Student Government 2021-2022 Elections

 

 

Lucas RandrianariveloLucas Randrianarivelo

Hey! My name is Lucas Randrianarivelo. I was raised in the heart of Baltimore City, Maryland. From a young age played soccer, and tinkered with robotics, which has led me to play collegiately; as well as, study Mechanical Engineering. I am now in my 4th year but have begun switching gears into the business sphere and started my own social media marketing company. In the future, I plan to continue as a serial entrepreneur utilizing my technical background, personability, and leadership in my own company. Academics aside, I am a brother of Theta Chi Fraternity, the Director of Marketing for ALANA Collegiate Association, a mentor in MCAS, a Resident Assistant, and have served in various leadership positions during my time such as the student representative this past Summer on the board for the Covid Readiness Committee. Outside of the University, I enjoy making videos and creating content, travelling, reading, and slowly trying to take a couple of strokes off my golf game. I am passionate about self-development and trying to be a little better each and every day.

 

Christopher FerrariChristopher Ferrari

Hello Everyone!  My name is Chris Ferrari. I was born in South Korea but was adopted and raised in Spencerport, New York for 18 years of my life. I am in my 2nd year studying Marketing & Political Science. I currently serve as the Senator for the Saunders College of Business. During my term, we have been able to grow our Executive Board with 11 clubs having representation during our weekly meetings. We have also created a club calendar so students are able to see when clubs are holding their meetings, as well as events. We have also been able to start a Collegiate DECA Chapter at RIT. Along with serving as Saunders Senator, I serve as a Student Justice on the University Appeals Board and serve as President of the newly formed DECA Chapter. Outside of RIT, I hold a 3rd-degree black belt in taekwondo and have instructed taekwondo for six years. I also enjoy baseball, bowling, and golf. It has been a privilege to serve the Saunders Community this past year and I hope to continue my service to the entire RIT community. 

Platform

Our slogan “The Movement” is a call to action to change the culture here at Rochester Institute of Technology. Your college experience is made up of yourself, your academics, and your social life. As your President and Vice President, we have made it our mission to give you the college experience you deserve. 

Given the COVID-19 pandemic and the various challenges our student body has faced, we believe ‘The Movement’ embodies our initiatives to foster community while moving forward - together.

Personal Wellness, advocates for additional resources that can improve student’s mental health with a focus on the betterment of mental hygiene, physical fitness, and the spiritual welfare of the student body. We plan to take a proactive approach to the student body’s mental health by increasing resources and awareness for mental health services on campus and for the Schmitt Interfaith Center. In addition, we plan to hold open forums that encourage open communication between students and administrators regarding mental health issues on campus. Finally, we plan to host in-person and virtual workshops promoting mental hygiene and what mental health means to students; as well as, workshops that support physical fitness.

Professional Development, involves building an online alumni network platform where current University students and alumni can connect. The platform, similar to LinkedIn, will allow students to internally interact with alumni who can share experiences, knowledge, and Co-Op/Full-Time opportunities. Seeking a Co-Op or Full-Time position is an overwhelming and tedious task for many students. Therefore, we plan to work with the Division of University Advancements to develop and promote a platform that alleviates the current challenges our students face when seeking Co-Op/Full-Time employment. This internal network will transform the way you find employment, and serve as a back door to many of the companies that your fellow alumni have worked at.

Social Experience focuses on improving student engagement on campus by highlighting clubs, organizations, Greek organizations, and athletic teams on campus to evoke a stronger sense of school pride among the student body. In addition, we will implement technical changes to the CampusGroups platform so that it is user friendly in terms of navigating clubs and events. In addition to TigerTalks, we plan to hold open forums encouraging students to speak on their social experiences thus far at the University. We also plan to work with the College Activities Board to schedule an artist to perform on campus.

 

Zayneb GhazleZayneb Ghazle

Hello everyone! My name is Zayneb and I am a second year Physician’s Assistant major from Spencerport, NY. In my time at RIT, I have been Vice President and President of the Ultrasound Student Association and I am a member of the Honors Program, Center for Statesmanship, Law and Liberty and the Physician Assistant Student Association. I am also an RIT student ambassador! I give campus tours and highlight why RIT is the best! As CHST senator, my primary focus is to represent every student and to promote collaboration, respect, transparency and shared governance. I believe that working together as a team will help us be a strong and productive community. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions, comments or suggestions. 

When I am not studying, I like to watch Netflix, bake, read and travel! I am honored to serve the CHST student body and if you see me around please say hello!

Platform

Hello everyone! 

My name is Zayneb and I am excited to have the opportunity to run for Student Government’s College of Health Sciences and Technologies Senator. As your senator, I will lead based on respect, integrity, communication and shared governance. I will make decisions based on collective input from the student body. Decisions that are both transparent and effective in fulfilling your concerns and ideas.

During my term, I will be focused on uniting our CHST college. That will entail monthly meetings with the CHST club officers in order to check in and see how I could help. The function of these monthly meetings would be to ensure student success within each program. Increased communication amongst the CHST programs will help us become stronger as we prepare for our careers as health care professionals.

I will also plan some speaker series events with individuals from each respective CHST program to speak about their experiences and events that led them to where they are today. I will serve and advocate for you in an equitable and inclusive manner. I believe that diversity, equity and inclusiveness will help us be a strong and productive community. We all have valuable insights to share and by recognizing the potential through diversity, we can achieve so much. 

Today, we struggle as individuals to stay connected to one another due to the pandemic. If elected, I will develop a social media page, which will allow CHST students to remain connected and informed about events within Student Government and across the university. Everybody’s voice matters, so the social media page will also be a space for students to share their thoughts and opinions. If wanted, CHST students will also be able to highlight their accomplishments on this page. 

Furthermore, I will advocate for a better study space, a computer lab and better Wi-Fi access. All CHST students should have a space dedicated to enhancing their educational success through access to resources such as computers and whiteboards. I will also advocate for access to printers within the college with free printing pages.

Thank you for reading my platform and I hope that you will vote for me, so that together, we can implement the changes that you would like to see. 


Shannon McKeeShannon McKee

Shannon McKee is a second-year Biomedical Sciences student minoring in Anthropology & Sociology, and Exercise Science. Shannon is an active member in CHST, acting as Events coordinator for the Health Sciences & Technology Student Association. She also works in the stockroom and can be spotted studying in various locations around CBET. Outside of academics, Shannon plays flute & piccolo and is President of Power Yoga RIT. She is passionate about the mind-body connection and utilizes yoga as a break from her studies to put herself in the right mindset to complete tasks to the best of her ability. As a member of the Honors program, Shannon is dedicated to her studies and wants to give back to the CHST community that has supported her. Every student has their own story and their own voice. Shannon is eager to hear from each student and incorporate as many ideas as possible to create a positive and supportive environment for their academic careers. She is excited to challenge herself with this leadership role while bringing new perspectives to the role. “Cell-ebrate” CHST with Shannon and make your voice heard.

Platform

        I am excited to share my ideas and goals with you as a candidate for CHST senator. My first goal is to continue implementing a mentorship program within the Biomedical sciences program. This program has an increasing importance with COVID-19 and a myriad of virtual events. Being a student in college comes with many emotions, including excitement but also uncertainty. Having a mentor will help younger students feel supported while navigating academic resources and figuring out how to maintain a school/social life balance. 
    Secondly, I would like to host workshops catered to all CHST programs. The Professional Development workshops will feature representatives from medical, PA, nursing, pharmaceutical, dental, private clinics, and graduate schools. With all the opportunities there are in the medical field, I want to ensure that students have a chance to explore all of their options and have conversations with professionals. Other career-centered workshops will focus on creating and revising resumes, cover letters, and personal statements. I plan to organize networking events where students can receive feedback from alumni and professionals in their respective fields. 
Following that, I will implement a mental health workshop every semester emphasizing the importance of taking care of yourself and how to prevent college burnout. The Spring workshop will focus on how to handle the stress of competitive applications, whether that be summer or post-graduate programs. 
    During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have rallied around healthcare workers, and I would like to keep that support steady. I will organize care packages that CHST can send annually to local hospitals to continue this. Since many of our students enjoy volunteering at local hospitals, this is a great way to continually foster strong relationships with healthcare workers. 
    Overall, my main goal as senator is to promote unity within CHST. Following COVID-19 protocols, I will establish community events where students, professors, and alumni can get to know each other in an informal setting. These lunches will help students build relationships with each other and faculty members while also crafting an environment that allows students to feel like CHST is their ‘home.’ Although we are different programs specializing in the medical field, we all share the love of science, medical innovation, and ultimately changing the lives of others through medicine. As a college of BioMed’s, PA’s, nutrition students, and sonographers, we can learn from each other, grow together and eventually prepare to enter the professional world together.


Zachary WilliamsZachary Williams

I am a third year Biomedical Science major and Chemistry minor from the College of Health Science and Technology. I am currently serving as the President of the Health Sciences and Technology Student Association, as well as the Honors Program Representative for CHST, where I work to establish a positive working environment for all prospective medical professionals at RIT. I am also involved in biochemical research in Dr. Lea Michel's lab in Gosnell's School of Chemistry and Materials Science, where I study the electrostatic interactions of water-soluble crystallin proteins in the optic lens. I served as a TA in 2019 for the Cell and Molecular Biology lab in COS, and I currently serve in this role for Anatomy & Physiology and Organic Chemistry. Outside of my academic work, I am also involved in the Rochester community. I play club ultimate frisbee for RIT, I enjoy running and rock-climbing, I have just started learning to ski, and I am teaching myself how to play the electric guitar. I also volunteer with RIT Ambulance, as well as the Friendly Home Senior Living Community in Pittsford, and I look forward to serving my college community further on Student Government this year!

Platform

My primary goal is to provide the student body with an inclusive, student-centered environment focused on the development of their knowledge and perspective. Specifically, I intend on further establishing a sense of unity between the various programs that subdivide the College of Health Science, including the Biomedical Science, Physician Assistant, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, and Exercise Science programs. I feel that our college is too divided between different majors, though we all excel under the overarching intention of serving our community as healthcare professionals. As such, I would like to create opportunities for collaboration between the representative bodies of these programs that create a stronger network within the college, so that students of CHST can transition out of the pandemic period as one collective body.
Slowly increasing in-person opportunities for students during RIT’s return to normalcy is another one of my specific goals for the upcoming year. Hosting events in-person, beginning with low-scale panel events and speaker series, will provide both an opportunity for students to further develop their academic interests and intrapersonal growth, as well as establishing a relatively normal college campus feel, intent on increasing the morale of our students. As an organization, HSTSA has already worked hard to keep these opportunities available to students during the pandemic, and I hope to use my experience to spearhead the transition back to a physical environment. 
Students within the College of Health Science are always working tirelessly to reach their goals, and my work has always aimed to make their jobs easier by connecting students to their peers and the faculty of the college. Research is especially important for students within CHST, and thus I have tried to increase its accessibility by hosting research panels with active RIT faculty. I hope to continue the development of RIT’s research opportunities for students within Student Government, in addition to increasing communication between years of each major. This year, I have worked with our Senator to establish a peer mentorship program for first- and second-year Biomedical Science students, which I plan on continuing during my term as Senator. This program will assist students in developing their goals early with the assistance of an older student in the major, and set them on the right path earlier in their undergraduate career. I am passionate about my college and its students, and I am prepared to work hard to make it better for everyone.
 

Carol Vo

Carol Vo

Hello everyone! My name is Carol Vo and I am on the Spanish track of the Applied Modern Language and Culture major. Some of my hobbies include tennis, origami, and hanging out with friends! I am also involved in some clubs and organizations on campus such as COLA Student Advisory Board, Spanish Club, and Piazza Italiana.

 

 
Platform

I would like to promote the importance of student mental health by raising awareness through events and discussions throughout the academic year. It is essential to the COLA community to ensure that students are doing well both mentally and academically as the two go hand-in-hand. I would also like to emphasize the wealth of resources available to College of Liberal Arts students such as COLA Student Advisory Board and COLA Peer Navigators. As COLA Senator, I will coordinate with the two groups to provide more support to students as well as meeting with them regularly to establish a line of communication. For the fall semester, I am aiming for one widespread COLA event week for students, faculty, and staff to boost the sense of community and encourage interaction among all. Whether it be through Zoom or in-person, every member of the College of Liberal Arts will be welcomed to participate in social activities and an academic talk.


Damien D'ArcyDamien D'Arcy

My name is Damien and I’m a Political Science and Economics double major. I was born in the Rochester area and have been damned to attending RIT ever since. 

As you may have gathered, my passion is politics. In my time at RIT, I have co-founded and helped run the Tigers for Bernie club, and am currently serving as the PR guy for the College Democrats- as well as e-board positions in various other clubs. 

Not to flex or anything, but I have watched The Office nearly 9 times. I think it gets better every time, but my family and friends have grown worried. 

 
Platform

Let’s be honest, no one reading this (other than the Student Government people) even know what  Student Government does. Frankly, neither do I. It’s time for students who don’t know anything about Student Government to unite and take the power back. Other universities? They’re laughing at us. They’re laughing at us so bad because we just keep losing. I alone can fix this  problem, and here are my solutions: 

  1. Privatization of Student Government

The privatization of Student Government is THE #1 issue of my campaign. Student Government will be sold to Google, and all Senate positions will be outsourced to India. We all know the private sector is always more efficient- these jobs can be done much more cheaply by abusing the working class of developing countries.
2. Campus Beautification
Campus beautification is THE #1 issue of my campaign. In order to lower our ranks in the ugliest colleges of America lists, it has become necessary to relocate the entirety of downtown Rochester to the RIT campus- the most ambitious infrastructure project in human history. The U of R will pay for it.
3. Bring Back the Dots
This is THE #1 issue of my campaign. I believe in embracing the tradition that once made RIT great. We will put dots back in the RIT logo. The U of R will pay for it.
4. Promoting Higher Education
In order to promote higher education, RIT must construct taller buildings and only accepting freshmen 5’10 or taller. We are off to a good start by having a 6’5 president. This is THE #1 issue of my campaign.
5. Legalize Skateboarding on the Quartermile
This is THE #1 issue of my campaign. RIT has become soft. By having regular pedestrian skateboarder collisions, we will build character in the community and weed out the weakest among us (like in CS1). The U of R will cover medical expenses.
6. The Abolition of RIT
The Abolition of RIT is THE #1 issue of my campaign. RIT is bad for the mental health of students. By abolishing the institution, we will alleviate the stress of students and save them $46k a year.
STUDENTS OF COLA UNITE! YOU HAVE NOTHING TO LOSE BUT YOUR CHAINS!

Nicole Turkalj

Nicole Turkalj

Hello! I’m a second-year College of Art & Design student currently working toward a major in Industrial Design and a minor in Packaging Science. I love tinkering and am passionate about designing with a humanitarian focus. I consider myself a global citizen who tries to connect with the rest of the world by learning foreign languages. I can communicate in several languages with varying degrees of proficiency, with my strongest skills being in English, Croatian, Dutch, and German. Along with having a slew of hobbies, I am also a Resident Advisor who really enjoys building connections and community with students from all sorts of different backgrounds. 

Platform

As CAD Senator, I will listen to the needs and desires of students from within all CAD majors. I will strive to find out what students feel is lacking in their college experience, and implement changes to meet their needs for a happy and inclusive community. One thing I will focus on is making sure students are actually getting access to what they need. Complaints about not having easy access to easels or light tables to complete projects are some of the issues I will be working to address. Because students have also expressed a desire for more than just vending machine snacks within Booth and Gannett, I will actively promote getting food of more sustenance to CAD buildings. I am hoping to contribute to the creation of a communal lounge space within Booth for students to have a place to go between classes. I am also excited to continue the process started by the current CAD Senator to showcase student artwork in one of the stairwells within Booth, thus turning an otherwise dull space into one that reflects the vibrancy found within the CAD community. Promoting diversity and inclusivity, along with creating a positive experience for all, will be at the forefront of everything I do as CAD Senator.

 

Ananya Misra

Ananya Misra

Hi there! My name is Ananya Misra and I'm a first year Computer Science student from Toronto Canada! I am so excited to be running for GCCIS Senator and to hopefully be given the opportunity to represent all of you and make your voices be heard! I’m currently involved in a lot of activities including: Women in Computing, Her Campus at RIT, the CWAG Board, Women of Excellence in STEM, Code RIT and Student Government’s Student Affairs. So if you ever see me around Campus or have any ideas to improve GCCIS don’t be shy to approach me! 

Fun Fact about me: I’ve never had a soft drink before! 

 

Platform

Hi there! My name is Ananya Misra and I am running to be your GCCIS Senator for the academic year of 2021-2022. My platform is a voice for students and every idea brought up to Student Government will be a reflection of you the students. Being a student at GCCIS, there I  would like to advocate for new ideas to enhance our academic and wellness experiences at GCCIS. First off, by increasing tutoring, resources and asking professors to post practice exams and syllabuses on their websites. We want to ensure that our students have all of the resources available for them to succeed, resources including having a specific place where professors can post research positions they are working on and open positions in which they are looking for students as well as a place where students can sign up to have a mentor in the Computing field. Within that, it will be my focus to push for earlier syllabus release and class format, so that students can pick their classes according to their preferences and what interests them. Secondly, it is important that accountability is not only placed on students but also on professors so ensuring that there are daily professor performance analyses that help advocate for student interests by holding professors and their areas of expertise accountable for their actions. Next, with the student government being about the students, personally I have not seen many connections made to the general student body and not all students are aware of how to submit pawprints and make their voices heard if they have a concern on campus. I will be working to strengthen the communication between the student body and Student Government faculty by holding office hours where students don't have to feel intimidated to bring up any concerns they would like me to address and having a greater emphasis on communication and transparency of Student Government. Lastly, with COVID 19 changing not only how we live but how we go to school, I recognize the immense academic stress and concern the pandemic has created. I want to advocate for more student-friendly academic policies in accordance with wellness during the pandemic as well as a better alternative to recharge days. Overall, with your help, I am ready to start in this position and advocate for you the students and be your GCCIS Senator! Vote Ananya Misra for GCCIS Senator!


Alexander-Joseph Silva
Alexander-Joseph Silva

Hi, my name is Alexander-Joseph, I am a second year Computer Science major. Aside from student government, I am in A Space, the Computer Science Community, and the Google Student Developer Club. I enjoy drawing, painting, martial arts, social justice, video games, and biking. 

Fun fact: I speak 3 languages fluently (Portuguese, Spanish, and English)

 

 

 

Platform

Hi, my name is Alexander-Joseph Silva and I am running for GCCIS senator. I was born in Newark, NJ where many Tigers stop by on their way back home for break. I was raised in Elizabeth, NJ. While living there, I volunteered every single day to help people. I was Senior Class President, the founder of my district's first GSA, and an officer in 6 clubs. 
At RIT, I am the current treasurer of A Space and I am a member of the Computer Science Community and Google Student Developer Club. As someone who is Hispanic, queer, and religious, RIT has been a place where I have found support for who I am, and I hope to be that person for others. 
Covid has thrown everything out of whack and if elected I promise to stand up for all Golisano students. I plan on holding events to connect Golisano students. For example, I plan to host game nights so Golisano students can get to know each other and monthly drop-ins where people can just come talk or hang out with others. Golisano students this semester have had a rough time adjusting to difficult classes and I hope the events I will host will ease some stress as many remote students will be coming on campus for the first time. As a senator, I also will be transparent about what goes on in student government as I have noticed a growing disdain of it within the RIT community. 
Besides events promoting wellness, connection, and transparency, I have realized that when major requirements are changed there's an increase in students enrolling for those classes and not an increase in class sections leaving students to worry about getting the classes required to graduate. I plan to advocate to make sure that when requirements are changed or adjusted that they increase the sections of the courses affected to account for the students that were previously on track to graduate.
Thank you for taking the time to read through my platform and I hope you vote for me!  I’ll be sending a form if elected to get a sense of what people would like for me to do as a senator.

 

Jay Shuey

Jay Shuey

Hello, I am Jay Shuey. I am from Great Falls, VA, which is about 6.5 hours away. However, Great Falls is about 30-45 minutes away from Washington D.C. I am also an Eagle Scout from BSA Troop 673 in Great Falls. I am an incoming second year Finance and Political Science dual major with a minor in Economics. I plan on attending Law School after my time here at RIT. My interests are reading, watching movies and Tv, and politics. I wanted to join SG because of my increased interest in government and I enjoy challenging myself. I am always willing to serve my community and put the interests of others before my own. 

 

 

Platform

As the Saunders College of Business Senator, I will continue on increasing community involvement with more events and activities. I want to make sure that each and every Business student is able to find their community. I also want to make sure that each student understands that they are not alone in their journey, and I also want to make sure that they have the resources to achieve their goals. I also want to make sure that students have the confidence to be themselves and not have to worry about those around them. I want to make sure that everyone in the business school can unlock their potential in a meaningful way. I want to create an environment that is inviting to all even those who are not students at the Saunders College of Business. I also want to distribute care packages to those who are in Saunders. I also want to have a holiday party for us as well since we did not get to have one during the 2019-20 academic year. By having these specific events I want to continue to build a sense of community within the Business college. As Senator, I want to make sure that this community not only reflects the values of the Saunders College of Business but also the values of RIT. 

 

Helayne A. Drell

Helayne A. Drell

Helayne Drell is an (incoming) 4th-year SOIS student who crafted her own “Pre-Law” Major, comprised of Political Science, Criminal Justice, and Psychology courses. She is the President of the Pre-Law Society, Attorney for the Mock Trial Association, and a Research Assistant at the University of Rochester Medical Center. In seeing a need for resources for pre-law-oriented students at RIT, Helayne created the Pre-Law Society during the Covid-19 pandemic. There, she’s successfully established connections with a diverse group of JD speakers from a variety of backgrounds, races, and genders, in a variety of fields: COO’s of multi-billion dollar corporations, Patent engineers, and Rochester City and Monroe County officials. 

Helayne is also a recipient of the Kearse Writing Award for her paper entitled “The Unconstitutional Treatment of Pregnant Women in U.S. Correctional Facilities” and an incoming Summer 2021 intern at The Monroe County District Attorney’s Office in the Special Investigations Bureau. Helayne’s passions include integrative medicine, compassionate and preventative psychology, and doing yoga and ballet with her cat, Atticus.

 

 
Platform

As a freshman, I was completely lost and felt what I call “academic panic”: anxiety about not knowing the path you should go on and/or how to get there. I had to find, apply, and secure extracurricular positions all on my own. Other colleges like CET, CHST, Saunders, Golisano, and Gleason all have spectacular co-op resources (have you seen their career fairs?? damn!). Brilliant SOIS students deserve to secure a job or graduate school acceptance before graduation. I would love to make that a reality for you.

The two major issues I see facing SOIS students is a lack of community within the college and resources for co-ops. Clearly, SOIS students are the crux of RIT- we’re innovative, resourceful, creative, and deeply passionate about our career goals.  But this doesn’t mean we don’t need help, many of us are reluctant to ask for it. After all, the go-getter personality is what lead us to SOIS in the first place.
Many of us at SOIS combine the humanities and the sciences to craft our perfect degree. As a SOIS student, co-ops are not required, but they are of course strongly encouraged. Because there’s no set curriculum, it can be daunting to navigate the professional realm on your own. Whether you’re combining Biology and Political Science to create a “bioethics” major, or Entrepreneurship, 2D Design, and Computer Science to one day create your own Design Firm, SOIS faculty and staff have the resources to connect you with alumni who were once in your shoes, but it just doesn’t exist yet. I promise to compile and deliver this resource, among other issues.

Clearly, once everyone is fully vaccinated, As your SOIS senator I will advocate for:
CO-OPS: Create a semesterly updated network of resources for SOIS internships, co-ops and research positions
COMMUNITY:
-Schedule SOIS oriented trips/coffee meetups monthly
-Create a SOIS student Group Message
-Mentorship programs: match upperclassmen with underclassmen, meeting monthly
SCHOLARSHIPS + internal research positions:
-request that students with various concentrations can apply to scholarships + research positions in other colleges
Anything else you feel SOIS is missing (email me: had5583@rit.edu)

I’d be honored to dedicate my last year at RIT to the college that awarded me the freedom to pursue my passions without inhibitions of a set curriculum. I promise I won’t disappoint you.

Sincerely,
Helayne

Samuel Hatton

 

Samuel Hatton

Hello again everyone! I'm Sam Hatton, and I'm running for re-election in the KGCOE Senator position. I am currently a fourth year dual degree student, with my bachelor's being in Industrial & Systems Engineering, my master's in Engineering Management, and my minor in Communications. I am from the most bright and beautiful city in the world, Binghamton, NY! I also am an Eagle Scout and I know too much about Star Wars.

I have made a lot of connections in Student Government my first year here. In my free time, I like to hang out with my friends, or beat them in games of tennis and/or Super Smash Bros. I'm a big fan of garbage, as I watch garbage television, love trying garbage plates from different restaurants, and I work for RIT FMS!

 

 

Platform

If re-elected for the KGCOE senator position, my focus would be on three things: Continued communication, increased transparency, and preparation for normalcy.

The first position on my platform would be to keep widening communication lines in the college. I’ve been hearing from you all continuously since starting, which has been fantastic. I will continue to reach out to you all, and increase the frequency of communication if desired. I also plan to keep open communication between administration and the students through the continuation and potential expansion of my S.A.M. program. There will likely be a lot of things needing to be announced next year, which I’ll get more into soon.

Next, would be increased transparency in the Student Government processes. I’m sure you’ve seen the emails about impeachment, and many of you have reached out for more information on this process. I have been severely limited in what I can say, which may be annoying to you, but it is extremely frustrating to me. To fix these problems, parts of SG’s bylaws need to be re-written and added to. With my experience with Student Government and these bylaws, I believe I could lead the senate in writing and editing the bylaws to make any future process less chaotic.

Third, is preparing for normalcy. While the pandemic is not over, hope is on the horizon, as the US vaccine distribution rolls out ahead of schedule. Although the future isn’t clear, I know we’re going to be in a much better place next fall and spring than we were this year. A huge part of being in KGCOE is the community. KGCOE sponsored events, Engineering Week, the Career fair are all massive cornerstones for our college, and many new students have never gotten to experience them. As a soon-to-be fifth year, I have experienced these things, and I would be thrilled to be involved with starting them back up again. My final platform piece is aiming to re-establish KGCOE, given it is safe and responsible to do so.

I also want to legalize running in the halls. Thanks for reading.

Sam
 

Kiley Gallant

Kiley Gallant

Hello! My name is Kiley and I am a third year Industrial Design major. My minors are Psychology and Packaging Science. I recently moved to South Carolina from southern California, and before that, I lived in Massachusetts. In my spare time, I love working on my sewing or quilting projects, sketching, sculpting, watching Netflix, and baking. I am also a sister of Alpha Sigma Alpha and have served on my sorority's executive board as well as the executive board for College Panhellenic Council. I am passionate about Deaf advocacy and I am looking forward to serving the Cross-Registered population!

 

 

Platform

As your Cross-Registered Senator, I intend to advocate for the needs of Deaf and Hard of Hearing students at RIT. At the beginning of the semester, there were no American Sign Language interpreters at the RIT COVID-19 testing site. I am proud to say that I started a Pawprints petition to have ASL interpreters available and now, at least one interpreter is always present. Additionally, I look forward to raising awareness for students who have struggled with the COVID-19 pandemic, as students who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing have been disproportionately affected. I want to help students by providing resources as we move to potentially having a normal academic year in the fall or spring, or suggesting making certain spaces on campus more accessible. I would do this by creating availability in my schedule for Cross-Registered students to come and tell me what their needs are or if they have any concerns. Every student has different needs so I would work with each individual person to make sure they were heard and accommodated to the best of my ability. Finally, I want to help make Student Government more transparent as this past year, there have been several issues with this. I hope to amend the bylaws to allow RIT students more access and knowledge on how Student Government works and what happens within SG besides a few mass emails. 
 

Alexa Merrick

Alexa Merrick

I am a 2nd year student in the ASL-English Interpreting program, and I have a double major in Psychology. I'm from southeast Michigan, and I'm really glad to have found my second home in Rochester! I have already been fortunate to have had many leadership experiences at RIT, including: I was an RIT 365 Peer Facilitator, I have been in Student Government from last semester to now, and I've participated in other clubs and organizations related to language, psychology and performing arts. This semester, I have been SG's NTID Senator, I have co-chaired the Deaf Advocacy Committee, and been an active member in the NTID Student Congress Cabinet. These experiences have informed my platform and given me even more insight into our community. I am committed to focusing on the academic, accessibility, and student life related issues that NTID students are most concerned about. Thank you!

 

 
 
 

 

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This semester, I want to refocus my commitment to addressing accessibility issues for NTID students. I want to continue the work we've been doing in Deaf Advocacy Committee to make campus more accessible for deaf/hh students, including having more interpreting, captioning, and deaf-friendly spaces. I also want to continue our goal of increasing accessibility for NTID students with other physical and learning disabilities. This semester, I have also realized how important it is to make sure that NTID and RIT professors alike make their class spaces accessible for students with diverse language needs. 
Another big issue I want to focus on is NTID student life. NTID has many platforms and organizations with the capacity to hold events, such as the Student Life Team, so I want to increase student involvement by raising engagement on social media, etc, to make our college exciting and enriching for all. This past semester, while working with NSCA, NSCC, and many of the clubs and organizations we have, I've realized we need to work on organization and utilizing the connections we have between groups. I want to centralize and ease communication and access to information between SLT, NSCA clubs, Brick City News, NTID Administration, and other groups. I hope that this will improve student life at NTID for all current and future students. 

Stephanie Rubin

 

 

Stephanie Rubin

I am Stephanie Rubin, Economist, enrolled in an MBA in Business Analytics and MIS at RIT.
Running for the position: Graduate Senator is, for me, the occasion to get to know RIT better while helping this amazing community.

 

 

 

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During my term as Graduate Senator, I want to make the orientation period more amazing for graduate students. Also, the second greatest goal I want to achieve next year is to work with RIT transportation services to help graduate students living outside campus commute better.

Camille Sisto

 

 

Camille Sisto

Hello! My name is Camille Sisto and I am a 3rd year Biotechnology and Molecular Biosciences major and have an ASL and Deaf Cultural studies minor. I am from a town called Canandaigua, New York, which is “the chosen spot” of the Finger Lakes. I have been a proud and active member of Delta Phi Epsilon International Sorority since fall 2018. 

 

 

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The current circumstances of society are severely impacting the RIT Greek community. My objective as the Greek senator is to overcome the impediments facing us by forging new community engagement. Since being primarily virtual, the Greek community has endured a lack of interconnectedness on campus. The Greek community must endeavor to establish a substantial presence at RIT. Encouraging the development of relations between chapters is the first step in this venture. The realization of this aspiration lies within the cultivation of the individuality of our chapters. Ultimately this will nurture the creation of an inclusive and diverse community. To this end, I will work with the Greek committee and councils to create unique strategies to sponsor community engagement.

Jen HillJen Hill

Hi, my name is Jen and I am currently a third-year New Media Marketing student with minors in Economics and Accounting. I’m originally from the small town of Corning, New York which I like to consider one of the glass capitals of the world. 

I am passionate about women’s issues, both on campus and off it. I currently serve as the VP of Marketing for Women in Business which has given me the opportunity to organize various events centered around women’s leadership and how women can better advocate for themselves. 

On campus, I am also involved in the leadership for the Mock Trial club, MADPR club, and the Saunders Leadership Academy. When I’m not busy with homework or club meetings you can probably find me watching old SVU episodes or dancing to Taylor Swift songs in my room. 

 

 
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I, like most women on campus, know what it’s like to be the only woman in the room. Being a woman at RIT presents its own set of unique challenges on top of being a college student. My goal is to help the women on campus navigate those challenges and feel more comfortable. Inclusivity
I promise to first and foremost be a representative for all students who identify as female.Community Building
Being on a male-dominated campus, it is important to develop connections with other RIT women. We are most powerful when we support and lift each other up. Some examples of community building experiences include:

  • Social events for women to build friendships with other women in the RIT community
  • Women’s resource group for women to share their experiences and get support from other women
  • Empowerment & development events to help women build their networks and develop skills that will help them in their classes and future careers
  • Women’s activities fair to highlight the opportunities for involvement in the many women’s organizations on campus

Ending Sexual Assault
In 2018, RIT had the 8th most reported incidents of sexual assault of all colleges in the state. Any sexual assault on campus is one too many. This is a problem that disproportionally affects the women on this campus. As your Women’s Senator, I promise to make combatting sexual assault a top priority. I will work with people from the existing resources on campus to identify problems with these resources and find ways that they can be improved. There is also more RIT can do to prevent sexual assaults from happening in the first place. The CDC and organizations focused on campus sexual assault say that educational programs and campaigns that promote knowledge of healthy relationships and establish positive norms about gender, sexuality, and violence can prevent sexual assaults on college campuses. Active & Empathetic Listening
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, my platform is meant to be a work in process. These were just some of the issues that I identified after talking with a handful of women, consulting some sources online, and drawing on my own experiences. Listening is the first step in identifying and working to fix problems. I promise that as your Women’s Senator I will be an active and empathetic listener that you can come to with any problems you may face as a woman on campus.

Natalie Robinson

Natalie Robinson

Natalie Robinson is a third-year Interior Design student with a minor in Construction Management from New Jersey. Beginning her first year, she became involved in the ALANA community through Unity House, and she attended general body meetings for the Black Awareness Coordinating Committee (BACC) and the Caribbean Student Association (CSA). She is currently working as a Student Ambassador for RIT Admissions, the Senior Welcome Attendant for the Center for Campus Life, Resident Advisor, Student Orientation Coordinator, and Co-Facilitator of Real Talk. In all her roles, she aims to bridge the gap between departments, provide valuable information to her peers and increase representation across campus. Two of her biggest goals are to make the transition from high school to college as seamless as possible for new students and to form a greater sense of community amongst the underrepresented student body.

 

 

 

 

Keira Carrington

 

Keira Carrington

Keira Carrington is a second-year Computing Security student from Pennsylvania. Since arriving at RIT, she has been involved in various student organizations such as the Black Awareness Coordinating Committee (BACC), Unity House, the Organization of African Students (OAS), the Caribbean Student Association (CSA), and Women in Cybersecurity. She is currently serving as the Vice President of Unity House and the Secretary of BACC. One of her main goals is to provide students of color and underrepresented students with a space on campus in which they can feel welcome. She recognizes how difficult it is for ALANA students at a predominantly white institution, and aims to ensure they all have an experience that includes having their voices heard and feeling as though they belong. Moving forward, she hopes to advocate for inclusivity and be able to bring the various communities that make up the ALANA community closer together. She plans to achieve these goals through community outreach and service, including faculty and staff members of color in events to create greater networking opportunities and working with the rest of her executive board to make important information regarding the community easily accessible.

 

 

 

 
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Our campaign platform consists of fostering community, promoting accessibility, and providing outlets that support our mental health. “FAMily focused” is more than a slogan or motto for us as your President and Vice President. The student experience is hard, but being an ALANA student can be ten times harder. 

Fostering community is our first pillar because we recognize the segmentation and separation of the clubs and organizations in our community. No one will show up for us the way our community does; therefore, we have to be willing to support one another and hold each other accountable if needed. Being involved in the Greater Rochester community is another method we aim to utilize to develop stronger bonds. Through bi-weekly or monthly community service activities, we will not only work toward a common goal but also begin to see all that the Greater Rochester community has to offer.

Our second pillar is accessibility. We have recognized the need for accessibility, and that is a major driving force in our candidacy. Access, in terms of captioning and interpreting, is paramount to bridging the gap between our hearing community and our Deaf/HoH community. We hope to achieve this by including weekly ASL lessons in our newsletter to help the community learn how to fingerspell and beginner ASL phrases. Accessibility is also making pertinent information about our community readily available in all forms. The affiliate calendar will be reintroduced to ensure all members and club officers are aware of the upcoming events and programs in the community. We hope to create an introductory pamphlet/document that will be shared with all incoming students as well as monthly community updates and highlights. 

Our third pillar consists of managing mental health. The struggle to manage mental health has come to the forefront of the college experience within the past 3-4 years, and we hope to address it more holistically. When one part of our health triangle is diminished or unsatisfied, it is not long before the other two aspects of our wellbeing face a decline as well. Through working with CaPs, we plan to provide a cohesive mental health resource guide and keep the discussion of mental health as a cornerstone of every program or initiative we begin. 

Natnail TolossaNatnail Tolossa

Hello, my name is Natnail Tolossa. I was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I moved to Maryland, United States when I was 7 years old and I grew up here ever since. Throughout my lifetime, I bounce to several schools until middle school. I graduated high school in 2020 at Model Secondary School for the Deaf in Washington, DC. I will be a 2nd-year student for 2021-2022. In high school, I was very involved in the organization such as Class of 2020 secretary in sophomore year, Jr.NAD vice president, and a special advisor for Class of 2020 in both my Junior and Senior year. I was also selected as a delegate for the National Association for the Deaf representing Jr.NAD and millions of deaf children in the United States. And now I am working with NAD to best support both Spoken language children and children who use American Sign Language(ASL).

 

 

 

Samantha SuarezSamantha Suarez

My name is Samantha Faye Suarez, my sign name uses letter S to nearest my curly hair to curl down. I am very friendly social, endless happy spirited, and highest motivates. I was playing sport, Variety Cheerleader, Variety Volleyball, Variety Basketball, Flag Football, and Track and Field. Not only just sports, but I also involved in various clubs: President of Junior National Association of the Deaf, Yearbook Club, Outdoor Club, Book Club, Student Council chairperson, Class of 2020 Historian. I was honor student in school and take college early. I took dual enrollment college, St. John River State College while I in high school. I have the best experience of traveling with my whole family all around the world. I have gone to lot of countries in Europe, for example: London, Scotland, Austria, Italy, France and Paris, and other countries including in United States too. I graduate in 2020 from Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind (FSDB). Now, my journey is continued. Now, I hoping to get bachelor’s degrees from Engineering Technology because I have lot of planning in future for my goal life

 

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Within my position, I wanted to find a way how we can best support all NTID communities. Which means all cross-registered student and NTID student, and interpreting student. We need to build a bond and a spirit within the NTID and outside of the NTID community. This position is not for me, it is for all NTID community. My platform as a President of NSC is to build and strengthen the community. So let's go TiGERS!!! Let's make it happen!!

 

Luca Travis

 

Luca Travis

Hello! My name is Luca, my pronouns are they/them, and I'm a second year illustration student. I'm also the current president of OUTspoken, so I'm super excited to be running to serve the LGBTQ+ community again next year! I remember day two of my freshman year at the Pride Picnic, surrounded by supportive queer individuals just like me, and even though Covid makes that sense of community harder, I hope to ensure every member of the queer community on campus feels that support through their entire time at RIT and beyond.

 

 

 

Ashton Marhevka

 

 

Ashton Marhevka

Hi! My name is Ashton, my pronouns are he/him/his, and I’m a first year Illustration student. Being supported by peers has helped me immensely in my experiences as a trans student. As such, I hope to ensure that every queer student feels supported here at RIT in order to promote their upmost success in their academics, careers, and beyond.

 

 

 

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We hope to continue advocating for gender neutral bathrooms, as well as working towards requiring pronoun fields in staff emails, surveys and forms, and other on campus systems.