Meet Your Graduate Candidates

The candidates for the Graduate Student Government election introduce themselves to the Kean community.

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Meet Your Graduate Candidates
(From left to right) Schantal Herrera, Maheen Saeed, Zsaira Davis, Ashlee Jacobs, and Tiffany Jenkins are candidates for the Graduate Student Government election.
Taylor Battle, Staff Writer

The Office of Student Government ensures that students represent their peers so that everyone on campus can feel heard. This organization is represented by both the Student Government Association (SGA) and the Graduate Student Government (GSG). With election day starting Wednesday, April 5, students should know more about the GSG election candidates. 

“Our goal is to enhance the academic, social, and cultural experiences of our community by encouraging the true meaning of diversity on our campuses,” said the Office of Student Government about GSG on their Cougar Link page. 

The GSG aspires to speak on behalf of students and address their concerns and needs. All running candidates aim to uphold these values and responsibilities. This year the following students are running for the GSG executive board: 

  • Schantal Herrera  
  • Maheen Saeed 
  • Zsaira Davis
  • Ashlee Jacobs
  • Tiffany Jenkins

“As President, I want to advocate for my peers and provide a positive support system,” said Herrera.

Herrera is campaigning to be the GSG president. As president, Herrera would aim for her peers to feel safe and supported on campus. 

“Being involved has given me many opportunities that I am grateful for. I have [also] learned and gained many new skills,” said Saeed. “I hope to continue being involved and being a part of Student Government and furthering my skills.” 

While Saeed is currently running for the treasurer position, she has been a member of the Student Government since her junior year. While she started as a junior class senator, Saeed was later assigned as senior class president. Saeed is also a current member of the President’s Advisory Council.

“My goal within Graduate Student Government is to collaborate with fellow members in developing and promoting events, opportunities, and community [that is] centered toward graduate students,” Davis said. 

Davis is a first-generation college graduate and is currently studying school counseling. As secretary, Davis aims to use the position to promote her community of graduate students. 

“As a current Student Government Association Senior Class Senator, [I’ve] gotten a feel for student leadership, mentorship, programming, and planning,” said Jacobs. 

Jacobs is currently running for a senator position. As they enter graduate school, Jacob will pursue their master’s degree in social work. If elected, they hope to expand their involvement in student government and as an individual. 

“I’ve always been passionate about helping others. I am hard-working, organized, personable, and responsible,” said Jenkins. 

Like Jabobs, Jenkins is also applying to be a senator. Jenkins refers to herself as a quick learner and is always open to new ideas and constructive criticism. As a graduate student, she is working towards a master’s degree in social work. 

These candidates aim to improve life for students on campus. Each has a specific goal they’d like to accomplish if elected for their desired GSG position. This week, students can vote for these candidates in the upcoming election. 

Elections for GSG will open on Wednesday, April 5, at 9 a.m. and close on Thursday, April 6, at 5 p.m. Students will have the ability to vote through Cougar Link when the ballots are available.

about the author

Taylor Battle, Staff Writer

Taylor Battle is a junior pursuing a major in English with a writing option. Taylor joined The Cougar’s Byte in Spring 2021 with the position of a Staff Writer. She has a passion for the arts including music, art, literature and theater. She also is dedicated to helping her fellow colleagues to the best of her abilities. After graduating Kean, Taylor inspires to start a career in either journalism or publication.