The Student Alumni Council (SAC) is a team of students dedicated to connecting students and alumni at a deeper level. Members of the SAC act as student representatives at alumni and presidential events, while promoting the alumni network on campus and fostering campus pride. They also execute incredible events with alumni UBC, the university’s alumni association. The SAC is supported by President Ono and alumni UBC.
Meet the 2020 Student Alumni Council
Tiffany Lee, International Relations, 5th year (Dual Degree BA and Masters of Management)
Tiffany’s favourite campus involvements thus far include the UBC Scholars Community, in which she has played a leading role in since its inception, as well as being a First Year Experience Student Coordinator for UBC Jump Start. After two years as President of the AMS Musical Theatre Troupe, Tiffany now manages Eyagi Productions, a local theatre company. As a Presidential Scholar Award recipient, Tiffany is passionate about giving back to the UBC community.
Vibhuti Wadhwa, Economics & Political Science, 4th year
Pursuing a double major, Vibhuti is interested in examining the impact of political structures and economic policies on developing countries. Outside of class, she loves working as a Residence Advisor in UBC Residence Life. She has been involved in the Student Leadership Conference (SLC) for the past two years and is very excited to take on the role of Chair, working with the Planning Committee to create SLC 2021. She contributes to the Ubyssey and is an editor for The New Business Review (NBR).
Vice-President, Marketing & Media
Rachel Wan, English Literature, 4th year
Rachel has worked as the Digital Communications Coordinator for Student Programs with UBC Enrolment Services, the Scholars Community, the UBC Former Youth in Care Program and the UBC Financial Wellness Peers. She has also been part of the UBC Astronomy Club as the VP Social and the VP Promotions. In her spare time, Rachel is a poet who has contributed to several chapbooks and performed across many stages, such as the 2019 Hong Kong Spoken Word Festival and MOA’s Sound House: Awoken Word series.
Vice-President, Alumni Relations
Ashley Samsone, Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies, 5th year
After her first excavation in Romania in 2019, Ashley wants to promote the preservation of modern and ancient cultures. Since 2017, she has been involved with the UBC Scandinavian and Nordic Cultural Association, as well as the Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies Student Association, sitting as President from 2018-2020. Ashley is also involved with the UBC Players Club and Arts for Awareness.
Vice-President, Community Engagement
Grant Phillips-Hing, Kinesiology, 4th year
Grant has been involved in the Kin Community by creating a program called Campus KINnections, pairing over 100 students in year-long partnerships focused on better integrating incoming students into the faculty through peer-mentorship. He has also been a Residence Advisor for the past two years in Totem Park and is a member of the UBC University Singers and Water Polo club.
Sofia Allueva, Political Science, 3rd year
Sofia is currently a Residence Advisor, Student Ambassador, and Student Alumni Council member. Sofia has also volunteered with on campus groups such as the UBC Humanitarian Organization for Providing Empowerment (H.O.P.E.), where she was a Chapman Innovation Grant project leader. As someone who is passionate about the UBC community, Sofia looks forward to continuing to engage with campus involvement opportunities during and beyond her degree.
Nicola Bodnarchuk, Global Resource Systems, 3rd year
Nicola is passionate about the communities in which she lives and serves, having volunteered as a First Responder and in international outreach initiatives. Within the UBC community, she is a Collegia Advisor and the founder of ‘Knit-Wits’, a project to facilitate youth empowerment and discussion through participation in knitting circles. She looks forward to contributing to the development of broader alumni and student engagement strategies.
Paige Furlan, Philosophy, 5th year
Paige strives for equity and inclusion in all her endeavors. Throughout her work with UBC Arts Undergraduate Society, UBC Sororities and Order of Omega UBC, she has developed her interpersonal skills and leadership abilities. In relation to her academics, she wants to continue her studies post-grad in Biomedical Ethics. She is looking forward to aiding in the development of the council’s marketing and media strategies.
Jerome Goddard, Political Science, 4th year
Jerome has served as the AVP University Affairs in the Alma Mater Society, as well as other roles in the Arts Undergraduate Society and on AMS Council. For the last two years, he has been on the organizing team of Drop the Puck for Mental Health, a hockey initiative that has raised over $40,000 for the Canadian Mental Health Association. He has also been involved with the UBC Student Legal Fund Society, UBC Recreation and Congress 2019.
Agnes Ho, Linguistics, 4th year
As a member of the Marketing and Media committee, Agnes looks forward to creating events and campaigns that connect alumni and students. She is excited to be a part of the Student Alumni Council, creating momentum and passing on UBC’s traditions to new generations of UBC students.
Eric Liu, Pharmacology, 4th year
For the past year, Eric has been pursuing active research in the Van Petegem Lab in the Life Sciences Center. Since first stepping foot on campus, Eric has held various leadership positions in his fraternity, notably Executive Secretary and Vice President Internal. He was recently elected as the Vice President of Member Development for the Inter-Fraternity Council. In his free time, Eric enjoys immersing himself in music as a DJ.
Nikita Mehrotra, Psychology, 4th year (Dual Degree BA and Masters of Management)
Nikita has lived in different socio-cultural geographic regions in Asia, Africa, Europe, & the Middle East, which has shown her the importance of embracing diversity and intercultural experiences. She is involved with the Social Cognition Lab as a Research Assistant and is a part of the executive team of her program’s student association (B+MMSA). She loves organizing events that allow her to work with a variety of people and fostering community through team bonding events.
Adan Moallemi, Biology, 4th year
Over the past three years, Adan has been involved in various organizations on campus. In his second year, he created the first “Drop the Puck for Mental Health” philanthropy hockey game, raising over $10,000 for the Canadian Mental Health Association. This year, that same event raised over $30,000! Recently, Adan served as the President of the Inter-Fraternity Council where he gained a plethora of leadership experiences. Adan is very excited to increase engagement with alumni this year.
Sabrina Ouyang, Biology, 5th year
Sabrina loves learning about diverse cultures and lived experiences. She has been actively involved in the UBC community these past four years, from co-leading the Chinese Students’ Association to being a Global Ambassador. In her free time, Sabrina enjoys backpacking in BC backcountry, going on spontaneous road trips, or flying a Cessna 172 around the Lower Mainland.
Will Oxtoby, Honours Philosophy and Computer Science, 3rd year
Raised in Kelowna, Will moved to UBC Vancouver to experience the diverse community that the university offered. Will has worked as a Residence Advisor in c̓əsnaʔəm House in Totem Park and will return to the role in Place Vanier. Will is excited to continue his work as an RA, a Student Ambassador and a Student Alumni Council member.
Huy Pham, Commerce, 2nd year
Huy is a creative problem solver who deals with rising challenges and always looks for what may be improved. As a member of the SAC, he hopes to lead by being a positive influence and to help empower everyone. His previous experience includes the role of President of the Student Council at his secondary school and a Junior Event Executive with the Vietnamese Student Society. UBC has given him a multicultural environment, a world of new knowledge, and an independent life to rediscover his core values.
Taarika Rajani, Psychology, 3rd year (Dual Degree BA and Masters of Management)
As an international student, Taarika is passionate about finding opportunities to foster community for students. She has been involved as a first year representative in residence and in the Arts Undergraduate Society before going on to work as a Residence Advisor in Totem Park. Last year, she developed event management skills and gained confidence in reaching out to business professionals and alumni as VP Events of the B+MM Student Association.
Cody Rector, Food and Nutritional Science, 2nd year
Cody’s main interests lie in food and finances. Before coming to UBC, he studied Culinary Arts at the Culinary Institute of Canada in P.E.I and went on to acquire his Red Seal. Recently, he passed the Life License Qualification Program and is awaiting his financial license. During his time at UBC, he has continued his interest in food by staying actively involved with Agora Café, a student run café with more than 100 volunteers.
Lucas Rempel, Honours Integrated Sciences, 4th year
Lucas is passionate about research in regenerative medicine and has presented at academic conferences in Canada and the United States. On campus, he enjoys collaborating with clubs in the Alma Mater Society such as VICE and the Sexual Assault Support Centre to create initiatives that support student wellbeing and safety. He has also been extensively involved in UBC Orientation programs such as Imagine and Jumpstart.
Victoria Schuster, Engineering Physics, 4th year
Victoria is a UBC Varsity Athlete on the Women’s Rowing Team, sitting as a coxswain in the Lightweight Four team this past year. Academically, she is passionate about the biomedical applications of fluid dynamics, electricity and magnetism, which she has pursued through research at the University of Alberta’s Aerosol Lab. She is also a student mentor in the Engineering Physics’ mentorship program, and a teaching assistant in the Computer Engineering Department.
Olivia Stedman, Psychology and International Relations, 3rd year
Originally from Vancouver Island, Olivia wants to work in the international sector of Humanitarian and Criminal Law. Outside of class, Olivia has been the marketing officer for the Hope for Happiness program, the Recruitment Lead for the UBC HOPE Women’s Initiative, the Program Ambassador for the UBC Scholars Community, and is the founder of the UBC Youth Empowerment Program.
Harresh Thayakaanthan, Behavioural Neuroscience, 4th year
Harresh has been involved with UBC Residences, having recently acted as the President of the Totem Park Residence Association and the President of the Residence Hall Association. His areas of interest include biking, watching psychological thrillers, reading books, and eating chocolate.
Harjot Uppal, Integrated Sciences Honours, 3rd year
Harjot is very passionate about supporting students and building a strong sense of community to promote healthy social behaviors and mental health. Her experience includes acting as a cultural ambassador for UBC’s Faculty of Medicine, coordinating the Science Undergraduate Society mentorship program, and co-chairing the MedX Vancouver Conference.
Melody Wang, Food, Nutrition, and Health, 4th year
Born and raised in Victoria, B.C., Melody moved to Vancouver for her first year at UBC. Since then, she has sought out different involvement opportunities, such as working with UBC Residence Life and UBC Recreation Intramurals. Outside of school, Melody dedicates most of her time towards her love of dancing, as she has been for the past 15 years! In the future, Melody hopes to experience more of the world, continue her schooling, and work towards improving global health.
Ryan Wong, International Economics, 3rd year
Ryan is extremely excited to be a part of the inaugural Student Alumni Council. While he is originally from Mississauga, Ontario, he has found studying at UBC to be a life-changing and wonderful experience. He brings an extensive amount of leadership and student advocacy experiences, including the role of President of the Vancouver School of Economics Undergraduate Society, an incoming AMS Councilor, and sitting on the Student Legal Fund Society Board of Directors.
Olivia Zywicki, Art History, 3rd year
Olivia has been involved on campus through her role as a Student Ambassador at the Robert H Lee Alumni Center. She enjoys working with both students and alumni and the opportunity to interact with them through various events and offers. She finds it exciting to get to know the wide range of people within the UBC community. She loves UBC and is proud to be a part of the network of people that make it such a wonderful environment.
Graduate Student Representative
Alireza Kamyabi, Neuroscience, MSc.
Alireza completed his BSc. in biology at UBC and is now a medical student studying the properties and functional roles of glia cells in the brain. Having been involved in student governance, he led discussions with faculty and admin to advocate for a neuroscience major at UBC, which has since been implemented. Alireza is a Councilor, Chair of Strategic Planning and incoming VP External at the Graduate Student Society (GSS), as well as Councilor and Graduate Student Representative at the Alma Mater Society (AMS).
Contact information for further inquiries
Alumni Engagement Coordinator – Student Alumni Council