RHA NCC Candidates 2017-18

ABHISHEK MOHAN

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At this link, you can view Abhishek’s resume.

Platform

Working within the Marine Drive Council for about 2 years now, I realized something important.  Communication is key.  Through my current experience of being a Building 6 President and past 2 years of Jumpstart experience as an orientation leader, I am confident I will be able to step in the executive position as the NCC and efficiently coordinate the affairs of the RHA.

I want to start off and say I want to continue the great work that our current NCC has worked on and to even build upon that platform with dedication and cooperation between not only the executives but also every single council in RHA.  My goal is to make RHA the best possible and put RHA on the map not only within UBC but only on the regional and national level.  To take RHA to new heights that everyone can see and enjoy and say I want to be a part of this and feel good about it. Communicating about these goals in a short and efficient fashion is essential and I will do that by holding dedicated office hours per week and attend every meeting of each council as much as possible and to communicate updates and goals and visions of what RHA wants to do.

I will keep this short as my platform runs on the concept of talk with purpose.  I intend to communicate any updates from conferences with purpose.  I believe we can learn from other schools and understand how they organize events, how they run their association, how they have fun with this.  I want to find ways to empower councils and ultimately you the people.  To feel a sense of purpose with being a part of something wonderful and exciting that makes you want to yell to the world that you are a part of RHA.  That is my goal, to create a sense of empowerment and I will do that first with communication.  To communicate to each one of you and to display leadership at conferences so RHA can become the best it possibly be in front of everyone and yourself.

I promise, that if elected, I will do my very best to represent you during my days in office.


 

ALICIA LAU 

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At this link, you can view Alicia’s resume.

Platform

My platform is comprised of three principal points:

  1. Strong communication bridged between RHA UBC and NACURH & PACURH
    • Continuing to acknowledge the reality that residents’ money is being spent in order to professionally develop RHA and its contribution to residence life;
    • Therefore working towards ensuring that ideas exchanged at conferences such as PACURH and NACURH, as shared between different universities, are brought back to UBC so that they may be adapted and maximized to the benefit of RHA at UBC.
      • This year, the delegation that went to PACURH in California decided to try a new platform in order to present the knowledge and experiences gained from PACURH to best benefit RHA at UBC. This was realized through PACURH Spirit Week in February, which included spirit events and relevant workshops.
      • With this being the first step, I endeavor to continue to develop this tradition so that it may cement a foundation and standard in subsequent years. Ultimately, PACURH Spirit Week will serve as a greater tool and in sense, a midyear training session for RHA members.
  1. Greater Recognition of UBC RHA
    • In my experience with organizations, especially with RHA’s given nature, in which members selflessly dedicate their time, recognition is always an aspect that can be improved, as it is not always clearly done so.
    • Something we’ve started to do in another organization I am part of is doing informal awards that aren’t necessarily as momentous as monthly bids but nevertheless recognize the efforts of its members such as a “most savage” award given weekly at council meetings.
      • This will then ensure that the energy and motivation of RHA members is maintained throughout the year especially when programming and advocacy ventures can be taxing.
  1. Connecting UBC RHA with Residents and the rest of UBC
    • Along the lines of recognition, albeit RezLife has a strong name and presence on campus, RHA is still a mystery for many residents. Along with my peers, I will work to continue to maximize the use of social media platforms so as to garner great recognition of RHA as an organization and what it provides to its residences as well as the projects. Some ideas include Snapchat contests, which are likely to cater to residents in its accessibility and ease of participation.

MOHIT KEWALRAMANI

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At this link, you can view Mohit’s resume.

Platform

My name is Mohit Kewalramani and I am a second-year Computer Science student at UBC. I am currently running as a candidate for RHA Executive Elections for the National Communications Coordinator and the Vice President: Administration and Finance position. I have always been an enthusiastic individual being involved in leadership on campus, and being on the RHA Executive Council will be a great step forward in my pursuit.

My first preferred position on the executive council is for the role of the National Communications Coordinator (NCC). The nature of this position is perhaps one that suits my interests the best, one of which involves being a representative and a voice for our University and its residence association. One example of this includes representation across the PACURH, NACURH, and No Frills conferences. Being someone who brings together our team from UBC to attend major learning and teaching experiences for students in North America will give me a massive learning opportunity as well as teach to others how we best support our students in Residence. Secondly, a key component here is to ensure that both our documentation and delegation is well organized. I have picked up these skills in various leadership positions such as being an Imagine Day Orientation Leader and being a volunteer for the Student Leadership Conference where my logistical and attentive skills came into play. Lastly, the position of the NCC will involve a high level of advocacy and communication between ourselves, institutions on campus, and conference attendees. I will employ a focused, consistent, and reflective approach with my team to bring about the best and most productive tenure I can offer.

My second position is that of the Vice President: Administration and Finance. This position is a step forward from my position as Executive Treasurer at TPRA. The skills I have developed at TPRA has been that of punctuality and better understanding myself as a leader. I have well understood the requirements and standards of our spreadsheet and paper bookkeeping, and will do my best to be a mentor to all Area Treasurers. Planning and preserving a council’s budget has been my greatest over the past year and I have developed the skills of understanding, forecasting, and providing council with my best accurate opinions. Currently I maintain close dialogue with my mentors and will ensure to be someone who communicates concerns and points to note during my meetings with my advisors and council meetings. Lastly, at TPRA I have also filled in to take meeting minute on a few occasions and will diligently do this as a required role if elected to the VPAF role.

I would like to finish by thanking the RHA for providing me with this incredible opportunity to take forward my leadership experience. Being a part of TPRA’s council has demonstrated to me my single biggest learning curve and I plan to apply forward the experiences I have learned here and at the same time work passionately with my colleagues at RHA.


RUKHSAR KARIM

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At this link, you can view Rukhsar’s resume.

Platform

I believe that all my experiences in the past has prepared me for this position. I’ve been a part of quite a few programs that has trained and shaped me to be who I am. Indulging in the experience of being an orientation leader for the JumpStart first year transition program, I have become increased in competence. I have been instilled with the ability to lead, problem solve, respect people and cultures of all backgrounds, work as a mentor, team build and find strength in diversity. Moreover, as President of Marine Drive Residence Association, I have learned to work hard, challenge myself, become more responsible, and am mastering how to design things according to my own congruence as it was not easy taking up this post in the middle of the year. I’ve also worked with the world’s number 1 NGO, BRAC, which taught me professionalism in a working and corporate atmosphere and creating charts and data by transferring statistics I would collect from the field experiences. The last experience I’d like to brush over is Model United Nations. This stimulation has not only taught me diplomacy but has helped me develop skills on how to talk and interact with people professionally at conferences everywhere. I truly think that this has molded me into a more approachable, amicable and all around polished person. All in all I’ve allowed myself to learn, apply and conquer through my successes and failures, which is why I feel I would be right for this job.


SARA MACK

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At this link, you can view Sarah’s resume.

Platform

With 2+ years of experience connecting my local Chapter to International through not only through international rules and bylaws, but also academic, leadership and philanthropic opportunities. I acted as a liaison and wrote bids for awards for our Chapter and won 2 awards at our National awards ceremony. Building a connection and acting as the liaison between local to international and communicating and celebrating accomplishments from both sides is crucial to making even organizations comprised of thousands of students and be able to connect with anyone and share feelings of excitement and pride, while building campus spirit. I am highly organized, taking on 2 years of Financial Vice President, meeting highly strict deadlines set by International and ensuring over $150,000 is monitored in the safest, most organized manner as well as being transparent to all members, publicizing monthly updates. I look to take on longer projects and was a highly vocal and professional member on my executive team for 2 years and am comfortable public speaking.

Specifically, as NCC I pledge to;

– Share relevant and important information not only to the RHA executives, but to local councils via meetings and social media posts and remind in advance of opportunities coming up. This includes but is not limited to encouraging to submit many more pin nominations, NRHH and UBC/PACUHR/NACUHR nominations, as well as taking the lead on writing many myself.

  • Sharing experiences at conferences to encourage retention in the RHA.
  • Select delegates in the most equitable fashion.

VP Outreach & Leadership

I would love to see more content posted on RHA social medias, especially Facebook, so that not only residence councils, but anyone interested can see how much we accomplish in a year (let alone month). I will come up with a social media strategy, post all pin nomination winners, highlights of councils, events taken place in all residences and have back-up post content for weeks with less or no content, so we maintain constant viewership. I would love to assist in making videos, including a highly video of many/all events and conferences for the RHA Banquet as a surprise to residence leaders.

  • Having many successes in the PCRA Council this year, I would like to move to a larger, more assistive role to other leaders on campus. I would like to engage upper year residences to collaborate, and encourage more wellbeing events (specifically mental health and physical health) and use my connections with clubs on campus to enhance resources. I am comfortable in leadership and advisory roles, as I managed many teams of varying sizes (3-25) during my leadership roles in my sorority and an diligent in follow-ups.

SIMRAN BRAR

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At this link, you can view Simran’s resume.

Platform

Hi RHA! My name is Simran Brar and I am running to serve on RHA as National Communications Coordinator or as VP Outreach and Leadership.

The passion I developed for RHA as a floor representative for Kootenay House lead to my continued involvement in RHA for the past three years, having served as the Vice President for Place Vanier Residence Association and Orchard Commons Residence Association. I have gained a breadth of experience through successes and failures within this organization such as learned how to :

Effectively Communicate:

– Within my team, to house councils and to residents whether it be for social media purposes, engagement and conducting elections, or supporting advocacy efforts

Event Management:

–  Helped with the organization and logistics of PACURH Spirit Week, a week long event with social media and events to push for better council spirit and bring back some of the workshops and ideas learned from residents

– Planning training for house councils, hiring for area councils and running elections

I want to bring that experience to serve as an RHA Executive. If elected as VP Outreach & Leadership, I will:

– Work towards fostering a stronger connections within RHA. There is a disconnect between floor representatives and the executives of RHA. I want to take a proactive approach on reaching out to students and get them involved in RHA by using social media, in person meeting and supporting residents area councils

–  Encourage advocacy: I think it is our prerogative as representatives of students living in residence to works towards addressing their concerns and working actively to assist our area councils with concerns related to residents and how we can better support them

–  Build better RHA community within area councils by planning programming socials that reach out to all area council members and those who may not directly know RHA exec, and pushing for better quality

– Empower others through such highlight of the week, programming and using social media as an effective outreach tool to do so to spread some of the work area councils have been doing; in addition, using workshops and programming opportunities to connect with RHA

– Supporting Vice Presidents with their meeting minutes by providing them with formatting tips, templates and giving them consistent feedback and pushing to have being more accessible to them earlier on

If elected for NCC, I will:

– Revise some key aspects of UBC PACURH & NACURH Conference delegation, pushing for earlier timeline to assist with delegation of pre-conference work

– Continue to build off the work of the current NCC, to make the programs and the delegations reviews of them, more easily accessible to RHA by creating a google drive or dropbox

– To take an active role by sitting on PACURH and NACURH committees, to assist on RHA work on a national level and being outspoken

– Coordinate and take lead on bid preparation and work with the NRHH president to do so

Thank you for your kind consideration! If (word limit reached).


SIMRAN SAROYA

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At this link, you can view Simran’s resume.

Platform

NCC:

  • To help increase communication between PACURH, NACURH and UBC RHA
  • To increase effectiveness when communicating with PACURH and NACURH
  • To build greater connections with UBC and PACURH and NACURH, respectfully.
  • To ensure a fair and equal selection (including spot divisions in terms of area councils) when selecting delegates for PACURH, NACURH and No Frills Conference
  • To build greater connections with NRHH

VP Outreach and Leadership

  • To increase awareness about the role of RHA in UBC Housing & Food Services
  • To increase awareness about RHA on Social Media
  • To help better facilitate communication between Area Presidents and RHA
  • To assist councils when they are advocating on behalf of residents à To advocate for UBC Residents in order to ensure that their voices, concerns and needs are heard.
  • To assist councils in organizing inter council events
  • To encourage UBC RHA Pride between councils and residents by organizing cross-over events / competitions.
  • To organize inter-council social events so that councils can meet other councils and build bonds of friendship.
  • To provide more opportunities for UBC Residents to socialize and interact in a safe, welcoming environment.
  • To use social media as a platform to ensure transparency between councils.
  • To advocate for the growing concerns that students have regarding UBC Food Services (including food prices, limited variety, dietary restrictions, administrative costs, etc.
  • Transparency: Ensure that RHA will operate in a way that is accessible and transparent to residents and students (Ex. Release meeting minutes, etc.)