My name is Isuru Perera-Somasinghe and I am the incumbent Vice President of Academic Affairs for the 2013-2014 academic year. I have been an active participant of student organization and leadership since my high school days back home in Sri Lanka, but my leadership qualities have been enhanced significantly ever since I joined the IC SGA. I served as the Senator for the School of Humanities and Sciences during my first year and I was the Vice President of Academic Affairs last year as well. I am very excited for my role this academic year.
To give you a brief overview of what I want to do in my position, I’d like to highlight 3 main areas:
1) I want to establish strong relationships with each of the Deans of the respective academic schools via direct meetings and through the current school Senators within the SGA. I believe this is important because it aids in the process of increasing transparency and outreach to every single student in IC.
2) Working with the Deans Advisory Council of each school, through each School Senator, thereby gaining a thorough understanding of what other student leaders, within their schools, feel myself and the SGA can do to help improve the academic lives of the students.
3) I want to make a conscious effort to sit on every meeting applicable to my position. For example- the Academic Policy Committee, the Retention Committee and the Dean’s Advisory Committees. I believe this will give me the best opportunity to speak on behalf of the student body while also hearing the concerns of other students. In addition to this, I will personally appoint students to each of these committees in order to ensure maximum student participation and presence during the discussion of vital campus-wide academic issues.
All in all, I am extremely excited for this year and I hope to perform my duties to the highest level possible thereby validating your votes for our Executive Board that helped place me in this extremely gratifying position. Please contact me if you have any concerns regarding my position or any concerns in general. Thank you for your time and I hope you all have a splendid year ahead of you!