Ilnitchi first got elected to the position in 2018, and since then has seen the VP external office through federal elections, much of the COVID-19 crisis, as well as several government reforms on student issues.
Nanayakkara won on a platform that pledged to prioritize affordability, climate action and support for Indigenous and international students.
Not only did the AMS Election candidates fill their platforms with strong assertions, but they also made several claims in the two debates.
Wu’s platform includes eight major policy points centering around affordability, climate change, mental health services, housing security, transit, as well as Indigenous and international student advocacy.
Nanayakkara is founder and president of The Plug UBC, an event planning and promotion organization with slightly under 4,000 followers on instagram.
Fuentes walked off the stage within the first five minutes of the debate, after declaring that the Graduate Student Society had unfairly questioned his candidacy in the previous debate, leaving people questioning whether or not he still intends to run.
Candidates Andy Wu, Remzi Fuentes and Kalith Nanayakkara came together to debate key topics in the VP External portfolio like climate action, transit, sexual violence policy and student affordability. But one candidate came for clearly different intentions.
Candidates debated how they would conduct advocacy for student issues like transit, housing and affordability if elected to the VP external role.
With only a few days left for consultation, we’ve broken down all you need to know about UBC's Sexual Misconduct, At-Risk Behaviour and proposed Retaliation policy.
Created in 2017, SC17 is mandated by BC Bill 23: Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act to undergo a review every three years. The review committee met for the first time in September 2019 and has since proposed several amendments to the existing policy.
Gupta resigned from his position in August 2015, following conflict and in-fighting with the Board of Governors (BoG). Having only served 13 months of his presidency at the time, his resignation came as a shock for much of the UBC community.
While Ilnitchi has kept busy with the 2019 federal election and provincial government advocacy, some of her other campaign promises have yet to hit full stride.
Now over 40 years old, UBC’s Statement on Academic Freedom has not been reviewed or revised since its inception.
One of the key issues the government needs to sufficiently address is discrimination against First Nations communities in the child welfare system.
But since the policy came into place, it has come under scrutiny for gaps in its writing and implementation, which the review committee hopes to address in the first iteration of the policy review.