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President, PortFolio Holder Strategy & Policy, Staff and organisation

As chairwoman, Emmilie is the general point of contact for the Student Union. Various ideas and criticisms are then passed on to the right people through her. In addition to the chairwomanship, she manages the Staff & Organization and Strategy & Policy portfolios. From the Staff & Organization portfolio, she works on the continuous improvement of the HR policy of the Student Union Community. Not only does she focus on this policy, she can also be seen as a confidential advisor for every employee, board member or committee member who works within our organization. In collaboration with our Office Manager, she ensures that the entire Student Union Community can perform the work properly and pleasantly. She is also responsible for the organizational structure of the Student Union.

Her main task within the Strategy & Policy portfolio is to translate visions and strategies into decisions that the board makes for long-term policy. In terms of outline, the chairwoman is familiar with the various management portfolios.

ABOUT EMMILIE KUKS

Study: Industrial Design Engineering
Was active at: A.S.V. Taste
Comes from: Enschede
E-mail:e.m.a.kuks@utwente.nl

If you had asked me 5 years ago where I would be now, I would have said for sure that I would now be far away from Enschede. When I had to make my study choice in 2017, having lived in Enschede all my life, I did decide to study at the University of Twente because I thought the study I wanted to follow the best here.

I had planned to become active in student life from day 1 because I knew from experience that Enschede feels somewhat small-scale without a student life. I immediately became a member of student association A.S.V. Taste and have found an active home where I still feel completely at home. At Taste I formed a year club with 9 other girls that I still see every week. In my first year I also became a "ghost" at the ladies' sorority Spooky. Because I love exercise and have played hockey all my life, I registered with DHC Drienerlo, which I later exchanged for kickboxing because I was ready for something new.

All in all, I have seen how much is possible in Enschede in addition to your studies and I have never been stopped from getting active. I have noticed that the small scale of the city makes it so personal and fun, which offers more space and freedom for students, which ultimately leads to bigger ideas.

Within the various committees I have done, highlighted by the Kick-In committee of Taste, I have seen how much fun it is to acquire new skills and to work together with other students. In retrospect, I can say with certainty that I learned just as much from this as within my study itself.

After finishing my bachelor, I thought it was time for an even bigger challenge. Because I found out in recent years how unique it is that students have só much say in the policy of the UT and therefore that there is as much as possible, I also wanted to commit myself to this. When I looked around and saw that I could really make an impact within the Student Union for all students, I ended up here, for which I will postpone my Master's degree for a year (and that’s already totally worth it).

As president, I am the first point of contact on behalf of the Student Union. I try to connect the right points within and outside our organisation and with one eye on the future try to lift our organisation to the highest possible level by initiating and implementing long-term ideas and strategies. As a creative thinker, I constantly try to analyse the bigger picture and actively look for areas of improvement, which I then transform into new ideas. These ideas are then initiated and implemented within our organisation or the UT. I also feel comfortable leading the board, listening to other board members and encouraging them to get the best out of themselves and our organisation.

While I am aware that next year will look different due to crazy circumstances, I see it as an extra challenge to stimulate and facilitate students even better and I am confident that it will be a unique and unforgettable experience! Because it is in these times specifically that activism is so incredibly important, and that is what I want to devote myself to with all my heart for this year.