ONLINE EXCLUSIVE — New coordinators elected to Student Leadership Council
By Joash Mencias
Two students were recently elected to the Student Leadership Council on Tuesday morning. Paola Martinez was elected as Coordinator of Outreach and Blessy Johnson was elected as Coordinator of Service.
The two were chosen after coordinator positions suddenly opened up due to the resignation of several members elected just this past spring.
Paola Martinez was eager to be part of the council and start working. “I am excited,” she said. “I wanted to be involved and now I have that new responsibility.”
Blessy Johnson echoed a similar sentiment. “I want to be someone in society as a leader and a guide for others. This was my chance to make a difference.”
Martinez’s self-proclaimed passion for social media suits her new job as Coordinator of Outreach. Her duties include being in charge of social media relations and informing the student body about what SLC does.
Johnson, on the other hand, wanted to be more exposed to the community through service. As SLC President Sam Ortega-Guerrero is pushing for more outreach to the community, Martinez’s position as Coordinator of Service fulfills the president’s desires.
Relating to Ortega-Guerrero’s vision, Johnson said, “I want to get the students to come together and to interact with society beyond our college.”
While a large body of the student population did not elect Martinez and Johnson, they still were subjected to campaign procedures.
The election process began with an application phase that outlined numerous officer qualifications and responsibilities. Candidates also needed to submit two short essays regarding their own personal leadership qualities and vision for Student Leadership Council.
During Tuesday’s election, the candidates gave a brief speech to members and were subjected to questions from authorized SLC members. While the speech requirement was outlined in the application, Martinez admitted she did not prepare her speech presentation. “I just kind of whipped it out,” Martinez laughed.
Meanwhile, Johnson prepared her speech that told members about her personal leadership qualities. “My main point was that I have the strength to do what I love to do and do it with determination,” Johnson said. “I can do my job with an optimistic attitude and with my full heart into it.”
As the two new leaders embark on their terms, they also had some advice for new students embarking on their new academic lives at College of DuPage.
“Sometimes, new COD students may be nervous or doubtful about their decision,” Johnson said. “However I want them to know they are in the right place at the right time. And if anyone needs help, come up to us and we’ll be glad to help.”