Shireen MerchantVice President, Academic

Hi Everyone!

I hope you all are doing well. My name is Shireen Merchant, and I am your GCSU Vice President Academic for 2021-22. I am a 4th year BFA (Visual arts) student.

As VP-Academic, my role is to maintain relations between the Union and the Memorial University of Newfoundland faculty in all respects to Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland students. I also facilitate communications between the Council and members of the Union. Besides that, my duties include maintaining relations between Council and its Caucuses. Caucuses comprise GCSU Union members with a common interest or concern. Any student who identifies with any GCSU caucuses is welcome to attend meetings as it is a safe space to connect and voice your opinion. Our current caucuses include international students, women, indigenous, black, queer, and disabilities caucus.

I have always advocated for equality in education; therefore, my goal is to bring awareness about academic fairness and promote opportunities to help students grow academically. If you ever have concerns about academics, if you would like to join a caucus, if you want to form a new caucus, or you feel like you want to chat about anything, please feel free to contact me via email at

I love talking and meeting new people, so don’t be shy. I know Covid-19 has been difficult for all of us, but I am sure we can get past it and do better every day. Take one day at a time, and don’t lose trust in yourself. Finally, I hope you have a great semester.

Stay safe and healthy!

Shireen Merchant
Vice President – Academic