Natalia Iwanek

Natalia Iwanek
Vice-President Community & Wellness
vpcw@ausu.org

Hi, fellow AU Students and AUSU Members!

My name is Natalia (she/they), and I would like to thank everyone who voted in the election as I’m so excited to continue advocating on everyone’s behalf. Before I begin, I’d like to gratefully and respectfully acknowledge that I am an immigrant settler working on the lands of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee, and the Wendat peoples.

I am currently completing my Bachelor of Arts – English major and Political Science minor. During my time at AU, I have tried to get as involved as is possible at an online institution. Before joining Council, I was the AUSU monthly Council Meeting Reporter and have been a weekly writer for our student newspaper, The Voice Magazine. At AUSU, I previously served as VP External and Student Affairs (VPEX), as well as the first VP Community and Wellness (VPCW). 

My priorities are affordability, accountability, and accessibility. I believe in reduced tuition rates for all learners, including those out-of-province / country, as the pandemic continues to affect AU’s unique student demographics. I believe in tutor accountability, which includes ensuring marking times and feedback standards. I also value accessibility, in terms of alternate assessments, choice in textbook formats, choice in proctoring, and the need for updated course content and timely revisions. Finally, I strive for inclusive spaces. 

I have been very involved in Committee work, as co-chair of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee (EDI), chair of the Member Engagement and Communications Committee (MECC), chair of the Student Advisory Committee (SAC), and liaison to the Indigenous Circle. I also worked toward creating events, such as Pride Month and Black History Month, improving support and reducing systemic barriers. I would love to continue building our virtual student community and creating equitable, safe and, accessible spaces for all students.

If you have any questions, concerns, or would just like to chat, feel free to send me a message. I look forward to hearing from you!

Natalia Iwanek
Vice-President Community & Wellness
vpcw@ausu.org