Our Student Board



Announcements and statements from the President:

• Sydney University Students for Liberty online misconduct 
• Ethnocultural Space
• 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

Liliana Tai (President)

Contact: l.tai@usu.edu.au

Degree and Year: Economics/Law 3rd year

Position on Board: USU Student Board President

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.

Adam Torres (Vice-President)

Contact: a.torres@usu.edu.au

Degree and Year: Arts/Law 3rd year

Position on Board: Vice-President

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 (Honorary Treasurer)

Contact: c.gulbransen-diaz@usu.edu.au

Degree and Year: Bachelor of Economics 2nd year

Position on Board: Honorary Treasurer

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

Zhixian Wang (Honorary Secretary)

Contact: z.wang@usu.edu.au

Degree and Year: Bachelor of commerce 2nd year

Position on Board: Honorary Secretary

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)

Contact: j.masina@usu.edu.au

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

Position on Board: 2nd year Board Director

What are your favourite things about the USU? Accessible venues and programs that cater to a whole range of student interests, passions and opportunities; whether it be great food, amazing events or phenomenal programs.

If you could have one wish granted for every student at The University of Sydney, what would it be? To spend as much time at USU events/parties/programs as you would in the library/classroom! (Larger discounts would be fab as well :D).

What would you like to achieve during your time as a Student Board member? My primary goal as a Board Director is to empower all members of the student community in the USU. This means increasing awareness of how the USU operates and what capacity we have to serve our members as well as inviting engagement in the discussion of how the student experience can be improved.

What is something you can’t live without and why? Definitely my notebook. I’m a lists kinda guy and I need to get through things! If I’m being very honest though, I would die without my phone as well.

Hengjie Sun (Board Director)

Contact: h.sun@usu.edu.au

Degree and Year: Bachelor of Economics

Position on Board: 2nd year Board Director

What are your favourite things about the USU? Multicultural and Diversity

If you could have one wish granted for every student at The University of Sydney, what would it be? Join USU family immediately

What is something you can’t live without and why? USU C&S program

Connor Wherett (Board Director)

Contact: c.wherrett@usu.edu.au

Degree and Year: Economics/Law 3rd year

Position on Board: Board Director

What are your favourite things about the USU? Revues! Campus comedy! Anything that makes you stay back at university after class and enjoy yourself.

If you could have one wish granted for every student at The University of Sydney, what would it be? To have the original Jacaranda back. 1928-2016 may she rest in peace.

What is something you can’t live without and why? Consistent laughter and jokes. No matter how dire the situation, the ability to laugh at what’s happened and at yourself is SO important.

What are your favourite things about the USU? Multicultural and Diversity

Decheng Sun(Board Director)

Contact: d.sun@usu.edu.au

Contact: dsun3730@uni.sydney.edu.au

Degree and Year: Bachelor of International and Global Studies and Bachelor of Laws 4th year

Position on Board: Board Director; Director of Student Publications, Ethnocultural Portfolio

Tell us a little bit about yourself? Love animals and musicals, a parent of a puppy, a fan of Peppa Pig.

What are your favourite things about the USU? I really like the risotto at Courtyard, and also the tea pot while I enjoy an earl grey!

What is something you can’t live without and why? The willingness to listen, as we sometimes only correct ourselves

Lachlan Finch(Board Director)

Contact: l.finch@usu.edu.au

Degree and Year: Bachelor of Arts III

Position on Board: Board Director; Environmental Portfolio

Tell us a little bit about yourself? I’m a USYD tragic with a penchant for getting around everything. Love dogs, love people, love exercise. Hit me with Seinfeld, miss me with Friends. Always up for banter.

What are your favourite things about the USU? I love the community, the people and the coffee. The USU has such an awesome culture for students, and the outlets (and cheap coffee) make Uni that much better!

What is something you can’t live without and why? I couldn’t live without my daily exercise. Sounds cliché, but it really is the key to staying focused, happy and grounded for me!

Maya Eswaran(Board Director)

Contact: m.eswaran@usu.edu.au

Degree and Year: Arts/Law III

Position on Board: Board Director; Wom*n's Portfolio

What are your favourite things about the USU? The debating program; opportunities for performing arts like revues, student media and events. Plus, clubs and societies, which are fun and importantly, student-run!

If you could have one wish granted for every student at The University of Sydney, what would it be? A safe campus free from harassment and assault, as well as, affordable food because it’s expensive to simply survive in Sydney, let alone do well!

What is something you can’t live without and why? I can’t live without my headphones because sometimes it’s inappropriate to listen to Kanye West out loud in public.

Zimeng Ye(Board Director)

Contact: z.ye@usu.edu.au

Contact: ziye3295@uni.sydney.edu.au

Degree and Year: Commerce II

Position on Board: Board Director; Director of Student Publiciations, International Student Portfolio

Tell us a little bit about yourself? I am always energetic and optimistic, I hope every day of my life is happy and enjoyable.

What are your favourite things about the USU? The inclusive culture and diversity. Additionally, USU really cares about our uni life and it is keen to help students enjoy the university environment better.

If you could have one wish granted for every student at The University of Sydney, what would it be? Everyone could find at least one society he/she is interested in and have an enjoyable experience.

Courtney Thompson (Immediate Past President)

Contact: c.thompson@usu.edu.au

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

Position on Board: Immediate Past President

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.

Jane Drummond (Senate Appointed Director)

Contact: drummond_jane@hotmail.com

What are your favourite things about the USU? Everything! The broadness and diversity of what USU offers makes it so special. There is something for everyone to get involved in.

If you could have one wish granted for every student at The University of Sydney, what would it be? A USYD jacaranda snow globe.

What is something you can’t live without and why? The news. I just need to know what's happening in our world.