Executive Committee 2017-2018

May 12th, 2017

Academics & Funding Commissioner, Divisions 1&2 – Christopher Ball

Chris is a 4th year PhD student in the department of Anthropology. His PhD research focuses on the palaeocthnobotany of the Northeast and the evolution of traditional lifeways in southwestern Ontario nearing the turn of the first millenium. His goals as a Commissioner or the UTGSU’s Executive Committee are to
advocate For fair graduate student treatment in all aspects of life at UotT and to campaign For increased graduate student access to a variety of available sources of funding at the University of Toronto.

Academics & Funding Commissioner, Divisions 3&4 – Andrea Constantinof

Andrea is a 3rd year Phd Candidate in the department of Physiology. She’s been the Academics and Funding Commissioner for Divisions 3 and 4 for the past 2 years, and has been able to achieve things such as, limiting the amount of employment income that is allowed to contribute to the stipend, the funding complaint process, a 3.5% funding increase for the Faculty of Medicine, funding for SGS intramurals, and the elimination of graduate student summer gym fees. This year she wants to further increase funding packages and improve graduate professional development opportunities.

Civics & Environment Commissioner – Leonardo Jose Uribe Castano

Leonardo is a 3rd year international PhD student in the department of Physics. His doctoral research is focused on Biophysical techniques for efficient cancer detection using quantum optics. As Civics and Environment commissioner of the UTGSU, Leonardo wants to advocate and promote activities that aim to generate environmental awareness and encourage graduate students to solve the problems that they are currently facing.

Executive at Large 1 – Branden Rizzuto

Branden Rizzuto is a 3rd year PhD student in the Department of Anthropology. An interdisciplinary student by training, Branden’s doctoral research Focuses on the origins and early developments of arsenic bronze technologies on the north coast of Peru, and how these technologies played a role in the shifting socio­ political and religious organization of the region during the Middle Horizon Period (600 – 1000 CE). A student at the University of Toronto since 2008, for years Branden has dedicated himself to improving the student experience at the University of Toronto and beyond . This year as an Executive at Large, Branden plans to continue to oversee the execution of the UTGSU Graduate Student Census and the UTGSU Conference Bursary Fund, both or which Branden played a major role in formulating during his term as UTGSU Academics and Funding Commissioner (Div. I and 11) during the 20l6-2017 academic year.

External Commissioner -Cristina Jaimungal

Cristina Jaimungal is a PhD student in the Department or Social Justice Education (SJE) and Comparative, International, and Development Education (CIDE) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). Cristina has successfully advocated for increased student participation and decision-making through her role in the SJE Student Caucus. This has resulted in the initiation of professional workshops, the first departmental award exclusively for racialized students, the creation of a student-led speaker series, and more student involvement on committees. She brings her experiences as an educator and researcher to the position of External Commissioner, and intends to Focus on anti-racism, accessibility, and decolonization. Cristina holds a BA with Honours in English and Professional Writing from York University and an MA in Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning with a specialization in CIDE from OISE.

Finance & University Governance Commissioner – Brieanne Berry-Crossfield

Brieanne is completing her Master of Education in tlhe Department of Social Justice Education (SJE) at the Ontario Institute For Studies in Education (OISE). In her position at the UTGSU, she is focused on creating equitable educational experiences for students through increased funding opportunities, better accessibility to mental health services for graduate students and the development of community to create stronger coalitions both on and off campus.

Internal Commissioner – Sarah Cooper

Sarah Cooper is completing a Masters of Global Affairs (MCA) at the Munk School of Global Affairs. Interested in a spectrum of topics related to our increasingly interconnected world, Sarah often focuses her work on justice and global advocacy, the role of civil-society, and investigating the challenges technology poses to traditional policy-making. Having previously served as an Executive-at-Large, Sarah is eager to dive into the responsibilities of Internal Commissioner, and this year intends to focus on completing a comprehensive review or the UTGSU structure, bylaws and policies. This summer Sarah is completing a required internship position in Bangkok, Thailand and will be serving in her role with the UTGSU remotely. Sarah is 100% committed to always being accessible to fellow graduate students and UTGSU members and despite the + 11 hour time difference is more than happy to connect with you. Please do not hesitate to drop a line if you have any issues or would like to set up a meeting.