USS ELECTION CANDIDATES FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR OF 2019-2020

 

CANDIDATES FOR PARSONS:

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  1. Lexi O’Neill

    Campaign Platform:

    I am a passionate individual who strives to voice the community and its people in both my creative work and daily life. Being a Parsons senator would allow me to be an advocate for my fellow peers, collaborating + designing necessary solutions, programs and/or initiatives to best serve the Parsons + TNS student body. Further, being invested in listening and actively cultivating an empowering cohort for positive change and impact is a top priority of my time here- and I can't think of a better position to help me help others to create this environment.

    My dedication to detail, investment in service projects, and overall motivation to positively impact who I interact with/what I do will best help me recognize and make sure the students at Parsons are heard. As a communications major interested in non-profit design/social impact, I spend too much time investigating and exploring successful management and strategies of amazing community programs. I would love to bring this ever-evolving passion beyond my personal work and into the lives of students via the Student Senate.

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

    During my freshman year at Parsons, I have been treasurer of Kerrey's Hall Council- working to engage my fellow residents in community-building programs and activities, alongside representing and voicing the concerns of students in our meetings. At Atlee High School, I was a member of the student government for 4 years, with leadership positions as secretary and treasurer. For 3 years, I was a student representative on our School Improvement team, a faculty-student team dedicated to collaborative community initiatives to enrich and enhance the atmosphere of our school.

    I served as Editor-in-Chief and lead designer throughout my 3 years as a journalism student. Consistent reporting and collaboration with students about their experience and thoughts within the community best aided my understanding of our school environment and what it needed. Additionally, I participated in clubs and organizations including National Art, National Spanish, and National Honor Societies, Beta, Key Club, and alongside other community-based volunteer programs centered around exemplifying our love for the community and best giving back to it.

    Number of uss meetings attended previously:

    5 - 10

  2. Emma Bjornsen

    Campaign Platform:

    I feel as though I am the best candidate to represent Parsons and The New School as a whole because I am always looking for ways to innovate what already exists, whether through personal efforts or structural changes. I have a wide range of interests from Photography to Film to Technical Theater, and I am passionate about making sure every student at The New School, regardless of their path, should have the right to a fulfilling and worthwhile educational experience.

    Additionally, I am always looking for ways to support extracurricular projects, whether artistic or social justice-oriented, so I feel as though working as a USS Senator would grant me the opportunity to see more out-of-class projects come to life, and to assist as much as I can.

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

    Tau Sigma National Honor Society, President, 1 year

    The New School Executive Council President, 1 year

    Wesley Chapel High School Junior Class President, 1 year

    Wesley Chapel High School National Technical Honor Society, President, 3 years

    Wesley Chapel High School Thespian Honor Society, Secretary, 1 year

    Number of uss meetings attended previously:

    0

  3. Elmira Moskvina

    Campaign Platform:

    From the first day I arrived at Parsons School of Design, I knew that I wanted to become more involved with the student body and represent the voices of the students. Being a sophomore, I was advised by one of the student senate members which even more made me aspire to guide others as he guided me when I needed. I am very passionate about Parsons, and I want to bring this passion for work and dedicate my time to support and represent the student body for a better cause. I consistently spent time in leadership roles throughout my whole life, and I will try to make this university an even better place than it already is.

    The New School is remarkably well developed in the school-student body relationship because the students' voices are heard and taken into account. This is what makes our school great, but there is always room for improvement. I think that many people at Parsons have compelling ideas and thoughts on the school system, but sometimes have problems expressing them. I believe that I can help embody those thoughts. Many discussion topics can be brought to the table: art supplies expense, recycling education, sustainability guidance, etc.

    The student senate works side-by-side with the student body and the administration to ensure student experience and events throughout the school year are successful and memorable. Bringing the best quality of students experience is essential. As a student senate member, I will ensure that you, as a student will have a tremendous enlightening university experience, your voice will be heard, and you will have a memorable year of your school life.

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

    Class President (2010-2014)

    Peer Counselor (2014-2016)

    Vice President of the Nation Art Honor Society (2014-2016)

    Co-Chair of the Walk-by-Walk club (2014-2016)

    Program Director of Miami Country Day School (2015-2016)

    Vice President of the Eco Club (2015-2016)

    President and co-founder of the Andzelu BJC OrhidejasS community organization (2014-present)

    Number of uss meetings attended previously:

    0

  4. Peter Yu

    Campaign Platform:

    What’s not entirely obvious is that the Student Senate does quite little. Other than approving clubs and funding events, it really doesn’t hold any sway on what goes on around here. Why, then, am I running? Ultimately, I want to expand and democratize access to school resources, as inconsequential as they are. Amidst the cuts and fiscal grabs by school administration, I will fight hard against any possible cut to funding for student activities, and in fact advocate for more events and greater editorial independence. I furthermore aim to make the process of holding events and establishing clubs more approachable, more open to ideas from groups who would not normally approach the frankly intimidating proposal process. And finally, I hope to expand the senate to constantly include voices outside of the insular group of busybodies I’m currently trying to join.

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

    I suppose I had my first experience in the non-politics of “student leadership” during my 4-year student government stint in high school. I had such high hopes going in of fundamentally changing the injustices I saw around me. However - and in hindsight I suppose this isn’t much of a surprise - but there was I could do outside of sending polite requests to the principal. But what I could influence there was a bevy of little but nonetheless visible quality-of-life matters: the interminable of pep rallies, the universally unpopular assemblies, the difficulty of forming clubs. And in Junior year, I retired to the title of Head of Publicity, taking on the print and digital publicity needs of the council all on my own. I was also part of the Anime Club here at the New School.

    Number of uss meetings attended previously:

    0

  5. Yohan Shah

    Campaign Platform:

    I have recently taken initiative to become proactive with understanding the framework and infrastructure of The New School. I was inspired to do so when I heard of the hike in tuition declared by TNS. I enjoy economics and political science. Both these interests are put to work when I am tackling problems within TNS. I believe TNS lacks community and therefore truly needs stronger support in the student body. The students need to have a voice and I hope I can be of help in achieving it.

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

    I was the Vice President of the student leadership board in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts at the University of Massachusetts - Amherst: 2 Years Treasurer of RSO: Young Music Entrepreneurs Association: 1 Year

    Number of uss meetings attended previously:

    5 - 10

  6. Joseph Marino

    Campaign Platform:

    Hey Parsons Students!

    I want to work collaboratively with the administration to bring about the following improvements!

    1. Studios and shops open for more hours / 24 hours

    2. More home-desk spaces, and more shared storage spaces in studios

    3. Improve the elevators 

    4. More Buildings open 24 hours 

    There are many more.

    Student government should be an open place where you can share your ideas, and I commit to making sure your ideas are heard! Want to see improvements? Want to work on a project? If you want to see change, speak to me!

    I commit to working on whatever the students want!

    There are numerous changes Parsons students want to see that the University does not want to provide for, I want to fix that!

    Together, we can!

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

    University Student Senate, Chief of Staff, Spring 2019

    University Student Senate, Parsons Representative, May 2018- May 2019

    Intern for mayor's office for Harrison, New York, May-August 2015

    Arts Scholars Advisory Board, University of Maryland, 1 year. (Student advisory board for academic program)

    Harrison High School Student Government, representative, 2 years

    Additionally, I worked with local politicians on campaigning for a noise mitigation project on a local highway in Harrison, New York, including researching federal law, contacting officials at numerous levels in both state highway agencies, and hosting a meeting with the mayor of my hometown, and the State Senator and Assemblyman for my district, from New York's Legislature.

    Number of uss meetings attended previously:

    10+

  7. Yetunde Sapp

    Campaign Platform:

    I am fully dedicated to building parsons community and think that being a part of this organization would fully emerse me into doing so. From the few meeting I have attended I was able to meet a handful of people from the other schools I would not have met otherwise. I also feel like I get a better idea of what the creators around me are doing, something that is very rarely available to everyone at The New School.

    I feel that part of the reason sometimes why there is such little camaraderie is because people don't have the opportunity to support people in their endeavors as much as they should, mainly because they are not aware of what is happening. I would like to be involved with getting the word out to people and connecting all the schools to create an engaged student body.

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

    Black Student union, helped with videos Obsidian, helped with organizing their black history month events Narwals Basketball Team, guard City Year Los Angeles

    Number of uss meetings attended previously:

    1 - 5

  8. Sharon Kim

    Campaign Platform:

    Hello! I'm Sharon and I believe I'm the best candidate because I will bring the most relevant opportunities and experiences to benefit Parsons students. I understand what it's like to come to New York as an international student. I'm from Toronto and have had financial struggles in order to come here. Whether you were raised in Brooklyn, come from Shanghai, Korea, or wherever it may be, I want to make sure every student will feel as if their experience here will be well WORTH IT through providing opportunities to help them within and beyond the school walls.

    Also, as a person of color and acknowledging the level of diversity, I'm not ashamed nor scared to talk about issues that seem taboo or take action to expose others that are discriminatory socially, financially, or racially in any way. And personally, I don't think the classes are enough to ensure one's success after college so if I were your senator, I would also create campaigns and events to offer practical opportunities such as 5-minute resume workshops and networking events within the school to make these skills are as accessible as possible to everybody. All in all, I want for everybody what I would want for myself- a safe, just, and successful community.

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

    Created a short film about the financial struggle within the New School for TIME's final project, Awarded for 2019 Emerging Student Leader at The New School, holds a lifestyle and career blog (www.sharonyeunkim.com) since 2018, held a community fashion brunch in partnership with College Fashionista, currently holds two internships.

    Number of uss meetings attended previously:

    1 - 5

CANDIDATES FOR NSPE:

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  1. Krishna Trivedi

    Campaign Platform:

    I believe that my professional and academic experience have provided me with the ability to effectively contribute to work with you and through my intensive legal academic endeavors, I have cultivated a strong skill-set in writing engaging articles. I am an efficient team player as well as individual contributor. I have managed high volume of projects and yes being a lawyer always worked on my communication skills I do believe i can bring immediate values which are expected. my experience and studies have taught me the value of hard work and dedication, and I will apply these values to Senate. I can share my opinion and different perspective in the team. I would welcome opportunity to discuss and meet with you to discuss my experience and qualification with you in greater detail.

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

    THE NEW SCHOOL – New York, New York Research Assistant for Dean of School of Media Studies, Feb 2019- May 2019 • Assist with curriculum mapping, updating online databases and interacting with faculty, staff and students on a variety of initiatives and projects. • Assisting with upcoming immersive media events at The New School, as well as collaborations with outside organizations such as RLab and NYC Media Lab. • Working on WordPress and social media apps

    ALLSTAR HOTELS INC, - New York, New York Fall Intern, September-November 2018 • Attended meetings and conferences with the managers and directors, prepared presentations on various topics as needed. • Managed administrative tasks, organizing submission and filing confidential documents.

    INTEGREON, Mumbai, India Legal Intern, June 2016 - August, 2016 • Reviewed and drafted corporate agreements and transactional issues, worked with international and domestic legal and business partners. • Installed and maintained company’s computer systems. • Communicated with clients and responded to client inquiries. • Performed upgrades and installed updates

    FARIA AND CO, Mumbai, India Legal Intern, May 2015 - January 2016 • Represented clients in consumer courts. • Requested information about software and hardware issues and documented all concerns. • Wrote reply briefs based on extensive research on issues related to civil, criminal and business transaction matters. • Checked system software and data integrity.

    INDIAN DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION, Mumbai, India Legal Intern, December 2012 • Coordinated team of volunteers and assisted with legal matters relating to providing social services to indigent people in rural areas of India. • Visited affected areas and interviewed individuals and potential clients to determine issues and develop solutions. • Assisted office staff with computer application questions.

    CERTIFICATIONS Besides that i am also a member of Creatively Speaking team of The New School.

    Number of uss meetings attended previously:

    0

  2. Peter Zayas

    Campaign Platform:

    I have been attending college since 1980 (yes I am that old), so I am familiar with students' needs. In 1987, I proposed to my college's administration that incoming students should have one location where information regarding academic advisement, registration, financial aid, and other available services would be accessible to everyone. This proposal was adapted and implemented. I will use my professional training and experience as a Police Hostage/Crisis Negotiator to listen to my fellow students, articulate their needs and concerns to The New School's administration, and to advocate for the implementation of proposed solutions because I care.

    The New School's students are its greatest asset and I am asking for the opportunity to represent you in the University Student Senate. Thank you and please vote for Peter Zayas, PhD Student, Public and Urban Policy, Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy.

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

    I co-founded the Entrepreneur Club at my college in 1987. For one of our voluntary activities we organized a canned food and clothes drive for the homeless in which 1,500 pounds of donations were collected and distributed in a week's time.

    Number of uss meetings attended previously:

    0

  3. Didintle Ntsie

    Campaign Platform:

    I'm committed to continue working on the topics that I have been working on during my time at in the University Student Senate over the past year - Gender equality - Combating micro-aggressions - Upliftment of students of color I will be working on a project that I have conceptualized which involves building community through Alumni - current student support and guidance. I believe that my contribution in the senate so far speaks for itself and I will continue to work on issues that students have voices concerns about.

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

    My experience prior to arriving at The New School is extensive and has been focused on spatial justice and inclusive transformation. I've worked as a project manager for over 5 years and have used my influence and access to the proverbial seat at the table to support the positive upliftment of marginalized peoples.

    Below are links to previous work including my role in each:
    Co-founder - 100in1 Day Cape Town and 100in1 Day Cape Town (Video2)
    Project Lead - Open City Cape Town
    Project Coordinator - Finding the Spaces site specific intervention
    Line Producer - Gqom mini-documentary for Red Bull Global
    Project manager - First Quarter ZA
    Director - Afronaut Connective, a project management agency which has worked with clients such as Dutch Consulate General in South Africa, British Council Connect ZA, Puncture Points, Pulse Films, Africa Centre, Economic Development Partnership, Open Streets Cape Town + Course Contributor - Introduction to Power, Privilege & Oppression at YIP, Sweden
    The New School - Climate Task Force Assessment - Student Research Council - Resident Adviser Loeb Hall (2019 - 2020)

    Number of uss meetings attended previously:

    10+

  4. Ian Riedel

    Campaign Platform:

    I want to give the New School student body a relatable voice. Let's make people want to connect with student government.

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

    I was head of community outreach and a member of internal affairs at the Riedel Offices in Boulder, CO.

    Number of uss meetings attended previously:

    0

CANDIDATES FOR CoPA:

 

  1. Covi Brannan

    Campaign Platform:

    As a CoPA senator, I would make it my priority to bring students from Drama, Mannes, and Jazz together in order to foster cross-disciplinary collaboration and the creation of new and innovative artistic projects. As a dual degree CoPA student, I have had a very unique perspective. In May, I will have completed my BFA at Drama. Having completed the entire BFA Dramatic Arts curriculum, I am in an ideal position to offer advice to Drama students and advocate for the particular needs which arise in a newly formed undergraduate program.

    Three years ago, I began taking classes under the cross-disciplinary umbrella. I was in awe of the talent of the Jazz and Mannes students who I was working alongside for the first time. Now, in my graduate studies, I am surrounded by diverse artists at the top of their game. With our shared expertise, there is no end to what we could learn and create together. Let me be your voice! What do you want to see at CoPA? How can the University support your work?

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

    Executive Producer - The HERE WE GO Site-Specific Theatre Festival (2018-2019)

    Veritas Award Recipient - Harvard Westlake School (2015)

    highest honor awarded to a senior girl President - Harvard Westlake Outreach Performers (2014-2015)

    Number of uss meetings attended previously:

    1 - 5

CANDIDATES FOR Lang:

 
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  1. Hita Abedin

    Campaign Platform:

    My biggest goal for the senate is the promotion of inclusion and representation of any and all types of students' needs. I don’t have as much leadership experience as I could and am not so radically assertive when it comes to my own views, but I do love understanding what other people want and finding what would be ideal in times of problematic disputes. I really do believe that everyone should be allowed to voice how they feel on an issue, no matter how controversial or redundant their opinion may seem, because that still represents a body of the community at large.

    Most of my approaches to solving problems are based on communication and compromise between differing views and I view myself as a mediator of sorts when it comes to conflict. I take great pride in the core values that the school has been founded off of and would love to promote the furthering of that for my community while still keeping it “new”.

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

    I was a treasurer (honorary VP) of my high school's Student Ambassadors program, in which I helped new and transfer students adapt to the environment of our community and was a peer mediator for students with problems they didn't feel comfortable sharing with teachers/admins/adults. I was also a recruiter for the Art Club (2015-2018) at that school, which wasn't very well known for it's interest in arts-related fields, and a member of the Psychology Club (2017-2018). All of them have made me more aware of how to bring people of different fields together in an enriching environment. I haven't been involved with too many of the events or organizations at TNS yet, this being one of the firsts I've been putting genuine interest into, but I hope to benefit the community with whatever experience I may provide.

    Number of uss meetings attended previously:

    1 - 5

  2. Kiera Williams

    Campaign Platform:

    While the New School is a great institution in which we’ve all worked hard to be a part of, it’s undeniable that there are ongoing issues yet to be addressed. As your future Lang senator, I will address the pressing issues surrounding cultural conflict, lack of structure, mental health reform, and food and housing insecurity. By tackling these issues, I hope to build a community in which students feel comfortable and confident enough to flourish socially and academically. As a student independently supporting themselves through university while living in New York, I understand the impact being financially insecure and socially isolated has on one’s mental and academic health. Aside from the technical aspects of my mission, I simply wish to create a fun, dynamic, and intellectually engaging environment at the New School! In my free time, I go on adventures, attend every senate meeting, and jam out with friends. I hope to bring the fun of just being young and free on campus.

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

    Orientation Leader

    Come to every senate meeting

    Go to several events on campus from town hall meetings to silent discos

    A part of the leadership collective

    Founder of Filmmakers’ Collective

    Nominated for Emerging Leaders Program National Society of Leadership and Success

    Deans’ List

    Previously Apart of student council in high school

    Officer of clubs including Acts of Random Kindness, Film Club, Etc Braven Fellow

    Problem solving at LinkedIn for the Chan Zuckerberg initiative

    Founded New School Stories

    Number of uss meetings attended previously:

    10+

  3. Lauren Higa

    Campaign Platform:

    I believe that I am the best candidate to represent my division because I would like to promote a stronger sense of community at The New School. One of the main complaints my peers bring up at school is the lack of community at TNS. I feel like part of this issue is due to the lack of a traditional college campus and sense of divide between the different divisions. While TNS's open-campus allows students to fully immerse themselves in Manhattan and explore all the educational/work opportunities NYC has to offer, it is easy for students to forget that they belong to one cohesive university.

    Similarly, due to the nature of classes at TNS, it can be difficult to meet and interact with students who aren't in the same division. I believe that by being involved in the University Student Senate, I would not only will I be able to offer my input as a Lang student, but be able to help program and work together with students from other divisions as well. Likewise, I would also be able to offer my perspective as an Asian-American from Hawaii, which I feel is currently underrepresented at the school. For one, there are not that many students who come from Hawaii at The New School, and I would like to be able to offer opportunities that would cater to future students from the islands.

    Moving to NYC was a culture shock for me during my first months of college, especially in terms of the weather, daylight savings, east coast culture, etc. I think it would be great to coordinate events that also cater to students coming from other tropical areas as well. Also, I personally feel like there is a lack of Asian-American representation at TNS. After seen flyers and posters for a LatinX group and a Black Student Union, I realized that I haven't seen that many groups that cater to Asians, and more specifically Asian-Americans at TNS. As a result, I would love to be able to program events that cater to the Asian-American experience, such as hosting an Asian food potluck at the UC, celebrating various New Years events from different cultures, etc. In this sense, me and my fellow Asian-American students at TNS will be able to feel more included in the school's environment.

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

    Punahou National Honor Society, Character Initiative Leader (Highschool) The Punahou NHS Character Initiative team was started in the 2017-2018 school year. My team and I led and organized events on campus that encouraged students to improve character i.e. reducing stress, bullying, and cheating, while increasing empathy, kindness and balance. Events include a cookie making session, encouraging students to write kindness notes around Thanksgiving, and bringing in volunteer dogs during finals week to reduce stress.

    Principal Oboist, Punahou Wind Ensemble and Hawaii Youth Symphony (Highschool) I was the principal oboist for my high school’s Wind Ensemble (2016-2018), the top concert band, and in the Hawaii Youth Symphony(2017-2018), an audition-based symphony group in Hawaii. My duties included setting a lead example for other members of my section, organizing sectionals outside of rehearsal time, and distributing music. I was also tasked with tuning the entire symphony each rehearsal. My duty as a principal oboist relates to the duties of this job because as an RA, I am responsible for setting an appropriate example to the other residents. Also, I was able to develop the skills needed to cooperate with others while also performing various responsibilities at the same time.

    Punahou Sign Painting Booth Chair (September 2016 - February 2017) (Highschool) Punahou School puts on a fundraiser carnival during the first weekend of February in order to raise money for students on need-based financial aid. For every Saturday morning from September to February, myself and a team of five other students were responsible for helping students paint backdrops and banners for their individual carnival booths. We were responsible for set-up, clean-up, and providing an extra pair of hands when students could not make their specific sign painting day.

    Dean's Honor Symposium Review Panel (2018) @TNS I was among a selected group of first-year students who gave upperclassmen presenting at the Deans Honor Symposium feedback on their presentations. For two separate panel review sessions leading up to the actual Dean's Honor Symposium, my group of first-years and I sat in Hoerle Lecture Hall and listened attentively to the presentations being given by the students from the Boundaries: Institutional Betrayal panel. We gave them feedback on areas of their presentation we thought were strong and on areas that we thought felt unclear/weak. Over the span of several weeks, we were able to see improvements in the panels themselves and saw how our feedback was being incorporated into the final product.

    Number of uss meetings attended previously:

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  4. Claire Stevens

    Campaign Platform:

    I am currently a co-chair of the University Student Senate, so I have been part of re-writing the USS Constitution, as well as the complete restructuring of the USS. I take great pride in the work the USS has been doing this year, and being a part of making that come to life has been phenomenal. I look forward to continuing my work on restructuring the USS once I am re-elected. In my job as Co-Chair, I had the opportunity to work with the team for the Manhattan branch of March For Our Lives. I eventually got the opportunity to work on the executive board for them as well. I planned and ran a vigil for the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, as well as helped plan this year's March For Our Lives rally.

    Additionally, I recently became part of the Collegiate Council of NYC, and I look forward to working with them on uniting all of the resources that the NYC colleges have to offer to students. The USS has become my whole life, and I so much want to continue the work I have been doing to help improve the Student Senate and make it a more active and inclusive governing body.

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

    University Student Senate / Co-Chair JANUARY 2019 - PRESENT Elected by the USS Representative Board to represent the USS and the interests of the student body during meetings with constituents, administration, faculty, staff, and the press, in addition to running all USS activities

    March For Our Lives / Executive Board Member JANUARY 2019 - PRESENT Work with other board members in the Manhattan Chapter of MFOL with community outreach as well as planning events such as marches, rallies, vigils for victims of gun violence.

    Student Leadership and Involvement / Office Assistant AUGUST 2018 - PRESENT Provide comprehensive support for senior-level staff, including managing and coordinating projects and processes in support of effective business operations

    University Student Senate / Chief of Staff OCTOBER 2018 - JANUARY 2019 Elected by the USS Representative Board to coordinate USS meetings, events, and activities, as well as create weekly agendas for each meeting and taking minutes at said meetings

    Save Our Youth / Lead Intern JUNE 2018 - JULY 2018 Developed and lead motivational talks and life skill and enrichment activities, worked on a team of 3 interns to oversee the online curriculum in math and language arts, and individually coached a small group of students through the Summer Academy

    L’École de Ngaoubela / Volunteer ESL and Sexual Education Teacher AUGUST 2017 - MARCH 2018 Educated over 260 students in the basics of English grammar and conversational speaking -- worked with an average of 75 students per class. Ran female based sexual education classes for high school girls, as well as through the local hospital for women of all ages.

    Additional Training: Anti-Oppression / Micro-Aggression Training, Student Crisis Training

    Number of uss meetings attended previously:

    10+

  5. Ananya Shrivastava

    Campaign Platform:

    I believe my ideas are as fresh as The New School. Ever since I came here, I keep on looking for ways I can write that one research article that communicates something I feel strongly about or that one personal essay that speaks to and for me. Whenever someone talks about Leadership, I feel obligated to listen to them since I know leadership is something I have always been connected with. My love for writing got me to Lang but my love for Lang has made interested in representing my college. I strongly believe that there is no other way to pay back to a place that has given me much more than I asked for, in each and every way, at least till the day I am a student here.

    I have always been involved in student councils and feel like it’s too important for me to focus on something that affects people around me. As a person of color, it’s always been a challenge to establish connections with people I don’t relate with, it took me almost six months to make friends I can count on for some late night bubble tea! But now that I feel comfortable in this environment, I want to spread this feeling of warmth and comfort, which, I believe, might offer many a sense of community that is often missing because of the lack of a physical “campus”. I feel a responsibility to give back to a school that has given me so much and has liberated me intellectually.

    The New School made me realize what a safe space feels like, it’s where I faced my biggest fears and came out to myself and the world as the Pansexual female I am. It only makes sense for me to stand up and do something for others like me, who need a safe space as much as they need oxygen. My semesters as a Liberal Arts student have only reinforced the idea of a good leader to me and with all that in mind, it’s hard to let go of an opportunity to actually get involved easily. I have spent all this while being touch with the Student Leadership and Involvement office at The New School and have personally met a few USS members which has made me confident that USS is the only place that has luxury as well as the responsibility for me to be a student and a representation of something much bigger than me. I am ready for the challenge of representing my division but I can only hope the division is ready for me to represent it.

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

    I have been involved with the Leadership Collective, Emerging Leader's Program, Lang's Civic Engagement and Social Justice Society and the Debate Club in the months I have spent at The New School. I was involved as a student in all these organizations. I plan to start a Comedy Collective on campus for people like me who wish to be stand-up comics or just appreciate the art of making people laugh by this Fall.

    I am also in constant touch with Student Leadership and Involvement as I'm an Orientation Leader for the upcoming semester and have been training for the same. Back at my high school, I was the Secretary General and Director General for many conferences, a job which mostly involved organizing everything for the student leaders. I was the Opposition Leader in my school Parliament, President of both the Dramatics and Quiz Club and also involved in a regional student group called Charcha where several student leaders from across the city and state meet every other weekend to talk about important issues in the world of Politics.

    Number of uss meetings attended previously:

    0

  6. Sadie Hechkoff

    Campaign Platform:

    After a very rough freshman year of college at The University of Maryland, I decided to come back home to New York City and transfer into The New School. I was emerging from a sort of rubble, so to speak-- when I was a sophomore in high school, my mother passed away to cancer. The impact of her death, the fact that she was gone and that she wasn’t coming back, didn't truly hit me until I was alone that first year of college, so far away from home. In my hurt, I grew bitter towards the school, towards everything around me. I hated where I was and sunk into a deep depression, isolating myself from the few friends that I did have and shying away from the school community that I was supposed to be a part of.

    From the outside looking in, I was able to observe everything that I hated about the school itself-- it was so big and not personalized that kids easily and frequently fell by the wayside. This sense of social isolation played a major role in perpetuating my loneliness and sadness, as I’m sure it did and still does with so many other students. Mental health services were terrible, so even when I sought help and connection, it just seemed to make things worse. When I finally recognized how unhappy I was and made the decision to transfer, it was like a weight was lifted off of my shoulders. I chose The New School because it seemed like me in a school-- it seemed unique, it seemed fun, it seemed creative. And it really did come to be all of those things. Transferring into The New School was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. Going to this school transformed my life and helped lift me up out of the dark place that I had felt stuck in for so long. I would like to be a senator for Eugene Lang because it would be an honor to represent for and to give back to the school that gave me so much. I know what it feels like to not feel like a part of something and

    The New School made me feel part of something that I am actually proud of. I care so deeply about not only this school, but also am personally invested in making sure that everyone feels represented and that they truly belong here, like I did and still do. My experiences at a school that I was unhappy at vs. The New School, gives me a strong understanding of what goes into making school a positive place. I will be running on a platform that encourages mental health services and student involvement, and therefore is completely based on listening to students’ wants and needs. I am confident that I am the right person for the job, and that I have the energy and the time to commit to doing this job the right way. A Native New Yorker, I have grown up at a certain pace-- I love constantly being on the go, communicating with others, planning things, and problem solving. I tend to approach anything that I do with vigour, but I happen to feel so passionate about this role that I will approach it with an enthusiasm that cannot be matched. Specifically, I will put my energy towards advertising mental health services, pushing volunteer opportunities (such as The Food Pantry), and encouraging students to be creative in making and engaging in clubs. Primarily, mental health services must be prioritized!

    These services need to be advertised more within the school and funded properly. I plan on making sure that students play an integral role in shaping the way that mental health services at school are publicized and how they operate. No student should ever feel without very good and very accessible options when it comes to mental health. Pushing volunteer opportunities is another must. Last year, I actually looked into getting involved with The Food Pantry, but the people who ran it were understaffed and it would have been more effort to train new people than they could handle, even though they did need more helpers. I will fight to get programs like The Food Pantry more funding and the recognition that they deserve in order to function in the smoothest way possible and to help the most people possible-- most people don’t even know where The Food Pantry is held, let alone how to participate.

    On the more creative end of the spectrum, I will help organize more school events and mixers so that there is always a constant stream of event options to choose from-- there should always be something for everyone. Since The New School is somewhat of a commuter school, it can seem daunting to make friends and to find your niche (which I experienced, especially as a transfer student). This is a dynamic that I have always noticed within the school and, because of this, I actually once applied to make a club that was centered around making different themed mixers. My club didn’t end up working out because The New School lost my application somehow and didn’t help me take the steps to make my club after they had lost it. I want to make sure that this never happens to any student and that every student is encouraged to brainstorm ideas and to easily be able to bring those ideas to life.

    The New School is home to so many special people, whose voices should all contribute to the school community because what truly makes The New School so great are all of the beautiful and creative people who attend it. Again, I would truly be honored to represent the students at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School. I think that together we, the students, can make the differences that we see fit. Thank you for your time and consideration.

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

    High School Clubs: Leader of Events Committee in Student Government GSA Club (planned assembly) Stop Slut Shaming Club (petitioned school dress code) Jobs: Customer Service (restaurant hostess and waitress) Administrative Assistant

    Number of uss meetings attended previously:

    0

  7. Noor Lima Boudakian

    Campaign Platform:

    I am an incoming first-year student. I chose Lang with care, and from the very beginning, I want to build and nurture my relationship with the school itself as well as my fellow students. One of the reasons I chose Lang is the people I met there, and the enthusiastic connections I began making. I love talking to people, and I want to hear what you have to say. I can articulate those priorities and concerns fairly, clearly, and assertively. I am a good communicator, which is critical for exchanging ideas and solving problems alongside such a diverse group of people. I am prompt, passionate, and responsible. And concise, so I’ll stop here.

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

    High School: Lead student-run literary magazine. As managing editor sophomore year and editor junior and senior years: planned and chaired biweekly meetings, managed deadlines and submissions, communicated with administration and fellow students. Chaired Model United Nations committees junior and senior year. Mentored new club members.

    Number of uss meetings attended previously:

    0

  8. Frank Martinez

    Campaign Platform:

    If re-elected, I plan on continuing to support the University Student Senate and the initiatives that are brought forth by its members. It has been amazing to have been present in meetings and contributing to discussions regarding funding. I am proud of how far the Senate has come in development and reconstruction and plan on supporting the student body into the next semester.

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

    Co-Director of Communications, University Student Senate Founder

    Captain, New School Dance Collective

    First Year Fellow, Eugene Lang College of the Liberal Arts

    Gural Scholar, Office of Social Justice and Civic Engagement

    Peer Mentor, Higher Education Opportunity Program at TNS

    Number of uss meetings attended previously:

    10+

  9. Sofia Giselle Velasquez

    Campaign Platform:

    I am a great candidate due to several reasons; firstly, I am an international student, which represents a significant percentage of the Lang community. Being international—specifically Latina—has helped me understand the challenges international students go through. I am willing to be a strong, critical voice for all internationals in Lang College of Arts. Also, diversifying the Student Senate is imperative, but having the right person that comprehends and finds solutions is essential.

    Secondly, I have experience on student body politics; throughout my four years of High School, I was able to serve in different positions. However, my goal always remained the same, crafting ideas to improve every student’s experience and finding solutions to all problems that kept them from being comfortable with their school. I will apply this knowledge and involvement as part of the Student Senate. Also, during my Freshman year of college, I have attended important meetings in the UN, where African presidents discussed the solutions to the spread of Aids in Africa, which enriched my knowledge on the process of finding solutions to critical issues.

    Thirdly, I am always reachable. Being the voice of a community, requires you to always listen; yet for that, you need to be able to be there. From Mondays to Fridays, and even Sundays, I have called The New School my house. When I am not in class, I am always studying in the library, working in the computer labs or—as most students—taking a nap in the University Center after a demanding day. But I am always there. Being present helps me be more reachable to students, who have a concerns, comments, or ideas. And that is what is all about, being the voice of a community. And lastly, but definitely not less important, I was raised with the morals and principles that have guide me through every step of my way and as part of the Student Senate, that will be no exception. My honesty, integrity, confidence, love, and care are vital factors that help me be the person I am and the great leader I wish to become.

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

    High School 1st and 2nd year: Speaker of the Student Government

    3rd year: Vice-president (student government)

    4th year: Mandatory Social Work Elected Head and Treasurer of Student Government College

    1st year: Attended United Nations Events in NYC.

    2nd, 3rd year: Volunteer for the presidential campaign during the 2017 elections in Honduras.

    Number of uss meetings attended previously:

    0

  10. Madison McCranie

    Campaign Platform:

    I am the best candidate because I get things done efficiently and i am a hard worker with lots of past experience.

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

    I was a lieutenant Riverside Military academy and had 30 cadets in my platoon that I was responsible for. I was on Prom planning consul my senior year as well as planned and produced two fundraising events and talent shows.

    Number of uss meetings attended previously:

    0

  11. Anna Paniscotti

    Campaign Platform:

    Over the past year at Lang, I have observed a lot of areas for potential growth on campus, and I want to be an igniter of change within the New School community. I am dedicated to the physical well-being of my fellow peers and New Schoolers to come. As an aspiring therapist, I am passionate about the accessibility of mental health resources for students, to foster an environment of well-being and self-care on campus.

    If elected, I promise to work with the Counseling Center to assure that students are receiving top-notch quality mental health care. I also have a passion for making information more accessible to students both on-campus and off. As a school that resides in New York City, the New School faces a lot of campus outreach problems not characteristic of many universities. Over the past few months, I have listened to the suggestions of New School students and staff, and have decided that I want to work towards making a more accessible New School website, and a better campus outreach program.

    There is so much the New School has to offer, and I believe everyone should have equal opportunity to be able to apply, attend, and take part in these excellent programs. Lang deserves to be more visible in the New School community, and if elected, I promise to work my hardest to build the strongest Lang.

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

    Personal: Co-founder, Got Your Back (2 years) Established Got Your Back, a charity organization dedicated to providing backpack care kits to the homeless. New School: Debate team, Tau Sigma Honor Society

    Number of uss meetings attended previously:

    0

  12. Katie Tzivanis

    Campaign Platform:

    My disposition of genuine passion for empathy and the betterment of society, would lend itself to the needs and concerns of my peers. The voices of all Lang students will be valued and considered to ensure that every decision is beneficial towards our future. I want to help make our experience at The New School the best it can be. I understand the financial commitment and emotional weight that college can place on your shoulders and I will do everything in my power to lift and justify that weight. We need free-thinkers who ask the right questions and work to drive our vision forward.

    The New School was founded on Social Justice yet some those same pillars are not being upheld today. I plan to continue my efforts working on food and housing security initiatives, as all New School students should be taken care of, regardless of the money in their wallets. I helped to bring the Share Meals App to The New School and I have plans to do much more.

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

    Co-chair of the Student Senate, The New School Presidential Search Committee, The New School Orientation Leader, The New School Outstanding Student Leader of the Year 2019, The New School Emerging Leaders Program, The New School Social Justice Committee Member, The New School Leadership Retreat, The New School Democracy Coach, Becoming Generation Citizen Member of social justice oriented scholarship program, the Gural Scholars, The New School

    Number of uss meetings attended previously:

    10+