USS ELECTION CANDIDATES FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR   OF 2018-2019

 

CANDIDATES FOR PARSONS:

1) Alexandra Letellier

    Campaign Platform & Relevant Experience:

  • I believe I am the best candidate to represent Parsons through a position with the University Student Senate because of my experience serving as a Senator over the past year and my excitement for the next term. During the past academic year, I have served on the University Student Senate as a Communications Director and as a Co-Chair. I truly enjoy attending meetings, talking to students about their experience at The New School, and bringing the opinions of the greater student body to the Senate.
  • If re-elected, I plan to continue organizing a committee that will give the USS a presence at orientation, which will increase the visibility of the Senate while encouraging involvement and community of incoming students. My campaign platform is centered around increasing the visibility and recognition of the USS among students, faculty, and the administration. I believe that if more people knew about the Senate, the University could positively impact more people and run more efficiently.

    Student organizations or additional relevant experience(s):

  • Spring 2018: USS Co-Chair Fall 2017: USS Communications Director USS Senator: 2017-2018 Community Building Committee: 2017-2018

2) Lauren Le

    Campaign Platform & Relevant Experience:

  • I would like to help students and create organizations for people to enjoy their life in the New School. I do feel that their are lack of clubs, interesting organization, and communication within the school and the community, which I was having trouble during my first year. I love helping and interacting students. Also, I feel like it is a great opportunity for me to be involved in the New School. When I first came to the New School, I wanted to be a part of the school by joining organizations and activities, however, I did not know how to.
  • When I first received the email about the senate application form, I knew that I wanted to become a part of the community. As an Asian coming from a complete different environment, California, it was difficult to adapt in the beginning. I do know and understand students problems and feelings that they contain. By having this position, I would try my best to help and make a New School a better place for every single student.

    Student organizations or additional relevant experience(s):

  • President of the Big Tree Organization (Community Service Organization), President of the Photography Club in high school.

3) Kristina Ang 

    Campaign Platform & Relevant Experience:

  • My name is Kristina Ang and I am a freshman from Queens, New York. Despite my class year, I am qualified for this position because of my genuine desire to provide the student body with the proper representation and attention they deserve. Throughout my high school career, I was the director of the school’s fall plays and spring musicals, a member of the Junior Prom Committee, and editor-in-chief of the yearbook publication.
  • From these experiences, I have learned how to cater to the needs of others and how to communicate with my fellow students and faculty. My approachable, enthusiastic personality speaks to the kind of candidate this university needs to act as a linear bridge of interaction between the school and its students. Above all, if elected, I am prepared to make this position my top priority and make it my mission to advocate for the interests and opinions of the university and all its students. 

    Student organizations or additional relevant experience(s):

  • Director of the Drama Department’s Fall Plays & Spring Musicals at Bronx Science (3 years; sophomore year-senior year)

    Junior Prom Committee- Committee Member (Junior year of high school at Bronx Science)

    Editor-in-Chief of school’s Yearbook Publication- (3 years; sophomore year-senior year)

    Staff Reporter for School Newspaper Publication- (3 years; sophomore year-senior year)

    Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Fundraiser- (2017-2018) Raised over $17,000 for blood cancer research under the mentorship of LLS.

    National Honors Society- (Junior year of high school at Bronx Science)

    “Big Sib” Program at Bronx Science- (Senior year of high school): Worked with freshman to help make the transition from middle school to high school smoother.

    Girl’s Varsity Flag Football- Linebacker position (Sophomore year at Bronx Science)

4) Paige Smucker

    Campaign Platform & Relevant Experience:

  • My mission is built upon the most powerful ability we, as humans, possess; the power to listen. As a member of the University Student Senate, I will work hard to ensure that each voice is heard. In turn, I expect fellow students and faculty to engage in productive dialogue, especially in dialogue that may challenge our views. Only by strengthening our ability to listen, will we cultivate a stronger student body.

    Student organizations or additional relevant experience(s):

  • Communications Director @ RFW Club/ March 2018 - present, Global Ambassador/ Fall 2016 - Spring 2017, Dean's List Award Ceremony/ Spring 2017

5) Yiting Zhang

    Campaign Platform & Relevant Experience:

  • As an international student from Shanghai, China, I'm willing to enrich cultural diversity for USS so that I could represent the voice for Chinese student body. Taking English as my second language, I'm pretty confident of my English speaking and writing skills as I accomplish my high school study, immersing myself into American cultures. The biggest reason for me to apply for USS is to get involved in the campus, which is especially important as an upcoming freshman.
  • Despite me as a freshman, my sense of responsibility to represent voice for the student body and my ability to organize the activities is not like a green hand after my two-year training through student council. So USS can be the right place where I can continue practicing skills with regard to leadership, collaboration, communication, problem solving and etc. I would reflect on the words, “Voice of every student matters”, to enhance the bond between my division and the rest of the school community.

    Student organizations or additional relevant experience(s):

  • Those activities are all performed during the academic years of Union Catholic High School.
    --Editor-in-Chief of the official school newspaper, The Prophet, which is a monthly issue posted on the school website: including posting school news on social media, designing layout for every issue and editing news articles from reporters (1 year, 2017-2018)
    --Student Council, Homeroom Representative (2 years, 2016-2018)
    --Inductee of the National Art Honor Society: including services such as Project Haiti Helping Kids, delivering pinwheels for Veterans Day and Peace One Day (2 years, 2016-2018)
    --Inductee of the National Honor Society: including tutoring for underclassmen (2 years, 2016-2018)
    --Member of the Yearbook Club (1 year, 2017-2018)
    --Co-President of the Model United Nation Club (1 year, 2015-2016)
    --Raising donations for Save the Children, under partnership with other local four schools (1 year, 2015-2016)
    --Reporter of the official school newspaper (1 year, 2016-2017)

    Additional Experience: designing senior sweatshirt, posters for Annual Spring Art Show (2 years, 2016-2018) and activity programs for student council.

6) Isha Nabar

    Campaign Platform & Relevant Experience:

  • I consider myself an artist and a designer and I believe I bring both those identities wherever I go.Being a part of the Student Senate for me is not only an opportunity to voice my and my peers opinions but also in the most creative ways affect change.I am an international student and therefore bring my diverse cultural and social experiences to everything I do, motivating me to always look at something in a dimensional perspective, in the light of being open minded and empathetic by just simply listening most often.
  • Not being afraid of failure, I am always committed to doing as I believe that is the only way to get things moving forward & is a way I think I have the ability to move the USS forward in all it’s ventures. With all my learnings & experiences in previous leadership positions, my personal believe in being an active and contributing member in a community but most importantly my passion and optimism I certainly hope I could make a positive difference,if granted, in the USS.

    Student organizations or additional relevant experience(s):

  • Treasurer, The New school Hall Council, New York, NY January 2018- Present
    Educate the residential community by organizing informative, social and cultural activities that stimulate engagement and involvement among students.

    Communications Director, Workteen, Mumbai, India. October 2015- October 2017
    Proposition and persuasion of heads of social organizations to enlist on a website that bridges the gap between volunteers and institutions of community service.

    Student Council
    May 2013- May 2016
    Vice Captain (9th grade), Associate Head Girl (10th grade), Minister (11th grade)

    Press Head, MUN, Mumbai, India. November, 2016
    Head the simulated international media outlet editions that recorded, edited and published the multiple viewpoints throughout the conference.

7) Yogita Jhingan

    Campaign Platform & Relevant Experience:

  • Being in the high school student council, I lead many events and represented my school on a higher level. I know i have the capability to work in a team, organize events and contribute to the school. I want to be a member of the senate in order to help my school and take my community to a higher level. 

    Student organizations or additional relevant experience(s):

  • Member of the School student council as the Art Secretary. 

8) Saniya Agarwal

    Campaign Platform & Relevant Experience:

  • I like being involved in organizations that provide a platform to integrate the students with the activities going on. I feel like the new school is a melting pot of different cultures, where each student brings with them a whole lot of experiences. As an international student, I have learned a lot in the past 8 months, Including the fact that it is important to reach out to people around me and consider opinions from all kinds of people. 

    Student organizations or additional relevant experience(s):

  • Captain of socia services, vice president of the nature club, on the editorial board for school magazine, secretary of the art club of my high school 

9) Joey Marino

    Campaign Platform & Relevant Experience:

  • My goal is to improve communication between students and student organizations in a major and lasting way. I hope to achieve this through creating a forum to facilitate frequent dialogue between students and organizations, in a physical space in the University Center. All organizations that wish to can post their meeting times so these to be conveniently available to students, encouraging the ease of student participation across the colleges.
     
  • Hoping to improve student clubs, I went to the university administration and the SAB; both pointed to USS. I know other Parsons students who want to improve the situation of student clubs, and don't know where to bring their ideas. I hope to increase opportunities to participate in college- and university-wide events, creating mini town-halls and volunteer committees to create ideas and steer events. I want to ensure all students know the USS exists as a place for anyone in the University to speak ideas. Parsons students: I welcome your ideas!

    Student organizations or additional relevant experience(s):

  • I have actively participated in politics, meeting with a New York State senator and Assemblyman advocating for noise abatement on a local highway. I met with and presented proposals to the mayor of my hometown, Harrison, New York, on several occasions. The issue required researching federal and state laws, and speaking to a multitude of people in state agencies (Dept. of Transportation, NY Thruway Authority). I am locally known for participating actively in the political community of my town, speaking at Town Hall meetings, and interning over the summer at the mayor's office, becoming familiar with the functioning of different local departments.

    I participated actively in student government at my former University of Maryland, as a member of a 5-student planning board for a large living-learning community, planning popular events at which members of the community performed music on an open mic.

    I participated actively in service in high school, forming a committee wth 2 other students to raise $50,000 for the travels of the school's marching band, which had been invited to an invitational parade in Hawaii, making it out of reach for some students. I wrote for the school yearbook, working to bring together quotes and opinions from the organizations whose pages I created. I participated in student government throughout high school, planning fund raising, popular community-wide events and dances.

    Intern to Mayor, summer, 3 months.
    Representative, Executive Board of College Park Scholars (University of Maryland living learning community government), 1 year.

    Hawaii-travels Fund-Raising Committee, 1 year. (High School)
    (Planned fund-raising events, including a Field of Honor, organized letters sent to every VFW post in New York State)
    General Organization (High School student government), representative , 2 years
    General Organization Executive Board, 1 year.

    Ongoing memberships:
    National Planning Association, member, since 2013.
    American Institute of Architects, member, since 2015.

    Other Organizations
    Marching Band, member (percussion), 4 years (High School)
    Chorus, baritone, 1 year (High School)
    Yearbook Club, writer, 2 years (High School)
    School Musical Production, actor, 4 years. (4 shows)
    School Drama Production, actor, 2 years, (2 shows)
    Art Club, member, 2 years (High School)
    Cable TV-filming club, 3 years. (High School)

 

10) Florence Yilei Gao

    Campaign Platform & Relevant Experience:

  • I am confident, open-minded person and a great communicator. Moreover, being a person who moved around a lot, I am very easygoing and good at making friends. I believe a student senate should be approachable and also welcomed in the student community. Even though I have not yet studied in the New School, I believe my personality and experience will make me fit in the community well. When I went to summer school at Parsons, I fell in love with the school environment and I wanted to contribute to the community.
  • During my 4 years of high school, I was the Asian affinity group leader, the yearbook editor, the person in charge of school writing contest and a leader of a local voluntary organization that helps homeless people. Being in those leadership positions, I have learnt how to discuss even the most sensitive problems, represent my group of students and listen to others at the same time. Overall, I believe that my skills and personality will be a great fit for this position.

    Student organizations or additional relevant experience(s):
  • 1. I am the Clay Street Table leader for 2 years, and I have been involved in the organization for 4 year. It is a Portland based voluntary organization that serves free food to homeless people regularly. I have planned the annual conference for the volunteers and I have been an active member of the community since I joined.
    2. I was the school Yearbook editor for 4 years, and I have been a responsible leader in the activity to not only complete all my work, but also help the new students.
    3. I was my high school's Asian Affinity group leader for 2 years, and I have been involved in the affinity group for my 4 years of high school. Being the leader, I regularly find Asian cultural events for my group to attend, I organize the weekly meetings and activities, and I also host workshops in many other bigger cultural conferences representing my high school.

 

CANDIDATES FOR LANG:

1) Marios Pavlakis

    Campaign Platform & Relevant Experience:

  • After spending a year as the treasurer of the University Student Senate and as a Senator from Lang, I want to be able to keep working on key issues that I was working on for the past year. Specifically I want to keep pushing for a designated Space for students of color, while I want to advocate for students who constantly face issues with their financial aid. Both issues have a detrimental effect on our Student Community and only through hard work we can solve them. On a different note, as a Lang senator, I tried multiple times to advocate against the schedule change for Lang Students while I was able to find a way to help student organizations to be able to promote their events on the stand screens throughout the campus. I want to keep supporting our community and especially support for a space for Students of Color as well as for those whose academic future is being jeopardized because of financial aid issues.
    Lets all make the best for our community!

    Student organizations or additional relevant experience(s):

  • Deree - The American College of Greece - VP at the Student Government
    CGI U Campus Representative 2017 - 2018
    TNS Debate Team - 2017 -2018
    Oikos NYC - Vice President 2017 - 2018
    New School USS - Treasurer 2017 - 2018

2) Frank James Martinez- Chevez

    Campaign Platform & Relevant Experience:

  • If chosen to become a representative in the University Senate, I plan on including the voices of students during major University-wide changes, and being a voice for those who cannot be heard. As we are continuously going through changes as a University, I believe that all of its students should have a say in what goes on.

    Student organizations or additional relevant experience(s):

  • Coordinator, Club Sports at The New School.
    Founding Member, New School Dance Collective.
    Member, The Gural Scholars Program

3) Dyln Namm 

    Campaign Platform & Relevant Experience:

  • LGBTQ+ Equality, Progressive Platform for Workers, Students First. 

    Student organizations or additional relevant experience(s):

  • Students & Youth for a New America

4) Claire Stevens

    Campaign Platform & Relevant Experience:

  • “You show people what you're willing to fight for when you fight your friends.”
    ~Hillary Rodham Clinton
    This is why I am the best candidate. Compassion. I hate to say that compassion seems hard to come by in the U.S. Government today, but look at who we have in a majority of elected positions. One person I admire greatly for their compassion in the face of great adversity in the U.S. Government is Hillary Rodham Clinton.
  • This is why I began with her quote, an exemplary way to show her compassion without making the statement about her. She fights for others, not for her own gain. She was the first woman to win the popular vote in a United States Presidential Election. She was the first woman to even be a major candidate. I hope for this country that I am not the first female P.O.T.U.S., but I want to make a difference. I want to run with compassion, to fight for my friends. And that all begins with being a representative for my peers as a Student Senator.

    Student organizations or additional relevant experience(s):

  • I was an officer for my high school choir, which was constantly busy with extra rehearsals and meetings with composers, which I aided in facilitating. In addition, I was one of two officers in charge of relaying the needs and desires of the choir to our choir director, and executing the plans given to me.
    I was also tasked with captain duties on my rowing team since sophomore year of high school, including leading a group of teammates to make sure all of our equipment got to our race sites in Utah, Kansas, and Oklahoma, as well as facilitating team building exercises and dinners outside of practices.
  • I spent 6 months in Cameroon from September 2017 to March 2018 teaching English at a primary school as well as working with Peace Corps volunteers in the area with women empowerment initiatives. In addition, I, along with a fellow volunteer teacher, wrote and directed a student-ran musical and a seperate International Youth Day dance recital for all of the students in our village.
  • I am now the Lead Intern at a spring/summer school mentoring program with Save Our Youth Denver. I am in charge of running weekly meetings with our director and documenting one-on-one meetings between students and mentors. Being the Lead Intern, I am also in charge of team building between interns, who come from all of the western U.S., from Utah to Oklahoma to Idaho. I put in up to 45 hours a week for this project, in addition to having a full time waitress job.

5) Katie Tzivanis

    Campaign Platform & Relevant Experience:

  • 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 just 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. These characteristics embody all that Eugene Lang represents and I will uphold these pillars. The New School was founded on Social Justice yet some of those same pillars are not being upheld today. I plan to focus my efforts towards the homeless population at the New School, the high price of cafeteria food, student worker injustice, and sexual assault on campus.  

    Student organizations or additional relevant experience(s):

  • I currently have the pleasure of being a Democracy Coach for Generation Citizen, I work with middle school students to educate them about the power of civic engagement and lead them through a local social action. I was a proud member of the Social Justice Committee for the fall semester where I had the space to further discuss how The New School community can be made better. This semester I was a member of the Emerging Leaders Program where I had the opportunity to further my leadership skills. I was elected as a member of the Youth Advisory Board for my local women's shelter for two years. I also worked with Central New York Solidarity Coalition for a year, it is a grassroots coalition of organizations that promote justice and democracy.

CANDIDATES FOR NSPE:

1) Nina Nichelle 

    Campaign Platform & Relevant Experience:

  • As a Senator I am working to ensure opportunities for women of color, help homeless students and make sure deserving organizations are appropriately funded. I am a proud native New Yorker, Grad student attending NSPE, Media Management particular in the field of intellectual property. I am is the first generation of both sides of her family to get past High School. I am dedicated and I know how important it is to keep an open communication with the student body and University. 

    Student organizations or additional relevant experience(s):

  • Women In Music • The Recording Academy • Max Berger Pre-Law Society • USS Senator & Co-Chair, NSPE 2017-2018 • Media Studies Event Assistant, TNS

2) Deja Lee 

    Campaign Platform & Relevant Experience:

  • My foundation as a student leader in student engagement began at Old Dominion University in August 2014 when I served as the Chairman of the Housing and Dining Committee of the Student Government Association. In that position, I worked as a liaison for the needs of the student body and the goals of the housing and dining departments of the university. During this time I also served as a senator which required me to to propose legislation, work with other senators on solutions for campus concerns, and work as a representative of the student body at events on and off campus.
  • As Lead Preview Counselor, I assisted incoming students and parents with the overall transition to college by registering students for classes and connecting them with the resources to succeed. Through that position, I was able to gain insight and create lasting connections.

    Student organizations or additional relevant experience(s):

  • 1. Hugh O. Brian National Leadership Conference Alumni, 2012
    2. United States President Volunteer Service Award Recipient, 2013
    3. American Legion Auxiliary Virginia Girl’s State Delegate, 2013
    4. ODU Dean’s List, 2015, 2016, 2018
    5. ODU Monarch to Monarch Mentor, 2016-2017
    6. ODU Student Government Association Senator, 2014-2015
    7. ODU Student Government Organization Chairman of Housing and Dining, 2015
    8. ODU Academic Integrity Council Panelist, 2017-2018

3) Didintle Ntsie 

    Campaign Platform & Relevant Experience:

  • I resonate deeply with the initiatives that the USS campaigns for and supports. I have been an activist for over 10 years in South Africa (my country of citizenship) and have founded and maintained inclusive large and small scale movements aimed at building cohesion in a meaningful and enjoyable manner. I have done this through my involvement as co-founder of 100in1day South Africa (Cape Town), project manager of Open City as well as The Travelling Speech Bubble, on a smaller scale, working with young people from underserved communities in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, through training and facilitating a co-designed program on how to express themselves using various blogging platforms.
    See - https://vimeo.com/67241454 and https://vimeo.com/122954739

    Student organizations or additional relevant experience(s):

  • I have not yet been involved in any student organizations as yet. I’ve spent the majority of my time this semester adjusting to the cross-continental move. Which has been challenging and equally exciting.

    As stated above I have been involved closely with the following initiatives
    - Co-founder & programme manager of 100in1day Cape Town (sustained the role for 3 years)

    - Lead Project Manager of Open City Initiative (held the role for 22 months, hosting community centered events and discussions monthly throughout that period of time)

    - The Travelling Speech Bubble (piloted the role and ran the project for 9 months)

    In addition to the above selected roles I have worked as a consultant to the Dutch Consulate in Cape Town and Pretoria, as a consultant and project manager for various projects of varying lengths since 2014.

CANDIDATES FOR DRAMA:

1) Christian Wilcox

    Campaign Platform & Relevant Experience:

  • Bringing a fresh lens onto the dealings of The New School and The School of Drama, I hope to do my best to uphold the initiatives of the USS but also of the students of my division, ones who feel their opportunity is being compromised by being a minority in the school. I will push to not only make the students feel adequately represented and informed, but also to give the students the initiative to make themselves heard, especially in regards to funding for academic-based projects and finding space in the different communities of The New School.

    Student organizations or additional relevant experience(s):

  • High School Student Government Association - Drama Representative - 2016-2017. Interact Community Service Organization - Held offices of Secretary, Treasurer, and Vice President - 2014-2017. Drama Department Student Board - 2016-2017.

2) Alexis Perez

    Campaign Platform & Relevant Experience:

  • Growing up, I've participated in numerous Success Mag Seminars. I've attended life summits, leadership summits, entrepreneur intensives. I have represented communities, teams, and projects. Being a board member on the UNSC for UN Women, Miami Chapter, I have organized countless events, fundraisers, partnering with artists, Wynwood, high schools, and universities. Raising awareness over violence against women and human trafficking; I have participated in countless meetings with national and international board members from the UNSC on matters that need our attention all over the world, from Women.
  • I've been here: CoPA-School of Drama, for 3 years, and I have watched it change and bloom since the first Junior class. I care deeply about the program, my peers, and our university. It's imperative that someone is listening and that we are represented. I want to be that person.

    Student organizations or additional relevant experience(s):

  • President, 2 years in a row: International Thespian Society- HS Troupe 6822. Vice-President Best Buddies Organization: 2010 UNSC for UN Women: 2012-2018: Board Member 2015. Entrepreneur of the Year: 2011, 2012. Ultimate Life Summit: 2012. TNS: Drama 2015-2019, student Organized Gala 2017, Co-Producer. Executive Producer/Director: Gala 2018.

CANDIDATES FOR NSSR:

1) Jonathan Murtaugh

    Campaign Platform & Relevant Experience:

  • In my first year I have become increasingly active in different sections of the NSSR community and with The New School at large. For example, through my role as Philosophy GFFS representative I have become involved in the Dean’s Advisory Council meetings, Philosophy Forum, and the student union’s activities. These experiences, and my desire to become more involved in the future, I believe make me a great candidate to represent NSSR. 

    Student organizations or additional relevant experience(s):

  • -GFFS representative (NS)
    -Philosophy Forum (NS)
    -PSWIP member (NS)
    -Black Rose Reading Group (NS)
    -Philosophy Society Club Leader (Montana State University)
    -Gamma-Ray Project Leader (Montana State University)