University of Waterloo Senate Candidates

The University Senate consists of University admin, faculty and elected student leaders. Senate is responsible for all issues relating to academic quality, including the granting of degrees, setting program requirements and approving academic regulations. These candidates are running to represent their faculty and all undergrads in an at-large position on Senate to be part of decisions that matter to undergrads, like Fall Reading Break and program requirements.

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Science Council Candidates:

Harkirat Singh Dhillon

Candidate JiaJia KongProgram: Honours Science (Biology, Psych Minor)
Current year of study: 4A

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo:

  • Internal Communications Director - UW PreOptometry Club (Present)
  • Vice President Internal - Biochem Students Association (May 2020 - August 2021)
  • External Coordinator - UW Science Society (September 2020 - December 2020)
  • Team Leader - PLASP ChildCare Services (September 2016 - September 2018)
  • Pharmacy Assistant - IDA Pharmacy (June 2017 - Present)

Top three platform points:

  1. Work Towards Vocal Transparency Between Faculty & Students While Representing Student Voices In Major Proposals
  2. Advocating For Student Mental Health Resources, Accessibility, Support & Ensuring Change is Met with Consistency & Advocacy
  3. Transitioning Smoothly to An In Person Return & Advocating For No Fee Increases For Students

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

I am a candidate looking forward to work for you and voice your concerns in Student Council. Being a student is extremely difficult, I understand as I have faced these struggles being a student myself. Whether its finances, mental health, or extra-curricular ventures, it is a great deal to be able to balance while focusing on achieving great academic endeavours. I have the necessary skills and leadership experience to serve all students well on WUSA. I assure you that my attention to detail will help reshape the system for the near future while vocalizing the concerns of the Science community.

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Stratford Candidates:

Kara Hoang

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JiaJia Kong

Candidate JiaJia KongProgram: Global Business and Digital Arts
Current year of study: 4A

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo:

  • Starterhacks Executive 2018 - 2020
  • Enactus 2018 - 2019
  • Entrepreneurship Society 2018 - 2019
  • UW Student Ambassador 2018 - 2019

Top three platform points:

  1. Provide better commuting alternatives for students living on and off-campus
  2. Campus community integration for better student life and increasing Stratford township involvement
  3. Advocating for better mental health resources for Stratford students

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

From my past four years of experiencing the frustration of renting an iPad, the excitement of Soup Surreal, the exhilaration of HTML/CSS, and the countless hours of traveling between Stratford and Waterloo, I recognize that there is significant room for improvements with regards to campus community integration, mental health resources, and commuting. I believe that I have the necessary skills to serve UW students well on WUSA and am certain that my diligence and strong attention to detail will help reshape our system beginning with improving our campus’ necessities while broadcasting the voices of our community visionaries.

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Engineering Senate Candidates:

Keval Tripathi

Candidate Nicolas PfeifleProgram: Electrical Engineering
Current year of study: 1B

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo:

  • Engineering Society Board of Directors
  • Academic Class Rep 1A/1B
  • Engineering Society Rep 1A/1B
  • FYIC 2020 UWaterloo Delegate

Top three platform points:

  1. Transparency
  2. Involvement
  3. Communication

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Nicolas Pfeifle

Candidate Nicolas PfeifleProgram: Nanotechnology Engineering
Current year of study: 3B

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo:

  • Student Representative to Professional Engineers Ontario
  • Vice President of Communications, Nanotechnology Engineering Society
  • Captain, UWRobotics Team
  • Class Representative, Director for Various Events, Engineering Society
  • Huge, Director for Various Events, Engineering Orientation Committee

Top three platform points:

  1. Take student voices seriously, expand student input and influence in University wide decision making and acknowledge hardships experienced.
  2. Focus on dismantling toxic elements of campus culture as influenced by University regulations, especially the fallout of Policy 73 on research and entrepreneurship.
  3. Hold the seniority to account, ensuring progressive efforts undertaken by the University are more than performative.

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

Student life can be difficult, I know it too well. From academics to finances, research to entrepreneurship, mental health and athletics, it's a balancing act, and when the interests of the University misalign with student values, we're the ones with the short end of the stick. I'm tired of the oft performative actions of campus leadership, failing to heed the pressing issues impacting their constituents. Today, I ask for your vote in to begin to unravel this bureaucratic culture of complacency. Together we can achieve more than the obstacles thrown in our way. Stand tall and make your voices heard!

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Denis Tyan

Candidate Denis TyanProgram: Chemical Engineering
Current year of study: 1B

Top three platform points:

  1. Cultivate an education system that reduces priority on marks, and is more forgiving.
  2. Increase access to mental health resources and reduce wait times to get help.
  3. Boost transparency and accountability in the Senate, and make sure YOUR voice and opinion is heard.

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

Denis Tyan is a candidate looking forward with a smile. He wants to work FOR you, and make sure that the legacy we leave behind is better than what we started with. Denis knows the stress and pain of engineering(a lot) and knows that we can change this for the better. Together we can be a vibrant community in which everyone has the opportunity to make a difference.
Only we can, engineer a BRIGHTER future.

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Science Senate Candidates:

Jonathan Man

Candidate Jonathan ManProgram: Honours Science and Aviation
Current year of study: 1B

Top three platform points:

  1. I will work to enhance your learning experience.
  2. I will speak up for you on items of concern.
  3. An enjoyable daily experience for you is my priority.

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

- I am committed to openly addressing your feedback, welcoming your engagement in the work I will do.
- I will make sure that I act upon public feedback, ensuring that nothing is ignored or dismissed.
- I will pursue interests that will benefit the learning experience for all students in the faculty of science.

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Harkirat Singh Dhillon

Candidate JiaJia KongProgram: Honours Science (Biology, Psych Minor)
Current year of study: 4A

Previous applicable involvement with WUSA/Waterloo:

  • Internal Communications Director - UW PreOptometry Club (Present)
  • Vice President Internal - Biochem Students Association (May 2020 - August 2021)
  • External Coordinator - UW Science Society (September 2020 - December 2020)
  • Team Leader - PLASP ChildCare Services (September 2016 - September 2018)
  • Pharmacy Assistant - IDA Pharmacy (June 2017 - Present)

Top three platform points:

  1. Work Towards Vocal Transparency Between Faculty & Students While Representing Student Voices In Major Proposals

  2. Advocating For Student Mental Health Resources, Accessibility, Support & Ensuring Change is Met with Consistency & Advocacy

  3. Transitioning Smoothly to An In Person Return & Advocating For No Fee Increases For Students

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

I am a candidate looking forward to work for you and voice your concerns in Senate. Being a student can be extremely difficult, I understand as I have faced these struggles being a student myself. Whether its finances, mental health, or extra-curricular ventures, it is a great deal to be able to balance while focusing on achieving great academic endeavours. I have the necessary skills and leadership experience to serve all students well on Senate. I assure you that my attention to detail will help reshape the system for the near future while vocalizing the concerns of the Science community.

Links to any website, social media accounts and/or email address: