Each year in the DSU Elections, we send out a questionnaire to executive candidates, asking their views on food service in the SUB, corporate food on campus, the prison industrial complex, and meeting student needs.
Full responses from all candidates can be found here.
Here is our shortlist of candidate endorsements for the 2017 DSU Elections.
President: Amina Abawajy
“I am committed to seeing our union move towards a more equitable student-centered food service model.”
VP Internal: Ntombi Nkiwane
“I am involved in prison work, which aims to dismantle the prison industrial complex. Chartwells parent company, the Compass Group, is the world’s largest supplier of prison meals. Encouraging an ethical and sustainable student-run food system is an important way to gain autonomy.”
Ntombi has shown critical views on Chartwell’s continued presence in the SUB and has done work in grassroots movements to challenge the prison industrial complex. This is the work we need in our executives!
VP Academic and External: Masuma Khan
“Cultural food that is accessible to all students has and will always be my priority.”
VP Financial Officer: Chantal Khoury
“It is important for the VPFO to ensure that adequate funding and support is there for the current self-operated student initiatives that are tirelessly fighting to promote food sovereignty and security on campus”
Chantal’s clear commitment to student-run food service on campus and support of crucial services make her our clear pick for VPFO candidate.
VP Student Life: Candidates did not respond. We have no endorsement for this position
We would also like to put our support behind the DSU Survivor Support Centre levy. The Ladle was involved in the Sexual Assault Phone Line project from the very beginning and this levy represents an ongoing commitment to combating rape culture and supporting survivors on campus.
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