About Us

What is SAFA?

If you are a student in one of the many programs in the Faculty of Arts (with the exception Communications), then SAFA is YOU! According to our constitution, every student studying within the Faculty of Arts is officially a member of SAFA, and membership sure does have its privileges with services, resources, events and more! 

SAFA represents the interests of undergraduate students of the Faculty of Arts within the UOSU, the Faculty, the University, the community, and the provincial and federal governments. The students’ association also works to foster a sense of community through social, academic, and cultural events, while at the same time offering a variety of services to its members.

Quick Facts

  • We are a non profit corporation

  • We include over 4000 members

  • We are one of the largest student associations at uOttawa

  • We are run by an executive committee

  • They, in turn, by a board made up of our member association representatives

The Executive

Tony Butticci, any pronouns

Hihi! I'm Anthony or Tony, and I'm the VP Uni Affairs/Acting President for SAFA this year! I'm in my fourth year of History with an Option in Digital Humanities, and I'm very excited to help arts students with their uni affairs related things this year! I also enjoy video games (mainly sandbox, simulations, and RPGs), writing, and anything fun and gay!

VP Social Affairs
Banafsheh Shamdani, she/her

Hi everyone! I’m Banafsheh (she/ her) and I’m SAFA’s VP social. My favourite subjects are history, political science, political geography, moral philosophy and ethics, math, languages, and literature. I’m a Russian history nerd and I’m passionate about learning different languages. I also enjoy reading, essay writing and fries.
If you ever have any concerns, ideas, questions, or comments, you can always contact me through my email!

VP Internal Affairs
Rachel Burke, she/they

Hello! I'm Rachel Burke and I'm VP Internal for SAFA. I am in my fourth year studying for an Honours BA in History. When I'm not doing hundreds of readings for class, I love listening to music, watching movies, and daydreaming. I look forward to working with SAFA and the MAs to make this school year as much fun as possible! 🤠

VP Comms - Franco
Books Available


VP Finance
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Fiona Broughton, she/her

Hello SAFA! I'm a third year student majoring in Linguistics, and I have the pleasure of being your VP Finance this year. I am from Toronto, and moved to Ottawa for opportunities in politics, but soon learned that Linguistics is where my heart truly lies. Always feel free to reach out with any questions about SAFA, our finances, or your linguistics homework. (Though I cannot help you with phonology, you will have to help me.)

VP Comms - Anglo
Tegwyn Skye Curtis, she/her

Hi SAFA! I'm a fifth year History and Poli Sci student interested in Canadian and Celtic histories. I am in love with photography, art, design, and writing. I'm so excited to be combining all those things as VP Communications (Anglo). I'm originally from Northern Alberta, but lived on Vancouver Island in High School and consider that home. Ottawa was a whole new adventure, but I'm back doing school and SAFA remotely by moving into my childhood home. I'm happy to answer any uni and SAFA questions, or talk about accessibility with you!

VP University Affairs
Tony Butticci, any pronouns
VP Philanthropy
Books Available


Books Available
Board Chair
Sam Yee (she/her)
101 Week Coordinator
Books Available
Allison Harrod, she/her
Lydia Talajic (she/her)

I am ecstatic to be returning as SAFA’s 101 Week Coordinator for fall 2021. I am a theatre grad, and currently working as an arts administrator, and I'm the General Manager of the Youth Infringement Festival. Pre-COVID, I worked as an independent theatre artist, and travelled from Winnipeg to Quebec City with touring shows. My work focuses on providing young artists with a safe space to play, be vulnerable, and be heard. When I'm not working on professional projects, you can fine me playing with my two cats or knitting.