Ahoy there! My name is Meg Sutton, and I am a second year CDP student from Halifax, Nova Scotia. I am interested in the Secretary position for MUSSA because I have a knack for agendas, organization, and colour coordination. I’m also eager to get to know and help my fellow peers everywhere I go! In my undergrad, I served on the Carleton Journalism Society (JSOC) for four years as the Events Coordinator and Social Media Manager. This has given me the experience of working on a student-led team, as well as the job specific tasks such as society branding, student experience, and spreading program information. Last year, I witnessed how much MUSSA does for the iSchool community both professionally and personally, so I look forward to giving back. Thank you in advance!
By voting me as MUSSA secretary, you're voting for someone whose reliable and organized. Along with these skills, is the desire to support my fellow peers. As a potential executive member of MUSSA, I would like to extend a promise to uphold the duties of secretary and council charter. I look forward to stand by the interests of my peers on council.
Hello colleagues and/or fellow classmates! My name is Ana Villegas and I am running for the Executive Position of MUSSA’s Secretary. I am in my first year of my Master of Museum Studies with a collaboration in Jewish Studies. I chose to run for this election because I have a desire and goal to be involved more in my program. As a self-proclaimed “organization freak”, believe I have what it takes to effectively record, coordinate, and distribute any knowledge, ideas or opinions offered by students, faculty, and council members. Most importantly, I have strict principles founded on equality, equity, and justice. I would ensure that everybody’s voice be heard and appropriately represented. As for my skills, I was a notetaker for two years in the Student Accessibility Services program when I attended Trent University during my Bachelor’s. I was also the Newspaper Article Writer for my hometown’s museum last summer. Your vote would be much appreciated!
Johanna Cecilia Hill
Hiya, I’m Johanna! I’m a first-year CDP student whose favourite font is Batang (but I can’t say no to Calibri Light) and I have a 1,986-day Duolingo streak. My claim to fame is that I met Shawn Mendes at a house party once in 2015 (and said ‘excuse me’ to get water from the fridge – fun, huh?) Now that you basically know everything about me, *I* would like to help *you* know everything that goes on at MUSSA meetings, and assist in getting the word out about what’s going on with council through various socials as MUSSA secretary this coming year. I know I’m up for the task with my previous experience creating and editing council minutes as the undersecretary of my high school’s student council, being an accredited volunteer notetaker throughout my undergrad, as well as auditing minutes as the assistant to the director of student engagement at Trent Durham last year. I am excited to learn about postgrad student council and contribute to MUSSA's organisation this year! Thank you!
One of the greatest tools at our disposal within the MMSt program is our strong community. However, due to COVID-19, many of us have not had the opportunity to properly get to know one another. Social events such as the ones I would plan as Social Chair are not only a great way to unwind, but provide opportunities to network with our peers and other community members. I'd love to be a part of helping form these career-long bonds, and make everyone's experience at the iSchool an enjoyable and enriching one. Thank you for your consideration.
I am a first year Master of Museums Studies student from Edmonton. Throughout my undergrad, I helped plan and run events at my library and local bookstore which helped me gain valuable organizational skills as well as made me realize how much I enjoy planning and hosting events. I would love to have the opportunity to expand on these skills while also getting more involved with the MMSt community.
My name is Renée Engelke and I am running for the position of Social Assistant. I want to help build an engaged community among Museum Studies students. I have experience planning events and doing logistics for programs through my work as a Residence Don and I am committed to helping create a fun and exciting year for everyone. A random fun fact about me is that I had hamsters named after Lord of the Rings characters growing up.
Social Media Assistant
I nominate myself, Abera Rajendran, for the position of Social Media Assistant in the Master of Museum Studies Student Association. I am a first-year Mmst student who has held this position throughout various clubs and levies during undergrad at UofT. Some of the clubs and levies I was involved with include Victoria College Athletic Association, The Cat's Eye Pub and Lounge, Tamil Student Association and Phoenix Dance Club. I enjoyed being able to reach out to people through online platforms and having them attend events. I would love to bring that experience and be more involved by becoming a part of MUSSA. I look forward to the events that will be taking place and am excited to do my part in promoting events so that our campus community continues to grow!
First Year Representative
Hi there! My name is Jessica Fisher (she/her) and I’m running for the position of First Year Representative on the MUSSA council for this academic year. Last spring I graduated with my Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Art History from U of T. I have previous experience within student groups at the university, and in the past have served as Treasurer (2019-20) and Vice President of Communications (2020-21) for the organisation RefugeAid UofT. In my spare time I love to cook, explore Toronto with friends, make friends with neighbourhood pets and, of course, visit museums and galleries wherever possible. I’d love the opportunity to meet and get to know everyone better and to represent my fellow cohort this year. Feel free to reach out, online or in person, and say hi! :)
Musings Communication Officer
As a potential member of MUSSA, I’m excited for the possibility of supporting both my fellow students and council members. In nominating myself for these positions – I bring with it years of experience and education. I believe my background within media and communications would lend a unique skillset that would be beneficial to both the council and my peers. I look forward to utilizing my knowledge and experiences to the betterment of the MMSt program.
Hi peers and/or fellow classmates! My name is Ana Villegas and I am campaigning for the MUSSA’s Committee Position of Musings Communications Officer. I am in my first year of my Master of Museum Studies with a collaboration in Jewish Studies. I also have an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History from Trent University. As a reflection on my past endeavours during my previous studies, I decided that I wanted to participate and be more involved in my program and my university. From my time in the Thunder Bay Museum, I have worked with all different sorts of people in various levels in the museum environment. Communication was key when I was the Newspaper Article Writer as I had to simultaneously attend the needs and expectations of the local audience, the curator, and the director. Thus, not only do I have skills in multi-tasking and time management, but I also have teamwork and communication skills which would be required for someone to do this job effectively.
As the MUSING’s Communication Officer, I would make sure every voice is heard. With a degree in Journalism, being responsible for the administration between committees and the wider community seems like the perfect job! I have experience building blogs for museums like the Royal Tyrrell Museum in addition to yearbooks, so I understand the work that MUSINGS, its writers, and editors put in to bring such a professional product to our screens. I also have served on various committees and societies similar to MUSINGS so I recognize the need for quick and concise notes. If chosen to be the liaison and communication officer, I promise to assist however necessary for the MUSINGS team and broader community. Thank you for your consideration!
Second Year Tech Fund Representative
Hi, I'm Loren and I'm applying for the position of Second-Year Tech Fund Representative! I worked with the Visual Arts Student Association at the University of Ottawa as the VP of University Affairs, and I was also the Communications Officer at Gallery 115. I have previous experience volunteering in student associations (translating documents, preparing communications material, organizing events and fundraisers, etc.) and I'd love to get involved with MUSSA to help communicate the interests and needs of students in our program. I’m looking forward to learning with everyone and hopefully being able to represent us at the tech committee!
First Year Tech Fund Representative
Alumni Association Representative
My name is Megan, and I'm interested in becoming MUSSA's Alumni Association Representative. I was drawn to this position because due to COVID, I haven't been able to connect with my MMSt peers as much as I would like. I'm hoping that through this position, I can create meaningful bonds with my fellow students and continue our relationship even after we graduate. Given that each of us will be graduating to become professionals in the museum field, I think it's vital that we retain strong connections to foster unity among the cultural heritage community. I would be thrilled to help maintain a bond among our colleagues, who after all have much in common already after the tumultuous circumstances surrounding COVID-19. I'm hoping that through this position, I can nurture and continue these bonds.