As the current President of the Associated Students of Pomona College, my primary responsibilities entail overseeing and executing ASPC’s general operations while striving to support communities’ endeavors for student advocacy. Given my involvement in various committees where many faculty, staff, administrators, alumni, and board of trustee members may be present, it is my hope to bring to light critical student concerns to those who could best support student’s effort for change and accountability of others. Please know the ASPC Senate is here to advocate for all and that I am here to personally connect you with whoever is necessary to ensure that your voice, as a student, is listened to and understood.
Hi everyone! I'm Johny Ek Aban a Senior Economics major. I was raised in the Bay Area and I look forward to returning after graduation. At Pomona, I have worked with PACD (2 yrs), ITS (3 yrs), Admissions (2 yrs), Economics Department as Liaison (<1 yr) and FLI Scholars (3 yrs). Throughout all this work, I have learned how to navigate conversations and asks with administrators throughout the college. In my current role as ASPC EVP, I work with ASPC's finances which includes the Coop Store and Coop Fountain's finances as well as ASPC's reserves. I am the chair of the budget committee, which allocates money to students and club/orgs throughout the year. I also work with the Coop committee and Financial Aid and Admissions committee. If you have any questions or interest in things I've done or am doing for ASPC, please feel free to reach out!
Ahoy, comrades! Do you smell the luft of revolution in the air? I do, and as your North Campus Representative I plan to act on it. By day, I am just a Pomona senior studying International Relations. But at night, I am a committed vigilante for North Campus justice. The North Campus community decided to unanimously elect me to office, undoubtedly convinced by my stirring anarchist rhetoric. This unquestionable mandate makes me confident I have the backing and will of all North Campus residents to pursue my plan of action. My plan is simple - make the ASPC and Pomona administration more accountable to students, and, when that is done, start dismantling both. How will I do so? The answer will soon reveal itself as I embark us all on a new revolutionary adventure. Tomorrow Pomona, and the day after the 5C's!
Payal (Pie) Kachru is the current South Campus Representative for the 2018-2019 academic school year. She is a sophomore that is majoring in Economics and minoring in Computer Science. Along with being a senator, Pie is also a part of the Community Engagement Team for SAMP, a TA and Mentor of the Economics Department, a Sponsor, and a tutor for local high school students in Claremont.
As South Campus Representative, she is currently working on projects dealing with accessibility and improvements to Residence Hall Lounges, creating a student rate for the 5C Laundry Service, and demystifying and streamlining mental health processes on campus. She is always open to any and all ideas, so don't hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas!
Hans Zhou (He/Him/His) is a third-year from Hangzhou, China, majoring in Environmental Analysis and Classics. As this year’s Commissioner of Clubs & Orgs, he plans to support clubs and orgs in four aspects - community accountability, mental health, accessibility, and finance & operation. He also serves as a mentor for the International Student Mentor Program (ISMP) and is a passionate ballroom dancer on campus.
I see Commissioner of Community Relations as a kind of wild card senator position whose work is really driven by what identity-based/affiliate/advocacy groups are doing, thinking, and feeling. This year, I want to continue my predecessor Teo’s work on the Collective Memory Project. I hope to further establish the tradition of honouring and making oral histories of all the students that have come before. I also want to combine my work in ASPC with my work as Co-Head Coordinator of the Women’s Union, where we hope to continue work on bolstering campus survivor support and community accountability. I’m hoping to reach a broader audience of interest/hobby-based clubs and orgs for this, to get the message out that community- and socially-aware living manifests itself in different ways. Both these projects will really ground themselves in where campus communities are at and how they want to learn — feel free to reach out if you or your organisation/club have any questions, suggestions, or space for collaboration!
Juste Marija Simanauskaite is an International student from Lithuania. As a second year at pomona she aspires to double major in Neuroscience and Chemistry as well as follow the pre-med track and apply to medical school post graduation. Aside from being the Commissioner of Environmental Affairs at ASPC, Juste is also a Manager at the Coop Fountain, Mentor for General Chemistry, and a Chemistry Research Assistant in Professor Taylor's Lab. She is also a Chemistry Department Liaison, a member and the Secretary for Claremont Colleges Ballroom Dance Company (CCBDC) and a Sponsor in Harwood. In her free time, Juste loves participating in social dancing, cooking, and going thrift shopping in the nearby areas.
The Commissioner of External Affairs has three main functions: to represent the ASPC in matters regarding the larger Senates across the Consortium, advocate on behalf of students living off-campus, and support new and existing efforts through the Draper Center for Community Partnerships. This year, I aim to assess the various needs of off-campus students, host a series of events for both faculty and students on engaging communities outside of Claremont in mutually-beneficial, self-introspective relationships (whether through Community Partnership courses or volunteering), and streamline communication among the five Student Senates.
My name is Winston Nelson and will be serving as the 2018-2019 Commissioner of Sports. I am from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and am a member of the Pomona-Pitzer Varsity Men's Basketball team. I am thrilled to be serving in this position throughout this academic year because we have some very special student-athletes at our respective institutions. I am so excited to get the ball rolling this year, and cannot wait for the various athletic seasons! Go Sagehens!
As the Senior Class President, I oversee the Senior Class Committee and sit on the Board of Trustees Honorary Degrees Committee (which selects the commencement speaker). Our first goal as the Senior Class Committee is to throw 3-4 large class bonding events per semester (i.e. Welcome Back, Mimosa Brunch, Skyspace Soiree), foster a sense of community within the senior class, and overall, make our last year as enjoyable as possible! Our second goal, is to encourage participation in the senior gift, and reach the ambitious goal of 100% participation! As our events are primarily social spaces, we will work hard to ensure that they are safe and welcoming for all to attend, and a potential platform for people to share broader announcements. We welcome any and all collaborations, and if you have any ideas for events that you would like to see happen, please contact us!
Hi! I am an animal loving, Latinx from Texas, majoring in PPA Biology. I am excited to work with other senators to help improve the experience of all students at Pomona. I am passionate about serving the community and helping make positive contributions to the spaces I am a part of. On campus I can also be found mentoring for Genetics, as a Coordinator for Draper Center through LINC and Health Bridges, or a student leader within Pomona’s Latinx Alliance, Students of Color Association, Student United Way, and Gates Millennium Scholars Chapter at the 5Cs. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or suggestions!
My name is Malak Afaneh and I am a sophomore double majoring in Politics and Middle Eastern Studies.I aspire to be an immigration lawyer and work with multiple NGOs. I am super excited to represent the sophomore class this year and implement everyone's ideas!
My job as First-year Class President revolves around making sure the first-years at Pomona have fun events to both get accustomed to campus and mingle with others. I am the chair of the First-Year Committee and a part of the Orientation Book Committee. I hope to be bale to introduce events at Pomona focused around identity and community building, to create a more inclusive and comfortable environment for all. I am open to any and all suggestions and would love to have anyone help plan events!