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Yearly Highlights

Academic Year 2020–2021

2020–21 CHAIRS’ MAIN INITIATIVES AND/OR COMPLETED GOALS

DANNI QU

President
  • Attended numerous administrative meetings with groups such as PPRO Communications, Campus Security Committee, Senior Staff, Commencement Committee, President of Pratt, Vice President of Student Affairs, Distinguished Teacher’s Award Committee, and Board of Trustees. Also managed weekly meetings and agendas, monthly one-on-ones with Officers, and started the archiving effort with Sarah Kanu to record student government work through the SGA website (this site).
  • Ideated and curated care packages to give out to all students living in Willoughby during SP 2021 to help relieve students’ stress.

SARAH KANU

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Advocated for the students based on June 2020 demands and organized Creative-Imagining: Developing a Black Studies Minor in October. Both initiatives led to the established working group —which Sarah sat on—for a Black Studies Minor set to ‘arrive’ FA 2021. 
  • Worked with Pratt BLM on their annual MLK Day in Jan and Teach-In in Feb. Worked with the Pratt Archive to collect and save assets for the Black Student Union and have other affinity clubs follow suit. Pushed archive initiatives further by contacting administrators with a proposal to rework the StuGov site (this).

TAMIA BAILEY 

Student Life
  • Worked to maintain active communication between club leaders during online school by organizing a list of active and inactive clubs on Engage. Reached out to inactive clubs, held a zoom event for all registered organizations to meet and network with each other, and sent out newsletters to all Registered Student Organizations. 
  • Within the year, Tamia approved the registration of four new student organizations: Women In Animation @ Pratt, Association of Pratt Placemakers, Aura Dance Crew, and Graduate Architecture and Urban Design Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, along with approving funding for ten student-led events. 

YESSENIA SANCHEZ

Campus and Community Development
  • In response to students’ demands in the summer of 2020, which called for Pratt to cut ties with NYPD, Yessenia worked to develop an Alternatives to the Police document to implement into Pratt’s campus practices. 
  • Worked with Residential Living as they slowly began to re-open on-campus housing. Ran weekly COVID testing in Willoughby and has communicated with on-campus RA’s to receive feedback/updates on student living experiences for those occupying space in Willoughby during Spring 2021. 

GAYATRI LUND 

Facilities
  • Ran Staff Appreciation initiatives both semesters. The initiatives included on-campus posters, community-created ‘Thank You’ videos, and an on-campus booth with free food and gift bags. 
  • Worked to improve and enhance students’ living conditions staying in Willoughby in the Spring of 2021.  

AVISHI JAIN 

Academics
  • Ran the Student Senate over two semesters, taking feedback from students directly to the Provost. 
  • Continued to explore how Pratt can improve the online and hybrid academic experience for all students, attended administrative meetings with faculty/departments to address recurring issues, and share student feedback.

NINA LU 

First Year
  • Initiated a first year’s Fall 2020 survey for direct feedback on online learning concerns and comments. Attended First Year Steering Committee meetings  
  • Worked to recreate orientation experience for Class of 2024 in Fall 2021.

ERIKA HODGES 

Grad Representative 
  • Organized and held space for numerous graduate students to study, be in conversation with one another and receive financial and employment support.
  • Participated in Higher Education Action Week as the Student Govt representative.

ZOLZAYA ENKHTUVSHIN 

1st semester: Sustainability
  • Planned and held a Sustainability Workshop involving faculty, organizations, and various opportunities to get involved in promoting and practicing sustainability at Pratt.

MATTIA SOCCI

Communications Chair
  • Worked on social media posts, including but not limited to Officer related posts, the Student Senate events, VP Open Forum, Staff Appreciation event, and more.

Academic Year 2019–2020

2019–20 CHAIRS’ MAIN INITIATIVES AND/OR COMPLETED GOALS

GIGI NIESON 

President
  • Beyond keeping every Student Government member on course with weekly meetings, planning agendas, monthly check-ins, and annual semester responsibilities, Gigi served on the Strategic Plan Oversight Committee and Board of Trustees as a non-voting invited member.
  • Began the Menstrual Justice and ResLife Waste Reduction Initiative. Pushed for the opening of the Pratt Food Pantry on the Brooklyn campus.

SARAH KANU 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 
  • Worked with the CEI to form the Student Diversity Advisory Board (SDAB.) Collaborated with organization leaders to pinpoint consistent concerns and needs not being met.   
  • Supported affinity-based (BPOC, LGBTQIA+, International and Disability, etc.) clubs on campus by uplifting and attending their campus events. Highlighted students through the physical spaces on campus by promoting a more inclusive ResLife and Student Union. Moved the Student Leadership Awards out of the conference room and into a more visible space to honor those individuals’ hard work. 

AVA SCOTT 

Student Life
  • Worked to improve retention and participation in student clubs by using participation surveys from significant events to understand how event success occurs and figuring out the year/overall Pratt trend of participating vs. not.
  • Supported club leaders by redesigning and restructuring the RSO, holding post-event meetings for leaders to evaluate ways to create better events and plan smarter. Continued to share information regarding policy with organizational leaders for best practices. 

ANGUS FAKE

Sustainability
  • Made significant progress on the campus-wide initiative to Ban the Bottle and introduced Meatless Mondays to the cafeteria (for the few months before COVID occurred). Investigated and ideated on Dorm Sustainability through composting, recycling, and providing sustainability education. 
  • Attended weekly Envirolutions Club meetings and biweekly Sustainability Committee Meetings.

VERONIKA KOSTOVA

Grad Representative 
  • Bridged the gap between graduate programs through arranging Graduate Student Meetings. Made progress on graduate club funding and a new RSO for grad students.
  • Connected Pratt Manhattan and Brooklyn campus through more MTA possibilities, working with the Manhattan Representative and open common hours at Pratt Manhattan.

TREVOR WHEELER 

Facilities
  • Strove to create a more accessible institute by collaborating with the Pratt Accessibility Advisory Committee, advocating for solutions to inaccessible campus buildings. Worked toward a well-maintained institute by meeting with the Master Planning Student Experience working group.
  • Attended recurring meetings with the Buildings & Grounds Committee, the AVP for Campus Safety (or the Director of Public Safety), and the Director of Facilities. Improved the relationship between students and staff by hosting two staff appreciation events and a Facilities and Public Safety Open Forum. 

MICHELLE SINGER

Academics
  • Met with the Provost once a month, relaying information between Student Government and their office.  Attended Academic Senate, Academic Affairs Committee Meetings, and ran Student Senate.
  • Worked on Open Studio for Yoga + Meditation in the Chapel (as well as other initiatives in the Wellness sector of Pratt) and Give-Take awareness in Higgins (School of Architecture Building).

ALLY BECHTOLD 

Campus and Community Development
  • Worked on connecting ResLife with StuGov, specifically taking a tour and holding meetings in Pratt’s new First Year dorm – Emerson Hall
  • Strove to get more fresh food in the C-Store

GAYATRI LUND 

First Year
  • Under Leslie Mutchler, Gayatri worked towards lowering costs for foundation kits and making each professor’s individual required kit list more or less the same for students across the sections to have a similar expenditure. 
  • Worked on creating an Open Salon for foundation students that later took place online.

JOSEFINE CARDONI

Communications
  • Created numerous graphics during March – June directly addressing Student Government’s stance on situations from COVID-19 to Police Violence and anti-Black racism 
  • Serves as a direct line of communication online between students and the efforts of Student Government and upper Administration 

Former Academic Year Positions

2020–2021

Nina Lu (First Year)
Erika Hodges (Grad)
Danni Qu (President)
Tamia Bailey (Student Life)
Sarah Kanu (DEI)
Yessenia Sanchez (Campus)
Gayatri Lund (Facilities)
Tia Socci (PR)
Avishi Jain (Academics)

1st semester: Zolzaya Enkhtuvshin (Sustainability)

2019–20

GiGi Nieson (President)
Ava Scott (Student Life)
Angus Fake (Sustainability)
Veronika Kostova (Grad)
Josefine Cardoni (PR)
Trevor Wheeler (Facilities)
Sarah Kanu (DEI)
Michelle Singer (Academics)
Ally Bechtold (Campus)
Gayatri Lund (First Year)

2nd sem: Armon Burton (PMC)

2018–19

GiGi Nieson (President)
Ava Scott (Student Life)
Lisa Corn (Academics)
Danni Qu (Campus and Comm)
Joey McFadden (Facilities)
Eleanor Fessler (PMC)
Angus Fake (Sustainability)
Avishi Jain (First Year)
Veronika Kostova (Grad)
Josefine Cardoni (PR)

2017–18

Taylor Terranova (President)
Meichen (Student Life)
Christa Carr (Academics)
Kayleigh Connor (Campus)
Emily Soderberg (Facilities)
Eleanor Fessler (PMC)
Angus Fake (Sustainability)
Danni Qu (First Year)

2015–16

Bianca Norris (President)

2014–15

Schuyler Klein (President)
Sarah Conant (Academics)
Becky Pierson (Campus)
Olivia Mains (Facilities)
Adrian Koenigsberg (Student Life)
Emma Colley (Sustainability)
Samantha Mione (PMC)
Doug Knapton (Communications)
Alyza Enriquez (Special Events)