GSU Representative: Akshata Kulkarni

Akshata is a second year MI student specializing in Library and Information Science. She graduated from the University of Pune, India class of 2016, where she mastered in Pharmacy. In a free time, Akshata loves outreach social events, and interact with students to help them ease mental stress. She has been organizing rural healthcare camps and social awareness programs for the community from last seven years. In 2020, Akshata started working as a Social Media Director at International Student Caucus. As a representative, she hopes to build confidence among the students and address their issues within UTGSU and MISC.

email: akshata.kulkarni@mail.utoronto.ca


THREE SEATS ARE ALLOCATED FOR THE PRESIDENT, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, and the Elected GSU Representative.

Graduate Student Union (UTGSU) Representative

MISC has 3 UTGSU representatives that sit on the UTGSU Board of Directors/General Council. The President and Executive Vice President are each one representative, and a third ls elected during MISC’s Spring Elections. The UTGSU Representative attends and contributes to all MISC meetings and is allotted one vote at General Council. The UTGSU Representatives report on the discussions of the UTGSU meetings at MISC General Council, and, if necessary, raise any of MISC’s concerns at the UTGSU meetings. The UTGSU Representatives must be able to attend UTGSU meetings, as MISC’s presence is required in order to receive course union funding from the UTGSU.

MISC’s 3 UTGSU representatives may divide among themselves various duties in addition to each of them attending all these meetings. The divided duties include occasional picking up and delivering mail between the UTGSU and the MISC (including cheques and posters to be put up), and forwarding the weekly UTGSU Digest to the MI student body.

The UTGSU Board of Directors/General Council is comprised of course union representatives (“UTGSU Representatives”) who represent the different departments and faculties across the University of Toronto graduate programs. The UTGSU meets once each month, and discusses and votes on various issues such as tuition, rallies, and social events. For more information, visit the UTGSU website.