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Student Leadership Council Election Candidates

SLC Virtual Forum - March 10, 2022


Student Leader 2022 Online Elections

  • Wednesday & Thursday, March 16 and 17 - ELECTION DAYS
  • Friday, March 18 - Final Results Posted Online

Eligible voters may select 1 candidate for Student Trustee and up to 6 candidates for the Student Leadership Council Officer positions on the ballot. Four candidates have petitioned to run for Student Trustee and Student Leadership Council Officer. You may vote for the same candidate to hold both positions. Check your College of DuPage email for ballot instructions immediately prior to the election start date. 

Student Trustee Candidate

Ayesha Shafiuddin

Ayesha Shafiuddin

Ayesha Shafiuddin

  • Carol Stream
  • Business Major

Growing up while being the daughter of hard-working immigrants, I never took my education for granted. My name is Ayesha Shafiuddin, and I am running to be your next Student Trustee and officer. With students coming back to campus and taking on more in-person classes, College of DuPage has reignited the passion for learning within our community. I’ve been lucky enough to experience this love of learning first-hand through interacting with many of you. The truth is, all COD students have so much potential, talent, passion, and are driven by purpose. And I’ve learned that the biggest issue we deal with-- is the lack of connection students have with each other. I want to work actively with the college to change that.

Currently, I serve as your Student Representative on the Student Leadership Council. I am also assisting the Computer Science Club as a Public officer. Both these positions entail work that involves meeting many students, hearing their experiences, and working on solutions towards problems they may face. On top of this, I was a Speech Captain on the speech team at Wheaton North, where I practiced my pubic-speaking skills regularly. I believe that these are the qualifications that are necessary to have for the positions I run for. Meeting the students at COD, listening to their perspectives, and then being able to present it to the student Leadership Council as well as the Board of Trustees are all crucial to enhancing our college.

I love College of DuPage, and I love even more the community that we have. We encompass the values of hard work, dedication, and passion that I have never witnessed before. I really appreciate that through thick and thin—College of DuPage’s faculty is always working towards better serving its students and faculty.

 

Student Leadership Council Officer Candidates

Hajira Fathima

Hajira Fathima

Hajira Fathima

  • Lombard, IL
  • Computer Science

Hello everyone!

My name is Hajira Fathima and this is my second year at College of DuPage. I'm currently pursuing a degree in computer science- software development through a 3+1 program with Lewis University. I live in Lombard and the best way to reach me is through my COD email- fathimah@dupage.edu. I’ve been a part of SLC since Fall 2020 where I started as a representative then became an officer in Fall 2021. My time serving for this position served as a major foundation to build my leadership skills and most importantly my confidence. I also got a chance to give back to the community by serving in this position. I am running for this position as I want to help students voice their opinion and be involved with the college. Additionally, I serve as the President of Muslim Students Association where I also built my leadership skills. Being in a leadership role gives an opportunity to be more involved with the college and a broader platform to support students. My goal is to take this opportunity and help myself and most importantly the COD community by giving the students the support they need from us. 

Sofia Espinosa

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  • Villa Park, IL
  • Management

Thank you, students, of the College of DuPage, for allowing me to continue in the Student Leadership Council! To introduce myself, my name is Sofia Espinosa. I am currently a freshman and in my second semester of school here. Before starting at COD, I was hesitant about what kind of experience I would have as most of my friends left for universities, and community college can be stigmatized. Instead, I found a place where I could flourish while saving so much financially. I was heavily involved with clubs in high school, including the student council, honors society, and yearbook. As I continue into higher education, my strengths and skills have only grown. A vast portion of that growth I can thank SLC for. Now, I want to utilize them to help other community college students find out what a gem COD truly is. 

As a first-generation student and the oldest sibling, I know how hard it can be to navigate the world of higher education. At Willowbrook High School, I served as the chief editor of the yearbook club. That position taught me the marketing and designing expertise I used during my first term in the SLC. Throughout my time, I was the marketing team leader, where I developed strategies to reach COD students. Using those skills, I hope to connect with more first-generation students and lend them a helping hand. 

I have gained so much from the College of DuPage, and now I want to give back to this fantastic community, including all its wonderful students. Thank you again for this opportunity, and I look forward to serving you!

Nauman Rizwan Mohammed

Nauman R. Mohammed

Nauman Rizwan Mohammed

  • Aurora
  • Computer Science

My name is Nauman R. Mohammed, I am a third-year student at the College of DuPage. I’m an international student, majoring in Computer Science. I am running for the officer's position at the Student Leadership Council for the third time. I have seen the SLC grow and how it functions. I learned the importance of being a student's voice and how it can bring a change. SLC deals with college wide issues related to any and all college related problems. As an international student I can take a lead and assist students who are new to United States by understanding issues they face. SLC has a wide range of opportunities for students, it gives us a real-world work experience for us to make mistakes and grow as a student leader. These skills will be optimal in the corporate world. College of DuPage has given me ground to explore the diversity, involve and meet leaders from different backgrounds. I would love to give back to the college for the amazing experiences that I received.

Naila Sabahat

Naila Sabahat

Naila Sabahat

  • Villa Park
  • CIS Software Development

Student Leadership Council is a great student led organization to gain leadership personally and professionally. It works had in hand with administration and students to have an impact on student body in a positive manner. I am running for an officer position in SLC. I want to stand for first generation students and work with administration for more resources. I have been involved with SLC for the past year as a Student Trustee and it has been a great leadership experience. By running this year again, I can use the experience I gained severing on the Board of Trustees. As we all know that past 2 years of pandemic came with a lot of hurdles us students did not have a normal college experience. Not only past 2 years were severely challenging academically but mentally as well. At COD we have a remarkably diverse group of individuals. I want to work with students and solve issues they are going through. I want to voice student opinion and enhance my leadership skills for student body. I have been involved with New Student Orientation, was an OL for the past two semester. Potentially serving as a team lead upcoming semester. In addition, I am gained experience with Living Leadership Program, through this I was able to realize leadership style of my peers and how as a team we can work with our strengths to work efficiently. I volunteer for Austismerica at COD for their monthly meeting. I had the pleasure to meet diverse individual through this organization. College of DuPage is a dream college for me. It has great students, programs, faculty, staff, administration, committees, board of trustees and resources. Every single day I witness COD go above and beyond to meet the needs of the student body and the community.

Ayesha Shafiuddin

Ayesha Shafiuddin

Ayesha Shafiuddin

  • Carol Stream
  • Business Major

Growing up while being the daughter of hard-working immigrants, I never took my education for granted. My name is Ayesha Shafiuddin, and I am running to be your next Student Trustee and officer. With students coming back to campus and taking on more in-person classes, College of DuPage has reignited the passion for learning within our community. I’ve been lucky enough to experience this love of learning first-hand through interacting with many of you. The truth is, all COD students have so much potential, talent, passion, and are driven by purpose. And I’ve learned that the biggest issue we deal with-- is the lack of connection students have with each other. I want to work actively with the college to change that.

Currently, I serve as your Student Representative on the Student Leadership Council. I am also assisting the Computer Science Club as a Public officer. Both these positions entail work that involves meeting many students, hearing their experiences, and working on solutions towards problems they may face. On top of this, I was a Speech Captain on the speech team at Wheaton North, where I practiced my pubic-speaking skills regularly. I believe that these are the qualifications that are necessary to have for the positions I run for. Meeting the students at COD, listening to their perspectives, and then being able to present it to the student Leadership Council as well as the Board of Trustees are all crucial to enhancing our college.

I love College of DuPage, and I love even more the community that we have. We encompass the values of hard work, dedication, and passion that I have never witnessed before. I really appreciate that through thick and thin—College of DuPage’s faculty is always working towards better serving its students and faculty.

Karla Jimenez

Karla Jimenez

Karla Jimenez

  • Warrenville
  • International Business

It is once again a great honor and privilege to be running as an Officer this upcoming Student Leadership Council term. I am running for a position not only because I want to provide a voice, a safe space for every student here at COD but to help our college become a better place for the students to come. I believe there is always space to grow, to become better, and to be able to help everybody.

As now my second year here at COD, I’ve been involved in a variety of clubs and activities throughout the school.  I’ve worked with the food pantry, the garden, the learning commons, NSO, and many more. I’ve learned a lot of things, I’ve made a lot of mistakes, and I have grown as a person with these amazing experiences. All my involvement has not only added invaluable experience to my leadership journey but also they have helped me to improve my skills. I’ve become more patient, a good listener, and communicator, a better team player, and overall a braver person. I am living a life I never imagined I would be living today.

That is why I love the College of DuPage and its community. They bring out the best in you. There will always be someone willing to help you. Even when you think you are the only one, you will always find someone that thinks similarly to you. That is why COD's diversity, understanding environment, and welcoming community make it an admirable institution that wants you not only to succeed but to inspire you to be better every day. Life is time, objectives are days, and dreams are seconds. That is why we should always live at our fullest so that we will never regret a second of it.

Muhammad Usman Naeem

  • Lombard, IL
  • Software Development

I’m from Lombard, IL. I am majoring in Software Development, doing the 3+1 with Lewis University and this is my 3rd year at COD. My contact information is as follows naeemm779@dupage.edu. 

I have always had this mindset that if there is any way for me to make someone’s situation easier, I will. I believe that SLC does the same. Hence, I am running for this position. I want to create a positive impact on everyone around me, this will ultimately help me grow. I have taken some leadership roles at COD- I have experience with being an Orientation Leader and a peer mentor. I also worked at the police desk as a student worker which was a great way to support students. These leadership roles have helped me grow my interpersonal and leadership skills. I have also used these skills to uplift my confidence in other roles in life. I appreciate the opportunities and resources COD has provided us with, it has played a huge role in shaping me. The diverse environment has always helped me grow and achieve my goals; I am so grateful for the faculty that has always been there for me. I value student perspective a lot and as an officer, I would be able to echo the student voice in a better manner.  

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