Rohit Shukla voted next SGPS Vice-President (Graduate)

Shukla received 53.4 per cent of the vote in contested election

Shukla won 53.4 per cent of the vote.
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Rohit Shukla was elected Vice-President (Graduate) of the Society of Graduate and Professional Studies (SGPS) for the 2021-22 year on March 18. 

He won 53.4 per cent of the vote over opposing candidate Darren Zanussi. 

Though the SGPS held its presidential and vice-presidential election in February, no candidates came forward for the position of Vice-President (Graduate). This election was completed as part of a by-election in March.

Shukla is currently pursuing a PhD in the Department of Civil Engineering and serves as the International Student Affairs Commissioner at the SGPS, according to the platform released on the Society’s website.

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In this role, he has helped create an Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Indigeneity (EDII) resource guide and organized the International Scholarship Award, Campus to Career workshop, and Global Grub cooking club. 

He also hosted student check-ins to create an international graduate student community.  

As Vice-President (Graduate), Shukla intends to lobby for issues including the allocation of graduate spaces amid the campus shutdown; a funding extension of one year from the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) due to loss of research time; and mandatory fee reduction for students who are unable to use services on campus. 

He also wants to remove structural barriers for completing theses on time, provide mental health support for graduate students, and advocate for more equitable academic policies.

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