USS ELECTION CANDIDATES FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR OF 2019

 

CANDIDATES FOR PARSONS:

  1. Surabhi Mittal

    Campaign Platform:

    My constant extra-curricular interests and involvement show a desire to join inner-reflection and a sheer interest to outreach, help in building relationships and be a buddy counsellor for our students. Being an International student and coming from a so-called developing country I feel strong in putting forward, supporting students concerns and queries. Carving my own niche, choosing a passion as my profession will open a doorway to innovative discovery as a senator from Parsons, The New School.

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

    1) Represented school at an exchange program in Singapore, 2 weeks (2010)
    2) Student Welcomer at Central Saint Martins, London (2014 - 2015)
    3) Member of Democracy Scrutiny Committee, Central Saint Martins (2016)
    4) Marketing Intern, Dorling Kindersley, closely assisted the DK quiz committee to promote DK books and associated projects in schools across Delhi, India (2017)

  2. Serene Borno

    Campaign Platform:

    As my senior year approaches, I am more than eager to connect with the student body to enhance the overall experience of studying at one of the best design schools in the world. I am currently studying Strategic Design and Management, which has allowed me to understand fashion as one system within a greater conglomerate of systems that builds our society. Understanding this has allowed me to strengthen my communication skills while also finding different design methods to develop and hone my skills as a designer. These learned skills will allow me to achieve my dreams of going into styling and creative direction. My capabilities are adaptable and strong. My time at Parsons has been both strenuous and strengthening, allowing me to strategically provide myself with the time and schedule to maximize my experience here as the foundation for my future. As a member of the student senate, I will represent my peers to promote the values and needs of the students as a priority.

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

    Senior Class President of the Class of 2016 at Lubbock High School,
    Remained an active member of the student senate 2012-2016.
    National Honor Society
    National Charity League
    Lubbock Symphony Guild Debutante

  3. Emma Barbee

    Campaign Platform:

    Throughout all the leadership roles I've had thus far my main focus has always been the student body and their voices. Especially at The New School, the students bring such a wide variety of voices, ideas, and opinions to the table and my job on student senate would be to make all these voices heard. One of the most important things that these crucial years of our lives require is a sense of community and belonging. I know from personal experience that it's sometimes very tough to branch out in the community; not only in Parsons but across The New School in general. Using the University Student Senate as my platform, I will aim to create a greater sense of this community and of home through problem solving, events, and most importantly the ideas of the many different students attending The New School.

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

    High School: Junior Class Senator (2015-2016): Focused on event production and problem solving for my specific class, Senior Class President (2016-2017): Took on a more "Student Council President" role in charge of problem solving and planning for the entire high school; The New School: Hall Council Secretary (2017): Attended biweekly meetings and recorded notes as well as helping plan events that promoted community (Stuy Park Dorm), Hall Council Vice President (2018): Organized and attended biweekly meetings for event planning and problem solving of the dorm life while increasing community throughout The New School.

  4. Izzy Li Kostrzewa

    Campaign Platform:

    Although I love Parsons and The New School a lot, I do see the many problems that we need to work together to solve. It’s horrible that food is being thrown out and wasted when there are students in our community struggling with that basic need. Among other things, in office I hope to help substantially change the way food and food waste is handled at TNS, working towards a much more sustainable way of consuming and reducing waste.
    I believe that I represent the Parsons student body well as I am a female-Asian-American-cross-disciplinary-artist, majoring in fashion design. When I’m not covered in charcoal in life figure drawing or searching for my sewing machine screw on the floor of the workroom, I’m rereading books I read in middle school or ranting to my roommates about fast fashion. As I am also living this wild rollercoaster of a career path in the arts and can relate to the complete craziness, I hope you chose me to be your Parsons representative. Sending you good vibes only!

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

    I am in the Multi(cultural) Club at the the New School as well as the Leadership Collective. Before coming here and getting all excited about being involved with a crazy cool community of artists and creators I worked as a freelance tailor, photographer, and lifeguard.

  5. Justin Sherrill

    Campaign Platform:

    Throughout my academic career, I have been repeatedly elected by my peers to lead and represent them as a student body. Within my first year of attending the New School, I was selected to attend the national society of leadership and success. I’m confident in my ability to lead through empathy, and seek to empower others to find their own voice for the betterment of the community.

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

    Turner Ashby High School:
    - Science Club, President - 2 yrs.
    - Varsity Swim team Captain - 2 yrs.

    Ashby Recreational Association:
    - Head Facilities Manager - 2 yrs

    New School:
    - AIA Student Member - 1 semester
    - National Society of Leadership and Success - 2 semesters

  6. Anna Baker-Heans

    Campaign Platform:

    I am a passionate student. I want all students, myself included to get the most out of our time here. I believe the way a school supports and interacts with its students plays a large role in determining the quality of a student's experience. I enjoy discussing education and ways it can be improved. I can spend hours on the topic. If elected I would love to look into tuition costs. I would love to work with the Student Senate in getting students itemized receipts. Food Security is another issue I feel passionate about. The New School food pantry is a fantastic resource that I would love to build on. I want to work to ensure our cafeteria is not waisting any food that could be going to students with food insecurities. And finally I want to work to make the New School's community stronger. Living in New York can feel isolating because of how big it is. I want to work to get more clubs and student activities that can provide a stronger sense of community to students who might need it.

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

    This year I attended the New School's leadership retreat where we discussed how to be an effective leader. Through that experience I became involved with The New School's Leadership Collective which meets every other week. I have also attended several Student Senate meetings throughout the year to get a feel for the process, and to try and gain a better understanding of the workings of The New School and its student leadership. In high school I was an elected leader in Youth and Government. I have a good understanding of politics and a passion for the topic. I also know parliamentary procedure, which would be helpful in my understanding of the process and participation in weekly meetings. I have experience taking on large community based projects. In high school I co-founded a program that teaches elementary school students in my school district about racism, sexism, discrimination, and empathy. The group I co-founded this program with was able to develop a curriculum and get it implemented in all fifth grade classrooms in my district within the span of a few months. I also helped improve the Title IX rights in my district through discussions of the sexual harassment policy. I have lots of experience in community engagement and improvement. It is something I enjoy committing my time and energy to.

  7. Zoe o’loughlin

    Campaign Platform:

    It is because of my experience, enthusiasm, and initiatives that I believe I make a good candidate to represent Parsons on the University Student Senate. In terms of experience, not only have I served two semesters as a University Student Senator at The New School (the second of which I served as Co-Chair), but I also have experience leading student-run organizations. I have been exposed to a variety of working styles which assists greatly in my ability to discuss new ideas and solutions to existing problems. In addition to my experience, I also bring with me a sense of enthusiasm that I find to be crucial when tackling University-wide issues. I think that being able to take problems in stride is a very key part of any organization and having the drive to do that is integral. Lastly, this semester I have begun the process of trying to revive a menstrual hygiene initiative to make hygiene products available to students trans-inclusively which I would like to continue.

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

Outdoor School Student Leader (MESD): 2012-2016
Mock Trial Captain (WHS): 2014-2016
Thespian Board President (WHS): 2014-2016
National Honors Society (WHS): 2014-2016
13th Street Residence Hall Council (TNS): Community Representative 2017-2018
University Student Senator (TNS): Spring 2017-Fall 2018, Co-Chair Fall 2018

CANDIDATES FOR NSPE:

  1. Lungowe Zeko

    Campaign Platform:

    As the current Student Ambassador for the Media Management program (NSPE), being able to facilitate rapport between students and my division is vital to general student well-being and enriched experiences for them at The New School. Being able to enhance this responsibility by adding on the role with a seat on the Senate would make an even bigger impact on the communities and organisations I'm already a part of. I'm an international student and describe myself as a global citizen of Zambian descent with a cultural and academic background spanning several continents and disciplines respectively. This helps me be of even more service to the student body as adaptability is intertwined in my work ethic and leadership foundation.

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

The New School:
- MEDIAxWOMEN student organisation (current President)
- Parsons ELab (community member - 2018 cohort)

Other:
- World Economic Forum (Global Shaper - July 2018 to present)

CANDIDATES FOR NSSR:

  1. Mackenzie Stone

    Campaign Platform:

    My undergraduate study was also done at a private college, so I understand the issues that arise from the student body as a result of that. I am compassionate and eager to listen to anyone who has needs that need to be met. I have a background in event planning and governance both from college organizations and student government in high school.

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

Syracuse University Senior Collection, event planning committee member, 2017-2018
Kappa Alpha Theta, CASA event planning/volunteer, 2014-2018 (Syracuse U)
Her Campus, Contributor, 2014-2016 (Syracuse U)

CANDIDATES FOR jazz:

  1. Rebecca Rhoades

    Campaign Platform:

    As President and Co-Founder of the New School's Women In Music Collective, and as a member of the Jazz Student Advisory Board, I take an active role in creating an educational environment that instructs its student body with equity and respect. I feel that because I have access to organizations such as New School Student Senate, it is my duty to seize the opportunity to be a part of them, so that I may act as a representative voice for my schoolmates; one that reflects the vision of the institution they want to be a part of, and takes steps to foster the creation of that institution. As a BAFA student in Jazz and Lang, I am exposed to a variety of teaching styles, gender imbalances, and student cultures, and I feel that my wide knowledge base in this regard gives me a beneficial understanding of the interplay between divisions and how changes can be made on an institutional level that will positively affect multiple areas within our school.

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

    Vice President - Associated Student Body (high school, 2013-2015)
    President, Head Prosecutor - Mock Trial Team (high school, 2012-2015)
    President, Co-founder - Women In Music Collective (New School Student Organization, 2017-present)
    Elected Member - Jazz Student Advisory Board (CoPA Dean's Student Board, 2018-present)

  2. Andres Rogelio Perez Volkow

    Campaign Platform:

    I don’t know if I would define myself as the best candidate to represent my division, but I would certainly be the most passionate. I love meeting and helping people, a very simple reason that allows me to say that I would be extremely committed to my role as representative of the School of Jazz. I would like to have this role because I could have a more direct impact on the experience of other students at my school. I would promote activities that help students meet other students in a non-academic context, building a stronger community that would then allow for more artistic and academic collaborations to happen. This not only in the School of Jazz, but throughout the whole university, integrating all the different divisions and departments. Although I believe that my previous experience allows me to say that I am very prepared for this role, the most important credential that I have is being an approachable, friendly and hard-working person that is passionate about helping others.

Other relevant groups or experiences:

In 2014 was awarded a UWC (United World College) Scholarship by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this allowed me to attend a school with people from over 90 different countries, receiving an education directed towards creating leaders that will promote peace and sustainability in different fields. This allowed me to participate and organize different projects related to Social Justice and Civic Engagement in the past 4 years. The most notable projects were all those involving music and Cancer treatment institutions, where I visited different clinics with fellow musicians on a weekly basis.
Apart from my experience with different NGO’s, last summer I organized a project that intended to prove that a group of young people can make an artistic product (in the form of a music album) that could compete with the major record labels in Mexico. I led a group of around 30 talented young people in the creation of a full album and all the production surrounding it (Music, videos, artwork, marketing). This project allowed me to learn a lot about leadership and how powerful a group of organized 20 year-olds can be. (This project was selected for the Dean’s Honor Symposium Spring 2019.)
Although the previous project is still taking a lot of my time, I have been a very active member of the Recreation organization at the New School, attending as many events as I have been able to. I am particularly interested in this association because I believe that in order to collaborate and work with other students, it is necessary to meet them on a personal level, an event that is facilitated during games and non-academic activities.

CANDIDATES FOR MANNES:

  1. Gustavo Sampaio

    Campaign Platform:

    The University Student Senate Constitution states that it exists to "provide full representation of the views and opinions of the students". I will work my hardest to improve communication between students and the administration. My goal is to carry on the important work of previous USS members, and continue to take steps towards improving the experiences of my fellow New Schoolers. I will work particularly hard to make sure those who are underrepresented in our community have their voices heard.

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

The Cooper Point Journal, Riot to Follow Theater, and Lean On Each Other (The Evergreen State College), Downstage Theater (Sarah Lawrence College), worked closely with undergraduate students as a graduate student worker (Sarah Lawrence College).