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Hello, I’m Ron from Alaska! I’m a sophomore on the Student Life Committee, Campus Social Life Subcommittee, and Residential Life Subcommittee! I want to be a resource for students at Wesleyan and I constantly strive to represent the Class of 2021 to the best of my ability. As a first generation student I want to ensure that we are fostering a supportive network for marginalized students on campus including first generation, international, and LGBTQ students, as well as students of color to create a community welcoming to everyone. I am currently working on a project to implement either free laundry for low income students or to get a stipend to help alleviate the financial burden. Political engagement is critical now more than ever and I am committed to ensuring as many people on campus are registered to vote as possible. If you ever have any concerns or questions about things you would like to change feel free to contact me at email@example.com or reach out if you see me on campus!
Hello! My name is Ayana Dudley and I currently live in Alpharetta, Georgia. I am one of the junior class WSA Senators and I work on the Student Life Committee, specifically, the Physical and Mental Well-Being Sub-Committee. I am a Sociology and French double major and outside of WSA, I work with the office of Residential Life as a Resident Advisor. I am looking forward to working with the other members of WSA to further improve our campus!
I'm George Fuss, I'm from Mamaroneck NY, and I'm ecstatic to be
serving as a WSA Senator! I was a political activist and leader of my
High School Young Democrats club in Mamaroneck: I organized protests, spoke with legislators in support of positive change, and campaigned for progressive candidates -- I'm not afraid to do what needs to be done to protect our values of equality and inclusion.
There are tons of things I want to do during my term but my most
important duty is representing the student body, so please let me know if you have comments or complaints about anything on campus and I'll try my best to get it fixed!
Hi all! My name is Pauline Jaffe, and I am super pumped to be working with the WSA. On campus you can find me studying, playing lacrosse, or sleeping. My main initiatives are transparency across faculty and students, and increase communication across the board. I will be working on the Communication and Community subcommittee - so reach out if you have any questions comments or concerns. I can’t wait to meet all of you around campus, Go Wes!!!
Hi! My name is Maggie Polk and I am from Dover, Massachusetts. Here at Wes, I am double majoring in Psychology and Environmental Studies. I am one of the junior class WSA Senators and was just recently appointed as a new member on the Student Budget Committee. I am excited to get to work more closely with the student groups and help with creating opportunities here on campus!
Hi everyone! My name is Jake Kwon, and I am serving on the 2018-2019 WSA Board as one of the Class of 2021 Senators. My prospective majors are Biology and English, and I am currently on the pre-med track. I joined the WSA mainly because I seek to instill the values of the people through institutional and administrative means. My passion for service stems from my love for people, so please feel free to comfortably approach me with any concerns that you feel needs to be addressed. I look forward to working with you all for the upcoming year
Hi! My name is Katelin Penner, and I’m a freshman from Hastings on Hudson, New York. I’m committed to making Wesleyan a more tolerant, equitable, and accessible for all students, regardless of their background. On campus, you can find me singing with the acapella group Onomatopoeia, debating with Political Union, organizing with WesDems, or playing guitar! This semester, I’m serving on the Academic Affairs Committee, and am hoping to work on issues pertaining to mental health, expansion of resources, and simplifying the accommodations process to make life easier for students with disabilities!
Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns that I can help you with!
Hi everyone! My name is Kathryn Campbell. I'm a freshman from Evanston, Illinois and I'm a prospective History and FGSS double major. I am passionate about equity and justice, and hope to go into law after my time at Wes. When I'm not studying or doing Mock Trial, I love to read, play soccer, go hiking, and do just about anything else outside. I am committed to prioritizing equity, equal representation, and advocacy through my work on campus. This year I am excited to be a member of the SBC in order to help student clubs and organizations realize their goals and ambitions, as well as a member of the WSA to help better the Wesleyan community as a whole!
Hi! My name is Chelsea Dixon and I'm from Jamaica. I plan to major in Computer Science and maybe Government . I like owls, playing Uno and reading when I get the chance . I'm a part of the Student Budget Committee and I'm very excited to be a WSA senator this year. I want to help ensure that Wes is an accessible place where opportunities are available to all because no one should is hindered by their status.
Hello everyone! My name is Fitzroy ‘Pablo' Wickham ’21, an international student from Jamaica. I am a prospective Neuroscience and Theatre double major on the pre-med track. This is my second year on the WSA and I am excited to serve another full term on the SLC with responsibility for Physical and Mental Wellbeing. In my first year I successfully advocated for the extension of the gym hours at the Freeman Athletic Center. This year, I intend to tackle many more projects so if you see something you want done, do not hesitate to contact me. Outside of the WSA, I am involved in Mock Trial, ResLife, Second Shades, WeSpike and you can catch me at Late Night. Despite my many commitments, I am never too busy for your concerns. I look forward to serving you!
Hi! My name is Vanessa and I'm a junior from Philadelphia, PA. I am a Government and Spanish double major and just returned from a semester abroad in Madrid. I've served on WSA since my first semester at Wesleyan and I am on SLC! The WSA has been an incredible part of my Wesleyan experience thus far. This year in SLC, I hope to continue working within the Physical and Mental Wellbeing Subcommittee to improve access to menstrual products, and I'm also interested in looking into the RA stipend. The potential the WSA and our student body has to make Wes more equitable is immense, and I feel so fortunate to be a part of it. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions, concerns or ideas!
Hey! I'm Huzaifa Khan, a freshman Senator from Cromwell, Connecticut. I currently sit on the Student Life Committee, where I will be working to ensure that the most essential needs of the student body are being met on an active basis. My main objective is to ensure that low income, minority, and marginalized students are able to understand how to navigate Wesleyan comfortably and have access to the resources that will help them accomplish this.
If you feel something on campus needs to be fixed, or even just want to grab lunch, reach out to me at email@example.com and I'll be happy to talk!
Hi! My name is Esha Bhandari and this is my third semester serving on the WSA. Currently, I am a junior and serving as the SLC Vice Chair. I am extremely dedicated to helping the SLC committee members with their various projects as well as continuing with some other personal projects involving Wesleyan's therapy dog program and student religious life.
Hello! My name is Ariel, and I am a freshman senator on the Academic Affairs Committee. I am committed to supporting equal academic opportunity for all students, regardless of socioeconomic status. I plan to promote resources that empower students scholastically by giving voice to the community's needs. To achieve this goal, I will work to implement regular communication between the committee and students to further the academic mission of the university. Please reach out by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and/or suggestions. Thank you, and I look forward to working closely with the student body and administration.
Hi everyone! My name is Lucine Poturyan, and I'm from Hollywood, California. I'm double majoring in Government and Russian, East European, & Eurasian studies, and recently got to study abroad in Cuba and Russia! I'm a junior here at Wes, and I'm excited for my first term as a senator on the WSA. My interests are geared towards improving the Wesleyan community's relationship with Middletown, but I decided to start out by fostering more opportunities for clubs and organizations on campus to flourish. That's why I'm serving on the SBC this year - I want to help finance clubs equally, in order to help clubs thrive and prosper in our community. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. With the start of the new school year, I'm excited to serve the community I love so much, and I want to work with you, the student body, to make Wesleyan an even better community. Go Wes!
Hello my name is Eugene Smith, I am a junior double major in government and American Studies. I serve as the Chair of the Equity and Inclusion committee and I love working to make Wesleyan a more accessible space. Outside of WSA I'm a tour guide, work with the resource center, and sing in an a capella group here on campus.
Hi! My name is Magda Kisielinska and I’m a first year student from Siedlce, Poland. I’m currently undecided about my major and am exploring multiple STEM-related fields. This semester I will be working on the Academic Affairs Committee to ensure equal access to academic resources for all students. I’m excited to make academics less daunting and more accessible for everyone! Please feel free to reach out with any questions or suggestions you may have.
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Hey my name is Indigo Pellegrini de Paur and I am a sophomore from New Canaan, CT. I am perspective Anthropology and Government Major and a member of the Student Life Sub-Committee in the WSA. In addition to being a WSA Senator, I am a Peer Health Coach and a member of the Field Hockey and Lacrosse teams. This year I am looking forward to working with other WSA members and the greater community to improve life for students on campus!
Hi! My name is Sam Brumer, and I’m a first year student from Montville, New Jersey. I’m excited to be a member of the Student Budget Committee this semester to help make some of the awesome clubs, organizations, and events at Wes possible. In addition to being on the WSA, I’m also on Wesleyan’s Mock Trial team, I love skiing, and I’m a soccer fan. I’m still undecided about what I want to major in, but right now I’m thinking about Gov, Econ, or both.
Hi! My name is Ty Vaillant and I am sophomore from Ann Arbor, Michigan. I am a prospective Film and Economics double major. At Wesleyan, you can find me on the rugby field, working with Every Vote Counts and playing with my band, Fat Mama Kick. As a member of the Student Budget Committee, I am committed to making the fund allocation process more accessible to all Wesleyan students. If you have any questions about the committee, feel free to email me at email@example.com
Hello! My name is Joshua Cardenas, and I am a San Francisco native. I am a senior majoring in Government with a concentration in American politics. This is my first year serving on the WSA, and I will strive to the best of my ability to elevate the voices of the most marginalized groups on our campus and to aggressively hold the administration and the WSA Senate accountable to improve the quality of life for all our students. This semester I sit on the Student Budget Committee (SBC), and with this immense privilege, I hope to strengthen the SBC’s relationship with all of our student organizations and to ensure an equitable distribution of our funds to create more abundant opportunities for all of our students and to address the unmet needs of students. Among my other priorities are to achieve a “living wage” for students and to improve the relationship between Public Safety and students. You are always more than welcome to contact me with any pressing issue you would like to address, or if you ever want to discuss any other matters with me---or just grabbing coffee (firstname.lastname@example.org)! I am happy and grateful to have this opportunity to serve my peers, friends, and community, and I hope I can make a positive difference in our community. Outside of the WSA, I host my own radio show on WESU 88.1 FM, the Roar in Politics with DJ Politico, and I am involved in Boxing Club. On the weekends, I like to catch up of some of the most important issues and news in our country and the world, reading my favorite periodicals such as The Economist, The New Yorker, Foreign Affairs.
Hello, my name is Cameron Costanzo and I’m a sophomore from Freehold, New Jersey. I like physics and music and being involved at Wesleyan. As a member of the Student Budget Committee, I hope to finance clubs equally and fairly to accentuate the diversity of Wesleyan’s students and their interests. My favorite part of being on the WSA is being exposed to all the different students and administrators that contribute to the school. I'm also glad I get to strengthen my connection to music at Wesleyan by being the liaison to the Concert Committee.
I'm Ben Garfield, class of 2022, and I'm from Denver, Colorado. I'm so excited to have the opportunity to represent the class of '22 on the WSA this year. I come with experience as a leader in my high school, where I was in the first graduating class, and spent the last 4 years helping to build up many aspects of what our school would look like. I know that will translate into effective change as a part of the WSA. I'm also used to working with very limited budgets, and so I hope to bring those concepts of fiscal responsibility along with me with my work on the WSA.
I was born and raised in a small Indiana town. I joined the US Navy directly after graduating high school and served for 7 years as an intelligence analyst for Special Operations in support of Navy SEALs in Hawaii. After my time in the service I graduated on the Dean’s List from Paul Mitchell School with a license in cosmetology. Following work at a premier salon and spa in San Diego, I was a flight attendant for Alaska Airlines. I have since graduated from San Diego Mesa College on the Dean’s List with an associate degree in psychology. While at San Diego Mesa College, I worked as an intern for the American Federation of Teachers Guild where I was locally embedded in social and climate justice activism. Last year, I was awarded a full tuition leadership scholarship to Wesleyan University for veterans through the Posse Foundation. I am excited and very blessed to represent my peers on the WSA, for which I believe my academic and career-oriented experiences have equipped me.
I’m Adam Hickey, and as far as I can tell I’m the only Wesleyan student from Utah! I’m a freshman (prospective Government and History double-major), and I couldn’t be more excited to be serving on the WSA. In the past I’ve been heavily involved in debate, theatre, and social activism. I was part of a group of students who organized a walk-out and a March for Our Lives in support of more effective gun control, as well as an organizer for a town hall event featuring candidates for the Utah State Legislature. I intend to push for further political engagement, community involvement, and accountability & transparency among Wesleyan students and administrators. If you have any concerns you want addressed by the WSA, please let me know at email@example.com and I’ll be sure to raise them.
My name is Rowan Beaudoin-Friede, and I’m a first year senator from Temple, New Hampshire. I am a member of the Student Life Committee and sit on the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) and Fire Safety and Facilities Subcommittee. In addition to the projects I’m working on as part of those committees, I’m also working on an independent multi-step, project to reduce pollution on campus. If you want to get involved or learn more, please reach out! My background comes from the arena of disability theory and policy, with experience working in the U.S. Senate for Senator Maggie Hassan directing information for the portfolios concerning disability policy, the fentanyl, heroin, and opiate abuse epidemic, and education. I have also worked on several political campaigns in New Hampshire. During high school, I served on Student Government for three years, participated in Model United Nations, and acted as a School and Dorm Prefect, helping ease the transition for freshman to living away from their parents. I feel honored to represent my peers here at Wesleyan and promise to always listen to what you need, and what you think would make your higher education experience more meaningful.
Hi! My name is Miki Yang, and I am a junior senator on the Community Committee. One fun fact about me is that I used to be a professional musician of erhu for over 15 years, (which is a super cool traditional Chinese instrument). As someone who grew up in three countries, I deeply care about the community and dedicate to give you all the resources available to start/grow your student group! Feel free to reach out to me through firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any question related to student group/community project!
Hi! My name is Emily and I’m a freshman Senator from Wolcott, Connecticut. I’m a prospective Psychology and Sociology double-major. I’m excited to serve on the Community Committee, where my priorities will be making the bureaucracy of student organizing more accessible, making the organizing process more cognizant of identity and class issues, increasing the number of community partnerships available as work-study jobs, and breaking the “Wesleyan bubble” by helping students recognize their responsibility to the town they occupy. If these are issues of importance to you, please shoot me an email email@example.com! I’m happy to discuss action plans, or just chat!
Hi! My name is JanCarlos Pinales and I’m a senator for the class of 2020. This semester I’m on the Environmental and Sustainability Committee and will concentrate on making our campus a greener and cleaner space. I specifically am partnering up with The Resource Center to tackle projects concerning sustainability and race and how to foster more of a connection between the two themes. Right now I am working on adding more water stations to the underclassmen dorms and working with the resource center to expand the clothing swap program that happens every month. Furthermore, I am partnering up with members of the committee to think about more sustainable ways to dispose of materials, so they do not end up polluting our community. If you have any ideas or questions, do not hesitate to ask or reach out!
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