UBC Reports | Vol. 48 | No. 7 | May
Leadership Makes a Difference
Student leader leaves UBC better than she found it.
By Michelle Cook
Political Science major Dea Lloyd is an Arts student who knows
how to do her math. When she and fellow members of the Arts Undergraduate
Society (AUS) calculated the limited amount of social space available
to the university's 10,000 Arts undergraduates, they saw a problem.
The group led an initiative to find more space, and Lloyd took
charge of organizing a referendum on the plan. It attracted 1,500
voters who agreed to a student fee increase to help fund the project.
Now, 6,000 sq. ft. of 'dead' space in Buchanan D Block is being
transformed into a place for Arts students.
"It was a project I really believed in, that I thought we
could do and get students behind it," Lloyd says. "Here
was something they could benefit from tangibly, and I thought it
would be exciting to co-ordinate something that would be a lasting
contribution to UBC."
Lloyd's push for more space reflects a larger drive to make a difference
through politics and community service. In addition to her work
with the AUS, she served two years on the AMS council as Arts faculty
representative. For the last two years, she has overseen logistics
and security on the day of the Arts County Fair, a student-run charity
event that attracted 16,000 participants this year.
Lloyd, 25, likes to be where the action is, and her passion for
politics earned her a coveted spot on the UBC team that took part
in a prestigious mock NATO conference held in Washington, D.C. earlier
this year. Although they were the only Canadian team participating,
the UBC team was assigned the role of the United States. They played
the role so well that they walked away with title of Best Delegation.
The experience gave Lloyd a taste of international diplomacy and
backroom politics and has whetted her appetite to explore possible
careers in law, foreign service or journalism.
But she credits UBC with already giving her a taste of 'real life'
"UBC is a microcosm of the best of society," Lloyd says.
"It's been a wonderful place to mature and become a citizen."