Nick Giordano, a fourth-year political science and management information systems major from Greece, N.Y., has been elected president of Rochester Institute of Technology’s Student Government.
His one-year term begins May 24, as he concludes a year in Student Government serving as director of student relations. Andrea Shaver, a second-year graphic design major from Frisco, Texas, will be serving as vice president.
“We have a lot of things we’ll be continuing from this year, along with ideas we didn’t have time to get to this year,” Giordano said.
One item on his “to do” list is work to get a student representative on RIT’s board of trustees.
“I think that’s a big task, but I think all governance groups should have a student representative for issues that impact the community,” he said.
Giordano has been very involved in projects with Student Government this year, including Paw Prints, where students can start petitions for changes, and Goodbye, Goodbuy!, a program encouraging students to donate items incoming students can use instead of throwing them out.
Other ideas he’d like to explore: having a polling station on the RIT campus, improving Wi-Fi connections on campus, reorganizing club classifications to accommodate the growing number of student clubs, starting a student sustainability advisory board, advocating governments to remove restrictions on food trucks and car sharing services, and improving retention and graduation rates of ALAANA students.
“I want to start right away on our goals,” he said, and he’s working well with outgoing Student Government President Ashley Carrington. “It’s a really big advantage to be able to carry over agenda items from the previous year,” he said. “We’re on the same page with our goals. That’s even better.”
He’ll be representing more than 18,000 RIT students, including those on RIT campuses in Croatia, Kosovo and Dubai. Giordano wants to make sure that students overseas are also represented. “The policies that we decide on this campus affects those campuses,” he said. “We are their voice.”
Giordano says he chose to get involved in Student Government “because it gives me an opportunity to use my leadership and other skills to help out the community that has given me so much here at RIT.”