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New Student Association Executives Take Office May 1

Trent Durham Student Association to focus on campus engagement


Spring has finally sprung at Trent University Durham-GTA, and the season change also marks the beginning of term for the newly elected Trent Durham Student Association (TDSA), who officially assumed office on May 1.

“I have some previous experience with Trent Durham's Student Association and my end goal was always to hold some kind of executive position as I have always admired the work that the past executives have done,” noted TDSA president, Alexandra Bursey. “As I work to learn more about the position, I am realizing how integral the president's role is, as a bridge between the students and the institution, how vital the executives are to the organization and how important our operations coordinator, Tiffany Tuttle, is to the continuity of the association.”

Ms. Bursey and her fellow TDSA representatives, including Katie Cassin, vice-president of Campus Life and Chandra Narra, vice-president of University Affairs, officially settled into their new office at the start of May, and will spend the summer busily making plans for the upcoming academic year.

“When the other executives and I were given the results of the election, we were extremely eager to start bringing ideas together and get a feel for working together as a team,” continued Ms. Bursey. “Now we are able to start working on the platforms that we campaigned on and put those ideas into action.”

Ms. Bursey plans to make communication with the University administration and campus engagement a top priority for her and her team, indicating that students can expect increased office hours, participation of the TDSA at student- and administration-planned events, consistent updates on their digital channels and an all-around effort to be present on campus as much as possible.

“Our increased presence on campus will allow us to interact with students, staff and faculty on an ongoing basis,” explained Ms. Bursey. “Trent Durham students are able to express their opinions and concerns with ease and have their voice heard. This allows for a forum of open dialogue that enables the TDSA to focus on exactly what our students want us to.” 

Other goals outlined by the TDSA for the upcoming year include a focus on smart commuting, a look at food services, the continued development of campus clubs and more outreach to the broader Durham Region community. 

Posted on Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

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