It was the risky academic equivalent of Freaky Friday, but two years ago when President Mamdouh Shoukri swapped roles for a day with York University undergraduate student Rabia Sajun, they did more than gain an appreciation of what it’s like to be in each other’s shoes. They also made history.
In what was a first for a Canadian university, York launched its “President for a Day” contest in February 2012, an opportunity for an undergraduate student to experience a day in the life of York’s president.
Today marks the launch of this year’s contest, now in its third year. On March 19, Shoukri will experience life as a York student, and the winner will experience what it is like to be at the helm of York University.
“This has become an event I look forward to,” says Mamdouh Shoukri, president and vice-chancellor. “I had many interesting experiences swapping roles with Rabia and David and seeing the University through their eyes. It is also a great way for me to interact with the York community.”
Shoukri will break out his backpack and attend the winning student’s classes and other on-campus commitments, while the student will attend the president’s meetings and partake in other obligations and duties.
If you are a York undergraduate student and think you have what it takes to be President for a Day, or if you know someone who might make a good candidate, submit a resume and a 500-word written or video essay on the topic, “What would be your top three priorities that would directly impact students if you were appointed President of York University?”
All submissions must be received no later than 11:59pm EST on Feb. 24. The submissions will then be reviewed by a selection committee, and the winner will be announced on March 10.
For more information, visit the York University President for a Day website or follow us on Twitter #yupres4aday.