March 30 was the deadline for nominations for our 2015-2016 candidates and we are pleased to present you with the following slate of candidates. Elections will take place in two weeks, along with a request to ratify our 2015-2016 budget.
President - Kristie Bailey (Political Science)
Originally from Grand Rapids, MI, I began my higher education at Grand Rapids Community College, where I earned my associate degree. I earned my B.A. in philosophy and political science from Aquinas College. I’m a third-year PhD student of political science at WMU. My fields are political theory and American politics. In particular, I’m interested in radical democratic theory and queer theory. I’m preparing to teach National Government in the fall.
The teaching, research, and service aspects of my identity need not be in conflict. Nor need they be separate. Part of my newfangled grad school survival strategy includes finding ways to apply theory to my life, both on campus and in the broader community. Escaping the isolation and disciplining of the ivory tower means drawing on and combining my passions in meaningful and fulfilling ways. It is in this spirit that I am intensifying my activist efforts and re-imagining what is possible in the undergraduate
classroom.I have five siblings and am a first-generation college student. My two cats, Bubastis and Bokken, frequently interrupt my studies and demand cuddles. When I’m not reading, writing, or teaching, I like gallivanting around and finding adventures, large and small. I also enjoy baking for my friends (and myself). My fantasy dinner party guest list includes Nietzsche, Foucault, Emerson, Professor Brian Cox, Freddie Mercury, Lucille Ball, and Captain Jean-Luc Picard.Vice President - Jaafar Hachem (Chemistry)
I would like to serve as vice president of TAU to use my expertise from negotiating the contract with WMU and the relationships that I have built with administration to further strengthen the union to meet its goals of protecting the rights of my fellow TAs and improving the quality of education at WMU. I moved here from Dearborn, Michigan to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry and to further understand the mechanism of insulin resistance, the cause of diabetes, to pave the way for new treatments of this disease by using Insulin mimetics. Because the TAU vice president is also our grievance officer, I will try to solve any problems that arise between a member and his/her department in the quickest and best possible way whether it is a contract violation issue or any other issue.
I am looking forward to continue serving you my fellow members as a vice president and grievance officer after successfully completing our negotiations with WMU. I am confident in achieving a much better contract than before with your support.Communications Officer - Adarsh Anand (Paper Engineering)
My name is Adarsh Anand, a doctorate student studying Paper and Printing Science, at WMU. I have been going to WMU since 2006 and have completed both my undergraduate and Master’s. I have been a member of TAU since 2013 and have come to love and respect the organization very much and would like to become more active in it and help with the work that they do. I am running for the communication officer’s position in the e-board. I can prove to be resourceful in this position and am looking forward to helping bring TAU more positive recognition and approval as it is still very young and the good it does has not spread far and wide, yet.
Treasurer - Claire Herhold (History)
A native of Hartland, Michigan, I have lived in Kalamazoo for nearly four years. I earned both a Master of Arts degree in Public History and a graduate certificate in Ethnohistory from Western Michigan University in 2013. I have been a teaching assistant and full member of TAU for all four years I’ve been at WMU.
I am currently a first-year Doctoral Associate in the Department of History, where my research focuses on issues of authority, accuracy and authenticity at living history events, as well as the relationships between professional and amateur historians. I also study Great Lakes Native American history of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Within the Department of History, I have been an active member of the History Graduate Student Organization, serving as Secretary during the 2012-2013 academic year and as President currently.I look forward to continuing my involvement with TAU for the remainder of my time here at WMU, and appreciate consideration for the position of Treasurer for the 2015-2016 academic year.