Mohamed “Faris” Riazudden (he/him)

VP Student Issues

The Vice President Student Issues is responsible for ensuring that student issues are addressed at all levels of government. The VPSI also develops awareness campaigns about important student issues such as mental health and financial literacy.

Mohamed “Faris” Riazudden is a 4th year Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering student originally from Chennai, India but calls Dubai, UAE home. Faris has completed a full-circle journey with CUSA, starting as a volunteer on our Street Team, working as a Brand Ambassador, CUSA Councillor, and most recently as the Programming Coordinator at the Wellness Centre. He believes his experience within different aspects of CUSA will help him thrive in this role. Faris is very passionate about mental health initiatives and inclusivity, so be sure to view all of his platform points for more information on what he’s getting up to this year.

(1) Introducing monthly VPSI Townhalls along with VPI, VPSL and VPCE.
(2) Developing a Mental Health Framework for CUSA to adopt and a register that contains culturally sound resources for every community.
(3) Incorporating and certifying a charity wing for CUSA.
Working with more MPPs to advocate on International fee reductions and increased student jobs.
(4) Advocate for extending the International Student’s Relief Fund and continue to advocate to reduce and freeze tuition fees.
(5) Launching a new campaign called ‘IMperfect’ to raise awareness on Body Image and Eating Disorders.
(6) Launching a new campaign called ‘Carry On’ on suicide awareness, suicide intervention needs, and mental health.
(7) Launching a new campaign on increasing awareness of disabilities and increasing assistance services and accommodations.
(8) Subsidized Resources for Students at CUSA Business like Rooster and Ollies, and instructional fitness classes in Athletics.
(9) Launching the Campus Safety Liaison services to ensure students are accommodated by trained service centre volunteers and residence fellows when approaching campus safety.
(10) Increased contraceptives, safe sex practices, PrEP delivery workshops for ‘Beforeplay Ask’.
(11) Creating focus groups for ethnic and cultural communities for ‘Sexual Assault Awareness Week’.
(12) Hosting Tax clinics and budgeting workshops during ‘Financial Literacy Week’.
(13) Locally sourced and student owned food tasting and food stalls for ‘Culture Fest’.
(14) Shelving ‘Pop the Stigma’ and incorporating ‘In this Together’ for mental health awareness and introducing a Mental Health Summit.
(15) Hosting an Indigenous owned business fair for ‘Minwadjiya-n!’ campaign.
(16) Hosting a Black film festival for ‘Black History Month’.
(17) Drag shows at Ollies and PrEP campaigns with GSRC.
(18) Incorporating Islam Awareness Week as part of our EDI initiative to combat Islamophobia and increase support to the MSA.
(19) For ‘CUSA Orange Shirt Day’ support Indigenous artists to give out Every Child Matter Shirts and decolonization Workshops.

– Director at Student Energy
– Member at The UN Society
– CUSA Street Team
– VP Marketing Student Energy
– VP External at NAAIS (North American Association for Indian Students)
– CUSA Brand Ambassador
– Programming Coordinator at The Wellness Centre
– VP External at NAAIS
– CUSA Councillor for Engineering and Design
– Students as Partners Program Participant


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401 University Centre
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Vice President Student Issues
613 520 2600 x1617


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