In addition to the USG presidential election, this week several Brooklyn College students are running for two delegate positions in the University Student Senate. Maria Jose Romero Urquijo, Chika Otisi, and Richard Yevdeyev, are competing to replace current delegates Fay Yanofsky and Ethan Milich, whose terms end at the close of the spring semester.
USS delegates represent their CUNY schools, bringing specific questions and concerns to the Senate for discussion and debate. USS contains several standing committees that address recognized issues and work with CUNY staff to promote change across the University’s 25 campuses.
Romero is a current USG Senator, who moved from Mexico to Brooklyn to pursue an education in Psychology. A junior at BC, she is also active with Hillel and works at a social work agency for underprivileged infants.
Otisi is also a USG Senator. He is a recipient of the America Needs You Fellowship, a two-year program for first generation college students, and a member of CUNY Climate Change Coalition.
“On the USG senate, I’ve been vocal about environmental topics and have pushed for bills that can increase BC’s sustainability and its relationship with the environment,” Otisi told the Vanguard. “I hope to proceed with this as a delegate.”
Yevdeyev, a senior, is a Business major at BC. He has also served as a Chegg internship Campus Ambassador.
Current USG Chief of Staff and USG Presidential Candidate Aharon Grama, as well as USG Press Director and Candidate Iqura Naheed, are in the race as alternate delegates.
Yevdeyev and Romero did not respond to the Vanguard’s request for comment.