Effective June 28, 2020, Sanjay Khemani will officially resign from his role as the CUS President. Sanjay first joined the CUS as one of the First Year Representatives in 2017. Since then, he has contributed tremendously to the community. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sanjay will refocus his efforts into supporting his mental health and his family. We will miss his leadership, work ethic, and thoughtful insights. Sanjay has dedicated an immense amount of time and effort to representing and creating meaningful experiences for the student body.
As the current Vice-President Academic Affairs, Kristian Oppenheim will assume the position as interim President of the CUS. Matt Wang, Associate Vice-President Academic Affairs will take on the role of Interim Vice-President Academic Affairs. A Presidential election will take place in September 2020.
We thank Sanjay for his hard work and dedication to our organization and community and wish him all the best. Please welcome Kristian and Matt into their new roles!
The following is a message from Sanjay Khemani:
” To the UBC Sauder Community,
I hope you and your loved ones are doing well in these incredibly challenging times.
I have made the difficult decision to step down from my role as CUS President, effective June 28th, 2020. The past few months have been challenging for me and my family because of the increasing pandemic in India. Moving forward, I want to be able to support my family emotionally and financially as I work full-time for the rest of the year. Operating in my role in a totally different time zone, 12 hours ahead of Vancouver, has also taken a toll on both my physical and mental health. Furthermore, it has been difficult for me to make it to most of the CUS meetings because of this time-zone conflict, as most of them are at late hours for me. This will not be feasible in the long run.
Given the tough times we are in right now, the organization needs someone who can devote their full time and energy, especially in the role of President.
UBC Sauder has been my home away from home ever since I arrived as a first-year student. Despite no longer being CUS President, I plan to remain an active member of the community, working towards making UBC Sauder the best it can be.
This year is a special one that has come with its own set of challenges, but I have full faith in my team to provide you with a fulfilling experience with the shift to online learning, services and events. I wish the team success and will be working with them to assist in the transition.
Thank you everyone for the continuous support in the past few months. I wish you all the best for the upcoming year. Stay safe and healthy.
Sanjay Khemani “