pro Tem: Councillor for the Mathematics Constituency for the Winter 2021 term, selected by the Mathematics Society

Top three platform points:

  1. Work with Faculty to improve education quality.
  2. Fight to protect students' rights.
  3. Hold school administrators accountable.

Reason why someone should vote for you in 100 words or less:

As a MathSoc Councillor, I have advocated for fiscally responsible and sustainable investment practices, reforms to STAT 231, and a ban on online proctoring spyware. As a result of this:

  • The University is more transparent about their investments
  • I have engaged with STAT 231 instructors in discussions on how to improve the course
  • The Math Faculty is asking all math instructors to avoid proctored exams

I have been successful advocating for students on MathSoc Council, and hope to take that same energy to WUSA Council to fight for math students.

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Jay Lan

Math Council Candidate Jay Lan

Program: Math & BBA Double Degree
Current year of study: 1B

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo:

  • I am currently the Deputy Speaker and First-year Representative at Mathsoc
  • Persuaded the Associate Dean and professors to improve the quality of Math138 by adding weekly example videos and removing Mobius quizzes
  • Organized several online events, such as the Side Project Seminar and résumé workshops, to connect first-year students all over the world during the lockdown
  • Helped organize Mathsoc monthly council meetings.

Top three platform points:

I am running for Math Council at WUSA. After two terms at Mathsoc, I know how to negotiate with authorities and how to connect with students. I will do my best to represent Math students' interests and let the university hear our voices.

Reason why someone should vote for you in 100 words or less:

First-year students: Have you ever wondered why Mobius is canceled in Math 138 this term? I brought up the Math 137 issue to professors and the Associate Dean, and they agreed to replace linear quizzes and add more videos. I have learned how to advocate students' voices to professors, and I will continue to do this if I am selected as a representative at WUSA Math Council. Upper-year students: I will connect with you through social media, and I will pass your opinions to the university and defend our pink ties!

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Jia Hu

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Kelly Shen

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Yuhan Zhang

Math Council Candidate Yuhan Zhang

Program: Honours Math
Current year of study: 1

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo:

  • MathSoc-First Year Representative

Reason why someone should vote for you in 100 words or less:

I"ll try my best to serve student needs, and let's enjoy the uni life!!!

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Wyett Zeng

Math Council Candidate Wyett Zeng

Team Name: all-100%
Program: CS/BBA Double Degree
Current year of study: 1

Top three platform points:

  1. I am a man of the people (I do not send people to someone else or simply give them an email address).
  2. I have many experiences with fighting for group interests.
  3. I understand the pain of online learning and how distant you feel from your classmates; therefore, I will try to find ways to help students lose stress and connect with other people during the pandemic.

Reason why someone should vote for you in 100 words or less:

I have to admit, saying that you are a man of the people doesn’t make you one. So instead, I will make a promise: if you come to me with a problem, I will not send you to another person or simply give you an email address and ask you to email them directly. Instead, what I will do is either approach the appropriate organization myself with your problem or go with you and ensure that your problem is received. Don’t believe me? Why don’t you send an email to w33zeng@uwaterloo.ca and see for yourself?

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Caroline Chen

Math Council Candidate Caroline Chen

Team Name: all-100%
Program: Financial Analysis and Risk Management
Current year of study: 1

Top three platform points:

  1. Promote schools to pay more attention to mental health.
  2. Try to find ways to lose stress during the academic terms.
  3. More fun events available for different time zone students.

Reason why someone should vote for you in 100 words or less:

I've been experiencing lots of stress, anxiety and self-questioning since university starts, not only because of different systems of studying or having more courses but also because online studying at home makes people feel more lonely. As an international student who currently lives in China, I can fully understand the inconvenience of different time zones, which means I can propose detailed ideas to help all international students find ways to lose their stress and have better mental health. Please vote for me, I am sure that a leader who has experienced difficulties will bring more benefits than other leaders.

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If you have any questions or want to talk to me: 

  • Email me
  • My WeChat account is: 13820611925

Cambridge Campus Candidates:

There is one seat for Cambridge campus, and one candidate running. Cambridge campus undergrads will have the opportunity to choose their representation on Council by voting “yes” or “no” to the following candidates on voting days (Feb 2 – 4):

Jason Chen

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Science Candidates:

There are five seats for Science, and one candidate running. Science undergrads will have the opportunity to choose their representation on Council by voting “yes” or “no” to the following candidates on voting days (Feb 2 – 4):

Manaswi Sharma

Science Council Candidate Manaswi Sharma

Program: Biology, with Coop
Current year of study: 4A

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo:

  • Project Manager at upcoming WUSA Second Hand Clothing Store (April 2020-Dec 2020)
  • WUSA Food Bank Volunteer (Sep 2018 - Dec 2018)
  • Member of Culture Clash Theatre Club, Actor in the production "The Fandom"

Top three platform points:

  1. Better research opportunities for science undergraduates.
  2. Better co-op opportunities for science undergraduates.
  3. More science related work study placement options.

Reason why someone should vote for you in 100 words or less:

As a Biology undergraduate in co-op, I have gathered experience in different types of work environments and understand where WUSA can support the faculty of Science. As an international student, my experience is all encompassing to be able to cater to the whole Science community. I am also the Biology representative at WATSEF, and routinely come across what the faculty is in need for. I am very open to hearing suggestions from fellow undergraduates and believe I would make a great candidate for the Science representative.

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Engineering Candidates:

There are five seats for Engineering, and four candidate running. Engineering will have the opportunity to choose their representation on Council by ranking the following candidates on voting days (Feb 2 – 4):

Frances Hallen

Engineering Council Candidate Frances Hallen

Program: Environmental Engineering
Current year of study: 2A

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo:

  • 1 year as WUSA Engineering Councilor (2020)
  • Held a council seat on WUSA's Education Advisory Council
  • Participation in WUSA clubs and societies (i.e.. Lifesaving, FFUW)

Top three platform points:

This year, I have goals oriented around the following points, but I'm not standing for myself. A vote for me is a vote for you, so continue to share your visions with me.

  1. Create greater visibility for the opportunities (clubs, events) that WUSA supports
  2. Make environment and sustainability greater factors in decision-making
  3. Expand initiatives that support mental health
  4. Support improved mechanisms for education and advocacy around Racial Justice and Equity
  5. Advocate for reasonable pathways providing education in face of the COVID-19 pandemic, and a fair and compassionate transition back to in-person activities

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Andy Ren

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Angela Souza

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Edward Yang

Engineering Council Candidate Edward Yang

Program: Mechatronics Engineering
Current year of study: 3

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo:

  • 2 years as a councillor on Students Council
  • 2 years on the Policy and Procedures committee
  • 2 years on Co-op Students Council
  • 1 year on the Board of Directors of WUSA
  • 3 years as a EngSoc Class rep
  • 1 year on the EngSoc Board of Directors Attended
  • 3 Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance General Assemblies

Top three platform points:

  1. To encourage and build up collaboration and relationships between WUSA and EngSoc.
  2. Build back better after COVID with more value for your money.
  3. Hold the university accountable for their decisions that impact students.

Reason why someone should vote for you in 100 words or less:

I have been your dependable engineering councillor for nearly 2 years at this point and would be thriled to keep representing engineering students at council for my last year at Waterloo. I am always happy to answer questions and bring up your concerns at students council or with the executives to help get you the information and action you need.

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Environment Candidates:

There are two Environment seats, and two candidate running. Environment undergrads will have the opportunity to choose their representation on Council by voting “yes” or “no” to the following candidates on voting days (Feb 2 – 4):

Connor Rettinger

Environment Council Candidate Connor Rattinger

Program: Planning, co-op
Current year of study: 4A

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo:

  • Renison Conversation Program Volunteer (Winter 2021)
  • Waterloo Orientation Team - Environment (Fall 2019- Fall 2020)
  • Planning Students Association - Events Director (Spring 2020)
  • Waterloo Environment Student Endowment Fund Chair - Planning (Spring 2020)
  • Front Desk Assistant (Spring 2020)
  • Legal Theft Manager - UW Bike Center (Fall 2018)
  • Frontline Orientation Leader - Environment (Fall 2018)
  • International Orientation Volunteer (Fall 2018) Habitat for Humanity Volunteer (Fall 2017)

Top three platform points:

  1. Taking a strong stance to kickstart sustainability initiatives.
  2. Advocacy for mental health & wellness services/supports.
  3. Strengthen sense of community and belonging within the Environment/UWaterloo student body.

Reason why someone should vote for you in 100 words or less:

I am an organized and experienced student leader that has a passion for helping people to create meaningful changes to the UWaterloo community. My breadth of volunteering through many WUSA and UWaterloo services has allowed me to identify barriers where I can advocate for you to improve your success and future as a student. I am a dedicated individual who takes pride in their work and will try their best. Through my dedication and hard-working mindset, I will advocate for your voice to make a meaningful impact on your future and success as a Waterloo Warrior.

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Jaskaran Dhillon

Program: Planning
Current year of study: 4A

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo:

  • 2020-21 Environment Student Councillor
  • 2020 SSO Peer Mentor
  • Member of WUSA’s Education Advisory Council (2019-21) and Student Spaces Committee (2020-21)
  • Member of the City of Waterloo's Town and Gown Committee (2019-20)
  • 2019-20 WUSA Municipal Affairs Commissioner
  • 2018-19 Faculty of Environment Ambassador

Top three platform points:

  1. Increase the availability of student supports (MATES, Counselling Services, etc.) and improve their matching processes
  2. Push for greater student programming that promotes a sense of community both online and (later) on-campus
  3. Advocate for spaces on campus that meet students’ post-pandemic academic and recreational needs

Reason why someone should vote for you in 100 words or less:

Heading into another year of uncertainty, it’s incredibly important to have a student advocate that has experience with the inner workings of WUSA and a clear vision for the post-pandemic campus. I aim to reduce student vulnerability that's been heightened during the pandemic through an emphasis on advocacy for mental health supports and academic redressal. I’m also committed to capitalizing on the opportunity to re-shape our campus for the better as we look to return. I believe my goals draw a balance between the student body’s short and long-term interests and will contribute to an improved experience at UW.

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Kitchener Campus Candidates:

There is one vacant seat for Kitchener Campus, and zero candidates running. Vacant seats will remain open for a by-election after this election ends. If you’re interested in representing your campus by filling this empty seat on WUSA Students’ Council, please contact the Chief Returning Officer.

St. Jerome’s University Candidates:

There is one vacant seat for St. Jerome's University, and zero candidates running. Vacant seats will remain open for a by-election after this election ends. If you’re interested in representing your campus by filling this empty seat on WUSA Students’ Council, please contact the Chief Returning Officer.

Renison University College Candidates:

There is one vacant seat for Renison University College, and zero candidates running. Vacant seats will remain open for a by-election after this election ends. If you’re interested in representing your campus by filling this empty seat on WUSA Students’ Council, please contact the Chief Returning Officer.

Stratford Candidates:

There is one vacant seat for Stratford, and zero candidates running. Vacant seats will remain open for a by-election after this election ends. If you’re interested in representing your campus by filling this empty seat on WUSA Students’ Council, please contact the Chief Returning Officer.

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