Vacant (Vice President)This position is presently vacant
Stefan Lazov (Graduate Student Union Representative)
Stefan is in his first year at the iSchool, concentrating in Library and Information Science. He previously studied Sociology and Political science at York University graduating with a Master's degree.
Born and raised in Sofia, Bulgaria, Stefan has lived in Toronto for the past 15 years. He is an avid cyclist, a soccer aficionado, and is proud to have read all of Dostoevsky's major works. He would love to hear about your experience at the iSchool and your thoughts on the Graduate Student Union.
Lauren Ash (Graduate Student Union Representative)
Lauren is a first year Critical Information Policy Studies and Culture & Technology MI candidate who holds an Honours BA from the University of Toronto in Human Geography and Cinema Studies. She is a queer community organizer and social justice advocate and is passionate about the intersections of identity, place and space along with how public policy, urban planning and new media (podcasting, interactive documentary, film and festival screenings) fosters local culture and citizenship. Her current research interests involve surveillance of minority communities.
Lauren is thrilled to be a MISC, 2016-2017 Graduate Student Union representative and is actively looking forward to engaging with both councils on your behalf. Likewise, Lauren is sitting on the GradLife advisory committee and welcomes any input on improving your graduate experience outside the classroom. Come say hi anytime!
Aside from her scholarly endeavours, Lauren is a proud dog mom, satirical comedy enthusiast and may or may not be obsessed with the Broadway musical soundtrack, Hamilton.
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.