Learn more about the current team!

Follow the advocacy work we do. We are attempting to make student governance more tolerable - bear with us.

George Gayed
Co-President 

George is in his fourth year here at SFU. He is majoring in political science and minoring in international studies.

George loves learning about how our lives work and how to use the system we are in to better our own and others lives. His main goal as president is to keep the student body engaged and help create an enjoyable, and amazing university experience.

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Mishael Abu-Samhan
Co-President 

Mishael is in his first year here at SFU. He is double-majoring in political science and philosophy (law concentration) as well as a few certificates.

Mishael is passionate about political science as he wants to learn about tangible ways that people's lives can be improved. He is "passionate about justice and law, and how we can ensure that human dignity is preserved across the world." Mishael aims to increase engagement in the PSSU by creating worthwhile events and providing meaningful opportunities

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Muhammad Hamid
Treasurer 

Muhammad is in his second year at SFU. Muhammad is majoring in political science. The reason he chose political science as his major is because he wants to help people in local and municipal representation while also learning about how the law works in order to improve people's lives. His goal for the PSSU is to create fun events and activities for students while also advocating for their involvement.

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Ava Quissy
Department Representative

Ava is finishing her third year at SFU and starting her fourth! She is majoring in political science and minoring in counselling and human development as well as a certificate in ethics with a concentration on Law and Justice. She chose to major in political science because she wants to improve the world around her, and political science allows how to analyze the different systems and structures within out society to achieve that goal. Her goal for the PSSU is to provide genuine and earnest representation of the needs and wants of the political science student body. She looks forward to working with the other executives to create a stronger community at SFU.

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Julia Mosi
FASS Representative

Julia is in her first year at SFU and is planning to major in political science. She is also interested in a wide range of social sciences such as sociology, psychology, and gender, sexuality and women's studies. She chose to study political scince because of her interest in youth political representation which led her to take part in the city's youth advisory committee in high school. Her main goal for the PSSU is bridge better communication with other FASS DSUs. Her hope is that this improved communication will allow her to promote PSSU events and collaborate with other departments!

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Alexander Hodaly
VP External

Alexander is a first-year student at SFU, intending to major in Political Science and minor in International Studies. He was drawn into Political Science because of my desire to be better informed about our world and how to change it for the better. Alexander wants to become more involved in the student community and gain experience working alongside students who share the same passion for Political Science as himself. He looks forward to being responsible for the communications of the PSSU with students such as yourself and all others. Say hi if you see him around campus!

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Luisa David
VP Marketing

Luisa is in her first year at SFU. She is majoring in political science, and double minoring in legal studies and international studies. Her love for politics and law was greatly influenced by the anecdotes of growing up in a developing country during the Post-Cold War era. Since then she has been drawn to finding explanation on how institutions, regime types, civil society and public policy collaborate to create the political world citizens find themselves in. Her goals for the PSSU to help students feel empowered to use their voice and abilities to get involved and have a stronger sense of belonging in their community 

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Emme Dragon
Member At Large

Emme is currently completing her second year at SFU. She is majoring in political science with a special interest in diplomacy, defense and development. Her main goal for the PSSU is to improve and increase engagement of students with the student union through different events and activities through the coming year.

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Manpreet Sidhu
Secretary

Manpreet is wrapping up her fourth year at SFU. She is majoring in criminology and minoring in political science. The reason she chose to minor in political science is that she is always has been intrigued by the structures that dictate not only our university but society as a whole! Her goals for the PSSU include advocating wherever possible and being as proactive as possible on any initiatives we take on. She looks forward to advocate for groups that are often looked over including minorities and hope that her personal perspectives will be an asset working with the PSSU.

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Brydan Denis
SFSS Council Representative

Brydan is in his first year at SFU. He is majoring in political science. He chose to major in political science because he wants to learn the tools and skills needed that will assist him in helping people to the best of his abilities. He wants to study law in the future in order to help families stay together as much as possible. During his time in the PSSU he wants to hear different varying opinions and aims to listen and take these opinions under advisement while moving forward with the student union.  

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Connor Buzza
External Coordinator

Connor is interested in Political Science because of the breadth that this area of study contains. He feels any interest can fall under the realm of political science or be viewed as a political matter, so the topic always feels very fresh and interesting. 
During his time as an external coordinator, Connor hopes to always represent the best interests of the PSSU members and increase student engagement with the PSSU.

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Mary Toma
VP Events

Mary Toma is a third year student intending to major in political science and minor in philosophy with a concentration in law and philosophy. She is interested in political science and passionate about resolving issues that impede on individual rights and freedoms. She finds that political science is perfect in helping herself express  views and have real conversations about the political and economic state of the world. She hopes to use the position as  VP Events to create wonderful memorable experiences for students.

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Amy Ricker
Events Coordinator

Amy is double majoring in Political Science and International Studies, with a concentration in International Security and Conflict. She has always been interested in politics, and is especially interested in international relations and systemic problems that facilitate social issues, such as gender inequality, racism and climate change. She hopes to use her time on the PSSU planning a plethora of events, so that everyone in the union feels represented, safe, and is encouraged to make friends within the field of political science. She would also love to provide students with opportunities to engage in activism, protest and professional development, ensuring that there is something for everyone offered by the PSSU!

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Leila Gronnestad
French Cohort Rep.

Leila is IN her second year at SFU in the French Cohort Program. She grew up in Victoria and decided to move to the mainland to continue her studies in French. Since the FCP offers political science as a major, it seemed like the perfect fit for her, as she's always loved history, sociology and politics! As FCP representative, Leila hopes to help any French speaking students enrolled in political science courses as well as maintain communications between SFU’s OFFA (BAFF) and the PSSU. A fun fact about her is she's obsessed with sudokus, as well as Vancouver and its amazing outdoors!

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Malk Hayder
Lower Divison Representative

Malk Hayder is currently in her second year at SFU. She is majoring in Political Science and classic literature and international relations. Malk's interest for political science and international studies derives from her childhood, hearing her parents and grandparents stories of how they were affected with middle eastern regimes; it gave her a passion to care about human rights and international diplomacy . As your new lower division representative her goal is to have more students feel more welcomed and encouraged to participate in events and activities with PSSU. Malk wants to develop more outreach strategies to assist first and second year students with advice, so that they can express their concerns, interests, and needs to the political science student union, and so on.

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Jana Abusharar
Marketing Coordinator

Jana is finishing up her second year, majoring in political science and debating a minor. She decided to major in political science since she always enjoyed learning about the government, law, and the world and interactions within it. As a Palestinian, her existence has always been political, so Jana has had this interest since she was young. Jana hops that with her time at the PSSU she can help represent what students need/want and advocate for it!

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