Julia Wood – Candidate Profile

RUNNING FOR VPEA

Juila

Ballot blurb:

“Hello fellow badgers!

I am running for Vice President of External Affairs in this year’s BUSU election! Hopefully, you have had the chance to chat with me in the hallways or watch a debate, but if not here are a few key highlights!

My platform is based on three main pillars: Affordability, Inclusivity, and Opportunity.

AFFORDABILITY: FREE fresh food hub
Affordable housing
OSAP reform

INCLUSIVITY: Accessible Brock – removing both physical and social barriers
Increased mental health awareness and support
Student refugee program
Sexual assault support and policy development

OPPORTUNITY: Service learning opportunities for all faculties
More student employment opportunities

Through my various experiences on campus, I strongly believe that I have the power to bring positive changes to Brock and be the best represent the student body! Vote Julia for VPEA – I wood not let you down! #wood4vpea”


 

Candidate Interview:

 January 29, 2016

To the best of your understanding, what is the role and responsibilities of the position of Vice President of External Affairs?

“The VPEA portfolio really looks at the big picture by lobbying and advocating for students’ rights. There are four main levels of lobbying: internal, municipal, provincial and federal. It’s important to make sure that you project the needs of students to these different levels. It’s about understanding and representing the wants and needs of students.”

Why have you decided to run for the position of VPEA?

“I’ve been involved throughout my five years at Brock, in different areas: Residence Life, Recruitment, the Student Justice Centre and the Business Students’ Association. Through all of these experiences I learned about a lot of different areas of student life. I’ve developed a passion for the university and I’ve learned how to ‘sell’ Brock. That’s where I’m able to show my passion for the university. Through all of these areas, I’ve learned that I want to do something to change the bigger picture, and this position is the best choice for me.”

Why do you believe you should be elected as VPEA?

“I believe that I should be elected because I come from a different background. I’ve been working for the needs of studs for the past four years using both my background in social justice and business; I have the skills where I can advocate for the needs of students. From my experience, I know what students want to see and in what areas we need to improve upon.

Attacking student poverty, improving the student refugee program,all of these are social justice issues that need to be advocated for. I believe I can bring a lot to the position in both CASA and OUSAs’ lobbying efforts.”

If you needed to summarize your platform into three main issues at Brock that you believe need to be addressed, what would they be? How do you plan to address these issues?

  1. “Affordability: There is a massive financial burden of being a student, we need to attack student debt. I have four different levels of focus to address this issue. Internally, I want to create a fresh food bank. A lot of students currently use the food bank, but currently we only offer non-perishable items. Free, fresh food for students is definitely feasible. Municipally, I want to look at more municipal housing, help house international students, and advocate for more regulations in terms of student rentals. It’s often more difficult for international students to find housing and on average, they have to pay $200 more a month. I want to see how we can work with external partners and organizations to create a higher standard of student living. Provincially, I hope to advocate for a more grant-based system of student loans, thereby lowering students’ interest rates. Also, federally, I will advocate for more availability of bursaries and scholarships, and try to promote them to students.”
  2. “Inclusivity: I want to look into how we can make Brock University a more accessible and diverse campus.”
  3. “Opportunity: I want to help provide students with more employment opportunities by advocating for more out-of-the-classroom learning experiences. Brock boasts that it caters to both sides of the brain, and I want to see that expand.”

As the only woman running for an executive position, do you feel this puts you at an advantage or a disadvantage?

“It’s tough to say why more women are not running, but I would honestly love to see more student female leaders run. [Female leaders] are all over campus, in every place within the university. If you look at female participation in provincial and federal politics, the ratios seem very similar. I’m not sure whether or not this puts me at an advantage, but it’s nice to have a different perspective, I think it’s always common knowledge that a more diverse environment will provide an advantage to tackling the issues students are facing. If elected, I will bring a new perspective to the table.”

Additional Comments:

“Regardless of who students want, I would love to see students go out and vote. Educate yourself on the candidates and the platforms. Whether or not it’s a vote for me, advocate and engage in this election. BUSU has the opportunity to really affect student life, so I hope to see a high voter turnout in this election.”


 BROCK TV INTERVIEW:


 Platform:

“Hello Fellow Badgers!

I’m very excited to be running for the position of Vice President External Affairs in this year’s BUSU election. I hope to provide you with as much information as I can pre-election so you can make an informed decision come voting day! Stop by my table in the halls, check out this page, and chat with me! Together we can make a better Brock.

My platform can be broken down into three main pillars: affordability, inclusivity, and opportunity.

The affordability pillar will be working towards saving you money! This will be achieved through implementing a FREE fresh food hub on campus, municipal housing standards, OSAP reform, and a push for more scholarships and bursaries.

Inclusivity is aiming to make Brock a safer, more equitable community for all students. Major platform points include improved campus-wide accessibility, promotion of mental health awareness and programming, reform of the Student Refugee Program, and sexual consent training as well as sexual assault support.

The final pillar, opportunity, will bring more service learning and student employment opportunities to Brock students. This will ultimately lead to more experienced graduates and skill development through out of classroom learning. This pillar will also include the continuation of improved transit for Niagara region.

I truly believe that my platform will alleviate some of the financial burden of being a university student while creating a more inclusive and experienced Brock student body. My experiences in social justice and advocating for the needs of students make me the ideal candidate for the position of VPEA.

So for this February 9th, 10th, and 11th, I encourage you to check your Brock e-mail to VOTE FOR JULIA and VOTE for CHANGE.”


 

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