2020 Art & Design Council Elections

VOTING

Voting held in week 10 (Wednesday 18 November - Friday 20 November 2020). Voting will be held online only.

Who can vote:

All current UNSW Art & Design students.

How to vote:

Elections will be held online. An email will be sent to your UNSW email with the link to the voting page. Voting polls will automatically close at 5pm on Friday 20 November.

CANDIDATES FOR CONTESTED POSITIONS


Engagement Officer

Katherine Yeung

Hello! I am Katherine a second-year design student at UNSW. I aspire to form part of an EFFECTIVE and APPROACHABLE representative body. The costs of an art & design degree are too much for the average person, especially with COVID_19, we as art & design students lack the resources we used to enjoy at the campus and is among other social issues I would like to raise on the council to ensure the assurance of student rights. I will promote university action to invest in student welfare and education rather than in their corporate interests. Being an Australian born in Hong Kong, I will use my experience to assist students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in engaging with the university community. On the whole, I want to ensure that all students, no matter their background, feel a sense of belonging at UNSW.

Abhimanyu Gupta

My name is Abhimanyu, as an entrepreneur and team lead for several organizations, I have been able to gain first-hand experience in leadership and coordination within a team, If elected as Engagement officer, my top priority will be ensuring the wellbeing of everyone on campus and being the person whom any student can promptly approach to get guidance and support on their mental, physical, financial and emotional difficulties and get access to an affordable and seamless university experience at UNSW. We are part of a team that is founded on 5 main principles: Transparency, Responsibility, Unity, Students-first, and Tenacity (T.R.U.S.T.). It is time for the Art & Design Student Council to do more for you. Please support us by casting your invaluable vote.

Jess Harrison

My name is Jess Harrison, she/her pronouns, and I live and work on unceded Gadigal and Wangal Country. I am currently in my 5th year of an Arts/Fine Arts degree, I am a queer Jewish woman and a proud member of my union.

The Art and Design school is a unique and dynamic space at UNSW. Student leadership has worked tirelessly to hold management accountable to our values of inclusion and justice especially in relation to; First Nations programs and staff, mental health, climate action and affordability. I hope to apply my skills as a Community Organiser to continue this work and empower more students to tell their stories and realise their power to act.

With UNSW’s march to privatisation and the impacts of coronavirus it is more important than ever for us to step up and demand a seat at the table. I’m nominating for Engagement Officer because I believe in our collective power to create a better future.

Representation Officer

Aadesh Kanda

My name is Aadesh, after working with several NGO like “Jagriti” which ensure that poor kids gets education, uniform and meals. I have been able to gain first-hand experience in child care, leadership and coordination within a team, If elected as a Representative Officer, my first concern will be the prosperity of everybody on the campus and being able to provide guidance and support
to the students during hard times.
We are part of a team that is founded on 5 main principles: Transparency, Responsibility, Unity, Students-first, and Tenacity (T.R.U.S.T.).
It is time for the Art & Design Student Council to do more for you. Please support us by casting your invaluable vote.

Katherine Young

Hello! I am Katherine a second-year design student at UNSW. I aspire to form part of an EFFECTIVE and APPROACHABLE representative body. The costs of an art & design degree are too much for the average person, especially with COVID_19, we as art & design students lack the resources we used to enjoy at the campus and is among other social issues I would like to raise on the council to ensure the assurance of student rights. I will promote university action to invest in student welfare and education rather than in their corporate interests. Being an Australian born in Hong Kong, I will use my experience to assist students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in engaging with the university community. On the whole, I want to ensure that all students, no matter their background, feel a sense of belonging at UNSW.

UNCONTESTED POSITIONS

Art & Design Council President

Nikita Holcombe

I am a PhD student at UNSW Art & Design researching in the area of Art Theory. I have been a part of the UNSW Art & Design community from way back in 2015 when I started my Bachelor of Art Theory. It is safe to say that a lot has changed on our campus, which has been compounded by more stresses that have arisen from the global pandemic. As Art & Design Council President, I want to help foster a strong A&D student community and continue the activities that I have enjoyed so much. As President I will seek to make sure all students feel welcome, supported and heard at A&D.

Vice President

Leilani Knight

Participating in the #standwithtess campaign and experiencing the discrimination that happens within AD inspired me to try for equity officer. Given recent instability with Indigenous support at UNSW AD I believe having an Indigenous representative on the SRC is vital to ensuring that concerns, both academic and cultural, of Indigenous students are heard and met. If chosen to represent the AD cohort, I aim to ensure a community where students feel they are represented and have someone to fight for them if staff support is removed next year. I hope to maintain close communication between students, staff and the institution and advocate for student concerns in an informative and professional manner. In addition, providing relevant information to students on support services provided by and outside UNSW. I am someone who can listen and act accordingly, without judgement, to deal with any of the cohort’s concerns or issues. One thing I hope to achieve is offering more opportunities for truth telling and story sharing between individuals of different cultures and backgrounds

Equity Officer

Saransh Agrawal

Hi, My name is Saransh Agrawal. I believe that my experiences and past leadership roles have equipped me with the right tools to pursue the elected position of the Equity Officer. While working on the ongoing project “Pandemic Resonance and Indigenous Vibrations” lead by the Environment Institute of Sydney, I have gained valuable experience on working as a team with diverse groups. Being a creative team leader in a start-up company has helped me a lot in gaining event management and leadership skills.

We are part of a team that is founded on 5 main principles: Transparency, Responsibility, Unity, Students-first, and Tenacity (T.R.U.S.T.).
It is time for the Art & Design Student Council to do more for you. Please support us by casting your invaluable vote.