AUC Student Council
The Student Council is the representative body of the students at AUC. The Student Council consists of five members elected by the students annually in May.
The Student Council is responsible for nominating representatives to take the four student seats in the AUC Board of Studies. The four teaching staff members together with the four student members nominated by the Student Council form the AUC Board of Studies.
The Student Council 2016-2017 consists of:
- Ellen Ackroyd (Co-chair)
- Sofija Stefanovic (Co-chair)
- Sarah Stapel (Secretary)
- Fatiya Munkaila (External Communication)
- Rayan Vugdalic (Internal Communication)
Ellen Ackroyd, Co-chair
Ellen is a second-year Social Sciences student, focusing on Human Rights in addition to Culture and Media. Within the Student Council she is one of the co-chairs, working with students on the Academic Core and Community Project/Internship focus group. She also represents the Right2Education initiative and works with them to ensure the sustainability of the project. She is also actively seeking to engage the student body and facilitate communication and transparency between students and teachers so as to ensure an enriching academic experience for all members of the AUC community. She hopes to help any student wishing to start something new at AUC and will take part in this creative process.
Sofija Stefanovic, Co-chair
Sofija is a second-year Sciences student taking courses from the Physics, Chemistry and Maths tracks. Although she believes AUC’s Student Council is already quite well-rooted in the student body, she wants to encourage more student participation and highlight the importance of effective agency of the student body as a co-chair of this year’s council. She sees participation in tackling relevant issues as not only an educational enrichment, but also a good attitude to nurture for any form of community and political action beyond and after AUC. Her tasks as the co-chair include, among other things, coordinating the council’s meetings, setting general goals and fulfilling various representative tasks. Some other specific projects Sofija is involved in include AUC’s Right2Education and working on assessing and improving Course Evaluations (AUC’s main feedback mechanism). Apart from this she is supervising the Sciences Focus group and is always willing to chat about improving AUC’s academic experience.
Sarah Stapel, Secretary
Sarah is a second-year Social Sciences major with a focus on Law and International Relations. Taking on the role of secretary, she is in charge of documenting the progress as well as working on communication. She also functions as the treasurer, handling expenses, and is part of the Tenants Association, fostering good relations between DUWO and AUC students. One of Sarah’s main goals within the Student Council is to establish a more active relationship between the council and the community at AUC in order to fully grasp the potential for positive change that AUCSC has to offer.
Fatiya Munkaila, External Communications
Fatiya is a third-year Humanities major with a focus on Literature and Culture. As External Communications Manager, she is responsible for maintaining as well as improving the student body's relationships with UvA, VU, other UC's and other external parties. In the coming year, she hopes to increase the network that AUC students can benefit from during and after their time at AUC. She looks forward to working with this year's team!
Rayan Vugdalic, Internal Communications
Rayan is a second-year Social Sciences major. He mainly focuses on Law, but is also highly interested in Political Science as well as International Relations. He is glad he will get to represent the student body, and is notably excited to give life to the ideas and values he studies in class – such as notions of democracy and justice. Moreover, he is particularly excited about being in charge of the Internal Communications role, and will do his best to better the visibility of the student council in AUC; not only with students, but also with management and faculty. He is willing to diversify the means to reach this goal, and is determined to find what works best for the AUC community.