Joshua Grondin is a fourth-year Economics and International Relations student. He is currently the UTSU’s Associate VP External and the Social Sciences representative on the Arts & Science Council.
In the past, Grondin has been involved with student groups such as Amnesty International and an orphan sponsorship program.
He wants to remove “a lot of the pettiness that follows the UTSU,” and get back to what he sees as the core of the UTSU’s mandate: “Representing our students on campus and… making their lives easier.”
He plans to do this by lobbying against the university’s potential mandatory leave of absence policy, increase online voting accessibility, introduce a grade forgiveness program, and improve accommodation for students with mental health problems.
“If nothing else, I’m just a relatable candidate,” he said. He said that he faces issues many students share and believes he could make the university more aware of them.
— With files from Kaitlyn Simpson