Meet Effie Liang, a second-year Innis student and one of the Social Directors for the ICSS!
Hey Innis! My name is Effie Liang. I was born and raised in Scarborough, so Toronto has been home for me for a long time. I am currently in my second year of undergraduate studies, double majoring in Sociology and Equity Studies. One thing I am interested in studying in Sociology is the qualitative methods we use to observe social issues. In Equity Studies, we discuss many things about social justice and the ways in which intersectional concepts affect Canada as a neo-liberal state power or institution. Besides academics, I have been a part of the Innis College Choir, which have been like my family since first year. If I’m not involved in music, I love trying out new food places and getting to know people at Innis events!
Currently, I hold one of the two Social Director positions for the Innis College Student Society (ICSS). Paul Kaita, the other Social Director, is my partner in crime. I am also a mentor for InSIGHT, which is Innis College’s mentorship program.
The most rewarding thing about being a Social Director is seeing the ideas we come up with become a reality. It’s fascinating to see the process of working with other people to organize the event, and then seeing people actually come to the event! Our vision for this year is to fully embrace Innis College, no matter how small others say it is, and build a closer community. We want to be inclusive to all Innis Students; welcoming them into our spaces, as everyone isn’t necessarily comfortable reaching out to students they don’t know. We want to be respectful of that as much as possible and strive to do our best to provide positive, social places for Innis students to interact with one another at UofT.
The most challenging thing is the collaboration between Social Directors as well as accommodating for all types of students at Innis. Many event venues we look for in the GTA are not accessible for many people with exceptionalities. It can be difficult to find a venue that will suit your vision, so you almost always have to compromise something.
Innis Formal is a huge event for Social Directors and I am excited to see it all come together. It’s on Mar 1, so mark your calendars! The ICSS has many ongoing events, especially Equity and Outreach working on the Benefit Concert on Feb 9, which raises awareness of mental health. It’s important for us as Social Directors to promote not only our events but also other portfolios who work just as hard to organize events for the Innis community!
The important piece of advice is that you should only do things you want to do and have the time for. There’s always an expectation that comes with being involved in the university life, whether it be academics or social life. Taking the time to do things I have to do and not trying so hard to attend every event would have made my first year a bit less hectic. Learn how to effectively read, using the writing resources and actually getting to know the professors would have been a benefit for me as well.