Secretarial and Trustee candidate: Manik Elahi

Name: Manik Elahi
Party: Independent
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
High School: Beaconhouse UK School System
Major: CIS
Age: 19
Clubs/Organizations: Speech and Debate Club, Foreign Language and Culture Club, Hudsonian and Student Senate.

What made you want to run for this position?

It was a moral and rational call for me. I saw that this position was open to be filled. Given the fact that I have always helped student government in all their endeavours. This is just a mere extension of that. In all honesty, I can’t wait to be given the honor to serve in the positions of secretary and student trustee with the help of my amazing fellow peers.

What are your qualifications to run?

Experience, communication and enthusiasm for a better tomorrow!

Overall, what is your greatest asset?

I have always thought that my diversity and experience are my strong suits. Given the fact that I’ve lived in so many different countries and have been with people from such different cultural backgrounds. Not only can I relate with different types of people but at times even speak the same language. And most of all, I love talking to people, taking in their input on issues. And this, I believe will help me even the road with Student Government, regardless of the outcome of the election.

Furthermore, I can proudly say that my affiliation with the Senate dates back to almost four semesters now. I have served in many different roles at various points in time during my tenure. I’ve seen two different government leaderships, all the issues they faced and how they handled them. I’m the most experienced candidate on the ballot. I have faith in the people that they will not let personal affiliations come in the way, but choose the best person for the job.

Name five initiatives you’d like to focus on with your position?

-Making the Senate more transparent and approachable for the student body.

-Club empowerment.
-Coordination with student leaderships of other nearby colleges for better outreach.
-Social work programs.
-Further expansion of programs for students (Food Pantry, CDTA service, etc).

What has been some of your greatest experiences during the race so far?

It’s just all the people. Having the opportunity to talk with our students who belong from a plethora of backgrounds. Just the fact that I have this grassroots movement is the most amazing yet humbling part of this whole race.

What is the biggest problem with student life at Hudson Valley?
The lack of participation. And I don’t blame the students. The reason for that is that we as a senate need to push our resources to the limit to advertise and invest in every event. That is something which I have planned for the future as well.

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