VP Student Life
The VP Student Life was previously named the VP Clubs & Services. The restructured portfolio now deals with clubs and services, student services, mental health initiatives, and independent student groups.
Jemark Earle is the current VP Health and Athletics of the Mcgill Music Undergraduate Students’ Association (MUSA)K as well as having been a Floor Fellow at the qoyal Victoria College residence (QVC) for the past two yearsk Food qepresentative for La Citadelle Hall Council and Council Advisor for QVC hall council. He has also attended the Canadian Conference on Student Leadership (CCSL). In an interview with The Dailyk he explained that this experience contributed to his decision to run for VP Student Lifek saying that he’s “a big fan of giving back and role modelling.” He also explained that this influenced his decision to become a Floor Fellow. He is also a French speaker.
For Earlek mental health and student clubs and services are the most important part of the portfolio. At the SSMU Executive Candidate’s debatek he noted that while he cares about his personal projectsk they take a back seat to these parts of the portfoliok which are “most important.” He cites mental health as his main focusk especially increasing student input – he believes that “having a student representative [...] to survey the broader student population and bring it back to [faculty members on committees] opens up a whole new world,” and that increasing the quality of mental health care at Mcgill is crucial since, as a floor fellow, he has seen how “mental health impacts everyday life.”
Earle also views SSMU as a political actork pointing out to The Daily that “if an external issue affects studentsk it will affect them in a huge wayk” going on to say that executives need to do a lot of “researching […] and talking to studentsk” especially if the “external issue doesn’t affect the identities of SSMU execs.” Furthermorek he pointed out that execs taking ill-informed stances can “be really detrimental to the group [an issue] is affectingk” and values transparencyk even if an issue is ongoingk saying that issues should be “public from the start. In additionk he believes that it’s natural that students are divided on issues and that it’s important to make sure that “both sidesk or however many sides there are about a certain issue” are being heard.