An outgoing and respected student leader at SUNY Canton has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the SUNY Student Assembly.
Nafeesa A. Johnson, a Law Enforcement Leadership student from Brooklyn, will be a representative for the agricultural and technical Colleges within SUNY.
“Nafeesa is the first student from SUNY Canton to be elected to this position that we know about,” said Michael J. Perry, the executive director of the SUNY Canton College Association. “She’s done a wonderful job as president of the College Activities Board and I’m certain that she will lend her charisma and enthusiasm to her post with the SUNY student governing body.”
The SUNY Student Assembly is purported to be the only statewide student government organization, and works on behalf of the over 435,000 students that attend school at one of the sixty-four SUNY Campuses. Students are elected by their peers to work on issues that concern the entire SUNY system including tuition, budgets, textbook affordability, and transfer and articulation policies.
“I’ve wanted to be on the executive committee since I found out about it,” Johnson said. “I have a feeling that I can help students from other campuses. I’m hoping we can inspire the more open lines of communication between students and administration, much like the ones we have with SUNY Canton President Dr. Joseph L. Kennedy.”
Johnson is an active member of SUNY Canton. She’s rallied students at home sporting events and participated in discussions with faculty and administration members on joint projects. “My philosophy is simple – gain respect by giving it,” Johnson said.
She explained that her appointment was a great professional stepping stone in the path toward her future career. “I can see myself working in a community development role in the future,” she said.
SUNY Canton Student Government Association president Jennifer P. Bernadotte, a management major from Brooklyn who graduated in May, nominated Johnson for the position.