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By-Election: 2024-04-12

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Position: Director of Education Events

12 votes of No Confidence

Nominee Name: Elvin Zukic

Votes: 54

Contact/Social Media: Instagram Profile | LinkedIn Profile | Email: elvinzule@gmail.com | Discord Nickname: Elvin Zukic | Discord Username: ezule

Nominee Speech:

Bridging Industry and Academia

About Me

Hey there, I’m Elvin Zukic and I’m a second year Computer Science student. I like to hang around quite a lot so you might have seen me around in the common room or at one of the many amazing CSSS events such as Board Games Night or FROSH. The CSSS has been my second home for the last 2 years and I'm giving back by running to be your next Director of Educational Events.

What I’ve Done

I have run a plethora of events in the past for multiple student groups, including the FAS Co-op Program, SFU Esports, Burnaby Mountain Toastmasters, Google Developers Student Club, SFU MTG and of course the CSSS.

My experience is not only vast but also relevant. During my time with the Google Developers Student Club I helped run multiple educational IOS workshops and for the FAS Co-op Program I personally hosted and ran a HTML workshop.

Here is a quick list of what I’ve done:

  • Dec 2022 Gingerbread Cookie Event with CSSS
  • Aug 2023 Toastmasters End of Semester Social
  • Sept 2023 1st HTML Workshop with FAS Co-op Program
  • Sept 2023 Volunteered at CSSS FROSH
  • Sept 2023 Toastmasters Icebreaker
  • Oct 2023 SFU MTG Icebreaker
  • Nov 2023 IOS Workshop with GDSC
  • Nov 2023 Bandai Namco TCG Event with SFU Esports
  • Nov 2023 2nd HTML Workshop with FAS Co-op Program
  • Feb 2024 SFU MTG Tournament

Through running these events I have accumulated valuable experience that will enable me to be an exceptional Director of Educational Events.

My Plans

Bring in Devs

If elected I want to help close the gap between industry and academia. I want to bring in real industry developers that work in the tech industry to help teach students valuable knowledge and give you an edge in the job market. Currently I have connections with employees at Google, Intel, Activision Blizzard and Amazon who are all willing to give talks for me and if I am elected I will bring all of them to SFU to host workshops and lectures. I am also involved in the Vancouver.dev community here in Vancouver which is a community of developers in the tech industry as a student ambassador. If I become your DOEE I will work to get as many developers from this community as I can to come do workshops and lectures

More Workshops

Quality is not the only thing I will focus on, I plan to up the quantity of these workshops so that students will be able to be constantly learning throughout their degree. Currently the plan is to bring you guys a workshop or a lecture once every 2 weeks. This way we can cover a wide variety of topics as Computer Science is a very broad degree.

Mentorship Program

I also intend to bring back the CSSS mentorship program which used to be run by a previous director, Oliver Xie, and hasn't been run for a year. This program was an amazing resources for younger students, helping them acclimate to university life and help make plans for the future at SFU. Oliver ran this program amazingly and I plan to model mine after his.

If you want to meet industry professionals, build strong connections and learn valuable knowledge along the way, please consider me for your vote.

Help Bridge Industry and Academia, Vote Elvin Zukic

Nominee Name: Archita Srivastava

Votes: 51

Contact/Social Media: LinkedIn Profile | Email: asa410@sfu.ca | Discord Nickname: mango | Discord Username: gauri869

Nominee Speech:

Hello! My name is Archita Srivastava. 🌟

I am a third-year Computing major and Statistics minor student at SFU. I am interested in AI and ML and aspire to pursue research in the future.

Previously, I have served as a Co-Technical Coordinator at the Women in Computing Science Club and have had the incredible opportunity to host, organize, and facilitate various technical events such as Try/catch, technical workshops on topics ranging from Machine Learning to Cybersecurity, and Hackthons such as Hack-the-Sem at SFU. The primary objective of such events has always been to foster a learning environment for Computing Science students at SFU.

Through this experience, I've also had the chance to meet and form connections with many incredible people, worked with an amazing executive team at WICS, but most importantly, have realized my passion for empowering students to learn and develop valuable skills and experience.

Future Goals with CSSS

As a candidate for the Director of Educational Events, my goals include:

  • For New Students: Host/Organize technical workshops and study sessions tailored towards first and second-year students to help them through the early stages of their degree.
  • Academic Exposure: Organize events for exposure to academia and the vast opportunities it offers.
  • Research Insights: Organize events that involve collaborating with professors/PhD students from various universities/research institutes to help students gain exposure and learn about ongoing research in topics of their interests.
  • Industry Connection: Work with industry professionals to host workshops on a broad range of Computer Science topics. Additionally, work towards strengthening strong and reliable connections with companies.
  • Collaborative Initiatives: Work towards organizing joint events/hackathons/workshops with other SFU clubs (ESSS, WiCS, GDSC, etc.) and relevant clubs from other universities in Canada to increase campus engagement.
  • Feedback Implementation: Utilize student feedback and interest forms to tailor events according to student preferences and interests.

Regardless, as a candidate for this position, my overall goal will be to ensure that CSSS, as a club, fosters growth and helps students achieve academic success.

Thank you!

Nominee Name: Daniel Kim

Votes: 31

Contact/Social Media: Instagram Profile | LinkedIn Profile | Email: ysk11@sfu.ca | Discord Username: daniel_kim.

Nominee Speech:

Howdy~!! 😁😁😁😁😁

I'm running to be your next AMAZING DoEE! You might be wondering, what makes me (DaNieL KiM) a FANTASTIC canditate???

  • By voting for me, you're voting for a brighter future for ~~ME~~ CSSS! 👍👍👍
  • I am very friendly... :))) I like to think I talk a lot on the discord
  • I am your typical CS nerd that loves to teach 👨‍💻👨‍💻👨‍💻👨‍💻👨‍💻👨‍💻👨‍💻
  • I've been teaching beginner level CS for over 3 years
  • I'm a high school student #grade11 #07 with a very good SFU cgpa so I believe I have a life and can dedicate a lot to this position :DDD.

But seriously... Here's some of what I've done that relates to CS:

  • Previously, I was a Director of STEM Education at SFU Aerospace (now known as SFU Rocketry) and ran multiple computer science and robotics camps for elementary students. I like to think I did a good job with that ^^
  • I have started by own organization within North Van to teach elementary students the basics of CS with PyGames, Scratch, Microbits, Minecraft, Arudino and more!
  • I've been teaching Data Science and Python for almost 2 years now!
  • I've gotten As on most introductory CS/MATH/MACM courses so I know my intro CS concepts and am ready to host workshops :)

fun fact bout me:

  • I love skiing ⛷️⛷️⛷️⛷️⛷️⛷️⛷️⛷️⛷️⛷️⛷️⛷️⛷️ (I'm a ski instructor @ grouse, let me know if you wanna go skiing together :DDD, I can provide discount passes)
  • I strive to adapt my teaching to students of all backgrounds. For 2 years now, I have taught students on the ASD (Autism spectrum disorder) how to ski!

My plans:

  1. Have frequent study sessions for intro CS courses (CMPT 120, CMPT 125, MACM 101, CMPT 225) to help them prepare for exams (I think that 50% averages are bit crazy for macm 101 so I'm here to fix that :DDD ) "How's that?" - A.L. 😭😭😭😭😭😭
  2. Start CS programs for elementary students! We can share our knowledge of CS to students across Burnaby and aspire students to study CS. Now doesn't that sound cool? Give back to our community!!!! We can use the funds we raise for improving CSSS (more furniture for the common room plz.... I want more comfy chairs in the common room... I will make that happen if you vote for me)
  3. Bring together students and faculty! By hosting more events to connect students with faculty and their research, students will hopefully gain more insights into the academia and get familiar with the SFU CS Faculty

A vote for me is a vote for you, the community and most importantly - me! ☠️☠️☠️

THANK YOU!!!! - Daniel K

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