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‘Find your voice’: Senate candidate backed by group, students

Danya Elsayed is heavily backed by a society and two prominent students.



Eli Ridder | Report

University of Guelph Senate candidate Danya Elsayed, running for one of four seats to represent Guelph-Humber, has received the backing of several individuals and a society on campus within days of going public via The Avro Post with her candidacy.

The Guelph-Humber Advertising and Marketing Society, which Elsayed serves as vice president of events for, gave her a strong endorsement, saying that she is “passionate in everything that she does and is an amazing leader” and “will be a great senator” — sharing her campaign poster.

Elsayed’s digital campaign poster / The Avro Post.

The candidate’s digital poster was also shared on social media by current IGNITE Board of Directors member Saffiya Lulat and former Senate candidate and student activist Hannah Derue.

Elsayed, running with the slogan “find your voice with @findyourstory” — referencing her Instagram username — is a third-year Media Studies student. She claims to be an “active leader”, “transparent communicator” and “a voice for the overcrowding issue”.

Last month Elsayed wrote a story that was published in GH360 — an academics-tied publication — that explored overcrowding at the University of Guelph-Humber, finding that the institution had too many students enrolled for the building size.

Elsayed told The Avro Post she was running on Saturday, after the nomination period closed the day before. The rest of the Senate candidates will be publicly known when the election period starts later this month.

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