It’s almost been a week since the DC Students Inc. executives have officially taken office. After starting off strong in a sprint during election campaigning, Jaylan Hayles has not slowed down.
Hayles has spent his first week in office arranging budgets for the school year, collaborating with his VP’s on orientation plans, and connecting with other DC campuses to unite Durham College locations across the community.
“I hope to gain a strong relationship with Durham College students and I want to be transparent at all times,” Hayles says. “I want to make sure I’m available for all the concerns and needs students bring to my attention. We might not be able to solve everything in our first year as an organization, but I want to make sure students are listened to and see that we are performing and providing what they ask for.”
Hayles and his VP’s, Geoffry Olara and Toosaa Bush, are working hard to create an orientation month for students this coming September, following a lack of orientation events at Durham College in 2017.
“We want to give students the orientation experience they’ve been asking for,” Hayles explains. “Whether they want to party at Shagwell’s or have more intimate events such as movie nights, we want to plan an orientation that includes and excites all students. We want students to be confident and comfortable on campus.”
“Orientation is a time to meet new people, especially when you’re transitioning from high school to college,” he says. “We want to plan events that will get students involved in our clubs and societies, organize a job fair for students looking for income, and support our students by having Outreach Services more prominent in our school.”
Although he can’t go too much into detail about their plans for Fall Orientation, Hayles says there will be events going on every week in September and wants students to know he has an open door policy.
“If you have ideas, questions, or concerns, my door is always open and we’d love to see you guys drop by the office any time.”