Three seats are allocated for the President, VP Academic Affairs, and Executive Vice President. Our further elected representatives are listed below:
Syeda Nudrat Zehra
Nudrat is a first-year student pursuing MI UXD and is very excited to be elected as one of the Faculty Council Representatives this year! She aims to be an active representative in ensuring a bridge between the faculty and the students. By being a vital part of the council, she is making a commitment to ease the transition for new prospective MI students and will try her best in supporting, and advocating for the students. As part of the council, it is a pleasure for her to represent a group of innovative students and is thrilled to reveal what the council has in store for the academic year.
Usman is a first-year Master of Information student who is concentrating in Library and Information Science in addition to Archives and Record Management. As both a Tech Fund and Faculty Council Representative, Usman is excited to address changing individual, technical and classroom needs in an online environment to help create the best possible learning experience in these uncertain times.
Prior to starting the MI program, Usman completed an Honors Bachelor of Science at the University of Toronto, double majoring in Cognitive Science and English. Now, he works as a Graduate Student Library Assistant at the UofT Dentistry Library through the TALint program. Outside of school, Usman enjoys reading books, jogging, and playing videogames.
Risa De Rege
Risa is a first-year, part-time student at the iSchool who also works as a UTL library technician. She has a BA in history and medieval studies from UofT, during which she participated in several musical ensembles on campus, and has also taken courses towards a BSc in anthropology. Her research interests include digital humanities and the information sources that cultivate fringe beliefs.
In her free time, Risa is involved in animal rescue and enjoys folk dancing and performing in operetta, a hobby that has brought her to England and the US.
Eric is a second year MI student who is specializing in User Experience Design with a focus in Critical Information Policy Studies. He’s excited to find new operational efficiencies within MISC, rethink some of the ways we run our student council and ensure the operations of MISC for the upcoming year will be smooth, responsive and accessible especially in light of the current global pandemic we face.
Before coming to the University of Toronto, Eric graduated from OCAD University with a Bachelor of Design in Advertising with a focus in Entrepreneurship and Social innovation and has had many different roles and experiences within his lifetime. He’s managed retail stores, gained experience in both the strategic and creative sides of the advertising industry, has had an active and participatory role in major decisions as a member of the Board of Governors at OCAD University and at one point of his life, worked the pavement to become a working actor. He brings a point of view that is multifaceted, nuanced and filled with insight from his many experiences and can help propose many unique solutions and insights to organizational problems and operations.
In Eric’s off time, he loves to travel, absorb culture, find the best new restaurants, explore new technology, keep active and discover new ideas by reading or pursuing new hobbies and interests.
Faculty Council Representatives
These representatives attend and contribute to all MISC meetings and are each allotted one vote. 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 on the Faculty of Information page on Governance, policy, & accountability.
The students elected to the position of Faculty Council Representative serve to create a student presence at the Faculty Council meetings. They are allowed to speak at meetings (and are encouraged to do so) and are each allotted one vote on the Faculty Council.
These representatives report back to the students and the MISC at the MISC meetings, allowing the greater student body and council members to understand the decision process of the Faculty as well as gather student feedback to be voice at future Faculty Council meetings. The President, Executive Vice-President and VP Academic Affairs, are automatically appointed as representatives. The other representatives are elected annually in the fall each year.