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.

Name: Valentina Vera Gonzalez

Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Valentina is in her final year at Carleton studying International Business with a Minor in French and a concentration in Global Financial Management and Systems. Valentina has been a key member of the Carleton community since she began her studies in 2018. Since then, she has been President of HOLAS, a peer mentor, PMC volunteer and a member of the CUSA Student Issues Action Committee. Valentina is ready to advocate for all students including increasing support for international students and lobbying the provincial and federal governments on the issues that matter most to you!

Follow Valentina on Instagram: @valentina_vera_g

Check out more details about Valentina’s projects below.

It’s been a particularly tough year for international students. While domestic tuition is frozen, international students’ tuition increased. CUSA should work with the Board of Governors on a tuition freeze. RISE should partner with the International Students Service Office to offer more programming on navigating the Canadian immigration system, especially as travel restrictions change.

Carleton is building a new wellness building on campus. CUSA should work with the University to move the Wellness Centre into this new building. Not only would this open up a larger space for the Mawandoseg Centre, but it would create the basis for increased partnership with the university to deliver increased mental health services for students.

It’s time that CUSA got involved with the wider community. Other student associations regularly interact with elected officials in their communities. From participation in public municipal consultations to regular meetings with elected officials at all levels, CUSA should actively advocate for students both on and off-campus.

Interested in booking office hours with Valentina?


CUSA Main Office
401 University Centre
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6


Vice President Student Issues
613-520-6688 x1617


M: 12-5pm*
W: 12-5pm
TH: 10am-4pm
F: 10am-4pm*

*Virtual Office Hours