Students’ Association of MacEwan University
Matthew Yanish is the Vice President External (VPE) at the Students’ Association of MacEwan University (SAMU) and a Bachelor of Arts student studying political science and philosophy. Matthew is passionate about promoting the value of education for its own sake, and this is reflected in both his academic and advocacy efforts.
He is interested in the intersections of education and labour (and education as an end in itself), as well as the exploration of the relationship between human development and technological development. When politics or academics aren’t on the table, Matthew spends his time brewing kombucha, baking various goods, and building ideal systems (in Terraria).
Matthew’s work at SAMU consists of representing MacEwan students to all levels of government, through creating and pushing for student-friendly policies. He is eager to work with CASA’s membership and staff on a number of initiatives over the coming year, with three main focus areas in mind:
- Reinforcing and building up CASA’s mechanisms for reporting, input, and information from members and to members within the organization
- Ensuring a safe return to conducting in-person business, which is equitable and accessible for all engaged in CASA’s work
- Creating opportunities outside of official business for members to connect and engage with one another in a meaningful way
Matthew is people-driven in his approach to this role, and looks forward to working with CASA’s delegation and other stakeholders to ensure the organization is doing the best work it can, while providing the best support possible to members. With CASA’s members spread across the country and with a digital interface limiting modes of connection, Matthew will be working on making connection at CASA a more achievable experience.