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Linguistics Student Association

Linguistics Student Association executive members, 2020-2021 academic year

The purpose of the Linguistics Student Association (LSA) at the University of Toronto Scarborough is to enhance the quality of campus life for undergraduates studying in Linguistics or Psycholinguistics. Our association aims to achieve this goal by planning academic events and social functions to provide a space for students to interact and network with professors, alumni and professionals in the field. Seeing as how linguistics is an ever-growing field, we also hope to provide resources, internal or external, for students to get involved with and further their studies in Linguistics or Psycholinguistics. Ultimately, our association is for anyone who shares a fascination for patterns, sounds and the extraordinary power of how we communicate - verbally or non-verbally. If you have any questions regarding our organization, or just want to chat about linguistics, feel free to contact us.

 

Email: linguisticsclub.utsc@gmail.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LSAatUTSC

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lsa_utsc/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/lsa_utsc

 

LSA Member Biographies

Meet Nabeeha Ali, the President

Nabeeha is a fourth-year double majoring in Linguistics and Psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough. She is interested in phonological processing in the Urdu language and whether it is a good predictor of reading skills as it is in English. She is also very interested in the physiology of the human body. Her responsibilities as President include acting as a liaison between the faculty, association and student body, overseeing the association, and supporting programming that adds value to the linguistics community at UTSC. When she’s not busy, Nabeeha enjoys spending time at the gym, playing with her cat, and messing around on Photoshop.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about linguistics or the LSA, feel free to reach out to her!


                                            

Meet Ken Danielle Adriano, the Vice-President

Ken is a (fun) fourth year student specializing in Psycholinguistics and minoring in Psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Her interests include Language Acquisition, Morphology (the study of word formations) and Syntax (the study of sentence formation). In the future, she aspires to become a Dialect Coach or a Forensic Linguist (or both!). As the Vice President, Ken spreads her enthusiasm and passion for Linguistics in hopes of inspiring the UofT Linguistics community by assisting the President in leading the team, and coordinating/hosting various events and initiatives throughout the year such as the annual Scarborough Undergraduate Linguistics Conference (SULC) and the end of the year Graduation Party. She also acts as the bridge between students and faculties (and sometimes even professionals in the field!) in hopes of creating meaningful and lasting networks in the field of Linguistics. Aside from academics, Ken is an adventurous and outgoing individual, may it be camping outdoors, acting in a play or trying new and exotic food with the people that she loves! Don’t be afraid to send her a ‘hello’ and share your interests with her!

Meet Lia Weng, the Administrative Assistant

Lia is a second-year student who plans on majoring in Linguistics and minoring in French and Computer Science. She is particularly interested in syntax and semantics. Her short-term goal is to survive quarantine and COVID without feeling depressed at home, and her long-term goal is to pursue a career related to computational linguistics. As the administrative assistant of the LSA, she is responsible for taking meeting minutes, making spreadsheets of contact information and schedules, creating the LSA Monthly Newsletter with Franzelah, and performing other administrative tasks. In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano.

Fun fact: she hates cilantro!

Meet Franzelah Gallo, the Treasurer

Franzelah is a fourth-year student taking a double major in Psychology and Linguistics, with a minor in Food Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Her research interests include sociolinguistics and second language acquisition (especially the processes and challenges associated with learning another language). Although not quite specific yet, Franzelah is planning to pursue a career in healthcare. As the Treasurer this year, she will be supporting the association and its events by organizing and budgeting the organization's funding as well as collaborating on the LSA’s Monthly Newsletter with Lia. In her free time, Franzelah enjoys swimming, cooking and picking up new hobbies. If you have any questions or just want to chat, feel free to connect with her!

Meet Sakina Abdus-Samad, the Upper Year Representative

Sakina is a third-year student specializing in Psycholinguistics and minoring in Biology at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Her interests include speech disorders and their physiology, first language acquisition and neurolinguistics. She hopes to have a career in either Speech-Language Pathology or Audiology in the future. As one of LSA’s Upper-Year representatives, her responsibility is to work on the Mentorship Program which pairs mentors and mentees based on similarities with regards to school and goals. She is also responsible for helping voice the opinions of upper-year Linguistic students. In her spare time, Sakina enjoys reading a good book, swimming with sharks, and hanging out with friends.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel comfortable to approach her!

Meet Claire Chia, the Upper Year Representative

Claire is a fourth-year student taking a Specialist in Psycholinguistics and a Minor in Biology at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Her interests include sociolinguistics, phonetics, and semantics. She was originally planning on pursuing a master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology but has become interested in potentially pursuing Physiotherapy instead. As one of the LSA’s Upper-Year Representatives, she is responsible for leading the Mentorship Program to help foster Mentor-Mentee relationships between Upper-Year and Lower-Year students as well as represent the voices of Upper-Year Linguistic students. In her spare time, she bikes, swims, plays around with her film camera, and practices being bendy. Feel free to reach out to her if you have any questions!

Meet Suaad Ahmed, the Lower Year Representative

Suaad is a third-year student pursuing a specialist in Psycholinguistics at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Her interests include speech disorders, first-language acquisition, and semantics. In the future, she aspires to become a Speech-Language Pathologist. As one of the LSA’s Lower-Year representatives, her primary responsibility is co-managing the Wug Life Outreach Initiative, which aims to educate high school students on the field of linguistics. She is also responsible for interviewing students for the LSA’s Linguists of UTSC social media initiative, which aims to build a strong sense of community within the department. In her spare time, Suaad likes to watch and review movies, play online chess, and (try to) skateboard.

Meet Kiruththika Pushpalingam, the Lower Year Representative

Kiruththika is a second-year student pursuing a specialist in Psycholinguistics at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Her interests include first language acquisition and speech disorders like aphasia. She aspires to have a career in Speech-Language Pathology in the future. As one of the LSA’s Lower-Year Representatives, her responsibility is to co-manage the Wug Life Outreach Initiative where the goal is to educate high school students on the field of linguistics and psycholinguistics. She is also responsible for interviewing students for the LSA’s Linguists of UTSC social media initiative which aims to build a strong sense of community within the department. In her spare time, Kiruththika likes to play soccer, swim and take walks.

Meet Angel (Xinyu) Ma, the Events Director

Angel is a fourth-year student specializing in Linguistics at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Her research interests include syntax, sociolinguistics, and second language acquisition. In the future, she aspires to be an English teacher. Her short-term goal is to pursue a master’s degree in education. As one of the LSA’s Events Directors, she is responsible for organizing, coordinating the Linguistics students and faculty for the execution of the LSA events throughout the year. These events include the Mix & Mingle, Careers in Linguistics, Linguistics and Lattes, and many more! Outside of her studies, she enjoys travelling, spending time with her cat, and listening to R&B.

Fun Fact: Angel is a durian lover and she can finish an entire durian herself!

Meet Jameela Rasheed, the Events Director

Double majoring in Political Science and Linguistics with a minor in French, Jameela is a third-year student with a passion for research. She hopes to integrate her interest in politics and language to affect meaningful social change. She is fascinated by sociolinguistics, especially how factors like race and gender impact language. She also enjoys learning about semantics, phonetics and computational linguistics. She is currently on an 8-month remote co-op work term with UTSC Political Science professor Dr. Christopher Cochrane, researching diversity in the Canadian parliament using natural language processing methods. She is interested in careers in academia, public policy, diplomacy and translation. Jameela hopes to plan enjoyable events like the Mix and Mingle during and after the pandemic. Her hobbies include doing Zumba, reading manga and enjoying romance novels.

Fun fact: She has lived in three different countries: India, the United Arab Emirates and Canada.

 

Meet Abigeya Hailemichael, the Social Media Coordinator

Abigeya is a fourth-year student pursuing a double major in Linguistics and Psychology at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Her interests include first language acquisition, language impairment due to brain trauma, and the overall production and perception of speech. She aspires to have a career in Speech-Language Pathology in the future. As the Social Media Coordinator, her primary responsibility is managing and posting on all of the social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter) and creating promotional material. In her spare time, Abigeya loves to belt out her favourite songs in her basement, obsess over skincare and perfume, and have quality time with her friends and family.