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Student Government

The Student Senate represents the voice of the students to the administration of the college. We provide and promote a partnership in governance among all segments of the college community. Throughout the year, the Senate plans and participates in activities and events that contribute to the college and the surrounding community.

Interested in joining Student Senate? We are accepting applications for the upcoming semester!

Student Senate Application

Senator Requirements:
  1. Currently enrolled at the college with at least 1 credit
  2. Cumulative GPA of at least 2.5*
  3. Recommendation from a staff or faculty member*
  4. Completed application form
  5. 50 student signatures

*First semester students are exempt from these requirements.

Student Senate Constitution

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Advisor: Liz Golen
Location: CC 227B
Phone: 413.552.2418
Email: egolen@hcc.edu

President: Safiyah Bey


Headshot of Carolina PeñaCarolina Peña
President

I am currently enrolled in the program Transition to College & Careers (TCC). I serve as the Vice President of Student Senate. Also, I am a member of the Mental Health Task Force, the Equity/Diversity/Inclusion Committee, and the Safety Task Force. I lead the Adult Learners Club. I am passionated about social justice; anti-racist practices; equity, diversity, and inclusion; human rights; restorative justice; criminal justice; politics; adult learners; self-advocacy; and leadership opportunities. Talk to me about racial justice, inclusion and diversity, adult learners, and any concerns you have! I am here to support you and be your voice and promote the changes that you need at HCC!

Selfie of Nelly SanchezNelly Sanchez
Secretary

I am currently majoring in Music. I am the Secretary of Student Senate, and have held other leadership roles in past semesters. I'm back at HCC to finish my degree after a break to have my children! I am a member of the Equity/Diversity/Inclusion Committee and Hispanic Leadership Committee. Talk to me about diversity, Hispanic/Latinx enrollment, and music.

JG
Student Trustee

I am a computer science major with a concentration in website development. I serve on the Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Committee, Campus Safety Task Force, and Student Advisory Council. Some of my goals as Trustee are to implement inclusivity initiatives within New Student Orientation and to provide student-oriented insight on the campus mental health goals. I facilitate a weekly group for time-management skills (BuJo Social Hour). I am also a published author, and in my spare time run a successful blog with a charity component. Talk to me about time management or anything that involves your experience at HCC.

Todd CummingsSelfie of Todd Cummings

I am currently majoring in Hospitality Management and transferring to the University of Massachusetts Amherst in fall 2021 majoring in Hospitality & Tourism Management. I graduated from Connecticut Culinary Institute in 2005 and have been a chef for the last 15 years. I came to HCC to learn how to open and operate my future restaurant "Waugh's." I'm a member of: Instructional Technology Committee, Equity & Diversity Focus Group, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, SHOUTS Mentor, DUDE Founding Mentor, NSO Leader, Emerging Business Leader Club, Creative Writing Club, New Directions, TRIO Program. Talk to me about adult learning, mentorship, equity and diversity, scholarships, culinary/hospitality, business, and writing.

Alexa J.

Hi! I am an activist, artist, and liberal arts major planning to transfer to either Columbia, Princeton, or Smith in 2021! I'm originally from Boston and a first generation college student. My interests currently lie in law, human rights, politics, social justice, and anti-rape/anti-DV/anti-human trafficking work. In addition to student senate, I am chapter chair of HCC's MassPIRG and DJ/news coordinator/music manager for WCCH 103.5FM. I am also involved with the honors program, Rainbow Forward, and TRIO. I will heading HCC's Hunger & Homelessness campaign for the Spring 2021 semester as well! Talk to me about: racial diversity, domestic violence/abuse resources, immigration, politics (I just finished working on one of the US presidential campaigns!), queer issues, transferring, how to get more involved in activism, etc. :)

Headshot of Christophe R. RoysterChristopher Royster

I am a Psychology major and planning to transfer to either Columbia University or Johns Hopkins University in 2021. I'm a member of Student Senate, mentor for SHOUTS mentorship program, Library Committee member, Safety Task Force Committee member, and member of Phi Theta Kappa and Psi Beta. Talk to me about student concerns, HCC library information, SHOUTS mentorship information, and Safety Task Force information at HCC.

Selfie of Liz GolenLiz Golen
Staff

I am the Student Engagement Coordinator and have been at HCC for 15 years in many different roles. My background is in psychology, non-profit management, and leadership development. I teach Intro to Sociology, am the Advisor for the Student Senate, and serve as chair in planning HCC's graduation ceremony. Talk to me about clubs, leadership, event planning, academic advising, and any HCC policies/procedures. 

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