As your Student Council, our main priority to make sure that the voices of all AUC students are properly represented. We protect students' interests by reviewing important documents, giving feedback on current AUC proceedings, and starting our own projects. We work closely with other representative bodies at AUC as well as our own student community. We are passionate about creating an AUC where students can thrive academically, while also maintaining a healthy personal life.
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The AUC Student Council (AUCSC) is a participatory governing body formed by five elected students who represent the interests of their peers regarding all aspects of student life at AUC, including academics, well-being and diversity. By doing so, we bridge the gap between the student community, AUC management, the faculty and external bodies such as DUWO, the Universiteit van Amsterdam (UvA) and the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU).
This year, the Student Council is led by two co-chairs, Cat Gelderloos and Ema Torcato. Mickey Luzzatto will be serving as our Visibility Officer and focus on transparency of the Student Council. The role of External Affairs Officer will be filled by Emma Ricci, who will aim to strengthen connections with external bodies. Our Communications Officer Wanji Kabanga is in charge of all our communication platforms. The Student Council is supported by our Student Assistant, Natal Zaghal. Together, we aim to make AUC a more connected community.
Cat is a third-year Social Sciences major, from the Netherlands, studying sociology, political science, and international relations. They are the co-chair of the Student Council together with Ema, responsible for direct communication with the AUC Management Team, ensuring effective and collaborative board dynamics, and serving as the team's representative. Cat's responsibilities lie with academics and diversity, which will include participating in the AS&P revision cycle, helping with the AUCNext project and being part of the Diversity Leading Group (DLG), among other tasks.
Ema is a second-year student in the Social Science major, from Portugal, and is doing the international relations track. They will serve as one of the co-chairs of the Student Council. She will represent the group as a whole in this capacity, monitor the Student Council's current projects, and ensure everyone works alongside one another. In terms of portfolios, Ema will be the main point of contact for mental health and well-being, and she will also work in the tutor system, voices of AUC, and help Wanji review AUC’s budget, among others.
Mickey is a British-Italian third-year student at AUC and is currently taking the daunting jump from the Sciences to the Humanities major. Mickey is the Visibility Officer of this year's student council, with the aim to promote the board and increase its reach among students. Other points of focus include the AS&P revision cycle, the AUCNext project, and more visions for exciting new projects. Overall the main three pillars Mickey will work on are visibility, transparency, and sustainability.
Emma is a third-year Social Sciences student, from Italy, who has very little clue what track they are sticking to. Emma will be the External Affairs Officer for the Student Council, which means they will be the one keeping in touch with the parent universities and DUWO. Emma will also be involved in some projects within AUC and will work with the other board members on students' well-being and transparency.
Wanji is a second-year Sciences major, from Kenya, focusing on biomedicine and neuroscience. They are the Communications Officer, responsible for handling communications and social media of the Student Council. Wanji will be involved with projects in regards to Diversity, Voices of AUC, Treasury, Budget review, attendance policy and more.
Natal is a third year Science major focusing on Biomedicine. She is from Palestine, Arabic is her first language, and she loves travelling. As our Student Council’s Student Assistant, Natal will be responsible for taking minutes during internal meetings, managing the Zoho Workdrive and project management tools. She will support the Student Council in all their tasks and efforts to make AUC a better community for us students