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By Erin Conway-Smith
Experience and a fresh perspective are qualities Savtaj Brar feels he can bring to the position of undergraduate student representative on the Board of Governors, if elected Oct. 17-18.
Brar, a second-year student from the faculty of medicine, currently holds the position of VP-external junior for the Hippocratic Council the student representative group for medical students.
He is the chair of the student section of the Ontario Medical Association and is the Ontario representative for the Canadian Federation of Medical Students.
Brar completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, where he held various positions on the Innis College student society and a position on the Innis College Council.
"I have experience in governing bodies at Innis College, at the provincial and national level I won't be wet behind the ears, I will know how to interact with people in that kind of situation," he said.
A BOG position would be a challenge and a different experience than his time on Innis councils, that Brar said operated through a system of parity, a more student-centered system of decision making.
"It is good to bring in a perspective [different from] people who have just operated in Western ways rather than just repeating positions of people who are on the University Students' Council and Senate already."
A successful BOG student representative would have to be a team player and able to work with other members of the board, Brar said.
"BOG isn't the most appropriate place to be a shit disturber. You have to bring student issues to the table, but not so that you are a roadblock on the path of BOG."
It would also be important for a student on BOG to consider long-term planning, Brar added.
"We need students who have long-term vision and can see beyond visions of today without ignoring them."
Brar said he would want students to know where he stands on issues brought to BOG and suggested putting out a table once a week in the University Community Centre for students to address their concerns and to let them know what is going on in BOG.
Having been at Western for two years, Brar feels he knows the issues students face in their day-to-day lives and would be in a good position to bring his previous experiences to BOG.