Week of the Student Assembly


*For questions or concerns the week of, including Zoom links not working, please email both taryn.rackmyer@sunysa.org and corianna.lipira@sunysa.org*

Town Hall: Monday, May 4

Led by: Elizabeth Brady and Joe Storch

Sexual and interpersonal violence prevention and response on campus and online: Learn about some of the work that SUNY is going to prevent violence on campus before, during, and after COVID-19.

 Elizabeth Brady is the Project Director of Sexual and Interpersonal Violence Prevention at The State University of New York. Her professional background is in violence prevention education, victim advocacy, and peer education development on college campuses. She has developed and implemented several programming and educational initiatives for college aged students including a men’s initiative, focusing on engaging men in the efforts to end sexual and interpersonal violence, and an affirmative consent campaign. Elizabeth has an MBA from Western Connecticut State University and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies from Southern Connecticut State University. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Scranton with her B.A. in Women’s Studies/B.S. in Counseling and Human Services.


Joseph Storch is an Associate Counsel in the SUNY Office of General Counsel and Chair of the Student Affairs Practice Group. He concentrates his practice on student affairs, intellectual property, and campus safety, and serves as Principal Investigator on more than $9 million in grants and external funding to support innovations in violence prevention and response on campuses and in the community. He oversees the SUNY Student Conduct Institute, which offers compliance and best practice training annually to thousands of higher education professionals engaged in response to violence and conduct violations. Beginning in 2016, Joe has overseen the SUNY’s Got Your Back program which has provided over 100,000 comfort bags to victims and survivors of violence, while educating tens of thousands of students and community members.

Surviving the Pandemic: Veterans Benefits and                                                 Mental Health

Led by: Veteran Services Chair Jagdeep Singh and Veteran Services Vice Chair Olivia Autenrieth

This will be an hour-long session in which there will be a presentation on the benefits all veterans’ students should be receiving/using during their time in school.  There will also be a mental health counseling services and at least one veteran’s rep present to discuss how they can further help students and answer questions students may have.

Mental health is a big hurdle for students and students who are veterans and the student body in general.  During this COVID-19 stay-at-home order that face-face time with the counselor is practically gone.  Students can come get information on how mental health sessions are being handled by SUNY and how they can reach out and get help if they need to and clear up any question’s students may have.  

Being a Member of the Student Assembly Executive Committee

Led by: John Donnelly

Members: Jahad Hoyte, Dami  Adesanya, Kevin Rogers, Nicole Ortiz

The In's and Outs of Civic Engagement

Led by: Chair of Gender Equity Corianna Lipira

College years are a culmination of many firsts. First time leaving home, first time in a lecture hall, and for many, first time voting. Casting your first ballot may seem very straight forward but for college students they can be met with a particular set of obstacles. Perhaps that voter registration form you filled out at orientation was rejected due to punctuation. Maybe you are unaware of the qualifications you must meet to vote in a presidential primary. Or you are left trying to figure out how to get 500 miles back home in order to vote at your listed polling site. This workshop will help you navigate all of these obstacles starting at filling out a voter registration form all the way to checking off ballot boxes. Come join and learn how to amplify your voice through the power of civic engagement!

Supporting the Wellness and Mental Health of                                  SUNY Students

Led by: Campus Safety Chair Haley Hershenson and Campus Safety Vice Chair Sneha Srinivasan

This workshop will be focusing on the essential need of mental health support for SUNY students, we will be talking about ways to best support different populations of students and how it has shifted in light of COVID-19. We will also highlight some programs and initiatives across SUNY campus’ and SUNY resources that are available to support students.

Writing and Analyzing Organizational Communications During a Pandemic

Led by: Julie Maio

This workshop will briefly go over writing and proofreading resources to build one’s general writing and proofreading skills for academic and professional writing outputs. The bulk of the workshop will focus on analyzing a mix of communication efforts being published by a mix of organizations throughout the country during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how communication changes and needs to be adapted during a national crisis.


Julie Maio is a correspondence coordinator for SUNY System Administration, and prior to this role, she was a communications assistant for SUNY. She helps out with various communication efforts coming out of the Communications Office and Chancellor’s Office at SUNY, and also acts as a copy editor and proofread for the office. She previously was a communications specialist at the Office of Admissions at Illinois State University. Julie has a master’s in communication, a graduate certificate in women’s and gender studies, and double majored in communication studies and public relations at Marist College.

The ADA: What the Americans with Disabilities Act Means for Students and Facululty

throughout  SUNY

Led by: Disabilities Services Chair John Donnelly

During this workshop, we plan to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the ADA.  We will start with a brief history of the events leading up to the ADA and then dive deeper into what the ADA actually means for students.  We will then move to a question and answer forum with a disability services professional.  We will finish our workshop with the announcement of the launch of the SUNY Students for Accessibility coalition.


Led by: Callie Humphrey

Four Players: Takeena Strachan, Chelsea Grate, Amy Zhang, Dylan Marshall

Sustainability in SUNY

Led by: Sustainability Chair Thomas Leonard and Sustainability Vice Chair Adriana Lamendola

A presentation related to the State University of New York’s sustainability initiatives and how they fit into the larger state of New York. Featuring guest speaker Dr. Eric Mazzone.

Supporting Mental Health as a Student Leader

Led by: Dr. Leah Wentworth from SUNY System and Brianna Maher of the NYS Office for Mental Health

Dr. Leah Wentworth is the inaugural Director of Student Wellness at SUNY System Administration. She has 11 years of experience managing and evaluating health promotion programs, with a focus on injury and violence prevention. She came to SUNY in 2017, and has coordinated research and programming activities on a range of activities focused on student health and wellness, including mental health promotion and food insecurity. Before her time at SUNY, she spent three years at the New York State Department of Health, where she served as the evaluator for the state’s Rape Prevention and Education program. She has a B.A. in Community Planning from the University of Massachusetts—Boston, an MPH in Health Policy and Management from the University of Massachusetts—Amherst, and a Ph.D. in Occupational and Environmental Health from the University of Iowa. She is a 2019-20 Safe States Alliance Injury and Violence Prevention Policy Fellow.


Brianna Maher is a Public Health Implementation Specialist from the Suicide Prevention Center of NY at the Office of Mental Health. Since graduating with her Master’s in Public Health from the University at Albany, Brianna has been working on population-level suicide prevention projects for youth and young adults. She specifically works with colleges and universities, schools, school-based health and mental health clinics, out-of-school time programs, and other youth-serving organizations. Brianna also teaches a graduate course on suicide prevention at the University at Albany and serves on the Board of Directors for the New York State Public Health Association (NYSPHA).

The Impact of COVID-19 On Women

Led by: Emily Kadar, Director of Women's Affairs for the Governor's Office

Emily Kadar has been appointed Director of Women's Affairs. Ms. Kadar previously spent seven years at the National Institute for Reproductive Health and NIRH Action Fund, most recently as Senior Manager of Political and Government Affairs. In that role, she advocated for NIRH's New York policy agenda and worked to secure passage of the Reproductive Health Act in 2019. Ms. Kadar formerly served on the federal government relations team at the Center for Reproductive Rights and organized young activists at the Feminist Majority Foundation. Ms. Kadar holds a Bachelor's degree in Politics and History from Brandeis University.

Being a Global Citizen

Led by: International Education Chair Siddarth Laveti and International Education Vice Chair Dylan Marshall

The SUNY Student Assembly International Student Committee is eager to present a workshop titled, “Being a Global Citizen.” What is a global citizen? A global citizen is someone who feels like they are a part of an emerging world community and someone who works to contribute to this society’s values and beliefs. Global citizens see the world as a whole, value diversity and understand global issues. As a student, this means an abundance of things such as, taking globally focused coursework, studying a second language, international immersion through study abroad programs, and striving to gain a deeper understanding of the world. In this workshop, we will talk about the international experience at SUNY institutions and why you should pursue global distinction.

Change Ahead

Led by: Jahad Hoyte, Representative for Agricultural Technology Schools

This workshop will focus on honing the transitional process for most Student Association’s or Student Government Association. Most people think transition starts towards the end of the semester, when in fact it should really begin as soon as possible. We are all student leaders, and a day will come in which the leader must pass the gavel however, are we ready, and are they ready? Together we will develop a plan of action to assist in transitioning between two administrations. So come with an open mind, so we can learn together, to ensure success will come in the near future.