Growing up in Dhaka, Bangladesh (one of the wettest places on earth) prepared Marium well for life in rainy Vancouver. Currently in her fifth and final year at UBC, Marium, very generously, decided to devote much of her last year to the AMS, focusing on three key areas: making services more accessible, improving the student experience, and engaging students in communications and advocacy. These ambitions leave her very little spare time, but when she can steal away some time for herself, it’s usually spent reading. Fun fact, she once read 100 books in one summer! Her favorite spot to relax on campus is The Reflecting Pool behind the MOA, made even better with a Blue Chip Marbellous cookie in hand.
Marium is the public face of the AMS, and responsible for too many things to list. Crucially though, she sets the agenda for weekly Council meetings and makes sure the policies and procedures of Council are properly implemented.
Max is in his third year at UBC and, more importantly, his second year as VPAUA. In his role, he fights for AMS members on topics like greater affordability, better research opportunities, commitment to equity, and student well-being. Outside of the AMS, Max spends time meditating, playing computer games, or just enjoying the great outdoors in Pacific Spirit Park. He can never turn down the chicken caesar wrap with yam fries from the Gallery and believes that grabbing a drink with friends brings genuine health benefits, which might be true, or a justification for all those happy hour pitchers at the Gallery. Hailing from New Hope, Pennsylvania, he’s the American contingent on the team and is studying at UBC to earn his Bachelors of Arts.
Enough about Max though, how can he help you? Max acts as a go-between for concerned students and the university administration. He can help you talk to the university about ideas you have or issues you face concerning education, health, well-being, safety, and pretty much anything else.
Cristina grew up in Vancouver’s suburbs but is a city girl at heart. She fits perfectly into exciting places where lots of things are happening and can socialize to her hearts content any time of day; preferably after coffee in the morning. Her degree in interdisciplinary studies connects her many interests in political science; economics; and gender, race, and social justice; and her all-round enthusiasm for most things translates to her free time too. From new breweries in town to new bands at a local spot, you can count on Cristina to be involved before it becomes a thing. Her favorite spots on campus is the tree grove past the Forestry building, which she describes as a magical place while noting the importance of a coffee shop nearby. In Cristina’s words: ‘caffeine is magical too’, so maybe that’s the source of her boundless energy…
Cristina is here to advocate for you and build campaigns that make a difference to your life as a student. She lobbies to the government on students issues, like fees and housing, and strikes killer deals with public transit. This is where you come in! Check out the Advocacy & Campaigns page under Get Involved and see how your voice can make a difference.
Kuol considers three places ‘home’: Tonj in South Sudan, Nairobi and Vancouver. But for the time being, we’re lucky enough to have him here in Vancouver! He believes that any good day starts with breakfast at Blue Chip and typically can be found in The Gallery on Friday afternoons. Studying Commerce, with a Major in Operations and Logistics and a Minor in Law and Society, Kuol is the business-minded individual needed at the helm of AMS finances. But despite being a wizard with numbers, he doesn’t favour them over people, not one bit. In fact, with an open-door policy, you can be sure of a warm greeting from Kuol if you drop by for a chat, whether it’s AMS related or not. So swing by and introduce yourself.
Kuol works with businesses, clubs and the administration to make sure everything is on the straight and narrow, chairs the Finance Commission, and sits on the CiTR board of directors. He also works with the Sustainability Coordinator to ensure financial and ethical goals are achieved harmoniously. Chat to him about anything relating to AMS numbers.
Originally from Jordan, Chris moved to Vancouver to pursue his dreams of working at the AMS. Or maybe it was to study at UBC? Working towards a degree in Political Science, his role at the AMS couldn’t be more suited to his interest and understanding of how political structures in government-like institutions work, and the authority that comes with various positions. We’ll leave that to him. When he’s not looking after the smooth running of 350 AMS Clubs, the Hatch Art Gallery, and various other projects, he’s usually at the gym or sleeping, which, for the most part we believe. But come 5pm, you’ll often find him in the Gallery with a beer in hand. Porch is a firm lunch favorite, although he’s easily tempted by the Gallery menu at any time of day. Apart from the Nest, of course, Chris’ favorite spot on campus is the Piper Fountain on Main Mall.
Chris is here to make sure that each of the 350 AMS Clubs offer something unique to the students of UBC; the Hatch Art Gallery continues to successfully exhibit student and non-student art of all mediums; and, student organizations are properly staffed and functioning. He's also your go-to guy for many other aspects of student life and the AMS Nest, so feel free to get in touch if you're unsure where your worry lies.