Eli Ridder | The Post
Maheen Nazim, running for vice president of IGNITE Student Life to represent the University of Guelph-Humber, told the Post on Wednesday that she is passionate and dedicated to both the students and campus.
“Not only do I believe my skills are right for this role, I want to be vice president, and I want to be a good one,” Nazim said in a written statement.
“I’m here to create a cohesive vision for what Guelph-Humber should look like – I understand that the students, the administration, and IGNITE are all integral pieces to a progressive future.”
The third year Justice Studies Program candidate broke down her “vision for a better IGNITE” and Guelph-Humber into three points: Accessibility, flexibility and student input.
Under accessibility, Nazim asks the question “wouldn’t an IGNITE app that can show you updates, real-time parking and upcoming student events be amazing?”
Nazim, 20, cited summer placement opportunities and less repetition in courses as part of a flexibility effort.
The Academic Reform Group, an IGNITE club, currently is an outlet for students to voice policy concerns and works to recommend changes to campus and academic administrators.
The candidate said she would be “open to collaboration” with ARG.
In a third point, Nazim invites students to submit ideas that she can include in her campaign via a Survey Monkey questionnaire, with potiential prizes available.
Despite contentious issues that have occurred in the past, Nazim believes IGNITE is still effective as a student association.
“My biggest concern with IGNITE was being able to have a stronger presence at the Guelph-Humber campus,” the third year said, explaining that this year, the organization is “tenfolds better at crossing the bridge”.
“I’m here running to make our school better, so scandals or not, my personal focus will always be the students and their needs.”
In an effort to work on transparency, Maheen Nazim said that IGNITE Student Life should host an “online forum to educate the students on what is going on behind the scenes.”
Nazim explained the forum would help to fix the issue of IGNITE not communicating with students before they “go searching for answers.”
When asked about what genre of vice president Nazim would be, she said she aims to be the “kind that that will always be down to listen to you, stand up for you, and dance for you,” admitting the former one may “only come up on rare occasions.”
Nazim told the Post that overall she wants to “create a better campus than what we all started off with.”
More elections coverage to follow. Image of the University of Guelph-Humber from the Post.