Our Student Board

Student Board Directors are student leaders at the University of Sydney who want to make a difference to life on campus.

Announcements and statements from the President:

The AHRC Sexual Assault Report and Supporting Survivors 
Racist graffiti on USU Buildings
• 2018 Clubs and Society Education Program

Please note: If you would like previous copies of our Board minutes and / or annual reports, please contact the Board Secretary

Courtney Thompson (President)

Contact: c.thompson@usu.edu.au

Degree and Year: Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) IV

Position on Board: President;Wom*n’s Portfolio Director;

What are your favourite things about the USU? Performing arts community (and indeed the broader sense of community fostered by the Union), the exciting opportunities the USU makes possible and Courtyard.

If you could have one wish granted for every student at The University of Sydney, what would it be? Equal opportunities, a campus free from discrimination/harassment and an endless supply of Manning chips.

What is something you can’t live without and why? My phone. And coffee (soy flat white from Taste, to be real specific.) Sad and cliché, but tru.

Esther Shim (Vice President)

Contact: e.shim@usu.edu.au

Degree and Year: Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) II

Position on Board: Vice President

What are your favourite things about the USU? I love that the USU makes university fun. Whether it be the plethora of clubs and societies, O-Week or the food outlets, the Union is integral to helping students have fun and flourish outside of the classroom at Sydney.

If you could have one wish granted for every student at The University of Sydney, what would it be? That every student finds a seat in their favourite study spot during stuvac. And that we get personal coffee deliveries to these spots. My personal favourite is Fisher level 7 if anyone was wondering...

What is something you can’t live without and why? "Cool Dog Group" on Facebook. My newsfeed is full of photos of beautiful puppers from all over the globe. It makes my life that much better.

Grace Franki (Honorary Secretary)

Contact: g.franki@usu.edu.au

Degree and Year: Bachelor of Arts/Law III

Position on Board: Honorary Secretary

What are your favourite things about the USU? All the things to get involved in on campus, from Debating to Revues and Theatresports and Manning chips on Thursday lunchtimes. Oh yeah and Courtyard, my spiritual (and sometimes literal) home.

If you could have one wish granted for every student at The University of Sydney, what would it be? Finding which one of the USU's 200 clubs is their perfect niche. And an end to group assignments.

What is something you can’t live without and why? My penny board, because it’s red, fast and when I ride it I look much cooler than I really am.

Koko (Yifan) Kong (Honorary Treasurer)

Contact: ykon6220@gmail.com

Degree and Year: Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) II

Position on Board: Honorary Treasurer

What are your favourite things about the USU? USU provides a wide variety of chances to integrate into campus life, dive into fun extra-curricular activities, and to make new friends.

If you could have one wish granted for every student at The University of Sydney, what would it be? I hope that every student in Usyd can take up at least one leadership role in his/her uni life.

What is something you can’t live without and why? My (secret) life ideal which drives to me do what I’m doing every day :)

Adam Torres (Board Director)

Contact: a.torres@usu.edu.au

Degree and Year: Arts/Law 3rd year

Position on Board: Board Director; Queer Portfolio Holder

What are your favourite things about the USU? It's a tie between the almost encyclopaedic breadth of the Clubs and Societies program and Courtyard's mango yoghurt.

If you could have one wish granted for every student at The University of Sydney, what would it be? For those who have to commute to uni, I'd love to see that elusive train station that was proposed once.

What is something you can’t live without and why? Wholesome memes! They keep me strong, motivated, and ready to seize the day.

Claudia Gulbransen-Diaz (Board Director)

Contact: cgul8534@uni.sydney.edu.au

Degree and Year: Bachelor of Economics 2nd year

Position on Board: Board Director;

What are your favourite things about the USU? The Clubs and Societies program – it caters to an incredibly broad range of interests, and gives and opportunity for everyone to find a place to fit in.

If you could have one wish granted for every student at The University of Sydney, what would it be? For every student to find where they fit in and thrive in areas other than academics. And to always be able to find a spot in the library!

What is something you can’t live without and why? My black boots – I wouldn’t be caught dead without them

Liliana Tai (Board Director)

Contact: lilianatai14@gmail.com

Degree and Year: Economics/Law 3rd year

Position on Board: Board Director; Ethnocultural Portfolio Holder

What are your favourite things about the USU? Is it too cliche to say Courtyard? But in all seriousness, probably the breadth of clubs and societies available to students, the various themed weeks we have every year and the diverse range of food outlets on campus!!

What is something you can’t live without and why? Probably my phone.... I just don't even know how I would get anywhere on time or at all without Google Maps to be honest.

Zhixian Wang (Board Director)

Contact: zwan5613@uni.sydney.edu.au

Degree and Year: Bachelor of commerce 2nd year

Position on Board: Board Director; International Student Portfolio Holder; Director of Student Publications

What are your favourite things about the USU? What I like USU the most is that USU embraces DIVERSITY.

What are your best memories of your time with the USU? My debut in Seymour centre when I was doing a revue for the first time.

Jacob Masina (Board Director)

Degree and Year: Arts (hons)/Law third year

Position on Board: Board Director; Director of Student Publications

Hengjie Sun (Board Director)

Degree and Year: Bachelor of Economics

Position on Board: Board Director

Professor Jill White AM (Senate Appointed Director)

Contact: jill.white@sydney.edu.au

Degree and Year First a student at Sydney in 1969, then MEd 1990; currently enrolled in MHP.

Position on Board: Senate Appointed Director

What are your favourite things about the USU? The wonderful enthusiasm, talent and dedication of the student Directors.

If you could have one wish granted for every student at The University of Sydney, what would it be? Free from harm, whether that be financial, physical or mental such that they can engage in the deliciousness of the opportunities University offers.

What is something you can’t live without and why? My husband/partner Richard and two fantastic kids, Nick and Ally – both graduates of Sydney University AND books and jazz.

Michael Rees (Immediate Past President)

Contact: m.rees@usu.edu.au

Degree and Year: Bachelor of Arts V

Position on Board: Immediate Past President

What are your favourite things about the USU? The Clubs and Societies (C&S) program. It has provided me with great opportunities to meet new people and try new things.

If you could have one wish granted for every student at The University of Sydney, what would it be? The demolition of the Transient Building. No one should have to see that thing.

What is something you can’t live without and why? Banter- keeps you sharp.