My name is Ikrame Housni, I am 21 years old and this is my 3rd year studying at Concordia University. I am currently studying Behavioural Neurosciences, and running to represent the Arts & Science faculty. I enjoy poetry and outdoor sports, but nothing beats a good book under a blanket on a rainy Sunday!
I am originally from Morocco; definitely worth visiting if you have the chance to! Nonetheless, I grew up here, in Canada. This would be a good starting point to the main reason for which I envisaged running for council CSU. My emphasized and constant exposition to these two very diametrically opposed cultures, led to a forced intricate bonding between them. Both slowly merged into a third identity. This constructed in-between, that I identify with the most, helps me relate to both, and yet fully belong to none. This dilemma makes some supress a side of themselves for a better fit within the mass, while others prefer embracing their formed identity to the price mentioned above. I personally believe that a greater alternative would be to immerse us all, as a mass, into the rich diversity of all these differences. Empowering us all with an ease to learn, respect, and embrace what the other has to share. Encouraging the individual, represented by each and every single one of us, to proudly and unapologetically, freely express who they are.
This brings me to my aim behind running for CSU council. An important factor behind this decision, would be the deep appreciation I hold for the work and effort made by the CSU, especially in their constant strive towards maximizing inclusiveness. I would like to become an active helping force in their endeavours. My goal would be to represent you, make sure your voice is heard, and help you interact and connect with more people.
I would like to help remedy to this shy and dangerous threat represented by subliminal segregation. These small divisions, that too often go unnoticed, impact us in ways that we sometimes fail to consciously grasp. Nonetheless, although we tend not to realize the building influence it yields, these pre-made subgroups can encourage the avoidance of diversity. This lowers our odds at a better understanding of our differences, often permitting them to snowball into the normalization of stereotypical thinking.
For all of the reasons above, I believe we need more initiatives that tackle this division and offer more opportunities for the cultural, ethnical and religious exchange amongst students. This would permit a deeper understanding of the other’s opinion and an increased awareness of what their perspectives are. I would love to bring my help in increasing both the quality and quantity of events permitting and encouraging these interactive discussions. I am optimistic that the experience I gained as an executive in different associations will help me reinvest the skills I learned into the achievement of this objective.