Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations to run for the 2020-2021 Sociology Students’ Association Executive Team. Voting commences from April 16th to April 20th. Below are the bios of candidates and the position(s) they are running for.
Only students who are a major or minor in Sociology may vote in the SSA elections. Please submit your vote by filling out the following SSA Election Form!
1. David (Hyun Been) Cho
Hello there! I am David (Hyun Been) Cho, a third-year Sociology major going into my final year, and am running for the position of VP: Communications. After getting to know my fellow sociology students and our faculty, I wanted to be more involved with the department and student body. I realized, after meeting the members of the SSA, that their passion for sociology was similar to mine, further developing my interest to work with the department and for the student body. I want to pass on the warm welcoming experience that I had to other students in the Sociology department. I have experience in student leadership as I was the Student Council President during my high school days in University Hill Secondary. Furthermore, I believe my experiences as a photographer will help with the media management of SSA. I aim to manage SSA’s media to highlight how welcoming and engaging the department of Sociology can be, in order to invite more sociology students to be more social! My goal as the VP: Communications is to provide a welcoming and inviting face of the great student community of the Department of Sociology for more community engagement.
2. Lauren Shen
My name is Lauren Shen, I’ll be going into my 3rd year in September at UBC as a sociology major. I would love the opportunity to join the SSA because I want to become more involved in student life, meet new people, and put my skills to the test. If elected, I will make the time to go above and beyond my responsibilities and do everything to the best of my ability. I am a very organized person who gets task done promptly, which I think will be beneficial to this role. Since I use social media everyday, I think I would be able to do a great job managing the club’s profiles and promotions. If it helps, I enjoy when things are aesthetically pleasing so all designs will be visually appealing.
3. Navneet Bhangu
Hello, my name is Navneet Bhangu and I am in first year planning on majoring in Sociology. Being a part of the SSA Executive team will be a great way for me to build valuable relations and engage with the Sociology community. I highly value communication to be essential in order to work successfully in completing tasks and working as a team. Being a part of UBC’s Cancer Association, I was the Outreach coordinator where I was to communicate with sponsors and report back to my team members. By constantly sending emails, promoting fundraising events on social media, and reporting back any updates or concerns to my team, I have developed useful competencies that will guide me as VP Communications. I have always focused on developing as well as trying different forms of writing and I highly enjoy writing blogs as it gives me an opportunity to reflect on events and share my perspectives on its importance. I will not only be suitable for this position through my skills and experience but most importantly I will be bringing creativity as well as a unique voice and perspectives through my writing, as VP communications.
4. Saara Rajan
Hello UBC! My name is Saara Rajan (She/Her/Hers) and I am currently a second-year student intending to major in Sociology and minor in Health and Society. I want to join the SSA because I have a passion for social media and marketing, and want to get more involved on campus to meet fellow SOCI students! I have previously led marketing and communications teams as a part of various clubs and organizations, and currently lead digital content creation and social media for a regional non-profit organization. These experiences have allowed me to strengthen my communication, graphic design, digital marketing, and social media management skills. I hope to increase awareness of and engagement with the SSA by regularly posting content, creating cool merch, and revamping the club’s website. I hope to bring my passion for improving student experiences, in addition to my skills and previous experience with creating digital content, website design, and social media management to the SSA to foster community within the faculty and increase engagement with students.