Candidates’ statements

Candidate statement: Soma Chatterjee

The YUFA Executive Committee passed a motion at its meeting on June 16, 2020 to appoint Soma Chatterjee as one of three Members-at-Large to the Equity Subcommittee.

YUFA issued the following call for nominations on May 19, 2020: 

Call for Nominations: Joint Employer – YUFA Committees and YUFA Committees

Below are the names and descriptions of the various joint and YUFA committees which will have vacancies beginning June 1, 2020.  For each committee, the number of vacancies is indicated along with any course release associated with service. Unless otherwise indicated, all terms of service begin June 1, 2020 and end May 31, 2022. Appointments to committees are approved by the Executive Committee and ratified by Stewards’ Council.

If you wish to be considered for any of the positions available, kindly submit a written statement describing your reasons for wanting to serve, any relevant experience and any education or training.  The deadline to submit your written statement is 12:00 pm on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.  Statements should be submitted to yufa@yorku.ca.

Equity Subcommittee (2 vacancies *)

YUFA By-Law 3 establishes the Equity Subcommittee to assist the Equity Officers to facilitate, advance, and advocate for the reduction and removal of inequities at York University, with regard to issues such as hiring, tenure and promotion, salaries, and retirement.

These include inequities on the basis of gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, age, ethnicity, religion, political belief, language, culture, ancestry, place of origin (birth place), colour, citizenship, creed, sex, pregnancy, sexual preference, marital status, family status, number of dependents, or belief or membership in associations, and other forms of discrimination.

* At the time of the call for nominations, there were only two vacancies, but the Executive Committee increased from two to three the number of Members-at-Large. The change was ratified by Stewards’ Council in a vote from July 16 to 23, 2020.

The following is Soma Chatterjee’s statement of interest: 

All of my 15 years in Canada has been spent within universities and non-profits, including all three of greater Toronto area’s universities. I am about to complete 5 years at York University. I am a researcher of migration and nationalism and my earlier work looked at how racialized nationalism manifest in the hiring and training practices in the Canadian labour market. Currently I am engaged in research and actively thinking and writing about migrant-Indigenous solidarity. Since joining York, I have been an active member of the Race Equity Caucus, and last year I joined the Equity Sub-Committee. I have also researched/published on and served on a number of faculty-level initiatives on international exchange and internationalizing in general. This, while not part of YUFA’s equity agenda, has alerted me to the questions of ethics and equity in regards to diverse racialized faculty, including those trained internationally and/or with migration backgrounds like myself.

In the last couple of years, a number of disturbing experiences with teaching evaluations, hiring practices, and tenure and promotion – involving myself or other racialized faculties – have highlighted an increasingly shrinking equity landscape within York University. While equity is easy to talk about if one follows the latest institutional language and policy developments (and many do), its practice, I have realized, gets routinely derailed, often via the institutional mechanisms that are meant to advance equity, and also due to the systemic lack of support for equity-seeking members of the York community.

This year, I am daily witnessing the deeply inequitable situation younger, racialized, female faculty with little children has landed in due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the University’s stubborn refusal to acknowledge, among a number of issues, the barrier childcare and school closures have set up for some of us. I, and a number of colleagues I regularly speak to, do not feel part of the ‘we/us’ we are supposed to be ‘together’ with. Actively raising voices and concerns have led to thin acknowledgements, and in some cases, outright silencing.

In brief, all these years and range of personal, professional, and institutional experience have built up to a strong sense that certain bodies need to be at the table, even when they are not supported to be there (e.g., with time, manageable service workload, resources like childcare, etc.). Not being at the table is not an option. As such, I intend to re-run for the Equity Sub-Committee to continue to advocate for/with equity-seeking members at YUFA, share experience and strategies, and actively work toward translating equity language into tangible practices.

Sincerely, 
Soma Chatterjee

Candidate statement: Alison Harvey

The YUFA Executive Committee passed a motion at its meeting on June 16, 2020 to appoint Alison Harvey as one of three Members-at-Large to the Equity Subcommittee.

YUFA issued the following call for nominations on May 19, 2020: 

Call for Nominations: Joint Employer – YUFA Committees and YUFA Committees

Below are the names and descriptions of the various joint and YUFA committees which will have vacancies beginning June 1, 2020.  For each committee, the number of vacancies is indicated along with any course release associated with service. Unless otherwise indicated, all terms of service begin June 1, 2020 and end May 31, 2022. Appointments to committees are approved by the Executive Committee and ratified by Stewards’ Council.

If you wish to be considered for any of the positions available, kindly submit a written statement describing your reasons for wanting to serve, any relevant experience and any education or training.  The deadline to submit your written statement is 12:00 pm on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.  Statements should be submitted to yufa@yorku.ca.

Equity Subcommittee (2 vacancies *)

YUFA By-Law 3 establishes the Equity Subcommittee to assist the Equity Officers to facilitate, advance, and advocate for the reduction and removal of inequities at York University, with regard to issues such as hiring, tenure and promotion, salaries, and retirement.

These include inequities on the basis of gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, age, ethnicity, religion, political belief, language, culture, ancestry, place of origin (birth place), colour, citizenship, creed, sex, pregnancy, sexual preference, marital status, family status, number of dependents, or belief or membership in associations, and other forms of discrimination.

* At the time of the call for nominations, there were only two vacancies, but the Executive Committee increased from two to three the number of Members-at-Large. The change was ratified by Stewards’ Council in a vote from July 16 to 23, 2020.

The following is Alison Harvey’s statement of interest: 

I would like to be considered for one of the positions on the Equity Subcommittee, should my interest and experience be a good fit for the role.

My research area is broadly related to inclusion and justice in digital and media cultures, and my commitment has been over the course of my career to participate in initiatives that support this. Over the years, I have engaged in a range of activities linking my theoretical interests in questions of recognition, reward, and redistribution to practical and policy actions that aim to create more fair and accessible spaces and processes as well as to transform exclusive structures where possible. It would be my pleasure in starting in my new role at York University on July 1, 2020 to support those doing this work within the faculty association, especially as the call for statements clearly demonstrates an intersectional approach to which I am personally and professionally deeply committed.

I have experience in serving on similar committees and indeed leading initiatives within these, specifically in my research area of digital games. Since 2014, I have been a member of the Diversity and Equity committees of  both the UK and the international branches of the Digital Games Research Association. As part of this work, I spearheaded a major review of submission and review processes for the association’s annual conference, opening up membership-wide discussions of the relationship between disciplinary boundaries and inclusion of critical perspectives as well as participants from the Global South. This was the basis for several years of activity related to the conference, including introducing tiered pricing based on region, iterating on a code of conduct, and securing commitments to spaces for prayer and childcare. We as a committee also created an ambitious ombudsperson program in recognition of the ongoing issues related to exclusion and harassment beyond the conference space. This work has informed my work as Co-chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for the Higher Education Video Game Alliance, for which I co-authored their values statement and have been an active contributor on questions related to equality in higher education policy since 2017.

In addition to this work focused on inclusion within academic and higher education contexts, my research has been concerned with questions of material reward for underrepresented communities in games. While I have not yet worked on an equity committee within a faculty association or union, I was active in the foundation and development of two women in games groups interested in diversifying representation in production in Toronto and Montreal, and this has included work specifically focused on questions of hiring, promotion, retention, and success in my field.

It would be a pleasure to collaborate with the Equity Officers and other members of the Equity Subcommittee, should my experience and interest be a good fit for the position. In my first service role at York University, it would be deeply satisfying to contribute to the good work of YUFA of which I have already been a beneficiary in my recent hiring, and to support my colleagues across their careers.

Thank you very much for your consideration, and all the best, 
Alison

Candidate statement: Anuppiriya Sriskandarajah

The YUFA Executive Committee passed a motion at its meeting on June 16, 2020 to appoint Anuppiriya Sriskandarajah as one of three Members-at-Large to the Equity Subcommittee.

YUFA issued the following call for nominations on May 19, 2020: 

Call for Nominations: Joint Employer – YUFA Committees and YUFA Committees

Below are the names and descriptions of the various joint and YUFA committees which will have vacancies beginning June 1, 2020.  For each committee, the number of vacancies is indicated along with any course release associated with service. Unless otherwise indicated, all terms of service begin June 1, 2020 and end May 31, 2022. Appointments to committees are approved by the Executive Committee and ratified by Stewards’ Council.

If you wish to be considered for any of the positions available, kindly submit a written statement describing your reasons for wanting to serve, any relevant experience and any education or training.  The deadline to submit your written statement is 12:00 pm on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.  Statements should be submitted to yufa@yorku.ca.

Equity Subcommittee (2 vacancies *)

YUFA By-Law 3 establishes the Equity Subcommittee to assist the Equity Officers to facilitate, advance, and advocate for the reduction and removal of inequities at York University, with regard to issues such as hiring, tenure and promotion, salaries, and retirement.

These include inequities on the basis of gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, age, ethnicity, religion, political belief, language, culture, ancestry, place of origin (birth place), colour, citizenship, creed, sex, pregnancy, sexual preference, marital status, family status, number of dependents, or belief or membership in associations, and other forms of discrimination.

* At the time of the call for nominations, there were only two vacancies, but the Executive Committee increased from two to three the number of Members-at-Large. The change was ratified by Stewards’ Council in a vote from July 16 to 23, 2020.

The following is Anuppiriya Sriskandarajah’s statement of interest: 

My interest in standing for the Equity Sub-Committee lies in both my lived experiences as a refugee Tamil woman and my professional work as an assistant professor in the Child, Children, and Youth program. My research area focuses on issues of racialization and belonging in Toronto’s inner suburbs. I examine how race is spatially configured in our city and how it informs young people’s everyday realities. I have also worked on reports for the Toronto District School Board looking at structural inequalities and its impact on student achievement. To advance some of this work, I also serve on the Toronto District School Board as an municipally elected trustee to represent Scarborough-Rouge Park. At the Toronto District School Board, we have committed to move towards de-streaming, which we know inequitably impacts racialized students the most, particular Black students. This move will allow access to university education for racialized students who have historically been denied entry due to restrictive pathways. This we know will continue to change the demographic make up of post-secondary students in Toronto. To prepare for these changes, we need a faculty that is reflective of the growing changes in our communities. This is where my interest lies in joining this sub-committee. This past year, I also had the pleasure of serving on the equity sub-committee. There remains a lot of work to be done, and I hope I will be able to bring my previous experience to the role and continue to serve.

Best, 
Anu Sriskandarajah

Candidate statement: Audrey Laurin-Lamothe

The YUFA Executive Committee passed a motion at its meeting on June 25, 2020 to appoint Audrey Laurin-Lamothe as one of four YUFA Representatives to the Joint Financial Information Subcommittee.

YUFA issued the following call for nominations on May 19, 2020: 

Call for Nominations: Joint Employer – YUFA Committees and YUFA Committees

Below are the names and descriptions of the various joint and YUFA committees which will have vacancies beginning June 1, 2020.  For each committee, the number of vacancies is indicated along with any course release associated with service. Unless otherwise indicated, all terms of service begin June 1, 2020 and end May 31, 2022. Appointments to committees are approved by the Executive Committee and ratified by Stewards’ Council.

If you wish to be considered for any of the positions available, kindly submit a written statement describing your reasons for wanting to serve, any relevant experience and any education or training.  The deadline to submit your written statement is 12:00 pm on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.  Statements should be submitted to yufa@yorku.ca.

Joint Financial Information Subcommittee (3 vacancies)

The Joint Committee shall establish a Financial Information Subcommittee to serve as the channel for the passing of data and analyses of the financial operations of the University between the parties. The Subcommittee shall meet at least once every six (6) weeks during the Autumn/Winter session and shall submit a summary report of its activities to the JCOAA once annually, between 1 February and 31 March. The Association shall receive all financial information given to Senate APPC and its subcommittees.

There are three vacancies for at-large members.

The following is Audrey Laurin-Lamothe’s statement of interest: 

I would like to express my interest in serving on the Joint Financial Information Subcommittee until the end of the next term, May 31, 2021.

As a member of this committee since May 2019, I have helped YUFA acquire specific knowledge regarding financial and managerial norms of governance in our university.

My areas of research focus include: top management and board compensation packages, financial and managerial firms, and the transformation of organizational governance, as well as the impact of the hiring of external consulting firms. My research program is informed by the understanding that financialization is a driving force of economic transformation and exercises a structural influence over public institutions.

Sincerely, 
Audrey Laurin-Lamothe

Candidate statement: Matthew Tegelberg

The YUFA Executive Committee passed a motion at its meeting on June 25, 2020 to appoint Matthew Tegelberg as one of four YUFA Representatives to the Joint Financial Information Subcommittee.

YUFA issued the following call for nominations on May 19, 2020: 

Call for Nominations: Joint Employer – YUFA Committees and YUFA Committees

Below are the names and descriptions of the various joint and YUFA committees which will have vacancies beginning June 1, 2020.  For each committee, the number of vacancies is indicated along with any course release associated with service. Unless otherwise indicated, all terms of service begin June 1, 2020 and end May 31, 2022. Appointments to committees are approved by the Executive Committee and ratified by Stewards’ Council.

If you wish to be considered for any of the positions available, kindly submit a written statement describing your reasons for wanting to serve, any relevant experience and any education or training.  The deadline to submit your written statement is 12:00 pm on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.  Statements should be submitted to yufa@yorku.ca.

Joint Financial Information Subcommittee (3 vacancies)

The Joint Committee shall establish a Financial Information Subcommittee to serve as the channel for the passing of data and analyses of the financial operations of the University between the parties. The Subcommittee shall meet at least once every six (6) weeks during the Autumn/Winter session and shall submit a summary report of its activities to the JCOAA once annually, between 1 February and 31 March. The Association shall receive all financial information given to Senate APPC and its subcommittees.

There are three vacancies for at-large members.

The following is Matthew Tegelberg’s statement of interest: 

Please accept this statement as an expression of my desire to continue serving on the Joint Financial Information Subcommittee (FISC). My first term as a member of the FISC committee began in November 2018. Since then, I have worked with committee members to develop information requests as well as prepare for and engage in meetings with the Employer. The most recent set of these requests was developed in May 2020 in response to a range of new financial concerns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic. At this juncture, it is critical to pay close heed to the University’s finances, especially given that several existing fiscal concerns (such as the new SHARP budget model and the Markham Campus) are being compounded by new financial concerns arising from York University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. I would bring to this role more than four years of service as the Coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Social Science (ISS) undergraduate program in the Department of Social Science. ISS is a large undergraduate program and, as such, a significant source of revenue for the LAPS Faculty and the University at large. In my role as Coordinator, I gained insights into the role of budgeting and financing procedures, as well as resource-related issues at the Unit and Faculty levels. I hope to continue drawing on this previous experience as a member of the Joint Financial Information Subcommittee. Thank you for considering my statement.

Sincerely, 
Matthew Tegelberg

Candidate statement: Shanker Trivedi

The YUFA Executive Committee passed a motion at its meeting on June 25, 2020 to appoint Shanker Trivedi as one of four YUFA Representatives to the Joint Financial Information Subcommittee.

YUFA issued the following call for nominations on May 19, 2020: 

Call for Nominations: Joint Employer – YUFA Committees and YUFA Committees

Below are the names and descriptions of the various joint and YUFA committees which will have vacancies beginning June 1, 2020.  For each committee, the number of vacancies is indicated along with any course release associated with service. Unless otherwise indicated, all terms of service begin June 1, 2020 and end May 31, 2022. Appointments to committees are approved by the Executive Committee and ratified by Stewards’ Council.

If you wish to be considered for any of the positions available, kindly submit a written statement describing your reasons for wanting to serve, any relevant experience and any education or training.  The deadline to submit your written statement is 12:00 pm on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.  Statements should be submitted to yufa@yorku.ca.

Joint Financial Information Subcommittee (3 vacancies)

The Joint Committee shall establish a Financial Information Subcommittee to serve as the channel for the passing of data and analyses of the financial operations of the University between the parties. The Subcommittee shall meet at least once every six (6) weeks during the Autumn/Winter session and shall submit a summary report of its activities to the JCOAA once annually, between 1 February and 31 March. The Association shall receive all financial information given to Senate APPC and its subcommittees.

There are three vacancies for at-large members.

The following is Shanker Trivedi’s statement of interest: 

I have been involved with FISC since 2014 as a member and as its chairman for the past year. Further, I am also on the pension sub-committee of YUFA. Finally, I was a member of the last bargaining committee of YUFA. I am also a member of the Finance Committee of OCUFA. Professionally, I am a Chartered Accountant from India. Starting from July 1 of this year, I will also be the Program Director of the Master of Accounting, Diploma in Intermediate Accounting and Diploma in Advanced Accounting programs at the Schulich School of Business. I teach Advanced Accounting and am a co-author of an advanced accounting textbook. I teach accounting for not-for-profits in my advanced accounting class. I have written primers for the use by Ontario faculty associations on Pension Accounting and Cash versus Accrual Accounting for OCUFA, and a primer on Pensions for YUFA.

I find my involvement in FISC of interest and therefore would like to continue to serve on that sub-committee.

Thanks, 
Shanker

Candidate statement: Anna Zalik

The YUFA Executive Committee passed a motion at its meeting on July 16, 2020 to appoint Anna Zalik as one of four YUFA Representatives to the Joint Financial Information Subcommittee.

YUFA issued the following call for nominations on May 19, 2020: 

Call for Nominations: Joint Employer – YUFA Committees and YUFA Committees

Below are the names and descriptions of the various joint and YUFA committees which will have vacancies beginning June 1, 2020.  For each committee, the number of vacancies is indicated along with any course release associated with service. Unless otherwise indicated, all terms of service begin June 1, 2020 and end May 31, 2022. Appointments to committees are approved by the Executive Committee and ratified by Stewards’ Council.

If you wish to be considered for any of the positions available, kindly submit a written statement describing your reasons for wanting to serve, any relevant experience and any education or training.  The deadline to submit your written statement is 12:00 pm on Tuesday, June 2, 2020.  Statements should be submitted to yufa@yorku.ca.

Joint Financial Information Subcommittee (3 vacancies)

The Joint Committee shall establish a Financial Information Subcommittee to serve as the channel for the passing of data and analyses of the financial operations of the University between the parties. The Subcommittee shall meet at least once every six (6) weeks during the Autumn/Winter session and shall submit a summary report of its activities to the JCOAA once annually, between 1 February and 31 March. The Association shall receive all financial information given to Senate APPC and its subcommittees.

There are three vacancies for at-large members.

The following is Anna Zalik’s statement of interest: 

My interest in participating in the YUFA FISC committee stems from a number of factors. First, as a Senator and FES faculty council member, I have noted the changing interpretation of the University’s fiscal context based on the particular budget model in use to manage and distribute resources across units. As YUFA Executive is aware, the adoption of the current budget model was highly controversial and in part led to the creation of the FISC.

Second, as a member of the York University Advisory Committee on Responsible Investment (YUACRI), I participated over a three-year period in assessment of the social and environmental implications of York’s financial holdings; this involved examining different models for implementing responsible investment practices and establishing a system to collect and assess responsible investment petitions from the York community. The YUACRI experience revealed blocks in accessing financial information regarding the University’s holdings and – notably – administrative interference in established collegial governance when outcomes related to the University’s financial holdings and practices were at stake.

Finally, as a critical political economist and historical sociologist of industry, my academic research attends to the use of specific accounting practices to facilitate austerity policies, even in the context of large managerial budgets. In the current COVID socio-economic context, the FISC has an important role to play in ensuring democratic financial outcomes for YUFA members and the broader university community.

Thank you for your consideration, 
Anna Zalik