Amber Shortell (President)
Amber Shortell is an MI student in her second year pursuing the Information Systems Design and User Experience Design concentrations. In her first year, she served on the Council as the Life and Times Committee Representative (which is now the First Year Social position), worked for the Faculty as a Student Ambassador assisting at events and giving tours, and hosted the first official iSchool Clothing Swap.
Amber comes to us from York University’s Glendon College, where she earned a Specialized Honours BA in English. When not studying or working, she can be found taking long walks, eating at one of her favourite places in the Annex, and doing what English majors do best – reading.
As the current president, she is open to any comments and concerns you have about the Council or the school itself, online or in person. Feel free to say hello and stop for a chat whenever you see her, as she enjoys conversing with fellow students.
The President attends and contributes to all MISC meetings and is allotted one vote. The President calls, prepares agendas for, and chairs meetings of the Executive committee. The President also calls and prepares agendas for meetings of the Governing Council. The position of President is essentially that of liaison to both the administration and the Membership while handling all correspondence on behalf of the MISC (Weekly MISC Digest, the Twitter account, and general MISC email account) and brings any issues of the Membership to the attention of Governing Council at meetings; the President is recognized as the official spokesperson of the MISC to the administration and wider community. The President attempts to meet and maintain regular communication with various administrators at the Faculty of Information, such as the Dean, Assistant Deans as necessary, and the Registrar.
The management of the records of MISC falls under the duties of the President, and any vacant positions are generally managed personally by, or by delegation of, the President. The President is responsible for checking in with other council members to ensure that there are no issues throughout the school year. Issues or problems that arise that do not appear to fall under the duties of any other council member are handled by the President, or are delegated as appropriate.
One of the Student Representatives to Faculty Council is automatically filled by the President. The Faculty Council for the Faculty of Information normally meets once each semester and is the governing body responsible for all academic affairs of the Faculty, including determining academic policies, determining the content and requirements of the degree and diploma programs. More information about the Faculty Council can be found on the Faculty of Information page on Governance, policy, & accountability.