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.
Edgar Cecilio, President
Hello, my name is Edgar Cecilio. I’m the Student Government Association President for Guttman Community College. I’m a first generation Mexican-American living in the Bronx and I am majoring in Information Technology.
My goal for the 2019-2020 SGA and, as a Guttman student, is to be a part of many activities held on campus. That will allow me to interact with students while also getting to know their interests. Also, my team and I are planning to promote the useful resources Guttman has to offer so that, we the students, can take full advantage.
Lastly, I plan to continue on with my studies by going on to a senior college and getting my bachelor’s degree in a technology-related major.
Victoria Negron, Vice President
Hello and welcome, my name is Victoria Negron, but I occasionally go by Vicky. I am currently your Vice President of the Student Government Association for the 2019-2020 academic year, here at Guttman. I am a member of Phi Theta Kappa, a nationwide honors society, with a branch here at Guttman, and a fellow in the LSAMP program, which is designed to foster minority participation in STEM fields.
As a second year student, I am a Liberal Arts and Sciences–Science and Math track major, with plans to continue my education and obtain a bachelor’s degree at a four-year university post Guttman, and pursue a career in pharmaceutical engineering or a similar profession. The SGA exists as an extension of the student body, its ultimate goal being to enrich the experience of students across the campus. My job, as Vice President, is to contribute to that enrichment by sitting on the curriculum committee to provide a student voice and perspective, to weigh in on the current and future curriculum at Guttman, so it is as beneficial to the student population as possible. Other ways I will contribute to enrichment here at Guttman, is by being an advocate for inclusivity and accessibility, and by being a friend to anyone and everyone I may cross paths with.
Feel free to stop by during the general meeting, events and my office hours, and say hi, or bring any questions/comments/ or concerns you may have, and I’ll do my best to help you myself or get you to a person who can.
Clarissa Intriago, Treasurer
My name is Clarissa Intriago, Treasurer of the Student Government Association. My responsibilities include 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 minor in something related to technology or languages. My hobbies are watching short films, reading, helping others, and running. I want to help and inspire students to be involved with the Guttman community, so if you ever need help finding resources (including those for undocumented students), or would like to know how to get involved with anything on campus, swing by room 004 and I’ll be there to help!
If you need someone to talk to, help with college courses, advice, or any other matters; feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Britney Puma, Secretary
My name is Britney Puma, Secretary of the Student Government Association. I am a second-year student majoring in Information Technology. My goal as Secretary is to help students with time management, advocate for students’ needs and concerns and create changes as the chair of the Student and Academic Affairs Committee. Aside from being Secretary, I am a 2019 America Needs You Fellow, a 2019-2020 LSAMP Fellow, and a 2019-2020 Admissions & Access Peer Mentor. I am open to discussing these great programs with you and providing helpful resources to you.
Upon graduating from Guttman, I plan to transfer to a senior college and major in Cyber-Security and minor in Homeland Security. I believe that nothing is impossible if you work towards achieving that goal. As Secretary, I hope to be a person that you can confide in with concerns. I will ensure that your time at Guttman is a great experience.
I am humbled to serve the student body as Secretary of the SGA and am here to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com and/or visit my peers and me by the SGA office in Room 004. Thank you!
Edwin Rodríguez, Senator
My name is Edwin Rodríguez, Senator of the Student Government Association. I am a Human Services major whose goals include serving and knowing the interests of Guttman students.
My role as Senator will be to support and advocate for students using my voice, and with the help of colleagues, to fight for success and equity in the campus community. I am an immigrant, born and raised in El Salvador who then arrived in the United States at 17 years old. I understand what it is to fight for what you want, to know that there are many challenges and obstacles ahead and that I can help my community move forward and not give up.
Fighting for what you want is not easy; there were lessons that taught me that the effort I put in gives me the motivation to get where I never expected. I hope to inspire many with my story and to be a good model for those who have started their journey. “Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.” – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
If you want to talk to me about school matters or anything you think is worrying, feel free to email me at Edwin.Rodriguez44@guttmanmail.cuny.edu .
Hermanica Thelusca, Senator
My name Hermanica Thelusca, a Senator in Student Government Association (SGA), a First-Year Experience Peer Mentor, a member of Women of G.R.I.T and second-year student majoring in Urban Studies.
My role as Senator is to be a voice for the student body, and I will work to make Guttman a place where everyone is welcome. As a leader on campus, I am here to serve each and every one of you. As your Senator, I will fight to make Guttman as inclusive as it can be. As Assata Shakur once said, “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.” We have to fight for what we want not just as students, but also as people of color, people of low-income neighborhoods/families, and as minoritized people in general. We must fight for those who are unable; we must fight for each other.
You will see me around campus doing work for SGA or Peer Mentoring. Please do not hesitate to say “hello” or share your concerns with me. You can visit me in room 004 or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is my honor to serve you all for this 2019-2020 academic year.
Sonia Reyna, Senator
My name is Sonia Reyna and I serve as a Senator of the Student Government Association. My duties as a Senator are to report student considerations to the SGA general meetings and vote upon proposals. I also refer students’ needs and concerns to the right person or department. So, if any concerns come to mind, don’t hesitate to ask me.
I also serve as an alternate delegate for the University State Senate (USS) for CUNY, an organization that protects the rights of the student body and furthers the cause of public higher education. The team and I represent 500,000 CUNY students across the 25 campuses.
During my first year of Guttman, I had the honor of being a member of the Leadership Academy. Here was my first step into becoming a leader for Guttman. I learned there are many steps you have to take to accomplish personal goals and become a leader. The Leadership Academy provides many workshops and speakers that help students better understand the leadership role. I will apply what I learned from the Leadership Academy to my role as a senator of the SGA: active listening, clear communication and scheduling your time so you can give it your all in everything you do.
I am a sophomore majoring in Liberal Arts and Sciences. I value time, effort and organization. These characteristics will help me further through my career. I aspire to become a Physician’s Assistant focusing in the ER. I want to go to a 4- year college to continue my studies.