James, originally from Long Island, will be entering his second year as a Psychology major at SUNY Fredonia. James is very involved on his campus, holding positions as Class President, Latino Student Union President, Hall Council President and the Chair of Student Relations. James has also served as the Student Assembly Liaison for his campus this past year. James works tirelessly to advocate for the needs of his constituents to help each student have their voice heard. In the future, James hopes to make his mark within the Higher Education and Student Affairs field.
Favorite quote: “We don't develop courage by being happy every day. We develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.” - Barbara De Angelis
Nicole Ortiz is a third year student at Genesee Community College studying Fashion Design. They have played a key role in many aspects of their college and it’s strides towards inclusion and engagement. Nicole is President and Public Relations Officer of Campus Activities Board, President and Public Relations Officer of Student run club WOKE whose mission is to celebrate diversity, and Secretary and Public Relations Officer of their campuses Student Government Association. Nicole has developed a strong interest in Marketing and Public Relations work during her time at GCC and plan to develop her passion into a career. Nicole is eager to begin her work with SUNY SA and hope to become part of the change the world so desperately needs.
Hobbies: I enjoy reading a good mystery novel also drawing and sketching new designs
"It's a shame, Being a grown up. But the carousel never stops turning. You can never get off." -Ellis Grey
Noah Cowen is a second semester junior at SUNY Oswego dual majoring in Graphic Design and Cinema & Screen Studies. On campus, he currently holds the position of Director of Graphic Design in the Student Association cabinet. Noah looks to advocate the necessities of the student community at Oswego through branding and promoting the student government through expressive and visually pleasing ways. He has been passionate about graphic design for years and his ongoing education has prepared himself for a career in this subject. Noah is looking forward to collaborating closely with members of the engagement team to brand SUNY SA.
Noah enjoys creating graphic design, filmmaking, and watching baseball
“It may be that our cosmic curiosity is a genetically-encoded force that we illuminate when we look up and wonder.”
- Neil deGrasse Tyson
Mashaal Bhatti, originally from Queens, New York, is currently a junior at the University at Albany majoring in Public Policy and Management with a minor in Philosophy. She began her time as an organizer in late 2015 with the launch of a successful lobbying campaign in favor of the construction of a new building for her high school. Since then, she has played a key role in numerous political campaigns and offices across New York State throughout her academic career. More so, on campus Mashaal is the Vice-President of varsity Debate Team as well as an executive member of the Student Association. Serving as the Director of Civic Action at UAlbany Student Association, she works to getting students on campus registered to vote and engaged in community and political activism. Mashaal has dedicated her time, both on and off campus, to support students in higher education and general progressive values.
Mashaal is an abstract painter in her free time, as well as enjoys weight lifting and yoga.
When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the creator. - Mahatma Gandhi