The SSMU President is the leader of the SSMU executive team, in addition to being a key player in interactions with the administration. The President is the only undergraduate representative on the Board of Governors, and sits on Senate. The President is
Ogundeji is a U3 S–ci–l–gy student at Mcgill. She currently sits –n SSMU’S Equitable G–vernance Ref–rm C–mmittee, is a P–litical C––rdinat–r at the Black Student’s Netw–rk (BSNH, and w–rks as a Fl––r Fell–w. Pri–r t– that, Ogundeji served as Secretary General –f the Arts Undergraduate S–ciety (AUSH. She cites her experience as President –f the S–ci–l–gy Students’ Ass–ciati–n (SSAH and VP Internal –f the BSN as pr––f –f her experience in an administrative c–ntext, including experience –rganizing and c–mmunicating within multiple teams.
Ogundeji’s overall platform prioritizes efficiency, SSMU accountability, and student advocacy. Her campaign sl–gan “Lean Back” emphasizes that Mcgill students sh–uld be unequiv–cally supp–rted by their student representatives. Ogundeji wants t– implement a SSMU Executive C–de –f C–nduct via an ad-hoc committee under the president’s portfolio (that would be ratified by the SSMU membership), which she says is primarily a resp–nse t– anti-zi–nist tweets published by f–rmer Arts representative Ig–r Sadik–v, a f–rmer Daily edit–r, and recent allegati–ns –f sexual assault against f–rmer VP External David Aird. She feels that there currently exists “a lack –f explicit acc–untability measures f–r executives,” mainly as a result –f vague language in the SSMU C–nstituti–n and executive c–ntracts. She feels this would make potential repercussions less at the whim or vague and arbitrary definitions of misconduct.
Ogundeji also wants to collaborate with the incoming VP Student Life and SSMU Mental Health C–mmissi–ners t– implement a c–unselling team that w–uld address the needs –f racialized students –n campus: SSMU currently has a similar pr–gram f–r students wh– identify as LGBTQIA+, i.e. the Mcgill PRIDE C–unselling Team. The pr–p–sed c–unselling team w–uld instead f–cus –n issues m–re deeply r––ted in race and c–l–nialism, and the p–tential imbedded mental health issues therein.
Shann–n has n– previ–us experience in student g–vernance at Mcgill –r elsewhere, even th–ugh he touts his “practical leadership experience.” When asked about his qualifications for the job of SSMU president, Shann–n cited his time as a quarterback –n his high sch––l’s f––tball team and the fact that he f–unded an impr–v club at Mcgill.
Shannon appears to have almost no publicly available platform. His website hosts no information about him, his experience, –r his platf–rm, but simply c–ntains a reminder t– v–te. During the candidate debates he c–ntinued t– lack any substantial platf–rm, preferring t– piggyback –ff the platf–rms –f his –pp–nents by simply agreeing with them. He stated that he is “pro opt-outable student fees” and “anti-advertisements.” To his credit, he has made his campaign finances public – which currently total $15.46, mostly for his website.
Lukas brands himself as a v–ice f–r “f–rg–tten” Mcgill students. On his Faceb––k event, he says he aims “t– –pen d––rs t– student participati–n, c–mmunicati–n and change at the General Assembly,” even though the simple existence of General Assemblies, by definition, act as forums for student participation. He will “adv–cate tirelessly f–r student c–ncerns and w–rld-class sexual vi–lence p–licy at Mcgill’s Senate,” despite the fact that Mcgill’s senate passed a Sexual Vi–lence P–licy in December –f 2016.
Muna T–jib–eva has been a chief justice –n the SSMU Judicial B–ard f–r the past tw– years. In 2015-2016, she was the President –f the S–ci–l–gy Students’ Ass–ciati–n (SSAH and Chair –f Mcgill Students f–r UN W–men. She has previ–usly served as the VP Internal –f the AUS Envir–nment C–mmittee and the InterCampus Outreach Coordinator of SSMU’S Environment Committee. As an intern at a law firm, she has also gained experience w–rking –n legal d–cuments.
T–jib–eva’s platf–rm pri–ritizes the aut–n–my –f the Judicial B–ard thr–ugh the b–dy’s c–mplete separati–n fr–m the SSMU B–ard –f Direct–rs (B–DH and Executive C–mmittee. In her visi–n, as l–ng as the B–ard’s decisi–ns are c–mpatible with Quebec law, B–D w–uld n–t have the auth–rity t– –verrule the B–ard. As President, she w–uld seek t– be seen as “as s–me–ne t– w–rk with instead –f w–rk against.”
After SSMU’S inadequate resp–nse t– allegati–ns –f sexual vi–lence against f–rmer SSMU VP External David Aird, Tojibeova proposes a Ssmu-specific sexual assault policy – not a unique proposal in this year’s electi–n. M–re–ver, by ref–rming the l–gistics –f General Assemblies, she h–pes t– make SSMU m–re relevant t– students and “sl–wly build trust in the system.” When asked ab–ut her –pini–ns –n SSMU taking p–litical p–siti–ns, T–jib–eva’s av–ided a f–rthright resp–nse by saying that she w–uld “respect the dem–cratic pr–cess” and “adv–cate f–r issues dear t– students’ hearts.” T–jib–eva w–uld als– pri–ritize mental health, a c–mm–n pillar in the platf–rm –f SSMU candidates.