VP Op­er­a­tions

Anu­radha Mal­lik

The McGill Daily - - Olde Elections -

The VP Op­er­a­tions po­si­tion was cre­ated just this year, break­ing off from the pre­vi­ous VP Fi­nance and Op­er­a­tions po­si­tion. The new port­fo­lio will likely in­clude man­ag­ing the use and co­or­di­nat­ing the de­vel­op­ment of the Shat­ner build­ing, over­see­ing the man­age­ment of SSMU’S busi­ness op­er­a­tions in­clud­ing Gerts, Mini­courses, and the Stu­dent-run Cafe­te­ria (SRC), and op­er­a­tional­iz­ing SSMU’S goals of en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity.

Anu­radha Mal­lik is cur­rently a floor fel­low at Mol­son res­i­dence. She has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence with the Sec­ondary Schools’ United Na­tions Sym­po­sium and Mcgill Model United Na­tions (MCMUN) as Chargée D’af­faires and Deputé Chargée D’af­faire in 2017 and 2016, re­spec­tively, and as a Dais Mem­ber in 2015, 2016 and 2017. She was also a fa­cil­i­ta­tor at last year’s Cana­dian Con­fer­ence on Stu­dent Lead­er­ship and Head of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions for Wa­ter for Life in the 2013-2014 aca­demic year. Talk­ing to The Daily about her ex­pe­ri­ences work­ing at MCMUN, Anu­radha said: “[It] con­sists of or­ga­niz­ing a con­fer­ence that about 1,500 peo­ple at­tend ev­ery year, plus about four hun­dred staff, so I’ve had a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence with op­er­a­tions, con­tracts, the works, for […] the venues and ev­ery ex­ter­nal body that we get in­volved in the con­fer­ence.” Mal­lik is also pro­fi­cient in French.

Mal­lik’s plat­form con­tains four parts: the Sus­tain­abil­ity Pol­icy, Sus­tain­abil­ity Co­op­er­a­tion, Build­ing Projects and Proac­tive Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and Rev­enue Gen­er­at­ing Op­er­a­tions. In re­gards to her port­fo­lio, Mal­lik wants to put an “em­pha­sis on sus­tain­abil­ity.”

Mal­lik views SSMU as a po­lit­i­cal ac­tor and be­lieves that “the point of the ex­ec­u­tive is to rep­re­sent the voices of the con­stituents,” as “Mcgill is quite a po­lit­i­cally charged en­vi­ron­ment with a lot of is­sues.” She hopes to “work with the Uni­ver­sity Af­fairs to go through the pol­icy hand­book be­cause [...] a lot of them are ex­pir­ing soon and a lot of them need to be re­newed.”

The VP In­ter­nal is re­spon­si­ble for com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween SSMU and stu­dents and sends out the SSMU list­serv. Re­spon­si­bil­i­ties also in­clude the Old Mcgill Year­book and var­i­ous events, in­clud­ing the 4Floors Hal­loween party, Frosh events, and Fac­ulty Olympics.

Koparkar is cur­rently the SSMU In­ter­nal Lo­gis­tics Co­or­di­nat­ing and a mem­ber of the Stu­dents So­ci­ety Pro­gram­ming Net­work (SSPN)K as well as hav­ing been Mol­son Hall VP In­ter­nalk and an events co­or­di­na­tor for Her­cam­pus. She de­scribes her­self as hav­ing a “pas­sion for mak­ing the Mcgill ex­pe­ri­ence en­joy­able and ac­ces­si­ble for all stu­dents.” She speaks in­ter­me­di­ate French.

Koparkar’s main com­mit­ments are im­prov­ing rep­re­sen­ta­tion of first year stu­dents liv­ing of­f­cam­pusk cit­ing their his­tor­i­cal lack of en­gage­ment in SSMU ac­tiv­i­ties; part of this in­cludes con­tin­u­ing to work with First Year Coun­cil (FYC). She is hop­ing for reg­u­lar check-ins and to sup­port events planned by and for first year stu­dents. She also wants to fo­cus more on smaller events, while con­tin­u­ing to work on large events such as 4Floors and Fac­ulty Olympicsk stat­ing that a more var­ied events port­fo­lio would “[present] an op­por­tu­nity for even more of the stu­dent body to be in­cluded.” In­clu­siv­ity is also a large part of her plat­formk as she men­tions “ac­ces­si­bil­ity ac­com­mo­da­tions [and] event con­duct guide­lines.” She also hopes for more in­te­gra­tion of the SSPN in SSMU and the Mcgill stu­dent body at large.

Maya be­lieves that SSMU ex­ec­u­tives must rep­re­sent their con­stituentsk say­ing that ex­ec­u­tives “are elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives,” and de­ci­sions must “re­flect the wishes of the stu­dent body.” She points to con­sul­ta­tion be­tween ex­ec­u­tives as nec­es­saryk rather than per­sonal be­liefs. When asked about how SSMU han­dled the al­le­ga­tions against David Airdk she said that there “should have been a more hard-line stance.”

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