By Charlize Alcaraz, Alexandra Holyk and Heidi Lee
Siddhanth Satish was elected president of the Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) for the 2021-22 academic year. Satish won against “For the Students” slate presidential candidate David Jardine by a total of 364 votes, receiving 1,017 and 653 votes, respectively.
Satish will lead an executive team consisting entirely of candidates who ran from the “Adapt” slate. The four other elected executives are Vaishali Vinayak as vice-president operations, Maleha Yasmin as vice-president equity, Tarmanjit Kaur as vice-president education and Akibul Hoque as vice-president student life and events.
Adapt’s platform focuses on three aspects: providing grants and bursaries to students, establishing a COVID-19 plan for a safe return to campus and supporting international students at Ryerson.
In an interview with The Eyeopener, Satish said Adapt would collaborate with the university in creating a vaccination centre on campus. He also said Adapt will work to provide students with Personal Protective Equipment vending machines, so students could “take the necessary precautions [that are] available and affordable for them on campus.”
He added that he would like to increase financial transparency within the RSU to be more accountable to the membership.
Satish and Vinayak are members of the current RSU executive team; vice-president education and vice-president equity, respectively. Last year, they ran with the “Rise” slate, which included current RSU president Ali Yousaf, vice-president operations Liora Dubinsky and vice-president student life and events Usama Sheikh.
“For the Students” won five board member positions, which included the directors of the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Communication and Design.
Voting was held completely online from March 17-19.
The Eye received an email from Chief Returning Officer Jenna Rose at 6:47 p.m. with the election results.
Here is your 2021-2022 RSU team:
President: Siddhanth Satish — ADAPT
Vice-president education: Tarmanjit Kaur — ADAPT
Vice-president equity: Maleha Yasmin — ADAPT
Vice president operations: Vaishali Vinayak — ADAPT
Vice-president student life and events: Akibul Hoque — ADAPT
BOARD OF DIRECTORS — FACULTY REPRESENTATIVES CANDIDATES
Sarah Ahmed— For the Students
Sharif Van Uum— For the Students
Communication and Design (3)
Sonia Bragança — For the Students
Olivia McLeod — For the Students
Mercedes Gaztambide — For the Students
Community Services (3)
Sabrina Ahmed — ADAPT
Parneet Brah — ADAPT
Joel Kuriakose — ADAPT
Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science (3)
Umar Abdullah — ADAPT
Salar Syed — ADAPT
Muhammad Maaz Rashid — ADAPT
Science (2) (acclaimed)
Ravital Kofman — ADAPT
Shawn Peari — ADAPT
Ted Rogers School of Management (4)
Husnain Khalid — ADAPT
Hilla Yaniv — ADAPT
Darsh Gajera — ADAPT
Silver Idele — ADAPT
International Representative (acclaimed)
Ayat Vizvi — ADAPT