ABOUT US

ACSA is an integral part of the UBC Arts co-op student experience. We provide valuable opportunities to connect with mentors, learn through workshops, make new connections, and more.


ACSA TEAM

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Prerna Dugar | President
 
Hello, I’m Prerna, ACSA’s President for the 2020/2021 academic year. Here are some things you should know about me!
I’ve recently completed an 8 month work term at BC Public Service, Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness within the International Trade Division.
Co-op is an opportunity for me to build a professional network, explore my career options and test my skills in a more competitive setting.
To prevent burnout, the best way for me to recharge is by reading a book at the beach or by exploring the city!
 
 

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Chaitali Soni | Professional Development Chair

Hey everyone, I’m Chai, ACSA’s Professional Development Chair for the 2020/2021 academic year. Here are some things you should know about me!
I’m currently looking for co-op positions pertaining to marketing, administration and customer service. In terms of a sector preference, I am open to both the private and public sectors.
So what does co-op mean to me? I would say that it provides me an opportunity to work on myself and explore my interests. That way, I have a better idea of what type of work I would like to do in the future.Ever since I was 3 years old, I fell in love with dancing and have continued to dance. Additionally, I am a big health and beauty advocate and perform skincare routines to help me recharge.


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Ria Gupta | Professional Development Chair

Hi everyone, I’m Ria, ACSA’s Professional Development Chair for the 2020/2021 academic year. Here are some things you should know about me!
As I look for co-op positions, I am interested in seeking various student support positions at UBC, digital marketing positions, as well as wanting to work for organizations like the Canadian Mental Health Association.
When I think of what co-op means to me, I think it is a great opportunity to find my own fit. This is the only time I can experiment with being a part of different sectors for 4-8 months.
My hobbies include dancing, listening to music, and cooking!


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Angela Fu | Social Media Chair

Hello, I’m Angela, ACSA’s Social Media Chair for the 2020/2021 academic year. Here are some things you should know about me!
I have not done any co-op terms yet but I’m interested in exploring jobs related to event planning.
When people ask me what co-op means to me, I would say that it is an opportunity to build myself professionally. It is also a gateway to explore new experiences and to be part of a community of people who share the same goals.
I recharge my energy by spending time with family and friends! I also like to travel and watch old Disney channel shows!


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Johnny Zhou | Treasurer

Hi there, I’m Johnny, ACSA’s Treasurer for the 2020/2021 academic year. Here are some things you should know about me!
Last year, I completed an 8 month work term with BC Housing within Supply Chain Management. I managed ERP systems, communicated with vendors and contractors, as well as learning about public procurement. I was recently called back to BC Housing Applicant Services to assist with the BC-TRS program.
Co-op means many things to me, such as developing your personal career path and meeting new connections. The whole goal is to discover experiences and learn skills that will make you successful down the road.
When I feel burned out, I recharge by exercising as I am a big health and fitness geek. Additionally, I enjoy to spend time with my family and friends, as well as taking my car to car meets.


Amanda Domagala | Marketing Chair

Hi, I’m Amanda, the ACSA Marketing Chair for the 2020/2021 academic year. Here are some things you should know about me!I completed an 8 month work term with the UBC Thunderbirds as a social media coordinator. Along with writing sports media articles, I ran the social media accounts that covered UBC’s varsity sports teams. I will be hoping to do my third work term this summer in a media related field.  I can say that the co-op program enables me to not only graduate with a degree, but also with useful work experience and confidence in my own abilities. It helps me learn what I like and what I do not like, and how I can adapt those qualities to my future career plans. I recharge by creating in my art journal and playing Animal Crossing with friends.


Hayley Banks | Mentorship Chair

Hello everyone, I’m Hayley, serving as your ACSA Mentorship chair for the 2020/2021 academic year. Here are some things you should know about me!I am currently working as a Development Assistant at UGM, which is a Non-Profit on the Downtown Eastside. I am really enjoying my first co-op term here, and I have learned more than I ever thought I could! For future positions, I am considering venturing into more Government-related positions, but am open to a variety of roles.To me, co-op means taking a step out of your comfort zone. It means exploring all of the new possibilities that the working world can provide, even if it involves a bit of trial and error as you figure out what works for you. It is a unique opportunity to gain exposure to the world in a focused and directed way.I take time to recharge myself by spending time with friends and exploring Vancouver’s many delicious restaurants!