My name is Sydney Potts and I am running for the position of Staff Liaison and Human Resource Representative on the OPIRG Board of Directors (BOD).
I am in my second year of Arts and Science and would love the opportunity to become more active in McMaster’s student activism community.
Supporting social justice movements and working toward environmental sustainability are two great passions of mine and I think, therefore, would align me well to the mission of OPRIG.
As a member of my high school’s student council four years I learned a lot of working collaboratively with others to try and give a platform for the student voice, and the intricacies and challenges of implementing student initiatives. Specifically, as Public Relations Officer, I was able to engage with both the community and the student body and work to integrate the ideas and resources of both parties and unify the two to more effectively tackle new initiatives as a collective body.
Additionally, I have experience working closely with groups of people from all different walks of life and effectively fostering relationships which are the basis for meaningful and effective change.
As a member of the Student Support Team for the McMaster Discovery program, I worked closely with a group of adults in the Hamilton community that had had barriers to accessing post-secondary education. This experience allowed me to better understand the challenges that are faced in circumstances outside my own and further reinforcing, for me, the importance of personal connection and effective communication when working with others and especially when trying to offer support.
If I were to be elected to the OPIRG BOD it would also be critical that I have strong organizational skills, especially geared toward event planning. As the formal convenor for the Society of Arts and Science students this year I was able to get an even stronger appreciation for the work required to successfully execute large events and allowed me to develop practical means for overcoming obstacles that are sure to arise under these types of circumstances.
In a human resource position, it is critical that a board member be able to relate well to others and communicate effectively. As a member of the Spark volunteer team this year, an MSU service dedicated to easing the transition of first year students, I furthered my ability to aptly support those who are struggling or seeking guidance as well as refining my ability to find solutions to problems that may arise in interpersonal situations.
Working with others to create positive social change is something that is tremendously meaningful to me. I believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to pursue their passions and live their lives free of oppression. In order to actualize this belief we must work towards a more equitable society and I believe grassroots organization to be at the forefront of this effort.
For these reasons I would like to be a member of the OPRIG BODs and believe my skills and past experiences would make me well suited for the position.