Get Involved and Be A Leader!
Whether you’re aspiring to be the next president or you just want to get involved in something bigger than yourself, student government is a great place to start. At RVCC, students are the backbone of campus life. If you think pioneering fundraising initiatives, hosting leadership seminars, and allocating funds for awesome and diverse school clubs with a group of your peers sounds like fun--our student government welcomes you with open arms. We’re always available to brainstorm, discuss, and activate any ideas you might have to improve life at RVCC.
Learn more about us below, and send us an email if you’d like to get involved!
Alvariana Gonzalez Executive Vice President
Kristen GaritaVice President of Finance
Zoya MobeenVice President of Information and Media
Debra Gibson SLAP Board President
About Me: My name is Kevin Asiain. I am currently at Raritan Valley Community College majoring in Communications and Theater. I am a first generation college student of Mexican and Arabic decent. I am an active student leader on campus, Vice-President of Orgullo Latino Club for the '17-'18 term, Co-Chairman of the Game Room Improvement Association, Liaison of the RVCC Theater Department.. Outside of school I practice various sports recreationally, including soccer, basketball, tennis, pool and table tennis. I also enjoy singing, dancing, and performing in theatrical productions. Once I finalize my academic preparation, I would like to move to the city and pursue a career in media production.
Priority for This Year: My priority for this year is to work closely with students faculty and staff to improve the higher education experience for all who attend RVCC and those who will attending in the future.
What I Want to Accomplish: I want to successfully promote network building revolving around community, diversity, inclusion and respect, to enhance the development of campus life.
What I Want to Leave Behind: I wish to leave behind a generation of inspired and motivated students that will continue to strive to be the people's voice and will pursue the improvement of the institution with everyone's best interest in mind.
Born and raised in Ecuador, I’m an Honors College student involved throughout campus in a variety of organizations. Majoring in Business Administration, I’m passionate about community service, music, and literature.
Priority for This Year: Improving students’ college experience at Raritan even further through actions towards making college more affordable (scholarship opportunities, food banks, etc.), promoting events that are fun and raise awareness about important matters to reach out to bigger audiences, and not only addressing but acting on concerns students are having.
What I Want to Accomplish: A stronger sense of unity within Raritan, which contributes to the individual success of each student.
What I Want to Leave Behind: A legacy based on the philosophy of acting over promising that is continued by the SGA after us.
About Me: My name is Zoya Mobeen, the newly elected SGA Vice President of Information and Media. I am the first female of my family to attend college in hopes to get into a medical school. I believe I am a person you can talk to.
Priority for This Year: I hope to become the voice of the students and to express the importance of student involvement through media.
What I Want to Accomplish:
What I Want to Leave Behind: The legacy I want to leave behind is of a very successful and diverse SGA team who worked very hard academically and socially to have a positive impact on the lives of the students of Raritan Valley Community College.
About Me: Hi! My name is Debra Gibson! I am the 2018-19 Student Life Activities & Planning (SLAP) Board President and was previously the VP of Outreach for SLAP last year. I am full- time student and part-time worker at a gift shop. I enjoy brainstorming and exploring different event ideas for our RVCC campus. Also, when I'm not studying on campus or am at work, I'm usually either reading, cuddling with my cat, serving at church, or writing!
Priority for This Year: My priority for this year is expand our organization and make it better known to our campus community. I want students to know that they can change their campus environment through joining our program board as well as learning the much needed leadership qualities for their futures.
What I Want to Accomplish: This year I would like to expand SLAP and add music related events to our campus.
What I Want to Leave Behind: I want to leave behind an awesome event that promotes unity on campus among our diverse campus community. Additionally, I want this year, of our 50th anniversary, to be one that is memorable and one that stands out!
Shaina Pearson Senator
Pablo Portillo Senator
About Me: Hi everyone my name is Tori Hyman and I am one of your SGA Senators. I'm a Business major at Raritan Valley Community College.
Priority for This Year: My first priority is to ensure and secure people's rights and education. I believe that everyone deserves to be treated fairly and respectful despite our differences. In addition, I want to establish a sense of togetherness between every single club and show them that no one will be left behind by meeting with club leaders to see how we as SGA can help them and what the clubs leaders would like to see from their 2018-2019 Student Government Association. Additionally, I want to survey as many students as possible about issues on our campus and issues going on in our world. I plan to inspire students to not just talk about what they want to see change, but for them to be the change our campus and world needs.
What I Want to Accomplish: My goal is to ensure the future of the clubs and organizations at RVCC. In addition, I want to ensure that all of our students voices are heard and represented on this campus by actively engaging in our community at RVCC which will provide a positive voice in future decision making. In addition, I want to create an open environment to help advocate and raise our student voices which will benefit the campus and our community.
What I Want to Leave Behind: Furthermore, I want to make a difference in people's lives and leave a legacy by working towards to better RVCC in ways people can't even imagine.
About Me: My name is Johanna Sailema but everyone usually calls me by my nickname (JoJo). I am a first-generation student studying at Raritan Valley Community college as a Pre-Med major. I wish to one day become a pediatrician and impact the lives of children through medicine.
Also, I'm a big environmentalist and enjoy spending my time outdoors either hiking, running, camping, or playing sports. I very much enjoy being active and connecting with nature.
Priority for This Year: My priority this year is a powerful voice for the student body that will bridge the gap between students and faculty. I want to increase the number of students that are involved in campus activities and continue to build a legacy for the future student body.
What I Want to Accomplish: As an elected Student Government official I want to show students that they have a voice in the decisions made and they have support. One of my goals is to serve the student population as best as I can. Thank you for voting and believing in me, let's grow together and make things HAPPEN!
What I Want to Leave Behind: I want to leave behind a group of fellow leaders that will take my position and continue grow and build the diverse community at Raritan valley so that continue to be the number one in New Jersey. As a leader, I will continue to serve the student population as best as I can.
Russell D. BarefootDirector of Student Life
Russell has been the Director of Student Life since January 2011 and truly loves working with student development in higher education. He has worked in Student Affairs since 1995 after completing his Master's Degree in higher education administration. In his free time, Russell loves to practice yoga, cook wonderful vegan food, be a DIY weekend warrior, and do yard work and house projects.