I’m big on getting involved with whatever community I find myself in for an extended period of time. I’m that person who, within a week of being somewhere, somehow manages to have met everyone. And had inconveniently-timed life chats with them. All of them.
Here are just some of the things I’ve thrown myself into over the past few years. These communities have given me countless opportunities to support my peers academically, socially, and personally. These communities have also served as sources of support when I needed it. Reciprocity leads to fulfilling relationships, y’all.
I had the honour of being shortlisted for a 2017-2018 Individual Loughborough Experience Award, the Loughborough Students’ Union’s most prestigious annual award for community contribution.
PGR President’s Team
PGR/Doctoral Researcher President
September 2018 – Present
In this role, I represent the views of PGRs/doctoral researchers (the Union uses the former; the University uses the latter) from every School in the University and in London, and sit on the Loughborough University Research Committee and the Doctoral College Sub-Committee. I also act as Chair for the University-wide PGR Representative meetings. I tweet about this work at twitter.com/pgr_president.
Digital Humanities Research Group
June 2017 – Present
I manage the website for my research group. I’m also in charge of managing the mailing list, which means that I get to send people a lot of informative emails about digital humanities stuff.
School of the Arts, English and Drama
Postgraduate Research (PGR) Representative
October 2016 – September 2018
Working within teams of PGR Representatives within the School and the University more generally, I helped ensure the academic and emotional wellbeing of Arts, English and Drama doctoral students. I co-organised social events to give people chances to speak to one another. I also sat on the PGR Sub-Committee and School of the Arts, English and Drama Research Committee to ensure that students’ concerns were addressed.
I was shortlisted for PGR Rep of the Year at the 2018 Loughborough University Postgraduate Awards.
PhD Social and Support Network
October 2016 – September 2018
I got to be a core member of this group because I regularly showed up to the Tuesday lunchtime meet-ups. I’m also really good at talking to strangers and making them feel welcome with my Canadian charm. The PhD Social and Support Network serves as an excuse for students to get out of their offices for a bit and socialise. It also signposts struggling students to relevant University services to make sure they get the support they need.
University of Toronto
Book & Media Studies Student Association
June 2013 – May 2014
June 2012 – May 2013
The Book & Media Studies Student Association (BMSSA) has always done cool things like host academic lectures and socials. In my year as Social Coordinator, I led the organisation of such events as movie nights, lunchtime teas, board game socials, and pub nights.
However, our team accomplished particularly great things under my
reign leadership as President. To name some of our lasting achievements:
- Commissioned our logo to be designed by a BMSSA alumna
- Designed and sold some killer swag (with our brand spankin’ new logo)
- Convinced the staff to give us an office in the John M. Kelly Library
- Began the practice of holding regular office hours for students seeking assistance with the programme or signposting to University services
- Printed the first edition of The Foolscap, a peer-review journal of undergraduate work from Book & Media Studies modules
Tabletop Gamers of Innis FTW (TGIF)
September 2013 – April 2014
I helped run a bi-weekly tabletop gaming club at Innis College. It was surprisingly really, really popular. Play Magic: The Gathering with me sometime?
November 2010 – December 2013
As Head Editor of the University of Toronto’s student-run blog, I managed a team of over 100 volunteer student bloggers, handled the finances, and edited and wrote posts about all things student life.
Innis Residence Council
May 2012 – April 2013
Somehow, I managed to get elected Vice President on the Innis Residence Council. As Vice President, I was in charge of overseeing all Residence Committees and liaising between Committees and external bodies.