President, Justin Ratkovic '20
Hello! My name is Justin and I'm the President of the Wesleyan Student Assembly. I’m a Government and Economics double major with an International Relations Certificate, and I’m from Lake Forest, California. I work at Olin Library and the Resource Center as one of the Gender and Sexuality Interns.
This will be my fourth year on the WSA, previously serving as the Academic Affairs and Student Life Committee Chair. I have been involved in the WSA because I believe it can be a site of positive change, especially by collaborating with other change-making institutions and initiatives on campus.
Please reach out with any ideas, feedback, and criticism. I’m always around to chat!
Vice President, Ayana Dudley '20
Hello! My name is Ayana and I am the Vice President of the Wesleyan Student Assembly. I am from Alpharetta, Georgia and am a senior studying Sociology and French Studies. This is my third year on the assembly, and my goal for this academic year is to work on increasing the transparency and visibility of the WSA to the greater Wes community. I am really excited serve as a student voice on the assembly for another year!
Chief of Staff, Felicia Soderberg '21
Hi! I’m Felicia Soderberg and I’m a junior FGSS and Gov double major from Michigan. I can usually be found in Boger studying and watching questionable reality TV like Say Yes to the Dress.
I’ve been on the WSA for four semesters now and on leadership board as the Chief of Staff for two. My goals this year are to make the institutional memory of the WSA stronger and to improve communication about the WSA to the campus. I’m always happy to answer questions about the WSA (reach me at email@example.com). If you want to work with us, I’m who you should contact!
Student Budget Committee Chair, Aditi Shenoy '20
Hey, I’m Aditi and I’ll be the chair of the SBC this year! I’m from Mumbai, India and am majoring in English and Government. I have two lovely cats and am a closet anime fan!
I’ve been involved in community organizing on campus through my jobs as a Diversity and Community Engagement Intern at the Resource Center, as the House Manager of International House, and my position last year as the head of the WSA's community committee. 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. I've been involved in SBC reforms, including the website redesign and bylaw changes through the introduction of new funding guidelines and slate budgets, as well as streamlining the student group experience through initiatives for increasing institutional memory such as Pass the Torch Day.
Let me be a resource for you or your student group - whether you’re trying to get funding for an event, need leadership or organizing tips, or want to get involved in the Middletown community, we can help. Contact me at ashenoy@wes!
Academic Affairs Chair, Jake Kwon '21
Hi, my name is Jake Kwon, and I am this year's Academic Affairs Committee Chair of the Wesleyan Student Assembly. I am a junior double majoring in Biology and English with a minor in Chemistry. I was born in South Korea, but I grew up in Suwanee, Georgia. On campus, I am a writing mentor through the Writing Workshop, and I love performing with the Wesleyan KPOP Dance Crew (KDC). I am also interested in going to medical school, and I will be volunteering through a local hospice program this upcoming fall. Some of my favorite places to study on campus are Science Library and Olin Library, and I love eating taco salad at Summerfields (Summies) and avocado toast at WesWings (Swings). I also really like bubble tea, sushi, and Korean food, all of which are EXPENSIVE in Middletown.
Community Committee Chair, Emily McEvoy '22
Hi! My name is Emily and I’m so excited to serve as your CoCo chair. I grew up in and around Waterbury, Connecticut, but I now live in Middletown (at home and at school!). I am a double-major in CSS and Sociology. I am also an Event Staff member, a waitress on the weekends, and board member and coordinator of WesNEAT, a volunteer group that staffs the office of a local nonprofit in Middletown’s North End. I’m a huge fan of One Direction, gnocchi, and unique earrings.
My ultimate goal for CoCo is to make campus organizing a non-intimidating and inclusive process, especially to low-income and working students, and those who hold identities that the dominant Wesleyan culture can be hostile to. Having grown up in a city in Connecticut, I am also passionate about using the Community Committee as a means of making Wes students more accountable to the city they inhabit and aware of socioeconomic differences. If you have questions, concerns, or ideas related to these goals, please feel free to reach out!
Student Life Chair, Huzaifa Khan '22
Hey everyone! I'm Huzaifa Khan, Chair of the Student Life Committee (SLC). My goal is to make your time at Wesleyan as comfortable and accessible as possible. As a first-generation, low-income student of color, I know first-hand how difficult navigating places like Wesleyan can be. SLC has the tools to help. Last year, we established annual increases to the minimum wage, access to free menstrual products, and increased funding for CAPS. I'm here to advocate on your behalf and work to fix your problems. Feel free to reach out anytime!
Besides serving on the WSA, I enjoy spending time driving around the state with friends. I've grown up in Connecticut and live only a few minutes away from campus! If you can't find me in a WSA session, I'm probably either reading in the CSS lounge or back at my house enjoying a quick home-cooked meal.
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