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.
Hector Castillo, President
My name is Hector Castillo, President of the Student Government Association. As President, I chair both the General Meetings and the Executive Committee meetings of the SGA, serve as a delegate of the Guttman Community College Council, and oversee all of the operations conducted by the SGA.
At Guttman, I am a sophomore Liberal Arts and Sciences major. Upon graduation, I plan to transfer to a private four-year institution and pursue a major in Entrepreneurship, Diplomacy and World Affairs, or Environmental Analysis with hopes to become an entrepreneur increasing organic food accessibility and affordability in my community and beyond. Additionally, I hope to open a non-profit that tackles dropout rates and educational barriers for students in disenfranchised communities.
Aside from being the President of the SGA, I sit on several committees throughout the college; Peer Leader for the United Men of Color mentorship program, and member of Phi Theta Kappa International Society’s Guttman Beta Phi Gamma chapter. During my free time, I enjoy traveling and exploring new places. I am a foodie, so definitely trying new types of foods from different cultures is fun for me too.
At Guttman, I have discovered that my passions lie with sustainability, communal development, and increasing access to high quality organic foods for underrepresented and marginalized communities.
Thank you for taking time to read about me! Now, it’s about you – please stop during by my office hours in the SGA office on Tuesdays or Thursdays between 1:30 PM and 3:30 PM. Email: email@example.com
Kaylen Boglo, Vice President
My name is Kaylen Boglo, Secretary of the Student Government Association. As Secretary, I am fortunate to work with the executive officers and senators. My main duties include recording and maintaining the minutes at the General, Executive Committee, and Special Meetings. I also serve as chair of the Student and Academic Affairs Committee, in which I help foster and improve the collaborative relationships between faculty and students.
I am a second year student currently majoring in Urban Studies and planning on transferring to a 4 year university to major in criminal justice. My goal is to become an FBI Profiler, Homicide Detective, or a District Attorney. I am an ambitious Woman of GRIT member, a United Men of Color mentee, and also a work study student. My hobbies include playing Grand Theft Auto and Dead or Alive. I became a leader on campus to help be the voice for those who are not heard.
If you would like to set up a meeting time to talk about issues on campus, discuss potentially obtaining leadership roles, or even just to talk, my office hours are on Wednesday from 12:00pm – 5:00pm, and Fridays from 12:30pm – 5:30pm. Feel free to contact me via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ernest Butts, Secretary
My name is Ernest Butts, SGA Senator. I am a second year student at Guttman Community College majoring in Urban Studies. As an Urban Studies major, I have gained more knowledge of the structural impediments that affect marginalized groups and through my work as an SGA Senator, and a Peer to Peer Mentor for United Men of Color, a program funded by the CUNY Black Male Initiative, I serve as a voice for those who are disenfranchised. My dream is to become an attorney. My passion for social justice was developed in high school where I learned more about the social activism of the Young Lords and their impact on improving the plight of residents of Spanish Harlem.
If you would like to speak with me regarding campus issues or concerns or need help with anything, feel free to email me at email@example.com or come to room 004 during my office hours on Tuesday and Thursday from 3pm-7pm and Friday from 3pm-6pm.
Melise Douglas, Treasurer
My name is Melise Douglas, Treasurer of the Student Government Association. As Treasurer, my role consists of maintaining the financial records of SGA, chairing the Finance Committee, and authorizing fiscal expenditures approved by the SGA.
I am a second year student currently majoring in Liberal Arts. After Guttman, I plan to transfer to a four-year university and major in political science to either become a professor or a politician who advocates for prison system reform, and climate change. I am an Early College Peer Mentor, a lovely Woman of GRIT, and a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
My hobbies are makeup styling, listening to music, and playing the Sims, Grand Theft Auto (all versions!), Skyrim, and Minecraft.
I am passionate about taking a part in my community and advocating for the voices who are not heard on campus. If you’d like to set up a meeting to talk about time management, need help with writing, or just need to voice your concerns, feel free to come in during my office hours are on Monday from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, Wednesday from 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm, and Friday from 12:30 pm – 5:15 pm., or email me at: Melise.Douglas64@guttmanmail.cuny.edu.
Kimberly Escolastico, Senator
My name is Kimberly Escolastico, Senator of the Student Government Association. My role as a senator is to listen to the students’ voices, help them manage their time, be a friend to them, plan campus events, and keeping the SGA updated with issues that arise on campus.
I am a Liberal arts and Sciences major and who plans to study childhood education or special education, when I transfer to a senior college. I am, also, a member of Women of GRITt and UMOC. Outside of school I help the elderly at Isabella Home, where I transport patients to church events. At the age of 7, I found out that I have a learning disability called Dyslexia. Having this disability inspired me to help anyone struggling with this similar diagnosis, especially children.
My dream is to be a role model to children because I want them to learn that even through adversity, they can make their dreams come true if they believe in themselves and do not let people put them down. If you want to speak to me or need help with anything feel free to email me at Kimberly.firstname.lastname@example.org or come to room 004 during my office hours which are; Tues: 7:00p.m– 10:00p.m, Wed: 12:00p.m- 5:30p.m, and Fri: 12:30p.m- 2:30p.m.
Krimili Infante, Senator
My name is Krimili Infante, SGA Senator. I am a second year student at Guttman Community College majoring in Human Services. Currently, I work as an Academic Success Peer Mentor (Statistics Meet-up) at Guttman and at Nazareth Housing, Inc. as the recreation coordinator. In the Student Government Association my role as a senator is to be the voice of the students and advocate for them.
After graduating from Guttman, I plan on attending Hunter College to major in social work and then pursue a Master’s degree at Columbia University. My philosophy in life is” if you are going to do something do it well, otherwise don’t do it”. My advice for students is to take opportunities when they appear and make the best out of them.
If you would like to speak with me regarding campus issues or concerns or need help with anything, feel free to email me at email@example.com or come to room 004 during my office hours which are; Tuesday and Thursday from 12pm – 1:30pm, and Friday from 8am – 10am and 12pm – 1:30pm.
Abdalla Sakeb, Senator
Abdalla is a name that has many meanings and carries responsibility. The most known definition in Arabic is “God’s Servant”. However, another definition is “Protector of Morals” and that is where I see myself connected to my name. My goal is to change the world into a kinder place where we all live without fear of who we are or where we came. To help create a world free of discrimination and full of good morals that humans will never give up on is why I joined the SGA, because I saw it as a way to develop myself and support everyone around me. As an SGA senator it’s my duty to represent Guttman Community College students, hear their concerns, act on their ideas, and support their leadership development.
My current major is liberal arts and my future major will be psychology. To elucidate I would love to hear your concerns about anything in your student’s life student life, Feel truly free to contact me at my emails, firstname.lastname@example.org. Truth Above All.