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Kamalpreet Kaur


Kamalpreet Kaur is currently a senior, majoring in Community Health. As President, her goal is to improve student communication with USG and administration to better serve the Hunter community. Previously as Cultural Affairs Commissioner, she strengthened the relationship between club leaders and USG through club walkthroughs, monthly newsletters and advocated for their concerns and wellbeing to the rest of USG. This year she plans to continue listening to student insights and needs as well as continuing and expanding student-friendly initiatives such as events, town halls, student democracy project, and the purple PEERiod Project. 

Gillian Blanco

Vice President 

Gillian Blanco is a current senior majoring in Human Biology, aspiring to become a Physician Assistant. This is her third year in USG, in the past she has served as Sophomore Senator and Head of the USG Ambassador Program. She looks forward to work diligently to represent the voice of the undergraduate student body. Specifically, Gillian hopes to increase awareness of the wide array of resources USG provides to students.

Elise Wang

Finance Commissioner

Elise Wang is a junior majoring in Biology Neuroscience and minoring in Public Policy. Last year, she served as a Sophomore Senator and a co-leader for both the Students Stand up Campaign against Sexual Assault and the Mental Health Awareness Initiative. Elise plans to continue to advocate on behalf of Hunter students, and work with faculty, administration, and students organizations to improve the Hunter College experience.

Julia Hidalgo

Cultural Affairs Commissioner

Julia Hidalgo is a senior majoring in Human Biology with the goal of becoming a Physician Assistant. While she is not studying for her classes, Julia can be found attending Hunter College events to better familiarize herself with her colleagues. During her past four years at Hunter, she has gotten a better understanding of her fellow colleagues priorities and interests. As the Cultural Affairs Commissioner, she will implement and voice the concerns of the clubs and students to the best of her abilities. Julia will fight for the Hunter community and strive to make everyone’s journey, a journey to remember.

Hardik Bhaskar

Student Welfare Commissioner

Hardik Bhaskar is a Junior, majoring in Biochemistry and Studio Art; planning going to Medical School. Hardik is also part of the Men's Track and Field Team at Hunter. Through out his career at Hunter College, Hardik has taken part in many volunteering opportunities offered and is an active member in many clubs around campus. As the Student Welfare Commissioner, Hardik plans to work towards greater awareness toward Sexual Assault, the LGBTQ Community, Mental Health, and overall Wellness of the student body. His vision is to embrace a closer knit and welcoming community in Hunter College. Always feel free to stop by the Hunter USG office to meet and speak with Hardik about anything you may need to succeed at Hunter College.


Gaelle Chawki

Evening Affairs Commissioner

Gaelle Chawki is a Senior majoring in Human Biology. As an Ambassador, she was able to learn the ins and outs of USG's events and how USG handles its events. She was able to see the impact that USG has on the Hunter community. She is very excited to take on a greater role as the Evening Affairs Commissioner. She is very dedicated to the students of Hunter and is eager to encourage the student body to participate in the fun giveaways and nighttime events that Hunter has to offer. Her goal is to make students feel that they truly are a part of this school and that they are enjoying their time at Hunter by providing them with the greatest experiences possible.

Sabina Kubayeva

Residence Life Commissioner

Raisa Karim

Senate Chair

Sabina Kubayeva is a rising sophomore in the Macaulay Honors program majoring in Behavioral Neurobiology and minoring in Classical Studies on a pre-med track. She aspires to obtain her MD/PhD and become a medical examiner because of her interest in forensics. Outside of Hunter, Sabina does research at SUNY Downstate about a memory molecule and its association with Alzheimer’s Disease. Sabina was first a USG Ambassador in her freshmen year and decided to continue her involvement as Residence Life Commissioner, in which she hopes to create a better sense of community at Hunter’s dorms by planning fun and accessible events.


Raisa Karim is a junior majoring in Biochemistry and Thomas Hunter Honors. She became involved with student government in her freshman year as a USG ambassador and then served as a freshman senator during her sophomore year. Her interest in student government stemmed from a desire to have a rewarding college experience. By actively listening to students and working with them to address their concerns, she hopes to promote civic literacy, awareness and engagement among the undergraduate population. Please feel free to reach out to her throughout the year!


Kayla Benjamin

External Affairs Commissioner

Kayla Benjamin is a sophomore majoring in Political Science and planning to minor in Japanese Language. As an Ambassador, she was able to learn a lot about what USG does for the student population. She also currently works as a Student Admissions Leader for the Office of Admissions, where she aspires to make Hunter a reachable place to incoming students. She hopes to become the face that anyone can call out to in the hallways, and someone her fellow students can reach out to to have meaningful conversations with, or discuss their concerns. Since socialization is a big part of her goals, never feel afraid to send her a message!

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Laiba Afzal

Senior Senator

Laiba Afzal is a senior majoring in Human Biology and Psychology on the Pre-med Track. As Senior Senator, she hopes to work closely with the student body and take their opinions into account to help fix issues they care about. She hopes to create more extracurricular activities that bridge the gap between student leaders and the student body, as well as structure a student run course rating system that informs more on courses taken by other students so students could accurately assess different classes.

Aqsa Ghaffar

Senior Senator

As a student at Hunter College for the past three years, I am extremely excited to represent our student body as a member of the Senate. I will ensure that we have a voice, one that is heard, and one that speaks for all students regardless of age, academic pursuits, lifestyles or backgrounds. I will prioritize student life and work towards bettering the sense of community at Hunter College. I promise to hold this position with integrity and transparency while making attainable changes that produce significant results.

Muhammad Afaq

Senior Senator

Hey, My name is Muhammad Afaq and I’m an upcoming senior at Hunter College. I’m a pre-med majoring in Human Biology. I hold the position of Senior Senator and hope to work with my peers to make Hunter a more inclusive and enjoyable college experience for all. Some of my hobbies include working out, hanging out with my friends and traveling. My favorite place in Hunter would be be the sixth floor library, it’s great for socializing and you can almost always find me there if I’m not in class or out getting food. Hope to see you around !

Daniella Babaee

Junior Senator

Hi! I am currently a senior and will be graduating in the Spring (time flew). I double major in Media Studies and English, with a minor in Legal Studies. I am also a Roosevelt Scholar and a member of the Pre-Law Program. My experience includes planning and running events, marketing and producing creative content. Outside of school and interning, I enjoy reading, writing and watching Netflix (don’t we all). I am super excited to bring fun and important initiatives to the student body and make their Hunter experience one they will cherish.

Email: Daniella.babaee@hunterusg.org

Raisa Karim

Sophomore Senator

Raisa Karim is a junior majoring in Biochemistry and Thomas Hunter Honors. She became involved with student government in her freshman year as a USG ambassador and then served as a freshman senator during her sophomore year. Her interest in student government stemmed from a desire to have a rewarding college experience. By actively listening to students and working with them to address their concerns, she hopes to promote civic literacy, awareness and engagement among the undergraduate population. Please feel free to reach out to her throughout the year!

Lisha Rajput

Sophomore Senator


Lisha Rajput is a Junior double majoring in Political Science and Economics. Lisha intends to pursue a career in the legal sector, for which she has partaken in various legal internships and programs. Simultaneously, Lisha has a love for youth empowerment and education access — she focuses her interests and efforts towards facilitating and running a non-profit that bridges various gaps for first-generation, low-income, middle-school students. Blurring her assets, Lisha intends to employ her platform to cultivate an environment of comfort and inclusion. This means fostering event that cater to students’ interests, career and academic growth, and outlets of self-expression.


Zobaida Maria

Freshman Senator

Zobaida Maria is currently a Sophomore hoping to double major in Psychology and Special Education, much of which was motivated by her experience in Project Happy, Hunter’s activity program for Youth with disabilities. Working as a Disabilities Counselor enabled her with the unique position to understand the various concerns of those she works with, while also being objective to the matters at hand. It is her conviction in mental health awareness and a more accessible campus that motivated her to pursue the Freshman Senator position.

Angela Bathija

Junior Senator

Angela Bathija is currently a Junior majoring in Human Biology. She holds the position as Junior Senator and is on the Pre-Dental track planning to attend Dental School after Hunter. She is excited to collaborate with students to coordinate events to enhance students communication opportunities. Angela will suggest, develop, and implement solutions to problems related to campus life. Her goal is to contribute her knowledge and resources to serve the student body as a liaison to create a close-knit community on campus and beyond.

Kiran Javaid

Sophomore Senator

Hi! My name is Kiran Javaid and I am a Human Biology Major and a Human Rights Minor on the pre-med track. I have been involved in Student Government since high school and I am a strong believer in that if there is something you do not like, it is your responsibility to go out and change it. I hope to be the voice of my class and please never hesitate to reach out to me with any ideas or concerns! I look forward to working with you all!

Nimra Aziz

Sophomore Senator

I'm on the pre-med track and double majoring in human bio and economics. I want to give Hunter students an opportunity to develop ideas by organizing and carrying out school activities and service projects with USG. In addition to planning events that contribute to school spirit and community welfare, I want to let everyone know about Hunter’s clubs and gather students to promote change that will involve all Hunter kids in knowing about the clubs offered and how to become more involved as everyone should be able to have a voice. I want to make sure every Hunter student has a positive experience in college and that their needs are addressed. I believe USG should promote student services, such as the Office of Accessibility, which satisfy students needs.

Olenka Ballena

Freshman Senator

Olenka Ballena is a sophomore majoring in Political Science on a Pre-Law track. Being a member of Circle K has allowed her to develop her passion for community service and leadership. As freshman senator, she hopes to further enrich the opportunities offered to our student community, continuing to foster a diverse and engaging school environment. As students in a large school, she knows it’s easy to feel like a small fish in a big pond. However, her goal is to create a more integrated and unified student community, while taking advantage of all the resources a large school has to offer.

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Rodela Ahmed

My name is Rodela Ahmed and I am a junior at Hunter. I am majoring in biology. I am excited to be part of Auxiliary Enterprise Corporation (AEC) as part of USG! As a former Ambassador, I have gained experience working alongside the Evening Affairs Committee to help plan for school events. As an AEC member, I hope to work on making decisions for allocating revenues for auxiliary enterprises and promise to get things done on time by helping to review and approve contracts and help allocate funds.

Zara Nadeem

Zara Nadeem is a freshman Yalow Honors Scholar majoring in biology and minoring in political science on the pre-med track. She hopes to go to medical school and aspires to be a cardiologist or oncologist. During high school, she conducted breast cancer treatment research at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and now volunteers in the Weill Cornell Heart-2Heart program and at Mount Sinai Brooklyn Hospital, along with conducting clinical research in the cardiology division at NYU Langone. She is also the ambassador for the MAPs pre-med club at Hunter. As a USG AEC member, she hopes to help make Hunter a more inclusive and close community and help with the successful execution of events so the Hunter student body would have an enjoyable and memorable experience to not only have fun but meet new people. She enjoys working with others, taking on leadership roles, and loves to give advice on research, volunteering, and classwork and is excited to be a part of the USG community to help spread inclusiveness and diversity.

Priyal Thakkar

Priyal Thakkar is a sophomore in the pursuing a double major in biology and music. In her free time, she enjoys reading, binge watching tv shows and listening to music. In addition to these interests, she is passionate about providing her fellow students the ability to have an impactful, productive and engaging college experience. As a member of Auxiliary Enterprise Corporation, she is excited to work towards this in a cost-effective manner. She hopes to provide her fellow students with the resources to problem solve and achieve their short and long-term goals.

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Laila Abouhasswa

Laila is a junior majoring in Human Biology and minoring in classics. She is a Yalow Scholar and Thomas Hunter Scholar and would like to become an optometrist. Laila is Vice President of the club UNICEF and has had several leadership roles in the past which have helped strengthen her communication skills. As a member of USG, she would like to become a liaison between the students and the student government in order to make Hunter less of a commuter school and more of an enjoyable college experience for her fellow peers.

Tasmia Promi

Tasmia is majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Classical Studies. When she isn’t studying, Tasmia loves to play soccer, watch Netflix, and is constantly making jokes. As a part of the Hunter community, she believes that students should have the opportunity to utilize their resources to optimize their undergraduate experience. Thus, as a College Association member, she’ll make sure student activity fees goes into this cause and any other causes that are meaningful to the Hunter community. She’ll make sure student activity fees are used efficiently so that every organization and program have the opportunity to voice their mission well.

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Salwa Najmi

Salwa Najmi is a sophomore interested in majoring in biochemistry and minoring in public policy. She is passionate about improving the experiences of students at Hunter College and has previously served as a USG ambassador, assisting in the coordination of events and club-walkthroughs on campus as part of the Cultural Affairs committee. She hopes to facilitate a more fun and fair academic and social environment as part of the Faculty Student Disciplinary Committee.

Claude Guillaume

Claude Guillaume is currently a junior at Hunter College and is a member of the Yalow Scholars Program. He is majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Behavioral Neuroscience. During his time at Hunter College, Claude has been volunteering for the CARE program at the Mount Sinai Hospital, working as a visitors center associate for Hunter, as well as participating in various clubs. He is pursuing a medical degree and aspires to be an anesthesiologist. As a member of USG, he looks forward to engaging with more students and improving communication between faculty and students.

Juliana Poroye

Juliana Poroye is a senior double majoring in philosophy and political science. She is currently a Mellon Public Humanities fellow, writing about ways the classroom can galvanize intellectual emancipation in Black students who attend underfunded public schools. Poroye co-founded Hunter’s Slam Club, is an upperclasswoman student mentor in the ‘Let’s Get Ready Success Program’, and is on the pre-law track.

Aleena Khan

Aleena is a senior on the pre-med track. She is majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Economics. As a part of FSDC, she wants to make sure that the student body’s course-related issues are addressed accordingly. Aleena aims to connect the student body together, and have them more connected on campus. She believes that a positive learning environment is essential in each student’s academic success. As a part of FSDC, she wishes to improve every student’s college experience by making sure their class-related needs are properly addressed.

Orchida Harizaj

Orchida Harizaj is a junior double majoring in Media with a Concentration in Journalism and English Literature. An avid traveler and book enthusiast, Orchida hopes to one day write about her journeys and experiences to share, both, the beauties and the hardships of the world. She has always strived to help out in her community and offer her support to the people around her and as a USG member Orchida will do just that.


Annie Lin

As part of the Faculty-Student Discipline Committee, Annie Lin is a Biology major striving to strengthen the Hunter community by forming connections between students. It is stressful to be college students where everyone is so focused on their own coursework that it seems like there’s no time to make a friend. Not only does Annie want students acknowledge that friendships will help them get through their duration of the stressful college period, but they will also have earned a friend for a life-time. With that said, the community does not stop at Hunter, it follows with you wherever you go!


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Afsana Rahman

Afsana Rahman is a freshman Yalow scholar interested in computer science and neurobiology. She joined the Ambassador program to give back to Hunter’s community and assist USG in hosting successful events to provide a welcoming environment for its students. Afsana hopes to foster close relationships with student leaders and the student body to help address their interests and concerns. She is excited to meet and work with you all.

Email: afsana.rahman@hunterusg.org

Mayar Safwat

Mayar Safwat is currently a Junior majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Music on a pre-med track. She hopes to become a successful pediatrician one day. Her goal is to create a sense of greater community at Hunter College and to ensure that the students have a voice too. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music and finding new places to explore around the city. She is also a part of the Minority Association for Pre Health students and an Arts ambassador. She is excited to be a USG ambassador and to help make Hunter an even better student body.

Email: mayar.safwat@hunterusg.org

Saadmanul Islam

Saadmanul Islam is a junior, majoring in Bioinformatics under the Chemistry Department and is a part of the Yalow Scholars Program. His career goal is to work in Public Health and help populations in achieving a higher quality of life. Saadmanul joined the USG because he wants to work with the undergraduate population to make Hunter College an excellent experience for everybody. As an Ambassador, he hopes to make Hunter College feel less like a commuter school, and more like a community.

Email: saadmanul.islam@hunterusg.org

Pooja Suganthan 

Pooja Suganthan is a freshman majoring in Human Biology. She enjoys being a USG ambassador because she loves helping others and working on school events. Outside of school, Pooja enjoys dancing Bharatanatyam and Bollywood, watching horror movies, and hanging out with friends. She also loves playing Just Dance, so if you ever need some friendly competition, hit her up! 

Email: pooja.suganthan@hunterusg.org

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