Spring 2017 Candidates
Schools of Public Engagement
Political involvement is one of the very foundations of liberty--the range goes anywhere from simply casting a ballot to serving the people of a specific area. I believe engagement with this is crucial from both perspectives. That said, I believe I am dedicated to the principals of knowledge, togetherness, freedom and the pursuit of one's future. We should be able to discover and respect the unity in a university--find the one in many, but also the many of one. Throughout my travels, formal and informal education--I feel that I have witnessed a compelling set of similarities in the human race--which should be celebrated as much as differences. Yet, there is still more to learn, more to do.
If elected as a student Senator, a representative of the School of Public Engagement and the Graduate Program of International Affairs, I would like to create programs for people willing to discover other cultures--through food, music, literature and discussion. The International Affairs program does a great deal of this already. But we need more, something more than just talks and movies. Both of which are perfectly fine--but I believe we can gather the students of our New School community and have them share what they know and what we can learn from. Or the residents of New York City, one of the world's premier global capitals--and a culture which I do not need to overstate. It is known. I was thinking about this when trying to do research for a project on Korean eating and drinking culture and looking for a club here at school--this is such an "international school"--let's let us speak for and to that.
Per the guidelines of what is feasible and practical at the school, I would try and reach out to members of a certain cultural community or place flyers around the school asking for some type of participation. From there, I would make emails or calls and put together some type of event, discussion or group. For example, with my "Korean eating and drinking culture" paper--I envision a host of different kinds of soju, a spread of banchan and other Korean foods from either an establishment or a food truck (there is one that frequents my neighborhood, in particular)--we could get some students to either talk about Korean food or play music (I have spoke with a few Korean students during my time working at the performing arts library) and/or a proprietor to discuss the relationship between culture and cuisine. Any relevant (or not so relevant, but culturally interesting/important to Korea) could be placed as well. Giving students a full scope of interaction and expression.
This is my first semester of graduate school--and unfortunately, I haven't been to any political meetings here at the school. I have always wanted to get involved with school politics but unfortunately, never pursued anything until now. Although it was a number of years ago, I was voted freshman class president (of my high school)--so there's that.
I'm the best candidate because there's an increasing number of international students from China. I moved to New York City when I was 15 years old. I'm bilingual. I have a good understanding of Chinese and U.S. culture. I can serve my fellow international Chinese students. I'll be a perfect ambassador for them.
Given the globalization, the world is becoming one big country. I would like create a platform for U.S. and international students to exchange ideas and work with one another.
I will form a committee and recruit about 4-6 people to work with me. We'll host events, panel discussions, parties etc.
At the moment, I am not involved with any student clubs.
I'm certainly not the most seasoned candidate, but I do believe that I will best represent my fellow constituents at The New School. My professional experience ranges from working alongside members of the Black Panther Party to curators of contemporary art. Raised by a single mother who worked endlessly to help me reach my potential, I am proud to align myself with those who possess the will to endure. As a senator, I understand and appreciate that it will be my duty to serve not myself, but those who work as earnestly as I do.
While I do not have a definite initiative at this time, I do want to express my interests. As a student in the Media Studies program, I am unsurprisingly drawn to the social impact of media. Is it possible to utilize technology to simplify our lives or even - dare I say it - curb our media consumption? In a world where fake news is so readily available on our parents' Facebook timelines, how can we engage in meaningful discussions regarding the future? I think we must construct a better means of cross-generational communication in effort to begin to mend a number of age-old issues. Because I am directly impacted socially and politically by the opinions of others, as evidenced by this year's election, it will be my chief interest in organizing a forward-thinking movement that aims to unite generations in their hopes for the future.
Speaking from personal experience, I think fact-checking (while redundant for some) plays an inimitable role in exposing underlying problems to which most people can admit. Obviously, it is easier to agree on a policy, approach, virtue, etc. if it hasn't been covered in material that masks its truth. It is also easier to have these delicate conversations if the person with whom you're speaking is reasonable enough to devote time to sifting through and questioning any suspicious information. But it's 2017 and we have the Internet. I propose that we make reasoning more fun - maybe we could play political bingo with our questionably non-ethical family members, or devise a virtual database that organizes relevant and trusted sources by theme or topic. In any case, we should be spending less time arguing, and more time agreeing.
I am embarrassed to admit that I haven't been involved in any student organizations since high school. However, I feel like if there's ever a time to become more involved in one's community, it's definitely now. If my memory serves me correctly, I was part of the environmentally focused S.A.V.E. Club, as well as Culture Club, which aimed to learn about other countries and ethnicities through culinary experiences. We were so before our time.
Jhon Valdes Klinger
I am in a unique position to represent the school because of my 10 year experience working as a communication manager for Teach For America and my multidisciplinary approach to education which has giving me the broad knowledge of mutiple programs The New School has to offer. I am a Riggio Honors Writing and Democracy member. My major is with the school of media studies focusing in film production. My minor is in photography and I am enrolled in the BA/MA Media Studies program. I have made deep connection with students throughout the different program that I have explored. I am also an advocate for my own education and would like to have the opportunity to advocate for the student body.
Student Leadership workshop - The road to success at the new school has different paths and faces. The Leadership workshop will be an experience for all first year students. Student learn about the different path to success and how to use all of the educational resources that school offers. This workshop will be facilitate by the senate and New School faculty and will culminate in each student enrolled in the program matching with a peer advisor that will help the new student to navigate through their path.
1. Send a poll to students for interested.
2. Check budget with treasury.
3. Create a planning session with staff and senate.
4. Plan the three day event.
5. Reserve the space.
6. Advertise through out the school and classes.
7. Schedule presenters and performers.
8. Reserve the food for event.
Ideas for event -
1. Speaker share their paths
2. Student create a visual road map or inspiration map
3. Student look for class that they could take to achieve their paths
4. Class on resources that student can use to plan. (Student success network, degreework)
5. Peer advisory Speed Date
SPE Student Advisory Council
Latinx Resource group - Teach For America
LGBTQ Resource group at Teach For America
Louder Arts - Communications
Teaching Artist - Urban Word NYC
I am committed to making sure that members of the New School student body are heard, represented, and included. During my time at Sage College of Albany with the utmost integrity I upheld many positions that helped me serve as a representative for the student body. I was a strong advocate for inclusion, representation and diversity in all facets of the college. As a result of my efforts, the college opened their first Multicultural Diversity Center, a Diversity and Social Justice Minor was introduced, SCA increased the number of faculty that represented the student body and the College hired their first Director of Diversity and Inclusion. This proven success makes me the best candidate.
An initiative I would like to bring to the University Student Senate is the Wellness Match Initiative. In an effort to continue to make Mental Health a priority for the New School student senate, this initiative will be an effort at matching students with counselors to better serve their needs and make the process for finding a New School counselor a bit easier. I am suggesting that this potentially be something that is introduced to students during orientation alongside being informed about all of the other services the New School offers during orientation.
The specific step I plan to take to achieve my initiative are connecting with the New School's Student Health Services to ensure that there is a working relationship amongst them and USS to make the initiative possible.
-- Summer Resident Advisor, May 2016-August 2016, The New School‰Ûªs Stuyvesant Park Residence Hall
-- 2016 Chavez-King Award Recipient, Sage College of Albany awarded to a student for promoting tolerance and advocating positive social change.
-- Sage College of Albany 2016 Baccalaureate Commencement Speaker
-- Second Century Against Racism, Lead Activist, December 2016-May 2016, Sage College of Albany
-- Black History Month Planning Committee, December 2015-February 2016, Sage College of Albany
-- Senior Resident Assistant, August 2015-May 2016, Sage College of Albany
-- 2015 Cogswell Award recipient, Sage College of Albany. This award is granted to a rising senior who has made a significant impact on the quality of life at Sage and to the Sage community.
-- Wordplay, President/Co-Founder, 2013-2016, Sage College of Albany
-- Resident Assistant, August 2013-August 2015, Sage College of Albany
-- Association of Campus Events, General Body Member, 2013-2015, Sage College of Albany
As the oldest of six and the first in my family to attend undergrad and graduate schooling, I champion education and pursuing passions. I've regularly held influential roles, firmly believing in adherence to guiding principles no matter the obstacle. My ability to collaborate in the collegiate and business sectors, reveal the diverse personalities, age demographics, political affiliations, and life stages I, fortunately, engage daily. I have always sought to grasp varying perspectives and find commonalities to mitigate differences or build relationships. I would represent the Senate in the upright manner I set for my siblings and the ethical fashion adhered to professionally.
2017 is shaping out to be unpredictable; students and citizens alike are stricken with anxiety as a result of the US election. More than ever, this is a momentous opportunity to tap the creativity, intellect and passion of students. Offering initiatives that coalesce the vigor of the community and a springboard ideas will serve to improve both student body interactions and broader social engagement as citizens. I plan on expanding seminars similar to the Action Items Fair (www.actionitemfair.com) scheduled Jan. 14th, 2017, which will instruct on advocacy towards systematic change and how to promulgate opinions and ideas. Conversations with students have raised the need for platforms such as these to inform frustrated communities. Defined goals would devise an understanding of commonalities from political views on opposite ends of the spectrum, tools to best engage the student body for collaboration on ideas, and a brainstorming hub for the creation of subsequent relevant projects.
Achieving this initiative would require outreach to prominent voices to generate awareness and interest, leveraging: University executives, prominent academics, activists, politicians, and celebrities will aid in promoting the vibrant topic and increased attendance. School resources and the creative body would be channeled for the production of video assets captivating video vignettes will harness the energy of events, and repurposed as promotional collateral for future initiatives to help build larger audiences. Drawing on social media platforms in a strategic fashion would inform and remind students of upcoming assemblies. Development of an email database affords a monthly touchpoint to engage subscribers, fostering a relationship with enrolled students and sustainability with alumni; the content should serve to notify, remind and summarize events, with an inclusion of city-wide coverage on similar initiatives to inform recipients, evolving the newsletter into a resource.
I am the Communications Officer for Somos OLA at The New School, a volunteer position I have held since Fall 2016. OLA is an organization bridging diverse students throughout Latin America, members educate each other on current affairs, root causes of existing conflicts or hardships, and collaborate on topics for upcoming events. The inclusive atmosphere assures proposed projects are fairly vetted for impact, a level of interest for both Latin American and the broader student body is properly gauged, and an agreement is formulated in the most effective manner to present upcoming events to audiences. Meetings taught me university policies on how to organize, fund and secure venues for events in a timely fashion and under tight timing constraints. I've acquired best practices on outreach and scheduling, how to effectively coordinate internally with members and secure speakers who have limited availability as well. If desired, I would be happy to supply references from the organization.
I believe that The New School has a remarkable opportunity, not just as a progressive institution, but a progressive private institution to set the benchmark for ethics and responsibility. In the wake of recent political events, there is an imperative to be proactive and aggressive to counter the forthcoming administration, much of which is in stark opposition to much of The New School's mission. Though The New School declared the school a sanctuary campus, it took two whole weeks to do so. When I requested President Van Zandt divest from companies profiting from the immigration and detention industrial complex, he wanted to "wait and see" what would happen. I firmly disagree with this.
As a student, I believe it is wholly within the power of the student body to dictate how our tuition is being invested and spent, to best serve our students, as well as to ensure we invest responsibly to align with the school's ACIR. Specifically, I feel it is necessary to audit all of The New School's investments managed by private hedge funds (upwards of $94.6 million), and determine if those investments are complicit with the detention and deportation industrial complex. I wrote an article in Playboy to argue we leverage the wealth of the school, to divest from such companies, as the pose a direct conflict of interest. this conflict of interest is even more clear seeing as that President Van Zandt declared TNS a sanctuary campus. Furthermore, resources should be allocated to help assist undocumented students with emergency funds to help with living, educational and relocation expenses.
I plan to organize teach-ins and canvas for petition to demand that the school be held accountable and proactive. My aim is to include efforts from an array of students and faculty, to collaborate regarding tactics, ideology and inclusivity. Furthermore, I plan to highlight the advancements via school wide newsletters and national outlets (like I did in Playboy) to illuminate the efforts publicly and transparently.
Students for Justice in Palestine- Chairperson
United Federation of Teachers- Chapter Leader (16K688)
I believe I have the skills and experience to successfully fulfill the responsibilities expected of me by the University Student Senate and the University itself. Additionally, I make sure to stay up to date with happenings at and related to The New School, therefore I'd enter the USS with an already developed understanding.
I'd like to work to create a more open dialogue between students, and faculty and administration about mental health. This would involve slight adjustments to the attendance policies, more resources, and building a stronger, more understanding relationship between members of The New School community.
My proposed initiative could be achieved through discussions between the University Student Senate and student body, the USS and faculty and administration, and also by the USS mediating conversations between the administration and student body"conversations" being town halls, chatting with students around campus and relaying information back to the administration, etc.
Corporate Communications Intern at NBC Universal; designed graphic screens for the Human Resources department, the Legal department, and also assisted in developed the Employee Discounts Program, which benefits the company's 30,000 employees.
Senior Class of 2014 President. Worked with the student body and administration to create desired and reasonable policies, worked with private business to sponsor events, put together and ran events like prom, homecoming, etc.
Creative Committee Chair. Developed and oversaw the design and production of events and spirit wear, including t-shirts, boards, commercials, etc.
Student Representative to the Fairfax County School board. Represented the Stuart High School student body at schoolboard meetings, and student representative meetings.
As a committed and passionate student with a commitment to education, it would be an honor for me to represent the university that I fall in love with every day. I feel that I truly embody what it means to be a New School student; I am driven, persistent, committed to excellence, constantly striving to be the best version of myself, and I am dedicated to helping out those around me and providing a better environment for my peers and fellow citizens. I have been placed in numerous leadership positions, in professional experiences, at my current internship, and even in classes here at the New School. I am extremely organized, and I excel in project management as well as group communication.
Career & Professional Experience initiative to familiarize students with the right opportunities to facilitate their personal, academic and professional growth through volunteering, internships, jobs, etc. I would also like to involve the New School with more non-profit organizations as well as larger-scale public service initiatives that can reach out to the local and worldwide community on a broader basis. Finally, I would like to work towards establishing more design competitions similar to the Godiva Chocathon that took place earlier this semester. I would also love to facilitate more interaction between majors, as students in different fields often find themselves isolated from friends and potential collaborators/partners due to major-specific courses. I am brimming with ideas that can broaden the horizons of our student body, and I am excited to share them with the Student Senate to bring them to life!
I wish to work with students and organize events, activities, and talks where they can interact with inspirational individuals and organizations. These events will provide the student body with interesting events where they can network and expand their horizons to create even more influential work. I will approach this as I would an extremely interesting project ‰ÛÒ with research and a concrete plan of action tailored to the needs of my audience. In this particular case, my audience will be the entire student body of The New School, and I plan on providing them with game-changing events that inspire them to make new connections and create portfolio-worthy work. After participating in the Godiva Chocathon and winning second place, I and my fellow team members are hungry for more. This experience was a truly life-changing honor, and I am incredibly proud of TNS for organizing it. I would love to reach out to other companies/brands to organize similar partnerships and competitions.
I was the director, Assistant Stage Manager, screenwriter, graphic designer & projection designer of the AVPA production company, a student-led organization at my high school, for four years. I planned filming schedules, delegated tasks, and ensured the completion of two independent features. I ran production meetings as well as rehearsals, organized documents, ensured the smooth execution of each performance, and managed the box office/DVD sales. At my two previous summer jobs (Fred Astaire Dance Studio & Rogers Dance Center), I was Office Manager as well as Assistant Competition Organizer, where I maintained office systems and supervising staff. I was responsible for all promotional materials as well as all corporate documentation. I've also organized volunteering events with IFF and AARP. I am currently interning as a graphic designer for Whitewall Magazine, where I have been asked to continue working with the team to continue designing and handle marketing & editorial management.
I don't believe I am the best candidate. "Best" does not suit the situation, so I simply do not want to fight competitively for a spot on the University Student Senate. The Senate should always choose people based on good character and leadership, both in which I am comfortable enough to say I have. I am sure there are many students at The New School who are qualified for the Senate, so I don't really have much to say. As a straight male POC who attends a diverse university glossed with cultures, genders, and communities that represent equality and change for the betterment of humanity, I have privileges and disadvantages that I too want to use as a bridge for companionship and goodwill.
I like peace. I have shown it already in The New School community and other universities by starting a radio show with a team of creative individuals at Parsons (Angele Portillo, Orandi Cole, and my best friend Wilson Ma). The radio show outlines my goals as an artist and designer. Without going into too much detail, the radio show is called 65FIFTH Radio. It pushes the New School community to engage in discourse surrounding topics from gender equality to LGBTQ to student life at The New School. We bring in guests to star on our weekly podcasts, guests with current issues or concerns that we then discuss in a respectful, critical, and understanding manner. It allows people who are not in these communities to actively educate themselves through us in hopes of understanding what is really going on in the lives of real people. World Peace may seem out of reach but when we actively promote it at The New School, the out-stretched hand has the potential to humble the heaviness of the heart.
The platform is already there (65FIFTH Radio). The following steps would be to increase production quality, build a larger team, extend the voice, and simply have great content. We just finished our first season (semester) of 65FIFTH Radio, ran by only 4 people. We completed 6 interviews with students, staff, and artists. With a larger team and with the right resources from the school, 65FIFTH Radio has the potential to be a global pioneer for social justice, discourse, and awareness. And the best part is that it isn't limited to The New School community. 65FIFTH has reached various universities including Yale, Cornell, NYU, and School of The Art Institute of Chicago and continues to extend it's voice and goodwill.
I have been involved with understanding cultures, giving friends the opportunities to understand culture, and allowing culture to define my understanding and not the other way around.
Through my extensively explorative years at Parsons, I have evolved into a designer with a passionate interest in architecture. My research methods involve extensive field documentation which gives me the opportunity to interact with a diverse set of communities on a regular basis. I'm honored to be a part of the The New School where similarly exciting opportunities let me engage in leadership activities and help mediate transparency to an egalitarian community we all wish to become. Being a past senator at the USS in the year 2015-16 I have learnt and supported sincere contribution that came from the senate and I would like to be a factor in sustaining the same during the upcoming term.
I am helping bring to the USS an initiative all students at the university are affected by, starting to address the concerns of the new print release system. Recently, after a small survey I had conducted in the School of Constructed Environments under the student council, it was brought to my attention the inconvenience and confusion caused among students. The change was big yet a swift one, I would like to suggest and help form a student representation where students have a say in the decision making process of infrastructural changes.
I will continue to conduct surveys within the various communities through the help of the existing representatives of each department. Another effective mode of outreach I have previously experienced and applied is through personally talking to people and welcoming them to take the opportunity of voicing theirs and their peers' concerns to the senate. With the grateful support of the senate, enough acknowledgement can be drawn to the initiative by the school.
OSDA, Orientation Leader, two weeks
Center for Architecture AIA, Education Assistant and guest reviewer, 1 year
Hall Council at Kerrey Hall Residence, Secretary, 1 year
Student council at SCE Parsons, Class Representative, 1.5 years to present
Student council at SCE Parsons, Facilities Chairperson, 0.5 years to present
University Student Senate, Parsons Senator, 1 year
The New School carries the most international student body & is one of the global leaders in art & design education; hence the Student Senate needs to reflect this creative culture humus & work to support a continuing growth for this unique culture. Having been blessed to have lived, learned & grown up in Zurich, London, Paris & now New York City, these cities taught me to cherish, respect and learn from all cultures & people. Empathy, openness, curiosity, & teamwork are aspects that we have to elate on both micro & macro levels within a community, that I am equipped enough to help build with, so that we can give all NewSchool students the most fertile creative environment possible.
Climate change, polarization & the 4th Industrial Revolution are changing our acquainted social-, & creative environment. Working together as an interwoven creative community will enable florescence within this new era. Events to foster a closer community, as well as grant students a complementary creative outlet to their major, are of paramount importance. Such events could include using university spaces as performative platforms. E.g: Students from the Performing Arts could use the UC to perform, which will give them a great chance of engaging with the public & will unveil new ways of exploring art to other majors. Such sharing & meeting will trigger more collaboration throughout majors resulting in more innovative & luscious projects. Other events could include pumpkin-carving for Halloween, a Costume party with self-made costumes, a more celebratory Thanksgiving and further interdisciplinary projects between majors.
To use the university spaces as performative areas, guidelines for the space would be placed online for all students to access. Through e.g: my.newschool students could submit a detailed project proposal including the topic & aim of their project, the incorporation of the space & how it would engage the public. In case of high application frequencies, a jury of students from various majors could be formed to act as a curative & collaborative editor‰Ûªs voice for the space. For any event such as parties/pop-up stores, all majors should be highly welcomed to contribute together, such as Illustrator/Graphic students to design invitations/posters, Fashion students to design t-shirts/garments, Music majors to DJ, Fine Arts/Design/Technology/Architecture students for venue design, Management students for budget management etc. With the brightest creatives at the NewSchool, fundraisers should be highly encouraged.
While attending ISCA, I was a contributing member of the Student Forum. Halloween/Thanksgiving/Christmas parties were annually organised events next to proposing school changes, such as longer classroom hours, new equipment & extracurricular activities such as sport & visits to riding stalls. For COP21 at Parsons Paris I organised the only fashion related project for the exhibition, by encouraging 21 students to create a t-shirt out of Parsons Paris‰Ûªs textile waste, to call attention both to the visitors & especially to the students on our contemporary & existential issues concerning fashions pollution. Last semester I proposed to our studio class to collaborate on a final semester project together, that grew into a wonderful performance piece held at Union Sq. through each individuals help & thrive. Collaborative projects do not only result in more powerful & vivified projects, but more importantly they bring people together spurring friendships that will last for a lifetime.
I believe that I am a competitive candidate for Parsons because of many organizing qualities and experience in working with others to organize events. Thinking wise, I always try to think about it in a creative way, and I want to complete tasks with creative influences and designs. I have organized many events before in clubs and volunteering, establishing close connections with peers and upper management. All the grades for my fall 2016 semester were A's, and four out of five were 95% and over. I am very good at organizing my time and pushing myself to the greatest extent possible. I am also able to manage my time accordingly to have enough time to put effort and time into all my projects.
One of the aspects that I want to initiate is securing connections with neighbour universities and organizing community activities that happen every month or so. I think that after I entered the New School, one of the things that I thought of that can increase connections between students are games, lectures, and parties with the students of other schools. Establishing these connections will allow students to open their social webs even wider, and also explore the many possibilities and people in New York City. Another thing that I am very conscious of are jobs that students can participate in, as well as the design jobs available to students who want to find a part-time job in outside companies. I hope to help find possible jobs that are readily available for students to help them with getting experience doing the jobs they enjoy.
With the student and senate body, I hope to contact companies and schedule meetings to view their building structures and equipment, as well as their working environments. Meeting up with the companies personally can add to the success rate of achieving a positive impression and connection with the businesses. Also, I can bring experienced professors with us to offer advice and help.
Organizing events with other universities can be done by communicating with the student senate and representatives of the other university. Sending emails or even scheduling to meet in person as a group to discuss exciting, possible plans are able to move the ideas in motion. We can find specific places with large spaces or even organize events in university building quarters to make it easily accessible. To build up enough money to hold out these events, we can start bake sales or have ticket sales to cover the costs.
- All About Art Club (President) at Lord Byng Secondary from 2014-15
I created this club to allow an opportunity for all the people interested in art to gather and share their ideas and opinions while freely expressing their thoughts on paper.
Therapeutic Art Club (President) at Lord Byng Secondary from 2015-16
My goals were to help students learn about the meditational possibilities of art. Using my knowledge of art to alleviate student stress, I had students approach art forms meditatively
- Korean Culture Club (Vice President) at Lord Byng Secondary from 2015-16
In charge of planning events and communicating with club members about jobs and volunteering. This January, we put our plans into action and organized a K-pop Concert in our school. We auditioned people and set up the stages.
- Student council member for 5 years
Leader in many events such as Coffee Houses and yearly Galas.
I value diligence, empathy and the underestimated silence of someone who can be both vocally opinionated and an active listener. I represent Parsons beyond its glitz and glamor, standing behind the social initiatives not known to many. I want to cater to its mission not only as a focal point for aspiring designers but an institution that asks questions and doesn't stop at the first answer. As a Peer Health Advocate and Social Justice committee co-chair, I learned these roles can be limiting and to further address needs on campus I need to acquire a position where I have greater flexibility.
-Apply for a position within the Student senate
-Get accepted into the Student senate
-start a dialogue about insert idea above here
-seek the opinions and ideas of others (how the idea can be groomed/developed and if it is important right at this moment)
-research who to speak to for any permissions, insight on regulations etc.
-make a game plan
-execute each step thoroughly
-see what was only an idea grow into something real
-bring the community together to witness the fruits of teamwork
-continue on to the next agenda and fulfill any idea regardless if I am chosen to be on the senate
Peer Health Advocate (The New School)
Social Justice Committee co-chair (The New School)
Student Health Services student worker (The New School)
I have been put into various changes in philosophy throughout my brief life, as liberal of Design & Film student during college, A diligent Design Consultant at a Start-up and now as a Design & Technology practitioner. My focus as the current Treasurer of the USS has always been in making sure the students get the best from the administration and they are empowered to pursue whatever they want as an individual or as a group.
If selected to represent Parsons at USS I will make sure that Change is the catalyst of growth and progress at the New School. I will do everything in my capacity and right to bring about this said change in any way possible for my fellow Students.
The USS for me is a place where we directly influence, catalyse and empower progress which is saying that we are the catalysts of change at the New School. My key areas of concerns through out my tenure will be supporting student organizations, gender identity and equality, prejudice for people of colour, ignorance of people with special abilities & the socio-political enforcement.
I will also ensure that the USS budget and allocation is developed & managed without discrepancies. One of my main initiative will be to expand the Dorkshops on a wider scale for various departments and a wider number subjects. Another one of the initiatives that I have been working on bringing to USS during the last semester was the availability of free sanitary napkins/ tampons for girls in our University. I also will be working with other initiatives brought in by my fellow senators which will be in line with my above mentioned focus areas.
In order to expand the Dorkshops for the various departments my first move would be call interested students from all other schools to realize the different fields of interests. This will also help in understanding the schedules and requirements of different schools on a macro level. After finalizing the same I would fix up courses, teachers and the schedule for the classes. Later the action would be make sure the idea is penetrates to a large number of students and bring more students.
The initiative for the availability of free sanitary napkins/ tampons for female student was already presented at the USS in Fall 2016 and I will be re-working on getting the required budgets for the same. I will also be working on making sure that everyone is aware once the initiative comes into action.
I am currently serving as the Treasurer of USS and the Vice-President of the Dorkshop Commitee at the New School where Organize self help classes for students every weekend based on a variety of topics like web development, design & coding.
I have served as the President of the student senate during my senior & junior year at my undergraduate college (NationaI Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi); I have an extended experience in creating and regulating administrative & financial policy. Additionally, I also served as the vice-president of the student senate during my sophomore year.
I also served as the President of Student Resident Society (NIFT, New Delhi) where I Supervised the residency associates (24) & residency staff (36) during day-to-day activities from 2013-15.
I was the Photography, Graphics & Layout Team Head of Corporate Communication Cell and Designed NIFTs Annual Admission/ Parallel Admission Prospectus, Bi-Annual Placement Book & Quarterly Newsletter.
Paulina Aldaba Hernandez
I am the best candidate to represent Parsons because I am committed to bringing forth the issues of represeentation, equality, and justice that most matter to students of color, LGBT Students, and international students, like myself. As a member of many minorities, I will push forward an agenda of inclusion.
As a low income student, I look forward to work towards bringing forth initiatives that deal directly with student affordability to make it easier for struggling students to succeed in college.
I will reach out to student organizations on campus and form a comprehensive plan taking into consideration their ideas and interests.
I've been involved with the Students of Color Association at Parsons this semester. In High School, I was president of my school's Gay Straight Alliance (we were runners ups for GSA of the year nationally,) A National GLSEN Student Ambassador, and President of the Feminist Club, and Humas Rights Club. Currently, I serve as member of the Board for GLSEN NYC.
I believe that an important part of representation is perspective. Coming from a low income family I understand the hardships many other struggling students may face. Processes like requesting help from the emergency fund, waiting around school for free event food, or missing class because you weren't able to get a metro card for this month. I have been there. I believe these struggles will push me to fight for the students who may not feel like the school has got their back.
I personally believe that travel should be accounted for for every student. With the rising cost of the MTA often times a lack of transportation can be detrimental to students success. Not only would making sure every student has a metro card to insure that a greater percentage of students would not have to worry about travel, it would also encourage students to engage with communities outside of lower manhattan. I understand this would be a challenge but I honestly think it could be done
I believe the first step to achieving my initiative is to poll the student body about transportationin order to have quantifiable data to show to the school. The next step would be to gather research on models around the world and in NYC that have had similar goals and research how they were able to accomplish it. There would then have to be a way to work this into the schools budget. From there we would have to begin an open but persistent dialogue with the schools administration.
MLK Scholar Program - Ithaca College 2013-2015
I am the best candidate for the college I represent for because i believe that it is time for someone that has the all the qualities that are needed to improve and lead the school in a bigger direction. I want our school to have a better social community and to create connections that will help the future of the body of the students. I believe in the power of innovation and have a vision for the future of the arts and design industry and it starts from us, the student body.
I am very passionate about the arts and design, I am a creative leader and have a vision for the better and the future of design. I will bring in new ideas and concepts to make our school better.
Move forward to innovate and grabbing and being inspired by what is going on in the world and to move forward with what could be changed and to make an impact.
Captain of a foundation to help and Volunteered and taught children art at refugees shelter. Mission trips and trying my best to learn more and understand what a community needs especially those that are under the poverty line. I want to help people and to do my best to make a difference.
I believe I can best represent the interests of Lang students in the U.S.S. because I share the school's passion for social justice & activism, for diversity not only of culture & ethnicity but also of ideology & opinion, & I believe my experience from traveling around the city investigating the conditions of public shelters can be applied in similar ways on-campus by regularly asking fellow students what they think could be done better. I will strive to represent all individuals, inclusive of all majors, race, genders, religions, and political affiliations. Both New York City & The New School ardently share those same ideals, & I intend to earnestly carry them out in the Student Senate.
The first initiative that I would bring to the USS is a move to reduce the costs of on-campus meals or to provide alternatives. I have heard enough stories from my peers to know that the cafeteria meal costs are too exorbitant for what it‰Ûªs worth. Instead of nonrefundable money, print credits should literally be points which could be interchanged freely, increased incrementally, and segued between school years. I support the development and expansion of clean energy campus-wide including weatherizing and introducing solar power to dormitories and college buildings. I believe student organizations and sports teams are a great way for students to engage with others, and an abundance of it would only double the benefits. I would also like to introduce a small Narwhal Bookstore where students either donate or sell their used textbooks for future pupils. Free HIV and STD testing should be available monthly. And I would support an expansion of the "newcard" buying powers off-campus.
Transforming print credits, encouraging new student organizations, increasing funding for current popular student organizations and sports teams, reducing cafeteria meal prices, and mandating free HIV and STD testing on a monthly basis would all be addressed through a more traditional, yet still complex, method of deliberation, confirmation, and acceptance. However, expanding clean energy, creating an on-campus bookstore, and increasing "newcard" buying powers will take more time as they require higher costs and greater Administrative support. I still believe that these initiatives are all possible and practical and something students will greatly appreciate. The bookstore can supersede the new school clothing shop at the University Center a prime location, solar power and weatherization could be shown to be more cost-effective as well as eco-friendly, and the USS can push for partnerships with outside stores & other companies for special discounted perks for students.
-Social Justice Committee : I was a member of an organization committed to establishing new norms of civil discourse and social justice, held at the New School. I've been a member for approximately one semester.
- New School Toast Masters: I was also a member of an organization helping individuals of all ages gain the skills and confidence of public speaking through a solid support system and rigorous speech topics. My membership spanned one semester, and I hope to participate in it again for future semesters.
I am the best candidate to represent my college because I have such a wide variety of experience and very different perspective then most students. Being that my father was head of security of the embassy in different countries I spent my entire life moving. I would live in places for no more than 2 weeks at times. This has made me a very worldly, understanding, and hard worker. I am a great listener and would like to work with students and faculty to make the campus the safest and effective it can be.
I am a member of The New School College Republicans and find it very important to give a voice to people of all backgrounds. I want to open more platforms for debates and a safe place for people to discuss and come together regardless of their political beliefs. I do not have many completely thought through initiates; however, am working on some. I am also a strong advocate of bringing our colleges together. I believe suggestions like a university wide-gym could significantly help that.
I plan on discussing with students individually if they feel safe to speak about their beliefs. I plan to help provide more outlets and events that provide students the ability to discuss safely. We are in college to challenge what we know and to grow as people and I think events of this such can significantly help. I also will begin elaborating on previous attempts at bringing the colleges together, such as ULEC classes, and to try and continue that work to only improve the relationships between students.
I am the Co-Creater, Secretary, and Events Coordinator for The New School College Republicans.
I was a student officer throughout my entire high school time. I also was VP for Interact, Secretary for SADD, and many other clubs of that sort including Thespians, Forensics, etc.
I have only been at TNS for a short time, but already it feels like home. There is something incredible about a space like this: one in which all different kinds of people with different goals and backgrounds can come together and unite under a common name. I believe that my growing passion for the school and its students make me the ideal candidate. The fact that I am only in my first year means that I have a lot of vision about what the school will look like over my time here and for the time of others after me. I am incredibly invested in the progress and plans the school makes, as I will be right there to see them through to the end. I want the chance to give back what I have been given.
I would like to make TNS a more cohesive community, making my initiative the Community Initiative. I believe that with a student body as diverse and invested in studies as the students here are, it can be hard to find a true sense of school community and pride with other students. The way to do this begins with uniting the freshman class. The blessings of living in a city like New York for school can also create a difficult transition for many students, which is something that can prevent the creation of this community that is so needed in this time. With such a unique college living experience comes many challenges. Unity is something that is extremely important in a university. It not only draws in students, but keeps the current ones here and pleased with their education. Students who feel invested in the school are more likely to put more work and effort into making themselves and it great. The New School is not a regular school, and that makes it great. We should celebrate it.
The first week of orientation needs more activities in which students interact with each other for longer periods. This is one of the only times that students from all the colleges get to interact with each other, and that makes it very important. Additionally, we need more and better advertising for the clubs around campus. As an incoming student, I wasn't aware of many of the opportunities, which can make it difficult to reach out. A main advisory board for all clubs could fix this problem. There should be more of a push to attend athletic, music, and fashion show events in order to encourage a cohesive student body- a "student section" type of idea. Another way to unite the student body would be though a kind of "big brother/sister" program in which upperclassmen mentor and assist younger students with anything they need. This kind of thing could be compulsory or voluntary, and would encourage unity between classes as well as easing some of the trials of moving to a new city.
Executive Board of National Honors Society (2014-2016) (Not TNS)
Executive Board of Tri-M Music Honors Society (2015-2016) (Not TNS)
Active member of History, Science, English, and Journalism National Honors Societies (2013-2016) (Not TNS)
Editor-in-Chief of School Paper (2014-2016) (Not TNS)
Captain of Debate Team (2015-2016) (Not TNS)
Leader of section in the Marching Band (2014-2016) (Not TNS)
My volunteer record shows my commitment to improving situations, addressing issues, and my desire to help people. I have volunteered for three years at a therapeutic horseback riding facility for disabled children, and my interactions with the children and their families have bolstered the notion that a collaborative effort is needed in order to create tangible change. This past Fall 2016 semester, I have volunteered in The New School science labs and various scientific functions hosted at the school because of my passion for science and learning, as well as spreading awareness for the interdisciplinary approach that The New School takes on scientific topics.
Initiatives that I would like to bring to The New School is to create increasing awareness, activities, activism, and involvement of the Interdisciplinary Science community. I am a founder of the new student organization Science, Technology, Environment, and Public Health (STEPH), whose mission is to form a place where people at The New School can express their interests in scientific topics through discussion, traveling to conferences, talks, tours, and ask questions and learn about career options and other opportunities in the field from alumni. Also, there is a new organization that has formed in the wake of this new political atmosphere called 314 Action, which promotes scientists to get involved in politics to fight the anti-science rhetoric. I would like to implement new areas for activism and for students to take charge of their future.
I will work with the senate to develop a collaborative effort and be part of a platform in order to initiate conversations to promote change. In addition with working within the student senate, I would also like to reach out to work and engage with other New School students and professors.
I am a founder of The New School student organization Science, Technology, Environment, and Public Health (STEPH). Also, I have volunteered for scientific functions held at The New School, and have previously served as a three year volunteer at an equine therapy program for disabled children.
I am the best candidate to represent my college because I know how great my college is and want to show it to the whole universe. I think to improve our college in a great way we should value what we already have and level up from there knowing where we are improving from.
Additionally, I had an experience being a student senate at my high school, Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. Also, I am an International student which gives me an idea how other international students want to se our community. I am not only great at proposing grandiose ideas but also I am great at communicating with students, teachers and head departments to bring out their ideas and make it work.
First of all we are The New School and we all have to be one community not just Parsons and Mannes and Lang separated. We should try to communicate and work together. We should collaborate with other departments. For example, when Parsons have exhibitions, they might need musicians as a background music to make the event more professional or musicians need recital posters and Parsons‰Ûªs student would help with that.
As an international student, I think we should create clubs to help students form other countries when they feel homesick or do not know how to go somewhere by subway.
Last but not least, we should open a cafeteria at Mannes School of Music building. Because the second floor of that building is great to sell and eat food which will help for busy classical and jazz students. I have tons of ideas to make our college one great community. We just need to start and communicate with people to make it work in a great way.
To be one community as a whole we should create a group in social media or send email every week to let students know what kind of events going on in each department. For example, that email can include Parsons exhibitions, Mannes concerts and Lang presentation. Also, we need to open separate group in Facebook, because nearly all students use Facebook, where students can post to ask for help from musicians or designers to make our events more interesting and innovative.
I know how hard it is to live somewhere far from home and just talking to a person can be so helpful and feel stronger. As a diverse community we should try to help our college strong together. For example, we need to create clubs which meets every two weeks and those clubs can be Chinese, Korean and Russian where students can talk about their New York life and help each other with any problems.
To open a cafeteria we should just bring food sellers to second floor and make our hard working musicians happy.
Student Leadership Board: International Student Representative at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, 2015-2016.
Girls Learn International member (activities supporting girls from developing countries) at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, 2015-2016.
Admissions Ambassador at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan, 2014-2015.
ICARE (International Community Actively Responding to the Environment) at International School Manila, 2013-2014.
President of the Class at Uspenky Music Lyceum in Uzbekistan, 2007-2010.
NEW SCHOOL FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH
I came to NSSR to study social justice and I want to represent the precariousness of the students of NSSR. In one of the most expensive cities in the world, in an economic climate such that higher education tuition fees have far outpaced inflation and income growth for decades, and where student debt is at all time highs -- I aim to do what I can to apply what I have learned at this school to the economically precarious situation that many students find themselves in here.
Developing a clear path to competitive funding at NSSR. As a student representatives I will listen to and confer with students at NSSR about how we would like to develop a path to dramatically improving funding at NSSR. As a representative I will be in a unique position to be able to present our ideas directly to the president and provost of the university.
NSSR Dean's Fellowship Committee representative, Economic Students Union, New School Economics Review associate editor, Capitalism Studies Reading Group.
I believe I have the experience, the know-how and the drive to help navigate the USS in doing the best it can for the NSSR and the university at large. I have been involved in local student organizations long enough to have a sense of the pervasive issues that afflict students at the NSSR and I hope to contribute towards solving them.
I believe in the power of the community and promise to work on the issues intersectionally pertinent to the NSSR and the university at large.
"Words are events, they do things, change things." So said Ursula Le Guin.
I intend to bring forth the age-old issue of having a library at The New School open for extended hours (if not 24 hours). It is unfortunate and deeply tragic for a place of learning not to have the ability to facilitate their students in their quest for knowledge.
(i) Have a feasibility report drawn up (or redrawn in case this has been done before) for having a library open for longer hours: issues would include costs/issues/problems/benefits of additional student employment/security . It is important to be methodical at the first step
(ii) Gauge support for the issue. See recommendations on choice of location, hours
(iii) Present the administration with both, a feasible proposal and a report on the level of support for the initiative
It is hoped that these first steps would be part of a longer, fruitful negotiation with the administration on the issue. There is no reason why the successful implementation of the initiative cannot be achieved by the end of Spring 2017
Department Rep (1 year)
GFSS Member (1 year)