The Continuing Education Students’ Association of Ryerson (CESAR) will have a largely new board of directors next semester as CESAR United, a newly formed slate, won three of the five executive positions at Wednesday’s Annual General Meeting (AGM).
The meeting saw the election of Matthew Cwihun to Campaigns and Equity, Annie Hyder to Membership and Communications, the re-election of Shinae Kim to Finance and Services from the CESAR United slate, and the re-election of Vernal Banton to Events and Workshops.
Director of Academics and Policy remained undecided in a tied vote between Ugochukwu Asagwara and Harmonie Wong.
“I am running to defend equity on campus,” said Cwihun, in his speech. “As a student who has been through … what they call invisible marginalization, I understand what students go through and [that] they have various obstacles that they have to carry in addition to their studies.”
Candidates from CESAR United ran largely on a platform pledging an increase in transparency, accountability and democracy to the conflict-prone organization.
Returning candidates largely cited their experience and desire to support CESAR students in their speeches.
The meeting also saw some conflict following a motion to disqualify Hyder based on the stance that she had served on the board for a period of three years, without hiatus, which is not permitted according to a CESAR bylaw.
The Chief Returning Officer (CRO) maintained that Hyder had served just under a year and a half on CESAR’s executive, but not as a board member. The chair agreed with the CRO’s statement and, after a vote, the motion was overturned.
There will be a re-election for the remaining position between April 10 and April 16, with results to be announced April 17.
More information to come.