Executive

The 2017-2018 SCOLAPS Executive team to represent students in the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies:

Chair and President
Antonnia Kiana Blake

Kiana Blake is currently in her fourth and final year double majoring in Criminology and Human Rights, and working as an Undergraduate Research Assistant. She hopes to attend Osgoode to pursue a JD/MBA degree or UofT to pursue a JD/MA in Criminology. Her primary goal this year is to develop and foster an unmatched collaborative and communal environment for students within LA&PS to discuss academic matters. Her passion for advocacy has strengthened her desire to increase the number of students in LA&PS who participate in voicing their opinions and thoughts on the academic side of university life. The more students involved in processes of academic governance, the more representative our policies and procedures can be of student needs. Academically, she currently holds an 8.5+ GPA and has received several academic achievement awards and scholarships, notably the Dean's Award for Academic Excellence (October 2017) and Criminology Honours Scholarship (November 2017).  Her level of dedication to her academic endeavors is parallel to what she will put into our student council, its initiatives and members.

Fun fact: One of Kiana's all-time favorite shows is The Young and the Restless.

Email: akblake@my.yorku.ca or kianablake09@gmail.com

Vice-Chair
Ajay Rakhra

Ajay is the current Vice-Chair for the 2017-2018 academic year. He is a fourth year student in LA&PS and has been involved with SCOLAPS for the past three years. He has served on a number of committees and has been involved with important decisions affecting students, faculty and the university at large. Ajay hopes to continue to effectively represent the students of LA&PS and ensure that their views are reflected at the executive level. He is a strong believer in student engagement and has seen the importance student involvement in academic governance can make. Through his various policy making roles, Ajay has strived to build relationships between faculty and students. He looks forward to keeping students informed and representing their voices for LA&PS and continuing to advocate for the concerns of students.

Fun fact: In his spare time, Ajay is a huge Toronto sports fan; whether it be the Leafs, Raptors, Jays, Argos or TFC!

Email: ajrakhra@my.yorku.ca

Treasurer
Kendra Wilson

Kendra Wilson is an undergraduate student studying Human Rights and Equity Studies at York University. She has been a SCOLAPS member for the past three years. In addition to serving as Treasurer on the executive committee of SCOLAPS for the 2017-2018 academic year; Kendra is member of the Committee on Curriculum, Curricular Policy and Standards; a Faculty Council Representative, and a previous volunteer of the Committee on Student Academic Petitions and Appeals. Kendra is thankful to serve in these SCOLAPS positions and is passionate about optimize our voices, to make known, heard and implemented our collective vision as students. Further, Kendra has been a legal assistant for the past three years; working for various law practitioners, and dealing directly with the vulnerable population such as students, immigrants, refugees, and precarious migrants. Through her work and school endeavours, Kendra has enhanced her analytical, critical thinking, and advocacy skills. Kendra puts 100% effort into everything she does. Throughout her academics and personal life, "Working and Learning Towards Success" has always been her motto.

Fun Fact:  Kendra is inspired by the poem “Our Deepest Fear” by Marianne Williamson

Email: kmw0925@my.yorku.ca

Secretary
Aqsa Khalil

Aqsa Khalil is currently in her second year at York University, in the program Law and Society. Aqsa is passionate about law, politics, and governance. Serving as first year representative in her first year at York, Aqsa has developed a sincere and deep appreciation towards matters concerning academic governance within her faculty. She hopes to continue to contribute towards creating positive change within SCOLAPS. Aqsa is eager to collaborate with various members of the York community to allow students of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies to grow academically. This year, as secretary, Aqsa hopes to work side among SCOLAPS councilors to not only gain comprehensive knowledge of the various components of the student-run government, but to acknowledge and address voices from the many committee’s present. Aqsa aspires to enhance her leadership skills, as well as make the most out of her time at York, through student council.

Fun fact: In her spare time, Aqsa loves to write – besides her desire to become a lawyer, Aqsa hopes to one day publish her own book. In addition, Aqsa also loves impersonating different people. Her favourite voice imitation is Elmo from Sesame Street!

Email: aqsak@my.yorku.ca