Students like you, elected by you, working for you.
As both students and instructors adjusted to online learning, IGNITE tallied the votes and determined who you wanted in charge for the 2020-2021 school year. The new Board of Directors was ratified during our virtual Annual General Meeting on March 27, 2020 and began the term on May 4, 2020.
The Board of Directors is at the apex of IGNITE. It allocates the organization’s funds and advocates for the programs that make your life easier. You voted the Board members in, but how well do you really know them?
IGNITE interviewed your 2020-2021 student leaders so you can become more familiar with the peers who call the shots. Up next are your Humber College North campus Board members: Aisha Ahmad, Anthony Grguric, Keithtian Green and Board Chair Eli Ridder.
Introduce yourself! What’s your program, campus, social media channels, email and year of study?
Anthony Grguric: I’m in the Bachelor of Industrial Design program at the North campus, I just finished my first year. I’m reachable on Instagram @anthonygrguric and you can email me at email@example.com.
Keithtian Green: I’m in my fourth year of the Bachelor of Nursing program at North campus. The best way to reach me is at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eli Ridder: I’m in the Advanced Journalism Diploma at Humber College’s North campus. I started in September 2019 and my expected graduation in April 2022. My IGNITE social media is @OfficialRidder on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.
What inspired you to run for the Board of Directors?
Aisha Ahmad: Every member I have met wearing an IGNITE shirt has inspired me to join. Personally, I know what an amazing college Humber can be and the atmosphere at North Campus is contagious with its positivity. Personally, I want everyone to know about the great services that Humber and IGNITE provide and also build on the foundation already established and continue raising it higher.
Anthony Grguric: The lack of after-school socializing on campus. Everyone goes home and there is no real place that is completely packed and super busy with people just mingling. I wanted to propose something that would promote this.
Keithtian Green: I wanted to be the voice of my fellow Humber peers. I ran because I realized that this would be an excellent opportunity to positively affect change, empower students and build community at Humber. I also believe I would offer a unique perspective as a student representative being an international student, a female and someone that has attended both campuses.
Eli Ridder: You don’t run for something unless you think you can improve the organization or bring something new to the table. For me, I wanted to build on the amazing future-focused work of the previous boards but also look at better ways of having open, student-serving governance at IGNITE. I believe, through their votes, students at Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber have assembled an amazing team of directors that will look out for their best interests in both trying times such as these and in the better times I know are ahead!
What do you consider to be IGNITE’s most significant accomplishment to date?
Aisha Ahmad: I truly enjoy all of the events that I have been to that IGNITE was in charge of. The most memorable one for me was the Black Excellence Conference—I loved that one so much.
Eli Ridder: IGNITE’s inclusive atmosphere. From big events to the short interactions on a daily basis, IGNITE sets the campus standard for creating a positive experience with every interaction. While anything can always be improved, IGNITE has been a trailblazer from the pay-what-you-can Soupbar to free menstrual kits (shout out to Allisa Lim). I am excited to build on this legacy.
With that in mind, what do you hope to see IGNITE accomplish throughout the upcoming year?
Aisha Ahmad: A lot! So much that I can’t even begin to explain it all but all positive improvements for sure.
Anthony Grguric: To implement more social events and areas around campus.
Keithtian Green: The upcoming academic year will look very different and we are not sure how yet. Our lives have all been turned upside down by this pandemic. IGNITE has also changed its governance structure and this year there will be Student Engagement Co-ordinators for the first time. So for the upcoming year, I would like to see IGNITE working the best way it can to support and provide resources for students post-COVID.
Eli Ridder: We have a busy year ahead of us. Many of us had ideas heading into this term that we were elected on but some of those may need to wait as we prioritize the interests of students amid the pandemic. I had the honour of being elected chair of the board and in this capacity, it is my goal to build upon IGNITE’s inclusive atmosphere by facilitating well-rounded discussions in a way that prioritizes the students we serve in this role. I hope to see IGNITE accomplish smart planning, fiscal responsibility and strong, compassionate advocacy on your behalf. The real action is just beginning!
What message would you like to share with your fellow students?
Aisha Ahmad: Keep it going and keep it kind. I feel like we always remember our struggles (as a student or otherwise) but forget that everything we’ve been through is so praiseworthy and we aren’t kind to ourselves. Even when we are the sweetest people, somehow we forget to do that or be that for ourselves. Keep it going, and continue to leave everyone in awe with your greatness. Keep it kind, not just sometimes or just to some people…simply let your light shine and be kind to yourself and to others.
Anthony Grguric: Humber has the potential to be a lot more than what it is and by putting your trust in me, this potential can be fulfilled.
Keithtian Green: Remember fellow students, show humility, empathy, respect and compassion. We are all in this together and together we can succeed and accomplish the goals we came to Humber and Guelph-Humber to achieve. If you’re in need please let Humber and IGNITE know and access the resources available on campus.
Eli Ridder: Every single director elected to this board came to the table passionate, ready and willing to advocate on your behalf with well-informed, collaborative decision-making. Even with the pandemic situation, we have not stopped serving you—I know I speak for us as a board when I say that we are already laying the groundwork for how we can best proceed and we are eager to get down to work. As students ourselves, we want you to know that we are here alongside you, and we are your allies in the weeks, months and year ahead!
There you have it. Check back soon for another Board of Directors spotlight!
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