USS ELECTION CANDIDATES FOR THE ACADEMIC YEAR OF 2019-2020

Get to know your candidates before voting begins on October 1 on Narwhal Nation!

PARSONS CANDIDATES

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1. Krithi Nalla

Campaign Platform:

Since no one has the patience to go through paragraphs of information, im going to keep this short and to the point.

I'm currently a freshman at Parsons and so far its been a rollercoaster.

Your college experience depends greatly on the activities you take part in and the people you meet. Make the best out of being in Parsons, make your ideal college life come true.

This is where I come in. Come talk to me about what you would want to expect from your journey and we'll make it happen!

Along with your feedback let's take initiative towards starting more organisations, competitions and clubs towards creating social change, cash rewards to finally get all your material from Blick and many more!

I am a passionate young product designer who wishes to see change in the world (since its ending soon). To get there we must start with our own community.

The New School is short for the The New School for Social Change, vote for me, Krithi Nalla, and be the change you wish to see.

Other relevant groups or experiences:

Experience : 1. Bravura (Co-founder and Head of Design) Bravura is an independent annual charity event my team and I started in Hyderabad. It is aimed to provide the youth of Hyderabad with a platform to express their artistic abilities along with the performing arts. I've been organising this event for two years 2018 and 2019. As head of design I worked on all the tickets, banners and posts for our social media presence along with coordinating with the artists, venue holders, investors etc. 2. Brighten up your walls During highschool I started a small business of painting walls for commission. I have done it for offices, homes and outdoors. 3. Co-founder of Nurture (2018-Present) Runner’s Up “NurtureBar” was the final product of TiE Entrepreneurship. We developed organic nutrition bars for pregnant women in rural India to reduce the supplement intake and decrease the infant mortality rate. Head of Designing&Packaging. I recieved high commedation for the logo and wrapper design from the judges panel. 4. Volunteer at Cheers (2018) Cheers foundation is an orphanage where I taught children the basics in drawing and painting every week for 6 months. 5. Charity Show (2015) A high school organised event where the students of grade 9 would organise a whole show including 1000 kids. I was the head of the art department and made props for the stage, gave the stage design+ layout, backdrops , entrances etc. I have not been involved with any organisations with The New School yet.

Number of uss meetings attended previously:

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2. Yousuf Ibrahim

Campaign Platform:

The Parsons School of Design. You’ve made it. Well kinda. You’re at the best design school in the country if not the world. But it’s not perfect is it? I’m Yousuf and I’m here to help.

Grabbing the mic has always been an impulse – throughout my life I’ve looked for an excuse to get in front of a crowd. I have represented individuals of all manners throughout my scholastic career and I feel like my experience has primed me for such responsibility.

As your senator, I see a multitude of opportunities not only to serve you, my peers but I am ardent to improve the Parsons society; via both your input and the gentle nudge of my own ideas for what we can push for to make both student life and our college better. Examples?

IDEAS?

  • Project El Greco: Take advantage of the visionary characters Parsons is able to attract, a public service-based group where students redecorate and help refurbish orphanages both nationally and globally.

  • Improve Activities outside of the classroom; possibilities?

  • Join forces with an engineering school and participate in the international undergrad formula E development league?

  • Revamping our student merch?

  • Student polls for celebrity guest speakers?

  • Student painting session on a building rooftop? 

Vote Yousuf and I’ll make it my mission to push for not only these but for your assembly of other proposals. I have sought out roles of leadership from fourth grade all the way up to high school vice president. 

So, for fresh ideas, and progression. Vote for Yousuf Ibrahim.

Other relevant groups or experiences:

  • Student Representative council and vice president (4 years)

  • President of year book and prom committee (1 year)

  • Senior board of school model united nations program (4 years)

  • Head of intern design team for Gulf news (Middle Eastern Media agency)

  • Leader of Young entrepreneurs program SME project

Number of uss meetings attended previously:

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3. Justin Sherrill

Campaign Platform:

Parsons has been the home for my studies in Architecture for the last 2 years. The immersion in a learning environment that not only fosters creativity, but focuses on sustainability has opened the doors for the possibilities that innovative design can have on the world around me. It’s my hope that through the student body I will be able to share the passion I have for the New School’s environmental impact with my fellow peers, and act as a mediating and empowering voice for the school as a whole.

Other relevant groups or experiences:

Tau Sigma National Honors Society (1 yr) New School Student Leadership and Involvement (2 yrs) AIA — Parsons School of Design Chapter (1 yr)

Number of uss meetings attended previously:

1 - 5

4. Ranya Kumar

Campaign Platform:

My name is Ranya Kumar and I'm currently a BFA Student studying Interior Design, this is my first year. The experience has been overwhelming,I've been on a look out to join clubs which would interest me, however after meeting with some of the members of the senate I decided this would be a right path for me. I've always been a part of the decoration committee in my school, giving ideas, decorating the school hall ways ,making posters and managing events has been an integral part of my high school experience.In order to polish my techniques, I undertook professional courses at EdNet Prep School of Art and Design, New Delhi and Delhi Collage of Art. Over the past three years.Additionally, through my duties as a volunteer at the NGO, Save the Children, I have carried out street art with the motive to create awareness for the underprivileged communities regarding the hazards of open defecation and use of unclean water. Furthermore, my internship at Kapareva (an interior firm) helped me understand the value and complexities of interior design and decoration. It also taught me that a little bit of creativity goes a long way in uplifting a space. In this way, my internship made me analyse my own strengths and tastes. I come from the Indian community and would like to embrace my culture and tradition in some form or art or display.

Other relevant groups or experiences:

Student, EdNet Prep School of Art and Design, New Delhi (2017-Present) Learnt how to research and build concept along with the usage of various art equipment such as clay tools, palette knife, ink, charcoal, water colors, soft pastels etc. Instructed in Photoshop and Illustrator Visited National Gallery of Modern Art & Kiran Nadar Museum, Art Laureate & Sanchit Gallery, Delhi to build concepts and get inspiration from historical art pieces Delhi Collage of Art, Super Professional course in Fine Art (2015-2017) Gained an advance knowledge of Spatula textures and paintings Trained in analyzing Installation, New Media, Video art, Performance art and working with different mediums Observed on-the-spot sketching and painting at Dilli Haat during Art field trips

POSITION OF RESPONSIBILITY/LEADERSHIP: E-parag, School Annual Magazine (2017-Present) Chief Editor Edit and proofread the articles prior to publishing; choose the placement of the articles Design the magazine layout and cover using Adobe Photoshop and Paint Research and guide students for write-ups

CLUBS AND ORGANISATION: School Interact Club (2016-Present) Member Co-organized the Green Fair, an annual school event wherein the different material collected from different places are recycled to create art pieces and sold to visitors Helped in setting up the ‘Blood Donation Camp’ in the school premises and managed the registration process Design posters and banners to promote the school events School Creative Club (2015-Present) Member Exhibit art work at various school yearly events; design and make art installations and ensure proper floral arrangement during the events Decorate school notice board and prepare Rangolis to beautify school reception area at yearly events

SOCIAL/ENVIRONMENTAL AND COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER WORK: Save the Children (Bal Raksha Bharat), a global NGO (May 2018) https://www.savethechildren.in/ Volunteer (under the program ‘WASH’) Promote hygiene, safe water, and sanitation among the underprivileged children living in slums nearby Performed in the street play titled ‘Safe Water’ for promoting drinking clean water Carried out street art with the motive to create awareness among the children regarding the hazards of open defecation and use of unclean water Demonstrated replicable models of WASH in institutions and community Given art lessons to children invoking inner creativity

WORK EXPERIENCE Kapareva, Architecture and Interior Design firm http://thekaparevagroup.com/ (2 weeks June 2018) Design Intern Developed an understanding of the value and complexities of interior designing and decoration; learnt about graphics and blueprints for residential spaces Visualized creative changes to modify a raw site; discovered and developed interests for interiors Learnt to use environment-friendly recycled fabrics and pieces of furniture Acquainted with the process of re-polishing and re-coloring of old fabrics and furniture pieces Intern (2 Weeks 2017) Observed the daily operations of the firm and managers during client facing meetings Researched and prepared a PowerPoint presentation about latest developments in interior within India

Number of uss meetings attended previously:

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NSSR CANDIDATES

  1. Keili Branche

    Campaign Platform:

    I believe that I would be the best candidate because representation is about making sure every part and division of the university is represented. As a member of NSSR, I want to make sure the unique and valuable concerns of graduate students are known. It has come to my concern that certain concerns of the student-body of NSSR have not be addressed so I want to be their representative to cure this discrepancy.

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

    People in Support of women in Philosophy Students for Justice in Palestine May Day Student Organization Graduate Faculty Student Senate Jewish Culture Club Black Student Union

    Number of uss meetings attended previously:

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2. Weiouqing Chen

Campaign Platform:

I represent the NSSR and especially the Department of Philosophy, whose voice and opinion have long been underrepresented, or not presented at all, in the USS. NSSR, as the original school that initiated the dissenting journey of the New School, set a fierce, progressive, and radical model for the greater New School to come. At the time of the Centennial, I think the time is ripe for NSSR to gain its voice back and to contribute to the USS in whatever mode necessary, whether dissenting or supporting, to bring about what's better for all of us at The New School, and especially for those of us at the NSSR who has been quite voiceless.

Other relevant groups or experiences:

NSSR Student Organization Participation: Committee Member, Graduate Student Conference // Active Participant, People in Support of Women in Philosophy // Nominee of Faculty Liaison, Department of Philosophy (Election pending) //// Undergraduate Student Organization Participation: Co-Chair, The Waltz Committee, St. John's College (Duties include drafting budgets for the club; planning campus-scale events; teaching students various styles of swing dancing, etc) // Secretary, The Delegate Council (student government), St. John's College (Duties include keeping minutes of the Council; setting agendas of meetings, coordinating with sub-committees of the Council, etc. Proposals drafted and passed include standardized budgeting procedure for the Council, civility law explication to include gender minorities, etc.)

Number of uss meetings attended previously:

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3. Agnese Di Riccio

Campaign Platform:

I believe to be a good candidate for this position because of my thorough knowledge of NSSR's department dynamics. NSSR is a vital part of The New School and has contributed to the University's fame and celebrity worldwide. If elected, I would work hard to create a stronger connection between NSSR and the other Colleges of TNS, promoting the coherence of the student body as a whole and the organization of common initiatives. Being a student at the PhD level, I am not only well connected to PhD and grad students throughout other departments, but I am also extremely aware of the importance of student initiatives. Given my connection with the student body, I trust my ability of determining the relevance of events/initiatives organized by students from NSSR, as well as their coherence with the mission of The New School. Despite not having been a representative at The New School, I have been a representative in my previous university's University Senate (University of Pisa) and I am familiar with the duties and the implication of this position. I also gained a lot of experience acting as Treasurer of a research group, devoted to the organization/funding of academic conferences, Workshops, and other activities, and being involved in the allocation of funding.

Other relevant groups or experiences:

Not yet involved in organizations at The New School. Academic University Senate (University of Pisa – 1 year): student representative Zetesis Research Project (University of Pisa– 3 years): treasurer

Number of uss meetings attended previously:

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4. Kat Schonheyder

Campaign platform:

Hello, TNS Family! My name is Kat Schonheyder, and I am a Liberal Studies student in my first year at The New School’s NSSR. So! TLDR for busy folx; I am running for this position because it’s needed, and because I truly want to. Long Form: Even before I arrived at TNS, I’d done quite a bit of research into the history of The New School, its activism, student engagement, and the ways in which students can and have addressed issues that concern the experiences of its students. Not every school affords students this opportunity, so it is one I truly wish to be involved in. Being in the Liberal Studies program means I do and will continue to find myself in classes and collaboration with students all across the NSSR and TNS, and I intend to use this in working as an advocate for everyone who is a part of our community. In order to make our experience the best it can be, we need representatives in student government. In less than 6 weeks here, already I have heard both concerns and ideas from fellow students that the Student Senate can address. It’s my hope to represent the NSSR in this role so that I can play a part in fashioning a community that nourishes its students in both body and mind.

Other relevant groups or experiences:

I cannot (yet!) claim any positions of leadership at The New School, but I will shortly be participating in the GSS Certificate student steering committee. In the meantime, I hope my participation in advocacy and volunteerism in my local community will serve to bolster my work if I am elected. Locally, I work with the Vanguard Independent Democratic Association of Brooklyn as a civic engagement educator to high school and elderly populations, and before that worked for four years as an advocate for disenfranchised voters in parts of Northern New Jersey.

Number of uss meetings attended previously:

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NSPE CANDIDATES

  1. Alexandra Salome Grajdian

    Campaign Platform:

    Hey there, I’m Alex. I’ll keep this quick for all our sakes. As a first year graduate student I’ve spent the past month & change looking for ways to get involved with supporting the School of Public Engagement, and by extension, my newfound peers. I don’t think I’ve been here quite long enough to prove much in action so instead I’ll just note that I’ve worked more than enough job placements over the years to know the importance of standing by my word. And I want to help and will commit to nothing less if you’d be willing to give me the chance to do so.

    Other relevant groups or experiences:

    I started and developed my own company for most of 2016 and 2017: we specialized in various forms of content development, customer services ce, and digital media marketing/management. Additionally most of our clients were in fashion, interior, or furniture design fields giving me plenty of experience crossing between creative fields whenever necessary. Since 2016 I’ve periodically worked as an Accommodations Exam Proctor for Hunter College High School, particularly I work in the Library where they place children with special needs and require proctors with both precise focus, and a hefty amount of patience. Since 2015 I’ve picked up additional content writing assignments when schedules allowed for such. Among recent gigs are a couple hundred voiceover scripts across Fandom’s wikia site(s), and just about all the text & product descriptions throughout a children’s design company’s three distinct websites.

    Number of uss meetings attended previously:

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