Why are you seeking this position?
I’m seeking VP for Activities because activities have always provided a home to me. Whether it has been sports, clubs, ResLife, ESC clubs or general clubs, since year one I joined my first club and I’m still a part of it now. I think what most students seek here is a home, and I think special interests like those are the best way to start this. So, this year I became involved in the AS working as one of the two club specialists in the Activities Office. I was able to help the 230-plus clubs on campus.
They would come in sometimes and ask me about fundraising, which you can only really answer if you are a part of the Activities Council, so I joined the Activities Council to be able to better help them because it all really supports that idea of creating a really good experience. Given that background, I feel like I have a lot to offer to students.
What do you think is the role of the VP for Activities?
The role of this position is unique since it’s growing each year and adding more responsibilities. It represents students uniqueness, because each student gets to choose what extracurricular activity they want to be a part of. Another big role is spending student dollars in an ethical manner, because this position chairs the Activities Council. I want to make sure that students get the most out of that money by ensuring the council invests in diverse groups that will appeal to a larger crowd, as well as, maintaining transparency and being consistent in policy.
Another role is to give guidance to a couple offices around the AS, AS Productions, the Activities Office and creating a relationship with the athletic director – who this year is new. Overall though, I think that when meeting with the Board of Directors, looking at decisions through an activities lens is the main role of this position.
That’s more of the general sense of how I view what this position is: to know what people want and try to give it to them as best as I can.
What is one issue affecting students that you would like to focus on or work on next year?
There are many issues I would like to address, like how [the relationship with] the athletic director needs to be rebuilt, but I think there’s one that really needs attention: that’s aiding clubs in student outreach. Most students don’t know that we have so many clubs. The fact that the ESC, the AS Productions office and the Club Hub are kind of hard to find doesn’t speak well for the availability we have. I want to direct more attention to finding ways in which clubs can recruit and to be part of a community with the same interest and inspiration that they have to be able to get back what they deserve since they are paying club fees.
That is the issue that I want to focus most on, but I’d rather hear what students have to say. So I would like to invite students to go on my Facebook page and tell me what they want me to work on.
My name is Giselle Alcantar and I’m running for VP for Activities. When I moved to the US in 2007, I didn’t have a sense of belonging. It wasn’t until I joined clubs at Western when I began feeling like I belonged somewhere again.
That is why this office matters so much to me, and is the driving force behind what has attracted me to activities, sports and community. I want other students to find that sense of belonging at Western and make those connections as well. It is for those same reasons that I began working at the AS Activities Office and joined the Activities Council, both vital functions to this position. I can offer you experience, passion and a will to work hard. Please visit my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/giselleforvpofactivities to read my platform and ask any questions. Giselle for VP for Activities, bringing on the experience.