Cedrick Boyd, Creative Studies, M.S.
I know that I am qualified to represent my fellow graduate students as a GSA Senator. I have served my community and country in a couple of different capacities. I’m a 17-year U.S. Army veteran I have led people during peaceful and hostile situations, so I know how to lead, remain calm and advocate under pressure. I have served as the Chief Administrator of my local church where I have led the non-profit organization in community events to raise awareness of community issues and resolutions. During that time, I have organized community functions, galas and networking events to secure jobs and careers for individual in the community. I’m definitely an advocate for the people. I’m here to support and express the interest of the current and future graduate students. Integrity is one of the values that I live by, doing what is write at all times is a must. My support and allegiance for the GSA and Buffalo State will never fade. I want to give students the support that was given to me which allowed me excel in my education and life. If elected I will give the graduate body my very best at all times. Thank you for your support and the opportunity to be your next GSA Senator.
Ronald Dupree, Higher Education & Student Affairs Administration, M.S.
It is with great enthusiasm that I apply for the College Senate and GSA Senator positions at Buffalo State. It has been a long-term professional goal of mine to develop and gain new experiences through representing the student population. This initial interest developed into a serious commitment when I joined the Residence Hall Judicial Board in May 2013. The Judicial Board heightened my interest in learning about Student Success. In August 2013 while being a member of the Buffalo State football team I was hired as a Resident Assistant, and two years later promoted to Senior Resident Assistant. These opportunities allowed me to develop skills that are crucial to building positive relationships with the community, such as leadership skills, character skills, and cohesiveness. My commitment to student success as a Senior Resident Assistant led to me being hired as a Conduct Manager for Janelle Brooks in the SUNY Buffalo State Residence Life Office. Along with the Conduct Manager position came the opportunity to be a Resident Director at the Buffalo State Off-Site location in the fall semester of 2016, intern in the Housing and Residence Life department at the University of Miami, and becoming a Hall Director at Damen College in fall 2017. The Resident Director position has taught me the following on the job experiences. I learned how to create a positive living environment, facilitate the development of students, provide leadership during crises in the residence hall and in the greater campus community, participate in a rotating weekly on-call system providing emergency assistance to staff and residents, assist agencies such as University Police, Fire Department, Health Center, etc. in the case of an emergency, and most importantly act as a positive role model at all times. Most important these positions have taught me how to be an effect leader and decision maker. I am truly excited about the possibility of the College Senate and GSA Senator for the 2017-2018 academic year. Resume
Emily Mazur, Higher Education & Student Affairs Administration, M.S.
The purpose of the GSA is to support the graduate community by providing leadership, development, support for scholarly activities and networking opportunities. As a program administrator for the NCCC liberty partnerships program I continously created programming and opprotunities to support the needs of students grade 7-12. I was required to assess each activity and explain the purpuse behind each activity. My two most successful events, community ice skating and an end of the year picnic, required bugeting, planning, and advertising. I know I would be an asset to GSA with my experience and desire to make the world around me a better place. I admit I am not the best at talking to a large group of people, but I am very approachable and passionate about the well being of my fellow peers. Whatever I lack experience, I make up for with passion and determination.
Peter Ojo, Criminal Justice, M.S.
I have been in Buffalo State for four years, and I have seen everything from decent to very bad. Buffalo State is a broken community that needs so much help. I will be able to help a very broken community that does not really promote diversity as they think they have done in the past. There would be more events for graduate students other than GSA meetings. Yes, we are five times more busy than undergraduates. Between work in the day and school at night,and lots of work professors give grad students between the semester, it is hard for graduate students to do anything or even care because everyone will complain they are too busy or tired. When the real reason is because graduate students feel they do not have a voice or no one would care about their opinions and its not worth it to express their concerns. But I will make sure there are events not only on the weekdays but also weekends, and make sure that no one is left out. I will also make sure all concerns are taken into consideration at events. Through surveys and even personal opinions from graduate students on how we can do better as an association. Attending this school as a graduate student I notice Graduate students do not have a voice, and no one truly cares about our opinions. I will be able to help and bring change for the better. The reason I state these issues is because i have experienced every thing i have mentioned since I have been in graduate school. I am guilty myself for keeping quiet and not speaking up for so long, but its time for change, and this is where I come in to convince my fellow graduate students on why I would be a great senator. We need to get over the stigma that GSA is a replica of the Undergraduate Student Association and stand up for ourselves. I believe students who will take time to read this will exactly relate to what I am explaining and will vote for me to be a GSA senator. Thank YOU!!!
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