Ms. Spiwak is a second-year graduate student of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, with a specialization in Project Management for Humanitarian Assistance. She graduated from Trent University with an Honours degree in International Development and Politics, and had the honour of serving in student politics at Trent throughout her entire academic career. This is why she was extremely humbled and excited to run for the position of Graduate Student Governor on the Carleton University Board of Governors.
Ms. Spiwak is passionate and committed, and truly cares about being an active member of the university community. As someone passionate about social justice and sustainability, she will look to ensure Carleton is doing its best to champion these sorts of initiatives. During her term on the board she is seeking to maintain communication with students on campus through CUSA, the GSA, and any other interested student groups, in order to make sure students are connected with the Board of Governors.
She believes she is uniquely equipped with the experience and skills necessary to be extremely successful in the role of Student Governor due to her previous and current experience as a student leader. She has the following skills and experience, which would be beneficial in her role as Student Governor:
- Co-President of the NPSIA Students’ Association here at Carleton University 2017-2018.
• Past President of the Trent Central Student Association (undergraduate SA) at Trent University, being elected for two consecutive terms. This role involved her working full-time for the SA while being enrolled as a full-time student.
• Extensive experience and knowledge of university budgets, board meetings, committee meetings, reading and handling of meeting materials, and the overall function of university Board of Governors.
• Great time management, able to juggle competing tasks and responsibilities, and understands the importance of reading and reviewing meeting materials in advance.
• Past success of building positive and respectful relations with university administration, staff, and faculty, while bringing a student perspective on issues to the table.
Ms. Spiwak was elected for a one-year term commencing on July 1, 2018 and ending on June 30, 2019 by the graduate student body-at-large