Aditya Rao: leadership and social justice

You might be familiar with his face, from his campaign posters from last year’s SU presidential election. Adi talked about making the Students’ Union a more social justice-oriented institution, an argument that resonated among many students who were growing tired of the buzzwords from the SU elections. Although his bid for presidency was unsuccessful, Adi started a conversation about social justice and the role of Students’ Union in today’s society.

Adi has more stories than this; he was the representative of all students passionate about social justice here at the University of Alberta during his time on campus. He worked extensively with World University Service of Canada, which brings a refugee student to the U of A every year. He also worked with STAND, John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, and the Alberta Public Interest Research Group (APIRG) throughout his undergraduate degree. Adi also served as an arts councillor, as part of the SUPA (Students United for Progressive Action), and also as the president of the Residence Hall Association in his last year.

Furthermore, Adi has been deeply involved in provincial and federal politics, having run for the MLA seat in Drumheller-Stettler as an NDP candidate while he still a student, and working to make the Campus NDP a prominent student group on campus. Currently, Adi works as the constituency assistant for Linda Duncan, the Member of Parliament serving the Strathcona district.

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