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New Leadership Delivering Results for Our Community

Hello Western and HBK,


My name is Augustine (ugg-us-tin) Mendes and I am a fourth-year political science and consumer behaviour student. No relation to Shawn Mendes sadly, but we are both born in August (he's a Leo and I'm a Virgo). I am an over-protective dad to two beautiful cats: Moody and Zuzu. When I am not doing student advocacy, I am spending all my time with them.


 I'm running for VPUA because I am committed to leaving Western a better place than I found it. Western has so much to offer in terms of an enriched student experience, however, there is so much work to be done in order to hold this institution accountable to the needs of students. I have been listening to my friends, my peers, and my community; through my experiences as a student and a leader on this campus, I have seen where students slip through the cracks.  I am running because I believe that students deserve a seat at the table because we are capable of self-determining.


I want to bring my working-experience in student advocacy and policy, my lived histories, and all my research; to commit to building a safer and more equitable campus. Western has the potential to change the course of your life, you deserve a Western experience that is reflective of your needs. I want to be part of that journey with you, I am ready to make the changes that you want to see happen. 

Thank you for reading that, I hope you enjoy my platform. This platform is the result of hours of consultations and research. I am excited to share it with you, I am excited about what we can accomplish together.

Sincerely Yours,

Augustine Mendes
  • USC Councillor for the faculty of Social Science 

  • Secretary

    • Anti-Oppression Working Group​

    • Anti-Gender Based Violence Working Group

    • Sustainability Working Group

    • External Advocacy Working Group

  • Director of the Western Student Senators

  • Tax Policy Intern for the Government of Canada

  • Chair 

    • Senate working group on Lecture Recording

  • Western Charity Ball Executive

  • Ethnocultural Support Services

  • Social Science Students' Council

    • Honorarium Committee

    • Charity

    • First Year Hiring Panel​​​

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