Kiratveer (Kirt) Singh Hayer (He/Him)
Greetings. I am a fifth-year student studying psychology and a first-generation immigrant born to Punjabi parents who hail from the village of Ghaloti in Punjab, India. My family has lived in Winnipeg since the 1980s, and I have lived in Winnipeg for my entire life. Some of my hobbies include reading, watching documentaries, listening to music, eating new foods and exploring different cultures.
During my term as President, I seek to increase the scope and efficacy of existing student services and introduce new services to help students succeed. Some of my top priorities include increasing employment rates of graduates, student retention and academic excellence. Within the UWSA, I seek to create a more direct democracy where student voices are consulted as much as possible during the decision-making process. I also aim to create change in the academic culture by advocating for freedom of expression, heterodoxy and viewpoint diversity. Finally, I seek to implement the tenets of the campaign motto that I was elected on in my endeavours: Freedom and democracy, power to the students!
Jonathan Henderson (He/Him)
Vice-President External Affairs
Tansi, Aniin, Boozhoo, and Hello! My name is Jonathan Henderson, and I am a member of Sagkeeng First Nation. I have graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Studies and currently working on my four-year Conflict Resolution Studies degree. I am greatly honoured to be in my second term as your UWSA Vice President of External Affairs. Recent areas of focus in my role that I look forward to continuing with include consultations around the UWSA Positive Space policy to update and best reflect the wishes and needs of the students through the policy. I also want to continue to represent and lobby at government levels on areas concerning UWinnipeg students, including Bill 33.
I have extensive experience with community mental health initiatives, and I will continue to raise awareness and access to mental health resources and support for students from both the campus and the broader community. As my current path has brought me to a place of re-connection with my indigenous culture, I look to locate this perspective in my work and representation of students wherever I can. Please always feel encouraged to contact me with your questions and suggestions.
Reza Saker Hossain (He/Him)
Vice-President Student Affairs
Hello and Salam! I am a student at the University of Winnipeg, pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Computer Science. I enrolled at the University of Winnipeg as an international student from Bangladesh in 2018. Following some volunteer works in the community, I founded the University of Winnipeg Bangladeshi Students’ Association in 2019 and served as its first President. Subsequently, I co-founded the first-ever Association of International Students at the University of Winnipeg, where I am currently responsible as the Vice-President. I am also the founder and President of UW Impact, – a UWinnipeg student group known for its unique approach to strengthening the student community.
My leadership journey with the UWSA began in 2019 when I was first elected to the UWSA Board of Directors as the Director of Student Living. During my term as a director, I devoted myself to advocating for better services and more opportunities for UWinnipeg students. Currently, as the Vice-President Student Affairs, I advocate for students on issues relating to academic/non-academic misconduct, grade/final grade appeals, and eviction from the university residence. I am honoured to have this opportunity to advocate for students’ rights and equality, and I am committed to using this opportunity to make positive impacts on our campus and in the community.