Department of English Student Association (DESA)

The DESA executive is an elected student organization in the Department that represents every student who has declared a Major, Minor, or Honours concentration in an English program. As a social, cultural, political, and educational organization for students, DESA performs the functions of student government and representation at the departmental level.

The executive holds weekly office hours for peer advising; plans social events such as readings, wine and cheese receptions, and weekend trips; provides opportunities for extracurricular creative work; offers liaison with faculty and administration on behalf of students; and informs students of the goings-on within the department and in the Montreal community.

To contact the DESA executive, send an e-mail to desamcgill [at]
Also stay updated through our Facebook page, Facebook group and Twitter 

DESA holds a daily office hour with two executive members from different streams present to advise students. The schedule can be found on our door ARTS 305 or on our Facebook page.

If there’s anything DESA can help you with, from suggesting/advertising events to peer-to-peer advice, get in touch with the executive!

2017-2018 DESA executive:

Danijela Stojkovic 
danijela.stojkovic [at]

VP Internal:
Emily Szpiro 
emily.szpiro [at]

VP External:
Thomas MacDonald
thomas.macdonald [at]

VP Academic:
Emily Mernin
emily.mernin [at]

VP Journals:
Sylvie Schwartz
sylvie.schwartz [at]

VP Finance:
Alexandra Toutant 
alexandra.toutant [at]

VP Events:
Zoe Shaw [at]

VP Communications:
Anisah Shah
anisah.shah [at]

Literature Representative:
Sanjna Navani
sanjna.navani [at]

Drama & Theatre Representative:
Frédérique Blanchard
frederique.blanchard [at]

Cultural Studies Representative:
Atusa Mehrasa
atusa.mehrasa [at]

U1 Representative:
Dorothy Poon
dorothy.poon [at]