Ariel Weinstien/Staff Writer
So far in the series of “Meet your SGA,” FIUSM has sat down and interviewed Luis Cabrera, our Student Advancement Coordinator for SGC-MMC, Stefan Bahad, our Business Senator and Vice Chairman of the Operational Review Committee for SGC-MMC and our SGC-MMC President, Lianne Sippin. This time, FIUSM got to sit down with our SGC-BBC Vice President, Richard Azimov.
The Student Government Association at FIU serves as representational government for the student body.
Their mission is stated on their website as the following:
• Serving as an advocate for the rights and common interest of the students;
• Fostering student life, encouraging community involvement, and embracing diversity
• Enhancing and preserving academic excellence and integrity;
• Acting as a liaison between the student body, the University, and external communities.
What position do you hold within student government and what are your duties?
Vice President of Student Government Association-Biscayne Bay Campus. My duties are to support the council’s projects, address student concerns, advise the Legislative Branch, and serve on University-wide committees.
What was your platform when you first ran?
My platform was to create and implement programs that will benefit the student body and collaborate with clubs/organizations to enhance student life at BBC.
What does it take to be a leader and why are students the best kinds of leaders?
Becoming a leader requires one to set an example for our students. Moreover, a leader is one that has his or her values aligned with core values. For example, a leader must possess integrity and assist others in achieving a common goal.
Students are the best kinds of leaders because they display their dedication in whether it is maintaining a sufficient GPA or participating in extracurricular activities. In fact, students already display themselves as leaders when showing their commitments in helping communities achieve common goals.
What made you want to be part of the SGA?
I wanted to work with other student leaders on the initiatives from prior years and during this academic year. Being an advocate for our students to address concerns is a privilege and a rewarding experience.
Are you involved in anything else on campus?
I am a Peer Career Coach at the Career Services Office.
What’s your favorite part of being in the SGA?
Listening to our students and working with FIU’s administration. My belief is simple: an enriched student life translates into academic success!