Student Government Association (SGA)

Elected by the student body, the Student Government Association (SGA) is committed to serving their fellow students and to being a voice for the Guttman community. Democratic elections are held every April, granting students the opportunity to vote and campaign for the college experience they want. Throughout the year, the SGA encourages all students to present their ideas and recommendations through its open-door policy. More than just leadership and service, the SGA is committed to making a difference. By supporting academic and professional development, helping organize clubs and social activities, and advocating for community engagement, the SGA is dedicated to enhancing college life at Guttman for each and every student.

Bushra Begum, President

My name is Bushra Begum, President of the Student Government Association. As President, I chair both the General Meetings and the Executive Committee meetings of the SGA. I also serve as a member of the Guttman Community College Curriculum Committee and oversee all the SGA operations.

My duty is to make sure the student voices on campus are heard and to advocate on behalf on students’ concerns. I am excited to work with my SGA team members and the Guttman community to help find solutions to problems on campus.

Currently a sophomore majoring in liberal arts and sciences, my intention upon graduating in June 2019 is to transfer to a private four-year institution and pursue a major in economics and minor in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies. In addition, I would like to double major in political science. My further ambition is to attend business or law school in hopes of becoming either a lawyer or businesswoman.

Aside from being the President of the SGA, I am involved with other programs on campus such as the Women of Grit mentorship program, and Global Guttman Study Abroad Fellows; I studied abroad in China during the Spring 2018 semester. Please check out these amazing programs and consider joining. In addition, I am a Work-Study student in the Office of Admissions at Guttman. During my free time, I enjoy traveling, attending Broadway musical theater shows, and trying different cuisines from all over the world. My favorite spot around Guttman is Bryant Park; it is a chill spot to relax and create lit Spotify playlists. You can catch me in the Atrium binge-watching Netflix shows, studying, or holding an event so don’t be shy to start up a conversation!

Thank you for taking time to read about me, and now it is about you! You can catch me at the SGA room located in room 004 during my office hours on Mondays and Tuesdays between 3:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

Email: bushra.begum57@guttmanmail.cuny.edu

Aissatou Bah, Vice President

My name is Aissatou Bah, and I am the Vice President of the Student Government Association.  I am a second-year student majoring in liberal arts math and science who hasn’t yet selected a career path because I want to accomplish so much that I don’t know where to start. One of my goals is to create and own a successful business.

As Vice President, I work closely with the President and other members of SGA to represent the organization at official functions, remain fair and impartial during organizational decision-making processes, organize an end‐of‐year celebration and perform other duties as directed by the President. I feel very fortunate to have been elected Vice President and cannot wait to meet incoming students.

Talking and listening to people and advocating for human rights, especially in undeveloped countries, brings me great joy. If you ever need someone to talk to or have an issue that you want to fix on campus, please do not hesitate to email me at Aissatou.Bah58@guttmanmail.cuny.edu.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Christopher Mak, Treasurer

My name is Christopher Mak, Treasurer of the Student Government Association. As Treasurer, my role consists of maintaining the SGA financial records, chairing the Finance Committee, and authorizing fiscal expenditures.

I am a second-year student currently majoring in business administration. After Guttman, I plan to transfer to a four-year university and major in business and economics. I am a member of the second Guttman-Chase cohort and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Beta Phi Gamma Chapter on campus.

My hobbies are organizing, helping others, and playing The Sims.

I love to be helpful and involved with the Guttman community. If you need help finding resources (including those for undocumented students) inside and outside of campus, or would like to know how to get involved with anything on campus, swing by and I’ll love to help.

If you would like to set up a time to talk about life, need help with writing or other major courses, or just need to voice your concerns, feel free to come in during my office hours or email me at Christopher.Mak24@guttmanmail.cuny.edu. My office hours are Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM and Tuesdays from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM.

Gugeeta Cheetram, Secretary

My name is Gugeeta Cheetram, and I am a Human Services major. I serve as the Secretary of the Student Government Association. My role is to keep a record of the minutes at the General, Executive, and Special Meetings. My future plans are to pursue a Bachelor and Master’s degrees in social work. I am hardworking and willing to fight for what is necessary.

I am currently a second year Human Services student and am a proud member of Woman of GRIT, Students Promoting Attitudes of Respect and Kindness (S.P.A.R.K) and Student Government Association. Being a member of Women of Grit gave me the opportunity to meet other strong and impactful women, which I am proud to meet. S.P.A.R.K has given me the opportunity to see that no matter how small or big a club might be, as long you work hard towards your goal, you are bound to complete it. The Student Government Association has taught me the importance of communication and realizing others’ points of view. Being a part of these clubs has helped me grow as a person and will help me continue to improve in my role as SGA Secretary. After graduating from Guttman, I look forward to pursuing a Bachelor and Master’s in Social Work at a four-year college. I am diligent, and I take advantage of the opportunities for learning and growth that Guttman provides. I do hope that you will do the same.

I am here to listen to your complaints and try my best to make your two years here at Guttman memorable and as smooth as possible. My duty doesn’t only lie in supporting the SGA, but also in supporting the students and listening to what are the obstacles you are facing on campus.

Fatoumata Barry, Senator

Hello, my name is Fatoumata Barry, Senator of the Student Government Association. My goal as a Senator at Guttman Community College is to help students who are having difficulty with their academic load.  Also, I like to help students manage their time, work diligently to make Guttman better and speak for those who don’t have a voice. As your Senator, my plan is to create events and ensure there are available opportunities for each and every student.

I am a sophomore at Guttman Community College majoring in Human Services and a member of the Kaplan Leadership Program, specifically the TIP program.After Guttman Community College, I will transfer to a four-year university.

If you would like to speak with me regarding school issues or anything that you consider a concern, feel free to email me at fatoumata.barry32@guttmanmail.cuny.edu

Sabrina Hernandez, Senator

My name is Sabrina Hernandez, Senator of the the the Student Government Association. My role as a Senator is to be a bridge between students and their needs and concerns about the different resources, faculty, and opportunities that are available to them.

I am a second-year student majoring in Human Services. Aside from being a member of the SGA, I am a member of Women Of Grit, and Phi Theta Kappa International Society’s Guttman Beta Phi Gamma chapter as its Vice President. After graduating from Guttman, I plan to obtain my bachelor’s degree in social work at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and then pursue my master’s at New York University.

I believe that ​“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and, most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do”- Pelé. No matter what it takes, you will persevere, you will learn, you will study, and many sacrifices will be made. Most importantly, you will love who you are becoming and the person Guttman is shaping you to be!

Feel free to get in touch with me via email at: Sabrina.hernandez27@Guttmanmail.cuny.edu​ or stop by the SGA office during my office hours: Mondays 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM, Thursdays 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM, and Fridays 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM. Let’s continue making Guttman a place where success happens. Thank you!

Thomas Jones, Senator

Hello, my name is Thomas Jones, Senator in the Student Government, a First Year Experience (FYE) Peer Mentor, Scholar of United Men of Color and also the student representative for the Strategic Planning and Budget Committee. My role as a member of Senate is to be the voice for the student body, and I will work to make Guttman and its resources available to you as a student.

As a student leader, I am driven, determined, loyal, and committed as an individual who is goal-oriented and time-conscious. Work ethic and reliability are two of my strongest features alongside my skills as a team player, improviser and risk taker. The values of success and productivity are important to me and frame my work with other success-driven individuals. My passion for social justice and equal rights pushes me toward helping others to create a world where technology is available to everyone regardless of economic status.

I spend a lot of time on campus doing work for SGA and Peer Mentoring and getting school work done. You will find me readily available to assist with whatever needs you may have. Feel free to reach out to me any time. You can contact me at Thomas.Jones@Guttman.Cuny.Edu

I look forward to serving you this year. #GoGuttman

Librada Montero, Senator

My name is Librada Montero, Senator of the Student Government Association. I’m a second-year student majoring in liberal arts whose future goal is to be a professional photographer or writer. I do not know what the future holds for me, but I do know that as a Senator I want to help as many people as possible.

I want students to feel comfortable coming to me and letting me know they have someone they can confide in. As a Senator my focus is to make students feel confident about themselves and comfortable knowing that they are being well represented by the SGA members. If you ever want to talk to me about an issue in school or other matters, you can contact me at librada.montero30@guttmanmail.cuny.edu. Never forget to be kind to yourself!

Amanda Morel, Senator

My name is Amanda Morel, Senator of the Student Government Association. I am a second year student majoring in Human Services. In addition to being a Senator, I intern at The Lighthouse Guild. My role as an SGA Senator is to listen to my peers’ voices and make them heard, help organize events throughout campus and be someone students feel comfortable coming to when expressing their ideas or concerns.

After Guttman, I plan on transferring to a four-year school to major in nursing and keep pursuing my dream of becoming a part of the medical field. Being part of the medical field has always been a dream of mine ever since I was little. When I put my head to something, I don’t stop until I get it done.

If you would like to speak with me or need help with anything, feel free to email me at Amanda.Morel26@guttmanmail.cuny.edu, or come down to room 004 during my office hours: Mon: 5:00pm – 6:30pm, Tues: 6:30pm – 8:30pm, Thurs: 2:00pm – 4:45pm or 6:30pm – 8:30pm and Fri: 1:00pm – 3:00pm; I’ll be waiting for you.

Carlos Oran, Senator

My name is Carlos Oran, Senator of the Student Government Association.  I’m an Information Technology student, exploring where this path takes me. I am also a member of UMOC (United Men of Color).  Serving the best interests of students and doing no harm are central ideologies for me.

My role as Senator is to support students and advocate for them by using my voice and fighting for the success and equity of my campus community.  Born and raised in Mexico, I immigrated to the United States as a teenager and understand the importance of facing the challenges that endanger my community.  Living with few opportunities, my courage helped me decide to pursue higher education.

Realizing that I could do more has pushed me to reach further than what is expected of me. My story will serve as a beacon of hope to any student who’s faced similar problems. My wish is to inspire those who share the same obstacles I have endured. My status as a first-generation student in my family has pushed me to pursue a seat in Student Government and gives me the vision of a better life for others.

But enough about me, I’m here for you, to hear from you.  Let me know your story and allow me to do whatever I can to support and help you throughout your time at Guttman.  My email is carlos.oran30@guttmanmail.cuny.edu, or visit my peers and me in room 004.  We would love to hear your voice and any concerns you may have.