Emma Findlay-White (Vice President)
Emma is a first-year MI candidate and is the current Vice-President of MISC. She is studying KMIM and (possibly) ISD and is serving as the Vice-President of MISC. Last year, she completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto in Book & Media Studies, English and Semiotics. Alongside full time studies, she currently has two part-time jobs on campus, including working as an Advertising Executive for The Varsity and as the Associate Vice-President Internal at the U of T Students' Union (UTSU).
In her role as VP, Emma runs the social media accounts for MISC as well as all merchandise sales. She is available at any time of day to answer questions about the program, the council and just general U of T things.
Lynda Yao (Graduate Student Union Representative)
Lynda is currently a second year MI student in the UXD and KMIM concentration. She graduated with a B.A., in History and English from the University of Toronto Mississauga. She is currently serving as an Upper Year Tech Rep and a GSU Rep in MISC.
In her free time, Lynda enjoys playing video games, drawing, hiking with her dogs, and any sort of activity that involves making/consuming food. As part of MISC, she aims to help and support iSchool students in both their academic and on-campus matters.
Feel free to say hi to Lynda if you see her around, or drop her an email.
Robyn Forman (Graduate Student Union Representative)
Robyn is a third year MI candidate (part-time student, full-time human), co-chair of Mental Health Working Group, concentrating in User Experience Design with courses taken in Critical Information Policy Studies. Robyn completed an MA in Philosophy at UofT (2014), and BA in Political Science and Philosophy at UTSC (2012). Research interests include social ontology and communication in the 21st century; the nature of shared agency, ethical and epistemological norms of communication, and dynamics of online social contexts focused on community development and knowledge-sharing. Robyn works at the Media Commons in Robarts Library and is president of FiLM CLuB over here (iSchool’s oNLy and BeST Film Club!)
There are three GSU representatives on the MISC (2 elected in the fall, and the VP). Each attends and contributes to all MISC meetings with one allotted vote for each rep. The GSU consists have an executive and course union representatives (“GSU Representatives”) who represent the different department and faculties across the University of Toronto graduate programs. The GSU meets once each month, and discusses and votes on various issues such as tuition, rallies, and social events. For more information, visit the GSU website. Candidates must be available to attend all GSU meetings, dates and times to be announced soon.
It is important that the GSU reps attend the GSU meetings, as MISC presence is required to receive funding from the GSU. The reps divide among themselves various duties in addition to each of them attending all these meetings. The divided duties include occasional picking up and delivering mail between the GSU and the MISC (including cheques and posters to be put up), and forwarding the weekly GSU Digest to the MI student body. All GSU reps are to report on the discussions of the GSU meetings to the council and if necessary, raise any concerns at the GSU meetings.