SAGE Team (2019-2020)

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PRESIDENT

Linzey Corridon

Some Caribbean kid is lost,
drifting Northwards,
adding more two cents than ten
into his leaky memory bank.

My literary interests are fiercely rooted in the LGBTQ experience of Caribbean peoples at home and in the diaspora. As a former English Literature undergraduate turned Concordia graduate student, I continue to advocate for positive and rewarding student experiences at the university. I am embarking on my third year as a bookseller and coordinator of the Concordia Solidarity Co-op Bookstore. My time spent at the store allows for me to foster a myriad of relationships with both students and faculty. I’ve learnt about the many accomplishments and strengths of our program, but I also listen to all of the different ways in which our department ought to continue to grow and improve. As your representative, I will continue to listen and contribute to these conversations.

6.2 The President shall: i. Act as Chairperson at the first regular fall Council meeting until the Council votes upon a Chairperson. Once voted upon, that person will act as Chairperson at all regular Council meetings and at the SAGE General Assemblies; ii. Arrange for the Annual General Assembly in April; iii. Oversee the day-to-day management of SAGE, and ensure all other Council members are performing their duties as defined below; iv. Direct the implementation of Council resolutions; v. Act as the liaison between SAGE and the GSA, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and all external organizations; vi. Be the official spokesperson of SAGE; vii. Publish an annual report summarizing SAGE’s achievements and activities during the President’s term; viii. Have authority to create committees and delegate unto them the powers and tasks they choose; ix. Represent SAGE at Department of English faculty meetings; x. Carry out any other duty the Council deems relevant to the President portfolio.

VP INTERNAL

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Krystale Tremblay-Moll

I am second-year Master’s student in the academic stream. I also completed my Honours degree in English at Concordia. My main areas of interest are Caribbean and Latin American literature, as well as food and sensory studies. Family dynamics, diaspora, transculturation and identity politics are recurring themes in my work as they relate to my own mixed Dominican/Canadian heritage. Some of my favourite books include Angie Cruz’s Let It Rain Coffee and Justin Torres’ We the Animals.

6.3 The VP Internal shall: i. Assume responsibility over the academic and departmental direction of SAGE; ii. Represent SAGE at Department of English faculty meetings; iii. Serve as SAGE liaison with the faculty, staff, and undergraduate student associations within the Department of English for anything associated with the academic and creative streams; iv. Assume the responsibility of the President in the absence of the President; v. Support and aid the President in the course of their duties; vi. Appoint SAGE members as student representatives to committees within the department. vii. Carry out any other duty the Council deems relevant to the VP Internal portfolio.

VP SOCIAL

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Danaë Brandt

6.4 The VP Social shall: i. Assume responsibility over the social events put on by SAGE; ii. Organize events that connect SAGE members to students in other universities as well as events with the Concordia Association of Students in English (CASE); iii. Support and aid the President in the course of their duties; iv. Mobilize the SAGE membership’s participation in GSA, Teaching and Research Assistants at Concordia (TRAC), and other pertinent social and political causes; v. Manage the Graduate Lounge; vi. Carry out any other duty the Council deems relevant to the VP Social portfolio.

TREASURER

Hannah Green

6.6 The Treasurer shall: i. Chair the Budget Committee meetings; ii. Be responsible for the custody of all records, ledgers, receipts, or documents dealing with the financial affairs of SAGE.; iii. Be responsible for the SAGE accounting process and for all receipts and disbursements; iv. Be responsible for the administration of funds according to SAGE and for the preparation of all financial statements; v. Carry out any other duty the Council deems relevant to the Treasurer portfolio.

VP ADMINISTRATIVE

Brennan McCracken

I am a first year MA student in the academic stream. I come to Concordia from Halifax, where I did my undergraduate degree in English and Contemporary Studies at the University of King’s College and spent a lot of time by the ocean. My research interests include narratives of retreat, ecocriticism, attention and phenomenology. I am also a writer with a strong interest in contemporary cultural production and have published work with Maisonneuve, This Magazine, Musicworks and others.

6.5 The VP Administration shall: i. Record minutes at all Council meetings and General Assemblies; ii. Be the SAGE archivist and ensure the continuity of the association’s institutional memory; iii. Publish a newsletter twice per semester in the fall and winter semesters; iv. Develop online media and work with the media to advance the causes that Council deems important; v. Maintain the SAGE website including but not limited to updating current SAGE events, by-laws and minutes from Council meetings and General Assemblies; vi. Post relevant information on social media and maintain the SAGE social media accounts; vii. Liaison with the Graduate Program Assistant about SAGE events and affairs as well as CEVA; viii. Carry out any other duty the Council deems relevant to the VP Administration portfolio.

ACADEMIC REP

Valerie Amyot

I am a first-year master’s student, and I also did my BA in Honours English here at Concordia. My research interests involve questions of nationalism, identity, and belonging, specifically in the Québec context. I also love reading anything by Ana Castillo, especially her books The Mixquiahuala Letters and So Far From God. Some of my other academic interests include languages, psychology, and education. I’m very excited to join the SAGE team!

6.7 The Academic Rep shall: i. Serve as the SAGE liaison with the faculty, staff, and undergraduate student associations within the Department of English for anything associated with the academic stream, in cooperation with the VP Internal; ii. Represent SAGE at Department of English faculty meetings; iii. Coordinate English graduate student representation on the University’s academic and administrative organs, along with the President; iv. Carry out any other duty the Council deems relevant to the Academic Rep portfolio.

CREATIVE WRITING REPRESENTATIVE

Michael Shaw

6.8 i. Serve as the SAGE liaison with the faculty, staff, and undergraduate student associations within the Department of English for anything associated with the creative stream, in cooperation with the VP Internal; ii. Represent SAGE at the Department of English creative writing faculty meetings; iii. Sit on the Speakers’ Committee, to help determine speakers for various academic events; iv. Carry out any other duty the Council deems relevant to the Creative Rep portfolio.

Ph.D. REPRESENTATIVE

Jessica Ruzek

I am a second-year PhD student and English composition instructor. In my research, I concentrate on the environmental humanities, arboreal biopolitics, and postcolonial, decolonial, and media studies. In particular, I look at Canadian forestry infrastructures and policies, and representations of forested spaces in First Nations and settler-Canadian literatures. In addition to endless grading and researching, I spend my time looking at a lot of trees and contributing to a cross-country feminist book exchange called the Nightmare C***, which takes my love of female/femme friendships, marginalia, letter-writing, and commonplace books to a whole new beautiful level. Happy to be a part of SAGE!

6.11 The Ph.D. Rep shall: i. Serve as the SAGE liaison with the faculty, staff, and undergraduate student associations within the Department of English for anything associated with the Ph.D. stream, in cooperation with the VP Internal; ii. Give an opinion to the hiring committee in case of new departmental hires; iii. Represent SAGE at the Department of English faculty meetings; iv. Carry out any other duty the Council deems relevant to the Creative Rep portfolio.