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!
Sameer JahangiriSGA President
Theodore SilvaExecutive Vice President
Palak ShahSGA VP of Finance
Samantha CarhuaricraSGA VP of Media and Info
Christine WangSLAP President
Hello, my name is Sameer Mubarak Jahangiri, I am the President of the Student Government Association. I am a General Business major and hope to transfer to Rutgers University, to pursue a major in Marketing and a minor in Economics. I own and run my own business on the side, a clothing company (sadboysworldwide.com) and am fortunate that it is going well, it is a huge pleasure of mine and I take great pride in it. I hope to open up and foster many businesses in my lifetime as I have a lot of ideas. One day I hope, God willing, to start my own conglomerate, managing a broad array of companies in various industries, and use all that power to really help change this world for the better.
I love drawing, discussing political issues, persuading people to do the right thing, advocating for change where I see necessary, and I genuinely enjoy growing and trying to be the best person that I can be. I have a lot of hopes for RVCC, it has a lot of potential, that me, my team, and I'm sure many of the students see. I hope to tap into that potential, fix what is broken here on campus and in the administration and truly create a productive, efficient, successful and healthy community/environment here at RV.
Theodore is a student body Executive Vice President whose primary focuses are in marketing, media and communications. He has been attending Raritan Valley Community College since Fall 2018. Besides SGA, Theodore enjoys reading, writing, and learning new languages. He thinks you will take him more seriously if he writes his bio in the third person.
“My name is Palak Shah and I am a Business Major in Honors College. I want to become a financial analyst and hopefully own a consulting firm for investments. After another year at RV, I plan to transfer out to a four year college to gain more knowledge and experience. I want my work to benefit others in a non orthodox manner. I want my knowledge to help other people become better at financial managing.
I love to dance, and occasionally I like to paint as well. Binge-watching Netflix is my idea of relaxing. I believe in giving back to the community and volunteer at the local library. As an Enactus member, I invest all my efforts into planning projects and executing them to benefit two or more parties. Enactus is all about efficient business deals. I am also a professional Henna Artist and trying establishing my own company. I love spending quality time with my family and friends.”
Hi! My name is Samantha Carhuaricra, but feel free to call me Sam.C for short! I am currently double-majoring in Film & Business Administration and come from the small town of South Plainfield. Consider me as someone who wants to give back the goodness a community such as RVCC, offers. In just my first semester here at RV, I've already acquired accomplishments I owe to RV: membership in NSLS & Phi Theta Kappa, 4.00 GPA, and the inclusion of being named on the President's List. In addition, I am partaking in some of the organizations that RV is proud to have: SLAP, Rotaract, and The Record. This past semester, I’ve volunteered and partook in events such as End Hunger 360, Leaderships Series, and the Annual Spring Picnic held by SLAP. I'm only 18 years old, first-generation and Peruvian, simply striving to give it all, every minute, of every day. Look forward to another successful year here at RV!
Hi, I am Christine Wang, a Digital Media and Film Studies major. My interest at RV is t o promote the school with student involvement and spirit. Outside of school, I love enjoying the ourfoirs, especially hiking, watching movies, and snacking. With the coalition of multicultural clubs working together, I hope that students can express and feel the sensation of community throughout the campus with fun activities and events!
From a young age, I knew that I wanted to help people. The first job I ever really wanted was to be a fighter pilot. This went out the window pretty early as I found out you needed 20/20 vision in order to be a pilot. Over time that dream changed and evolved, taking on various forms right up until 2016. I found myself for the first time truly invested in the politics at large in our nation. I ended up volunteering as what was essentially a data entry intern on a local House of Representatives Congressional campaign, and somehow I wound up becoming the Communications Director for the entire campaign. I knew in that moment that my future would lie in the world of politics, whatever shape that may take moving forward. I plan to serve RVCC and it's students to the absolute best of my abilities, and I will stop at nothing to make sure that each and every student's voice is heard.
About Me: My name is Dominick Zona, I’m your Senator for this current year and majoring in Education to hopefully become a history teacher. On campus, I’m working on the creation of a new athletic club based on the game “Spikeball”, along with working with other clubs to try and keep students coming to RVCC involved. Outside of RVCC and work, I’m a huge fan of ancient history, writing, and studying Latin!
Priority for This Year: My main goal for my term as Senator would be to try and increase the level of student involvement on campus and truly be the voice of the students in the best way possible.
What I want to Accomplish: What I want to accomplish, by the end of my term, is the creation of the previously mentioned “Spikeball” club, successfully increasing the level of participation in clubs and being able to effectively represent the needs of the student campus wide.
What I want to leave behind: What I hope to leave behind at the end of my tenure as Senator would be to set a precedent for the next SGA to follow for helping students, along with helping students have positive experiences they wouldn’t have been able to have before!
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.