The Faculty of Social Sciences Student Experience Fund is designed to support projects and initiatives that enhance the experience of undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Faculty programs. Individuals or students clubs or association can submit their projects.

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Stories of students who have benefited from the Fund

Zulekha Rehman - ECOSOC at the United Nations

Zulekha, a political science student, represented uOttawa at the ECOSOC Youth Forum held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Forum provided a global platform for dialogue among Member States and young leaders from around the world on solutions to challenges affecting youth wellbeing. Through the Forum, Zulekha was given the chance to actively engage with government representatives, youth delegates, and policymakers. She was also allowed to meet the President of ECOSOC, Paula Narváez, and the President of the UN General Assembly, Dennis Francis. Notable figures that joined the Forum include UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Felipe Paullier, Assistant Secretary-General for Youth Affairs among various other Ministers and government officials. 

Zulekha Rehman

Student-led Retrospection and Renewal Symposium

The Retrospection and Renewal symposium was a student-led two-day event regrouping graduate students and professors from universities across Canada. During this event, we discussed current issues and realities that shape our understanding of health and medicine. By creating a space for interdisciplinary dialogue based on a shared topical interest, rather than reifying traditional disciplinary boundaries, the symposium provided members of the university community the opportunity to reflect on their research and that of others. 

Panel of students and professors

Amy Fatima Tapsoba - Change the World Model United Nations (CWMUN)

Amy, a 3rd year student in Economics took part in CWMUN, an international program attended by more than 10,000 willing to debate the major issues of the international political agenda. Participants develop leadership, research, writing, public speaking skills, and problem-solving expertise. It encourages consensus building through mediation and negotiation, conflict resolution, and the ability to rapidly build friendly and profitable relations. Amy shared this testimonial: “It was such an incredible and impactful experience. I represented Zambia and the mission was to advocate for more peace and sustainability in outer space affairs as part of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairscommittee. Not only did I get the chance to attend the conference as a delegate, but I also got to meet new people from all over the world. I finally got to visit the UN headquarters, a dream come true. I am truly grateful for this opportunity and would like to express my sincere thanks once again!"

Amy Tapsoba

Canadian University Rowing Championship

Varsity athletes competed at the Canadian University Rowing Championship in Burnaby, BC. This regatta, attended by over twenty Canadian universities, allowed the athletes to compete against the top crews in Canada. The regatta was a resounding success for Social Sciences athletes, notably for Kennedy Burrows, the Women’s Team Captain, who took home the Women’s Athlete of the Year award for her dominating win in the Women’s Lightweight Single, following wins at the Ontario University Athletics Championship in Women’s Lightweight and Open Single. The funding from the Faculty of Social Sciences also helped Angelica Hadjis and Pascal Morimanno achieve top 10 placements in their respective crew boats.  

FSS rowing student athletes

Model Parliament

This International, Political and Policy Studies Student Association committee plans a full year of events, including Model Parliament, where their philosophy “Fake Politics, Real Procedure” comes to life. Participants join fictitious parties and recreate debates in the House of Commons and  the Senate. The two-day long event features a debate on proposed legislation, a question period, and highly regarded guest speakers. Previous events have had over 300 participants, as well as speakers such as former NDP Leader Tom Mulcair, former Speaker of the House Peter Milliken, and many more.  

Students at the Senate

Anjana Balachandran - NATO Summit

Anjana Balachandran, a distinguished political science student, had the privilege of representing both Canada and our University at the NATO Youth Summit in Washington, D.C. Representing Canada, Anjana was handpicked due to her commitment to youth advocacy and passion in international security. Engaging in essential dialogues at the summit, she dove into subjects like societal resilience, disinformation, and the fundamentals of democracy. Key figures like NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Czech Republic President General Petr Pavel, and the U.S. graced the event under Secretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland. We beam with pride as she stamps her mark on the global stage, epitomizing the impact our students can have in world affairs.

Anjana Balachandran and the NATO Youth Summit
Amy Fatima Tapsoba - Change the World Model United Nations

The Maker Jam Challenge 

Students from the Faculty of Social Sciences took part in the Maker Jam challenge, a 36-hour challenge that combines innovation and creativity. Grouped into teams, participants took part in two events: the Game Jam challenged teams to create a game on the topic of ecological crises, and the MakerCon challenged participants to create an innovative and useful product in response to a challenge issued by one or more community members. Students will receive support for the development of the most promising products.

Students at Make Jam
Amy Fatima Tapsoba - Change the World Model United Nations