Senior Director of Government Relations | Home Campus: University at Albany
Bio: Joshua Chan is a 20-year-old activist dedicated to ensuring working class Hispanic, black, indigenous people of color are granted economic, political, and racial justice. He is currently studying Political Science at the University of Albany. Joshua grew up and lives in Brentwood, a low income immigrant neighborhood, where he has come to understand the importance of solidarity and its potential for creating change. He has worked with many local organizations such as Make the Road NY, and Eileen's Free Bodega. These groups are in line with Joshua’s mission for building a multi-racial and multi-generational coalition of working class people who will stand up to racial and economic injustices. Joshua believes that the youth are the only ones able and willing to tackle the problems of the future such as our Climate Emergency, Student debt/College affordability, healthcare and poverty. Joshua is also Chairman of the District 1 Youth Advisory Board, a youth organizing group which works to organize and uplift the youth in the towns of Brentwood, Central Islip and North Bay Shore. He is dedicated to taking care of his community through bold and intense organizing while also connecting young people to the mechanics of our government. “It is up to our generation, gen Z and millennials, to fix the problems caused by the past generations; our earth is burning and our pockets seem to be drying up. To be honest the system is built that way, and it's our job to tear it down and start from scratch, because in reality a better world and society is possible and it's just whether or not we want to get it done”
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Policy Analyst | Home Campus: Binghamton University
Bio: Sophia Yazdi is a Freshman at Binghamton University majoring in Economics with a specialization in Economic Policy Analysis. She serves as a Policy Analyst within the Policy Department of the SUNY Student Assembly. At Binghamton University, she is a representative in the Student Congress and works on the Finance Committee to allocate budgets and funding to student organizations on campus. Outside of advocacy work, she is also involved in a volunteer organization on campus, Binghamton Aiding Hearts, and has won several awards in drawing and painting.
Policy Analyst | Home Campus: SUNY Oswego
Bio: Tyler Johnson is an 18-year-old youth activist from Upstate New York. From a young age, Tyler has known what it takes to have a courage to challenge power. Through his activism work he fights for the rights of underrepresented and mistreated communities. During his time in high school, due to his activism he created a cultural transformation to allow the expression of people in the LGBTQIA+ community. Tylers passion for activism and politics has inspired him to continue his work through SUNY SA. Outside of his work as a Policy Analyst for SUNY SA, Tyler works with one of the largest, most historically funded youth organizations in global history, is the Founder and Executive Director of We’re Here CNY, and works with other local activists, community leaders, and elected officials to fight for equity. Tyler Johnson hopes to be a positive, fighting voice for students, especially those who feel they are underrepresented across all campuses inside the SUNY system.