Media Studies Student Association

The Media Studies Student Association (MSSA) aims to foster a community in the Bachelor of Media Studies program. The MSSA showcases the diversity of our students, and provides opportunities for personal, professional, and academic growth. By connecting with organizations involved in new media, we can inform about the unique BMS program and support students through their journey.

MSSA Executive Board 2021 – 2022

The MSSA holds annual general meetings once a year in March to elect new members of the executive board. BMS students are encouraged to attend the MSSA annual general meeting to stay informed on issues throughout the media studies community at UBC.

As Co-President of MSSA, Ananya acts as one of the liaisons for the AMS Student Administrative Commission (SAC) and collaboratively runs MSSA general and executive meetings.  By being an internal and external representative of MSSA, she collaborates with the executive team to foster a closer community within the BMS program.

Reasons for joining MSSA

  • Make an impact on the BMS community
  • Fostering connections among students and industry professionals.

Personal Interest in Media Studies

  • Media theories and English
  • Digital marketing
  • Information visualisation

As Co-President of MSSA, Ariel acts as one of the liaisons for the AMS Student Administrative Commission (SAC) and collaboratively runs MSSA general and executive meetings.  By being an internal and external representative of MSSA, she collaborates with the executive team to foster a closer community within the BMS program.

Reason for Joining MSSA

  • Help bring all cohorts together to allow students to connect and become a more close-knit community
  • Help provide opportunities for like-minded students in the BMS program

Personal Interests in Media Studies

  • Design, technology, and UX design

As VP Internal, Claire communicates between all executives, coordinates meetings among the executive board, and manages the task assignment and delegation. During meetings, Claire also keeps a record of meeting minutes for future reference.

Reason for Joining MSSA

  • Committed to supporting the emerging Media Studies program by amplifying its cohort-style community

Personal Interests in Media Studies

  • English Literature and queer theory
  • Transmedia storytelling practices

As VP Marketing, Evens leads MSSA’s marketing team and strategizes ways to increase online engagement and reach while fostering a sense of community online.

Reasons for Joining MSSA

  • Get further involved in BMS to build stronger connections within the program and help in fostering a sense of community within Media Studies at UBC
  • Build marketing skills in a formal setting and create content that brings BMS students together

Personal Interests in Media Studies

  • Writing and producing music
  • Filmmaking, photography and design
  • Asian studies and creative writing

As VP Events, Vidushy works on the logistics for events hosted by MSSA for the BMS students. Vidushy also collaborates with all the executives to plan and come up with new ideas for events.

Reason for joining MSSA

  • To be more involved with the BMS community and help build stronger networks from within.

Personal Interests in Media Studies

  • Creative writing and watching films

As Treasurer, Katelyn keeps track of club finances.

Reason for Joining MSSA

  • To become more involved in the BMS cohort and create opportunities for students to get involved in the community.

Personal Interests in Media Studies

  • Creative writing
  • Filmmaking
  • Editing

As the AUS representative, Jodie attends the weekly AUS council meetings to inform the council on the MSSA’s current and future plans. She also reports back to the MSSA executives on AUS incentives and collaborative events with other departmental clubs. As the First-Year representative, Jodie acts as a liaison between the First-Year cohort in the BMS program and the MSSA executive team. She is responsible for informing First-Year students of upcoming social events and opportunities relevant to Media Studies throughout the academic year.

Reason for Joining MSSA

  • To develop a close sense of community between the First-Year cohort and upper years
  • To foster a creative environment in our unique Media Studies program that allows students to pursue their passions and discover their potential

Personal Interests in Media Studies

  • Media theory
  • Editorial content, photography and filmmaking

As a Marketing Assistant, Naomi works closely with the VP Marketing and assists with creating graphic designs and social media posts for event promotion. She also gathers content for the MSSA newsletter and provides ideas for marketing initiatives.

Reasons for Joining MSSA

  • To gain work (club) experience and be more involved with the BMS program and its students. The Media Studies Student Association was a great mesh between both worlds.

Personal Interests in Media Studies

  • I really appreciate the malleability of the team when it comes to experimentation. While working with MSSA, I’ve had the opportunity to explore different roles and develop my experience (in team settings, website development, marketing, etc.) through constructive feedback and team collaboration.

As a Marketing Assistant, Jueun supports the marketing team in their content creation and the organization of various promotional campaigns for MSSA initiatives. Jueun is delighted to help build a sense of community among her peers in the Bachelor of Media Studies program through social media engagement and social activities.

Reasons for Joining MSSA

  • To help build a sense of community among the Media Studies students
  • To develop social media marketing skills and learn to create engaging content

Personal Interests in Media Studies

  • Systems and ecological approach to studying media
  • Contemporary digital arts
  • Documentary filmmaking

As a Content Creator, Evan works closely with the VP Marketing and assists with creating graphic designs and social media posts for event promotion. Looking for new ways to explore ideas and themes, Evan hopes to present fresh perspectives through design and art!

Reasons for Joining MSSA

  • Expand and explore the role of design and media in fostering community.
  • Build marketing skills and practice an existing passion for digital art in a formal setting and create content that is exciting and practical

Personal Interests in Media Studies

  • Digital Art, Design, Sewing, Music!!
  • Marshall McLuhan
  • Media Ecology

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