Monica Khosla, the current president of IGNITE, says her work is not done.
“We’ve made amazing progress this year on a number of initiatives and I’d really like to help progress that even more next year,” said Khosla on why she is running for reelection this year.
The year business administration student said she has worked hard to earn students’ trust.
“They know that if they send me an email, they’ll get their inquiry or concern answered within 48 to 72 hours,” Khosla said.
Even if she isn’t able to solve student’s concerns, Khosla said she tries her hardest to direct them to the appropriate service that can.
“Whether it be IGNITE services or any other Humber or University of Guelph-Humber services,” Khosla said.
Accessibility was a major plank of her platform last year and Khosla said it remains one of her major concerns.
“Accessibility doesn’t have an end date,” she said. “So I’m never going to feel like my work is done in that sense.”
Khosla said she plans to keep moving those conversations forward and build on the progress made this year.
“We got really great responses from students and finding out what are the barriers that they’re experiencing in their classrooms,” she said.
Khosla says that she is concerned by the Ford government’s new Student Choice Initiative, and is committed to selling students on the fees that fund IGNITE.
“Communicate, communicate, communicate. That is my motto when it comes to dealing with the Student Choice Initiative,” Khosla said.
She said if IGNITE can’t communicate to students about its services and benefits of funding IGNITE, students will feel like the student union doesn’t do anything for them.
“It’s actually not true” the student union doesn’t do anything for students, she said. Khosla points to the range of services provided by the student association, such as the soup bar, and the sleep lounge.
She said it’s up to students themselves on whether or not to pay fees to IGNITE, but argues the benefits of opting into IGNITE outweigh the savings of opting out.
“If they still don’t think that it ultimately benefits them and it’s something that they don’ want to pay then that is completely their decision,” Khosla said. “You’re paying a very small fee at the end of the day to be exposed to many new opportunities many new services that can really help.”
Whatever level of funding is available next year, Khosla says she is committed to providing as close a level of service as before.
“There’s no reason why they should have a decreased level of service,” Khosla said.