Below are profiles of the members of the senate that are not on the leadership board. For the profiles of the leadership board please go here.
My name is Maximo Lipman and I'm a Freshman on Community Committee. I went to a Quaker high school on Long Island, New York and have a background in Quaker leadership skills. Quakers pride themselves on ensuring that all voices are heard and equally represented, and as a member of the WSA I plan on keeping these values close. This semester I plan on creating one uniform platform to organize school events and converting all gendered single-use bathrooms on campus to gender-neutral. I'm always open to hearing your input and look forward to representing the Class of 2020!
Hello! As the Chair of the Environmental Sustainability Committee during the 2015-2016 school year, I successfully implemented a series of initiatives aimed at making our campus more sustainable. I also proposed legislation to increase the minimum wage on campus to $15/hr, which was passed unanimously, and I have many more pending resolutions pertaining to labor rights and equity. For instance, I'm working to require the university to contract unionized construction workers for all infrastructural projects, and I'm working to have students registered to vote upon matriculation at Wesleyan. I'm working to have our incarcerated students in the Center for Prison Education program be allowed to graduate with a full degree, and I'm working to create a system of accountability between Wesleyan and Middletown, instituting a Day of Community Engagement and establishing a partnership between the WSA and Middletown City Council. Furthermore, I plan to expedite the proposed solar farm as a first step towards eliminating our central power plant’s emissions, and I am working towards sourcing our campus food from more sustainable and local sites. Students are directly affected by a myriad of intersectional injustices on our campus, and I will do everything in my power to take action. By uniting students, staff, faculty, and Middletown residents in solidarity, I believe we can tackle local and global issues with more power. At Wesleyan, I will strive to transform our university into a microcosm of the world we want to inherit.
Hey, I’m Jackie Manginelli and I’m a sophomore from Long Island, New York. I served on the Student Life Committee last year and am now serving again the the Student Life Committee. I’m wacky and fun, and I like to get really close up in your face. I’m very loud and I like to watch Spongebob, listen to Robyn and I’m in an all female student band called BOSSY. This year I hope to bring Bystander Intervention Training to every freshman dorm and continue the effort to hold all students accountable for their actions inside and outside of the classroom. Issues around physical and mental health and sexual assault are of great importance to me and I will be doing everything in my best effort to ameliorate these problems.
Hi! I’m Will Levinson. I’m a sophomore from Newton, Massachusetts. This is my second semester on the WSA and my first semester as part of the Student Life Committee. I want to make sure we have an equitable and sustainable campus and give back to the Wesleyan community however I can. I live in both Art House and Scili during the week, so you’ll probably see me around. Please reach out to me if you have any questions, issues or concerns.
Hi! My name is Henry Prine. I am a member of the Student Life Committee and was a member of the Academic Affairs Committee last year. I am from Burlington, Vermont. I am activate with a number of social justice oriented activist groups on campus and am using my position on the WSA to focus issues of equity and inclusion. This year, I am also working to make sure the WSA endowment is invested ethically and transparently. If you have questions, suggestions, or interest in any of theses, please get in contact!
Howdy! My name is Steven L Kidder and I like pina colada’s and political discourse. I’m a first term assembly member who’s serving on the Student Life Committee and the Physical and Mental Wellbeing subcommittee. I’m a junior transfer here at Wes double majoring in FGSS and Government. I’m passionate about making Wesleyan more inclusive and accepting place for all marginalized people. I also want to make the transition for transfer students and non-traditional students easier. If you have issues that you want addressed let’s chat and work together to make it happen, because I am here to serve you.
Hi, I’m Chris Jackson. You may know me from Facebook. Or not. It’s cool if you don’t. I’m a freshman from Opelousas, Louisiana and I intend to major in Computer Science and Film Studies. I serve on the Student Leadership Committee as part of the Campus Social Life subcommittee. My goal as a member of WSA is to give back to the students of Wesleyan and the school as a whole for all that they have given me so far. I specifically want to address issues relating to low-income and first generation students, but I care deeply about the issues of every student here. Please, don’t hesitate to get in contact with me if you have an issue you want addressed, or just to talk. I am here for all of you.
Hello! My name is Noah Kahan and I’m on the Environmental Sustainability Sub-Committee of the Student Life Committee this semester. Last year I was the Vice Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee, where I worked on projects such as the Voter Accessibility Act, The Resolution to Raise the Minimum Wage, and the effort to try and lower the cost of printing for work study students. This year, I’m going to work and try to follow through on these items started last semester. Now, I’m on the Environmental Sustainability Committee and I want to think of these resolutions in terms of sustainable impact. I’m a perspective Anthropology and History double major with a certificate in the Study of Education. You can find me studying either at Espwesso or the Art Library in Olin. Feel free to reach whenever out at nkahan[at]wesleyan.
Hello! My name is Aliya and I’m from Atlanta, Georgia. I will be serving on the WSA on the Student Life Committee and the Physical and Mental Well-being subcommittee. I’m dedicated to increasing transparency within the Davison Health Center and CAPS, and creating a safer, more inclusive campus. I love history, dance, chocolate, hair dye and social justice. Please reach out to me if there is anything I can do for you! I am here to serve.
“Hey everyone! My name is Angel Riddle and I’m from Oberlin, Ohio. I’m originally from Panama and I’m the first person in my family to attend University! This is my second semester on the WSA. Last semester I served on CoCo and this year I will be working on the Student Life Committee. This year I hope to tackle a few big issues ranging from accessibility of resources, inclusion, tackling the way sexual assault is handled and discussed on campus, SOC issues, and first-generation and low-income issues. I have a passion for the well-being of students as well as our community that I believe will bring a lot to the SLC this year. I’m a CSS major and I love writing, feminism, George Harrison, and international politics. Feel free to reach out to me at email@example.com!”
Hey everyone!! I'm Justin Ratkovic and I am from Southern California. I'm a member of the Academic Affairs Committee, particularly focused on outreach so be sure to talk to me if you have ideas or concerns. In my free time, I generally hang out with my friends or just chill out and listen to music. I used to love playing ice hockey but had to stop for health reasons, so if anyone ever wants to go ice skating hit me up. I want to make this school inclusive for everyone. With that in mind, the goals I'm currently working on are getting gender neutral changing rooms, making as many single use restrooms gender neutral as possible, and reducing the cost of printing. Let's have a great year!!
Hello everyone! My name is Keishan Christophe, and I am a sophomore here at Wesleyan University. This is my first semester on the WSA, and I am working with Keyonne Session in the subcommittee COCO. My major project for this year is consolidating events/information in our campus into a single app. Besides WSA, I am on the board of WOCOCO (Women of Color Collective), and I enjoy running and listening to music.
Hello Wesleyan! My name is Justin Campos and I am a member of the class of 2019 currently serving my first term on the WSA. I am a Connecticut native, and my major is in the College of Social Studies. This year I am on the Academic Affairs Committee and am excited to do some great work this year! I am passionate about making academic materials more accessible and making Wesleyan a more equitable environment for all! If you have any suggestions or questions for me, don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
My name is Dominic Vazquez and I'm an at-large WSA representative, so that means unless you're a freshman, you were able to vote for me and thus I represent you. I'm a native of Tampa, Florida, and also a First-Gen and low income student who was matched to Wesleyan through QuestBridge. I am a CSS major but I'm also interested in a double major in either Government or History. I am currently a member of the Student Budget Committee, but I hope to work with the other committees to find solutions to some of the problems here at Wesleyan. For me this includes working to ensure the growth of the campus minimum wage and making sure all student points and meals keep pace with inflation at the very least. I also want to work with the Academic Affairs Committee on their projects this year which includes more affordable student printing options, and also improving the registration and drop/add systems.
Hello everyone! My name is J.C. Pinales and I am one of the freshman class WSA Senators. This semester I am a part of the Academic Affairs Committee. We’re working on having more academic transparency on campus, and making sure students are take full advantage of their education and resources. My main goals are to lower the cost of printing on campus, while switching the default printing option to black rather than color. I am also working on the WSA Office fixing problems relating to their printing and technology. Furthermore I am working towards the Fourth General Education requirement, urging students to take classes outside of European history, giving people the chance to learn about an array of cultures and experiences. Lastly I will be coordinating with the student life committee to make sure all students are having an amazing time on campus through varied events. Don’t be hesitant to reach out to me at email@example.com! Thank you so much, stay blessed!
Hi! I’m Justin Liew and I hail from the sunny land of Malaysia. On the WSA, I mainly represent the international student and low-income identities, and I keep those perspectives in mind as I speak up and vote on important issues. Environmental sustainability issues are also close to my heart. I am here on the WSA to learn more about the legislative processes and hopefully equip myself with the necessary skills to become an effective changemaker in the future. Lastly, I am absolutely open to having any kind of discourse/ conversation about anything at all, so feel free to approach/ contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Hi everyone! I’m Kimberly Ortega and I’m a first year student (class of 2020 represent!) I’m a first generation student with Mexican origins from Los Angeles, California. In my free time I like to run, meditate, and listen to hip-hop/reggae/alternative/pop/spanish music. I’m not completely sure about what I want to major in, but I’m really interested in Latin American studies, Feminist studies, or Government. I am currently serving in the WSA Community Committee (CoCo) which focuses on facilitating student groups on campus, organizing school-wide social events, promoting the relationship between Wesleyan and the greater Middletown community, and more. If you have any questions or concerns regarding student groups, social events on campus, or absolutely anything please feel free to chat with me! You can find me at 200 Church or send me an email at email@example.com. Excited to have a productive and fun school year!
Hi! I'm Josh Prywes, a senior from Somers, NY, studying Economics and Civic Engagement. I'm the Vice Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee (AAC) and am an undergraduate student representative to the Educational Policy Committee. This semester (and year), AAC plans to work primarily on reducing printing costs and developing a fourth general expectation related to cultural diversity. Other issues we expect to work on include, and are not limited to, reducing paper use (i.e. going green), fostering an more open, exploratory academic culture, reducing textbook prices, evolving Drop/Add, and developing a mechanism that will help new students better understand how academic processes work. Please, please reach out (e-mail, Facebook, or in-person) if there's anything you'd like worked on, if you have any questions/suggestions/comments, or if you just want to philosophize or talk about life. I'd love to help in any way I can!
Members are being added on a rolling basis as they submit their photos and blurb! Stay tuned for more.