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Meet the Student Senate 2015-2016 Candidates!

Place your vote through your NHCC email account between April 20 at 8am and April 24 at 4pm.

Brandon Layland, running for Student Senate President


"Your vote has power. Your voice has power. You have power. You, the student, are the core focus of North Hennepin Community College. And it’s because of you, my fellow students, that I am running for Student Senate President. Did you know that the Student Senate will likely vote on a new academic calendar for next year that will eliminate Spring Break? How can major decisions that affect each and every student be made by so few? How would you feel if your Spring Break was eliminated without your consent? A vote for me, Brandon, is a vote for the students. As president, I would like to actively involve you and our fellow students on such major decisions. I want to see you do well and lead a successful life. I can’t wait to work together towards that goal as your Student Senate President. Thanks for your vote!"

  • What skills will you bring to the Student Senate?
    I will bring a host of leadership ability and strong communication skills to the Student Senate. I believe in leading by example, embracing a democratic philosophy where all voices have equal say, and in the power of synergy – that a group working together can do more than any one individual.

  • What area of concern would you like Student Senate to focus on?
    As president, I would like to focus on needs of today’s students while balancing the priorities of the college. I hope to raise awareness of the Student Senate and how the Student Senate impacts all students and community members. I would also like to actively involve each and every student on major decisions that affect them through the use of polls conducted by academic advisors during registration.

  • What personal gains do you hope to receive from Student Senate?
    As president, I hope to further my leadership ability and make a meaningful contribution to the campus for the benefit of current and future students, and the local community.

Sebastian Rivera, running for Student Senate President


"My name is Sebastian Rivera, a Puerto Rican born, Italian-raised, 21 year old student at NHCC. I'm currently working on obtaining my A.A. degree at and I'd like to transfer to a 4 year university to double major in Global Affairs and Fine Arts. Art is my passion, along with politics. I am very involved in the community, especially the undocumented immigrant community, by working in NHCC's Diversity and Equity Office, volunteering with NAVIGATE MN, and Mesa Latina. As president, I would like to create a better and equitable environment for all students in order to increase their chances of succeeding at this institution. I want all students to be well informed on all the ways that their voices can be heard on campus; from participating in events, to being on committees. I only would like to serve as their voice and to represent the students in the best way possible. "

  • What skills will you bring to the Student Senate?
    I am the leader of the Latino Success Initiative, thus I have great leadership skills. I am Puerto Rican and Italian, so I have traveled and experienced different points of view in life.

  • What area of concern would you like Student Senate to focus on?
    Diversity, equality, and equal opportunities for all students.

  • What personal gains do you hope to receive from Student Senate?
    To help myself get more involved in this school, and to better my leadership skills.

Asia Blanford, running for Student Senate Secretary

[Asia's photo coming soon]

"Hi! My name is Asia Blanford and I graduated from Wayzata High School class of 2014! In high school I was a part of Link Crew that helped incoming freshmen learn the ropes of their new school and transition better. This kick started my interest in helping people who may not be familiar or comfortable in a new environment. I am going to school for Occupational Therapy with a minor in Communications. I love to communicate with people, hear everyone's opinions, and mediate when needed. My goals for NHCC are to make the wonderful resources we already have more prominent to new students so that the college and people who fought to have these resources work is not in vain. My focus is on students and environment; making sure everyone feels the school has their back and make students proud to say they are enrolled at NHCC."

  • What skills will you bring to the Student Senate?
    An open and honest mind, dedication, and amazing organization!

  • What area of concern would you like Student Senate to focus on?
    Fees for students (printing, parking, and food costs).

  • What personal gains do you hope to receive from Student Senate?
    Leadership skills, confidence, and amazing relationships!

Audua Pugh, running for Student Senate Treasurer


  • What skills will you bring to the Student Senate?
    Communication, organization, and personality.

  • What area of concern would you like Student Senate to focus on?
    Making sure we have a sustainable constitution.

  • What personal gains do you hope to receive from Student Senate?
    Team building, working together/cohesion, and sustainability.

Kyleen Waterhouse, running for Student Senate Public Relations Coordinator


"I grew up in the Twin Cities and moved to Duluth for college, where I lived for 9 years, until moving back to the area one year ago. Currently I am a stay-at-home mom, work part time and I'm an online and evening student at NHCC. I'll be starting the first semester of the nursing program in the fall of 2015. I plan on finishing my RN and BSN through the Mane program here at NHCC and eventually pursuing a graduate degree to be a Certified Nurse Midwife. I love the community and personal feel at North Hennepin, compared to my experience at a state university. It's nice to have professors who know my name and classmates who are friendly and helpful. I hope you will support me with your vote for the Public Relations Coordinator for the NHCC Student Senate."

  • What skills will you bring to the Student Senate?
    I've experienced NHCC as a day, evening, and online student, am a working mother to 2 preschool-aged children, and am now a nursing student, so I'm very familiar of NHCC and the challenged of being a student.

  • What area of concern would you like Student Senate to focus on?
    Student success. Making sure all students are aware of the resources available to help them succeed academically and in their careers.

  • What personal gains do you hope to receive from Student Senate?
    Experience working within a board/committee, getting to know the school and higher education in general, better.

Mamaka Kamara, running for Student Senate Legislative Coordinator


"I was born in Liberia and grew up in Guinea. My family means the world to me. I am grateful for all the amazing people I have met at North Hennepin and I thank God every day for that. I am a people’s person, I love going out of my comfort zone and trying new things. Everything I do, I do it with passion and respect. As a Legislative Coordinator, I’ll bring my best and promise so bring my positive leadership skills attitude to make any necessary change that needs to be made for the Students of North Hennepin. Five random facts about me is that I love cats and people, I want to be a Pediatrician and build hospital one day and I want to travel the world. I know this is not about me anymore, I am here to represent, and that’s exactly what I am going to do."

  • What skills will you bring to the Student Senate?
    I am a dedicated leader and an excellent communicator.

  • What area of concern would you like Student Senate to focus on?
    We need to focus on creating a solid constitution and gaining back the trust of the students of North Hennepin Community College.

  • What personal gains do you hope to receive from Student Senate?
    I hope to strengthen my leadership skills and make a change at North Hennepin.


The Student Senate is the official voice of NHCC Students.  

2014-2015 Meeting Information
All Fall Semester Full Senate Meetings will be held in CBT 169 from 2:30-4:00 pm.

  • September 17, 2014
  • October 2, 2014
  • October 23, 2014
  • November 6, 2014
  • November 20, 2014
  • December 11, 2014

 All Spring Semester Full Senate Meetings will be held in CBT 174 from 2:30-4:00 pm.

  • January 22, 2015
  • February 5, 2015
  • February 19, 2015
  • March 5, 2015
  • March 26, 2015
  • April 9, 2015
  • April 23, 2015

Student Senate Meeting Minutes 
Minutes from 2014-2015 full Student Senate meetings will be added here. If you would like to request to speak at a meeting or present an agenda item, email senatepresident@nhcc.edu.

2014-2015 Executive Board Officers
The Student Senate shall include six officers: President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Legislative Coordinator, and Public Relations Coordinator shall be elected in annual elections under guidelines stated in the Constitution and By-laws.

  1. President: Moussa Cisse (senatepresident@nhcc.edu)
  2. Vice President: Vacant
  3. Treasurer: Audua Pugh (senatetreasurer@nhcc.edu)
  4. Secretary: Deborah Nesheim (senatesecretary@nhcc.edu)
  5. Legislative Coordinator: Debra Tucker (senatelegcoordinator@nhcc.edu)
  6. Public Relations Coordinator: Spencer Tye (senatePRcoordinator@nhcc.edu)


All officers shall act in accordance with the Constitution. The term for Executive Board Officers is one year beginning on July 1 and ending on June 30th of the following year. Executive Board Officers may run for and serve a second term. No one may serve as an officer of the Student Senate for more than two years.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • All Student Senate Executive Board Officers shall attend all Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) General Assembly meetings. Appeals may be made to the Student Senate Executive Board.
  • The President shall preside at all Student Senate meetings, represent the Student Senate to the college and others, and shall convene the Executive Board at least monthly during an academic term.
  • The Vice President shall assume the duties and responsibilities during the President’s absence.
  • The Secretary shall record the minutes of Student Senate and maintain a permanent record of said minutes on the Student Senate computer along with a hard copy on file in the Student Senate office.
  • The Public Relations Coordinator shall be responsible for posting the agenda on the Student Senate bulletin boards two (2) days prior to a Student Senate meeting.
  • The Legislative Coordinator shall be responsible for all legislative affairs of the Student Senate that shall be conducted in the best interest of North Hennepin Community College student body.



Contact Information

Student Life Office
Phone: 763-424-0804
Location: Campus Center