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 2017-2018 consists of:
- Adele Beinaraviciute(Co-chair)
- Jaime Serra Lopes (Co-chair)
- Suzanne Broer (Secretary)
- Jelle Ages (External Communication)
- Lea Bonasera (Internal Communication)
Adele Beinaraviciute, Co-chair
Adele is a second-year Social Sciences student, focusing mainly on Cognition and Health, but also on Culture and Art. Acting as Co-Chair within the Student Council of 2017-2018, she will be working closely with students to encourage their engagement and active participation within their school and living environment through the focus groups, Voices events, and Tenants Association. Some of Adele’s main goals this year will be to promote better awareness of student health and well-being, and facilitate communication between students and faculty to ensure the most enriching academic and social experience for all members of the AUC community. Having an active and visible Council, she believes, is essential for the success she hopes to see in the development of these relationships and of the projects the team will be working on this year.
Jaime Serra Lopes, Co-chair
Jaime Serra Lopes is a second-year Social Sciences student who is mainly focusing on Economics, but is also highly interested in Mathematics and Political Philosophy. While he has seen student participation in AUC politics rising during the past year, he still thinks that youth participation is shockingly low. Amongst what he hopes to achieve next year is an improvement of tracks, the fostering of intellectual diversity at AUC, the enhanced visibility of the Student Council (not only amongst the student body, but also within the faculty and management) and a increased participation of students in politics in general. As Co-Chair of the Student Council, Jaime will coordinate the council’s meetings, set realistic goals and fulfil various representative tasks, such as attending governance meetings. He hopes to improve the feeling of academic citizenship and responsibility within the AUC community to ameliorate the well-being of students and the atmosphere around campus.
Suzanne Broer, Secretary
Suzanne is a third-year Social Sciences major focusing on law and psychology. After having made the pilgrimage from the north of the Netherlands down to AUC, she set her sights on the Student Council. In the Student Council, she will take on the position of Secretary, where she’ll take minutes and support the rest of the AUCSC members. Aside from this, Suzy will be focusing on the relationship between AUC and Master’s degree programmes, the efficient use of feedback to lecturers and courses, and enabling more students to go abroad or do more internships or community projects.
Jelle Ages, External Communications
Jelle is a third-year AUC student majoring in Social Sciences and focusing on Law. Honoured to be representing the student body during the upcoming academic year, he will mainly be responsible for external communications. This entails keeping in touch with AUC's parent universities (VU and UvA) and collaborating with other UC’s through the UCSRN’s Academic Committee. Moreover, he will also be a member of AUC’s Board of Studies, whose goals is to maintain the quality of the education at AUC. One area Jelle specifically wants to work on is the transition from AUC to Master's programmes. He also wants to investigate the possibilities to create more space for students to do long internships or go abroad without risking not meeting the graduation requirements.
Lea Bonasera, Internal Communications
Lea is a third-year Social Sciences and Humanities student focusing on terrorism, peace building and media. Within the Student Council, she will be responsible for Internal Communications, aiming to engage the student body and facilitate communication and transparency between students, lecturers, staff and management. Being incredibly excited to be in Student Council, she is looking forward to working on improving the student experience, pushing AUC forward academically and learning a lot from being a Student Council member.