Nicole is a student in the Faculty of Arts, pursuing dual undergraduate degrees in Political Science and International Relations. She is also member of the University of Calgary’s Arts and Sciences Honours Academy, and the Faculty of Arts Co-op program.
Now in her second term as Students’ Union President, Nicole is looking forward to another year of student-focused advocacy. Some highlights of Nicole’s first term as President include securing the “Credit Granted” grading option for students, delaying the exceptional tuition increase proposals, implementing a robust accommodation process for students as they returned to campus in Fall 2021, elevating the Union’s external advocacy capacity, and securing an endowment for the SU Mental Health Award.
Being passionate about politics and social justice issues, Nicole had the opportunity to participate in a “Seat Share” program facilitated by Plan Canada with Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations. This was an opportunity to discuss gender equity concerns at the United Nations and help get more young women and girls engaged in politics. Nicole also recently completed a Civil Litigation internship with the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia, where she worked to provide research on topics including free speech, education equity, racial justice, and economic issues. As a co-op student, Nicole worked at the University of Calgary’s office of Leadership and Student Engagement where she recruited volunteers, facilitated student programming, and worked collaboratively with not-for-profit organizations in Calgary.
On campus, Nicole served as the Chair of the Students’ Union Review Board for two years, where she worked to review union policy and student appeals. She has also been actively involved with student clubs throughout her post-secondary career. As a former President of the University of Calgary Model United Nations Team, Nicole had the opportunity to compete at Model United Nations conferences across North America, winning multiple accolades for her advocacy work as a student delegate.
Outside of her academic pursuits, Nicole is an internationally ranked competitive Irish Dancer, and has had the privilege of representing Canada at the World Championships, North American Championships, and the All-Ireland Championships. She also enjoys spending time outdoors reading, hiking, and doing photography in her spare time.