President, Emma Austin '19
Hello! My name is Emma and I’m an American Studies and Sociology double major. I’m from Denver, Colorado, which is objectively the best city in the U.S. in my completely unbiased opinion. I love hiking, listening to podcasts, and watching stand-up comedy.
This will be my fourth year on the WSA, previously serving in the positions of Community Committee Chair and Chief-of-Staff. I became involved in the WSA because I believe it can be a site of positive change on campus. Of course, the WSA is far from the only place to advance change on this campus and one my primary goals is to make sure the WSA collaborates with and supports change-making initiatives. A short list of some issues I plan to address this year include bolstering social spaces on campus, strengthening our relationship with the Resource Center, create a more efficient communication loop to translate the WSA’s projects to the student body and receive feedback, and bringing restorative justice to judicial and sexual assault cases.
I am on the WSA because I love working with people across campus to make our community, though flawed in many ways, more safe, more compassionate, and more equitable. This love of working with others is what has kept me involved and I’m deeply excited to meet and work with students and community members this upcoming year. Please reach out with any ideas, feedback, and criticism. I’m always around to grab a coffee or tea and chat!
Vice-President, Keishan Christophe '19
Hey everyone! My name is Keishan Christophe, and I'm a senior at Wesleyan. I am a Government major and Chinese minor. It's truthfully been the best and worst decision I've ever made, but I would not have it any other way. I have two cats, I love cooking shows and not cooking actual food, and I have spent my second semester of junior year abroad in South Africa. I am certain this is going to be a great year!
Chief of Staff, Felicia Soderberg '21
Hey y'all! I'm Felicia and I'm a sophomore from Michigan (it's pop, not soda btw!). You can usually find me drinking too many chai lattes from pi and watching The West Wing for the millionth time. I'm a prospective Gov/FGSS major, and once you meet me, that'll seem pretty obvious.
The WSA has been a huge part of my life at Wesleyan, and I'm really looking forward to my time as chief-of-staff! I am excited for this opportunity to make the WSA more effective, efficient, and accessible! Feel free to contact me! I look forward to making Wes a better place for us all!
Student Budget Committee Chair, Alessio Larios '19
I’m a senior majoring in Computer Science and Government. Before coming to Wes, I attended Brooklyn Technical High School, where I majored in Social Science Research. Through the QuestBridge NYC Chapter, I was able to visit Wesleyan the summer before my senior year and Wes became my first choice. Immediately upon coming to campus, I campaigned to be on the WSA so that I could address issues relating to low-income students, first generation students, and students of color.
Although my choice may not seem intuitive, I realized some of these issues could be addressed through the Student Budget Committee (SBC), which I have been a member of for three years. For the 2017-2018 academic year, I chaired the SBC and will be returning as Chair for the 2018-2019 academic year. As Chair, I am among those responsible for using the Student Activity Fund to enrich Wesleyan with events ranging from thought-provoking lectures to talented musical performances. I, with the rest of SBC, work closely with the WSA Finance Office to ensure that payments for events are processed efficiently.
Having chaired this committee for a year before, I have become much more knowledgeable about securing and using funding. I have also had to make decisions that some may have disagreed with. If you would like to discuss a funding decision or how to obtain funding, please email me and I’d be happy to talk! Two of my goals this year is to improve student groups’ access to funding earlier in each semester and to improve the passing down of funding knowledge to new leadership. Although my focus is on funding student groups and events, I’m more than happy to talk about anything affecting our community.
Student Life Chair, Justin Ratkovic '20
Hi!! I'm really excited to be serving as the Student Life Committee Chair. I’m a junior majoring in Government and Economics with an International Relations Certificate. I'm from Lake Forest, California. I love the beach, hanging out with friends, traveling, and spending time in nature. I’m also one of the Gender and Sexuality interns at Wesleyan’s Student Resource Center. In the other four semesters on the WSA, I served as the Academic Affairs Chair last year and was a member of both the Academic Affairs Committee and Student Life Committee during my first year. As the Chair of the Student Life Committee, it is my goal to make Wesleyan a more equitable and inclusive space where all students can develop into the people they want to become.
Academic Affairs Chair, Rosanne Ng '19
Hi! My name is Rosanne, and I'm a senior from Hong Kong majoring in the College of Social Studies and minoring in Data Analysis. I'm excited to serve as the Chair of the Academic Affairs Committee this year.
Last year, as a member of the Academic Affairs Committee, I collaborated with the Resource Center, faculty, and administrators on multiple projects that aim to reduce the financial burdens imposed by course supplies. This year, I hope to continue building on these major projects, and keep doing my best to make the academic experience at Wesleyan more equitable and enjoyable.
Outside of the WSA, I will be writing a senior thesis on housing in Hong Kong and Singapore, and serving as a preceptor in the College of Social Studies. In my free time, I enjoy reading, running, and drawing.
I want to be an effective and approachable student representative, and I also generally enjoy meeting new people, so please don't be afraid to reach out to me if there's anything I can help you with!
Community Committee Chair, Aditi Shenoy '20
Hey, I’m Aditi and I’ll be the chair of the Community Committee (CoCo) this year! I’m from Mumbai, India and am majoring in English and Government. I possess a burning passion for cats and postcolonial theory, and am also a closet anime fan.
I’ve been involved in community organizing on campus through my job as a Diversity and Community Engagement Intern at the Resource Center, and as the House Manager of International House. I’m really passionate about student groups at Wesleyan and hope to foster a vibrant, inclusive and welcoming extracurricular community for people of all identities, interests and backgrounds. Last year, I was involved in SBC reforms, including the website redesign and bylaw changes, and hope to continue supporting student groups through CoCo.
Let me be a resource for you or your student group - whether you’re trying to get people together, organize an event, or want to get involved in the Middletown community, we can help. Contact me at ashenoy@wes!
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